Storage integrator-cum-hosting company SecureData Group has formed an alliance with Ernst & Young to offer a holistic approach to disaster recovery planning, encompassing strategic consulting and technology implementation.
As part of the alliance, Ernst & Young will provide strategic-level independent continuity and availability consulting services, which are designed to help organisations plan for potential crises and business interruption.
The SecureData Group will bring to the table its own strengths in infrastructure design and implementation.
According to Ernst & Young officials, the alliance is a first in the Australian market. "The uniqueness in the offering is the dual approach, resulting in solutions that incorporate the demands and requirements from CEO to IT administrator," said Eric Keser, a principal with Ernst & Young's Technology Security and Risk Services division.
According to Evan Penn, managing director of SecureData Group, Australian businesses have been crying out for a holistic approach to disaster recovery, as the vast array of continuity strategies that blanket the market has left them bewildered.
"We've formed this alliance based on the thirst for information and advice on the topic that we have witnessed in the market," Penn said.
In addition, the two organisations will be running a series of seminars on disaster recovery and business continuity in response to strong demand for information on the subject.
The two companies are also offering in-depth, full-day workshops for organisations in different industry sectors, which will be conducted on a client-by-client basis.
The open seminars will be held in Sydney on April 12 at the Westin Hotel, and in Melbourne on May 17 at the Sheraton Hotel.