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Optus first to market with IP storage solution
24 Mar 2004

In an Australian first, Optus has launched the first fully managed, online data storage solution for IP users in the SME and large corporate sectors.

Optus EXPAN IP Storage uses new Internet Small Computer Systems Interface (iSCSI) technology and eliminates the need for costly deployment of new networking infrastructure.

Optus Business Managing Director, Peter Kaliaropoulos, said Optus EXPAN IP Storage was ideal for companies with an IP infrastructure requiring a networked repository.

"Once again Optus has led the telecommunications industry by developing high-quality IP technologies in conjunction with our partners Hitachi Data Systems, SecureDataGroup and Cisco Systems®.

"Unlike traditional storage networked solutions which use proprietary technologies to transmit and receive data, Optus EXPAN IP Storage runs on ubiquitous and familiar IP networks therefore minimal training of existing personnel is required to support it.

"Storage occurs in a highly secure, offsite environment allowing instantaneous online access to a company's data repository. Optus is not just selling technology, it is providing peace-of-mind," Mr Kaliaropoulos said.

Optus EXPAN IP Storage is part of a range of integrated business solutions and is: compatible with IP networks; scalable; has guaranteed service levels; and 24 x 7 technical support.

The solution complements a long list of IP-based firsts for Optus, including Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), Multi Protocol Layer Switching networks, GPRS and satellite - which have all brought significant benefits to the day-to-day running of Australian corporates.

Mr Kaliaropoulos said once the stored data was IP compatible, customers could run it over their Local Area Network (LAN) or Wide Area Network (WAN).

"The flexibility provided by Optus EXPAN IP Storage immediately solves problems customers face with campus, regional and disaster recovery requirements - it can be accessed anywhere, anytime.

"For example, a business with 200-plus employees and national branches can significantly benefit financially following the deployment of Optus EXPAN IP Storage as well as reaping the rewards from extra reliability; lower disk capacity utilisation; fewer points of storage management; and more efficient management of data," Mr Kaliaropoulos said.

Optus EXPAN IP Storage will be available from April 2004. Optus is confident it will bring many benefits to the Australian business community.

Media contact:
Luisa Ford
Optus Corporate Affairs
Tel: (02) 9342 5045