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Cable & Wireless, the international telecommunications group, today (28 November 2003) announced an agreement with ManagedStorage International (MSI) to provide an improved portfolio of data protection services to its customers in the United Kingdom. Under the agreement, MSI will enable Cable & Wireless to provide backup and restore services from its UK data centres at Swindon and Park Royal. MSI will install and manage a data protection infrastructure in each centre, enabling Cable & Wireless to provide an enhanced service to existing and new hosting customers.

Cable & Wireless will market and sell the enhanced backup and restore service through its existing UK sales channels as part of its managed hosting portfolio. Cable & Wireless customers can choose a fully managed and guaranteed service for a monthly service fee allowing them to protect and recover lost files at a price-point that is typically less expensive than do-it-yourself options.

As part of the enhancements, Cable & Wireless can offer customers a greater selection and flexibility in backup and restore options, allowing them to define their own policies to suit their data protection needs. In addition, end-customers can monitor services by using an intuitive web-based portal for managing storage environments. The application provides Cable & Wireless customers with a single view for job status and detailed reporting to assist them in maximising the use of storage resources.

“By working with MSI, we are able to provide our hosting customers with a premium backup offering managed by the industry’s leading storage management company,” said Denis Mulhall, director, customer service operations, UK, Cable & Wireless. “The customers in our UK data centres can be assured that their data is backed-up and protected on a daily basis.”

“Our agreement with Cable & Wireless is proof that companies around the world are continuing to realise the need to properly protect their company’s assets against a potential loss,” said Tom Sweeney, president, CEO and chairman of MSI. “It was also apparent to Cable & Wireless that through working with MSI it can offer its customers an improved portfolio of data protection services.”

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About Cable & Wireless
Cable & Wireless is one of the world’s leading international communications companies. It provides voice, data and IP (Internet Protocol) services to business and residential customers, as well as services to other telecoms carriers, mobile operators and providers of content, applications and internet services.

Cable & Wireless’ principal operations are in the United Kingdom, continental Europe, the United States, Japan, the Caribbean, Panama, the Middle East and Macau.

For more information about Cable & Wireless, go to www.cw.com.

About MSI
MSI is a provider of outsourced data protection and storage management services to enterprise and service provider customers in the US, UK, France, and Japan. The company delivers guaranteed data management and data protection services, professional services, and storage management and monitoring across all types of storage systems both on-site at a customer’s location and online with their suite of remote services. The company was formed in March 2000 and is privately held.

For more information about ManagedStorage International, visit www.MSIservice.com.

For more information, please contact:

Katherine Smailes
Cable & Wireless
Tel: +44 (0)1344 818 324
Email: katherine.smailes@cw.com

Adrian Brophy
Brodeur Worldwide (for Cable & Wireless)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7298 7138
Email: abrophy@uk.brodeur.com

Kevin Thomas
ManagedStorage International
Tel: 00 +1 720-566-5083
Email: kthomas@MSIservice.com






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