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IBM-Marist College Team Tests Cloud Tech for System Outage Prevention

Collaboration aimed to cut migration times

IBM and Marist College are evaluating a cloud computing technology intended to help keep communications services running during natural calamities.

The new invention will work to migrate voice and data applications to safer data centers within minutes, IBM said Thursday.

Casimer DeCusatis, IBM engineer, said the technology is aimed at helping data center operators reduce the time of moving services to another location outside disaster-hit areas using mobile devices.

The cloud invention being tested at Marist’s lab leverages software-defined networking technology in order to manage data flows within physical and virtual networks.

Information technology personnel can use the SDN-based technology to access and control network resources via wireless devices and open source networks, IBM says.

IBM sponsors Marist’s lab where technologies related to SDN are being studied.

The disaster prevention technology is slated for commercial release in 2014.

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