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To: JakeStraw who wrote (116)5/12/2003 3:34:22 PM
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SunGard to Acquire Subsidiaries of London Pacific Group Limited
Monday May 12, 11:50 am ET
Will Offer Turnkey Solution for Separately Managed Accounts
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 12, 2003--SunGard Wealth Management Services, an operating unit of SunGard (NYSE: SDS), today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire London Pacific Advisory Services, Inc. and London Pacific Securities, Inc. (referred together as "LPA"), subsidiaries of London Pacific Group Limited (LSE: LPG). LPA provides technology and services to financial institutions and registered investment advisors that offer managed-account or separately managed account investment strategies. Closing of the transaction, which is subject to approval by shareholders of London Pacific Group Limited, is expected in June of this year. The transaction is not expected to have a material effect on SunGard's financial results.
SunGard Wealth Management Services and LPA have worked together under an alliance agreement for the past year to integrate their solution sets. LPA has developed a leading Web-based turnkey asset management program technology that walks an asset manager or trusted advisor through the steps to sell and build managed-account investment strategies tailored to each investor. Managed accounts bring together multiple managers to create a single product solution or portfolio with the best-of-breed from each asset class and the right portion of each asset class. Managed accounts include separately managed accounts which provide for direct individual ownership of security positions. In turn, direct ownership facilitates tax-efficient management based upon an investor's individual needs and goals.

Don Birdwell, chief executive officer of SunGard Asset Management Systems, commented, "By combining LPA's capabilities with SunGard's products and services, we have produced an end-to-end solution for the managed-account industry that incorporates consolidated reporting. LPA's offering complements our product line by creating a true open-architecture, private-label solution for managed accounts that can be integrated for all of our customers. SunGard Wealth Management Services will expand the breadth and industry reach of LPA technology solutions in order to better serve the wealth management industry."

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To: klambet who started this subject6/5/2003 8:13:32 AM
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MONY Selects VIP from SunGard to Illustrate Personal Annuities
Wednesday June 4, 4:30 pm ET
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MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 4, 2003--SunGard Insurance Systems, an operating group of SunGard (NYSE:SDS), today announced that MONY Life Insurance Company, the primary insurance subsidiary of The MONY Group Inc. (NYSE: MNY), has signed a contract for the deployment of VIP, SunGard Insurance Systems' enterprise wide illustration system, for its annuity channel. SunGard Insurance Systems has been a leading global provider of financial and insurance software solutions for both the individual and employee benefits industries for more than thirty-five years.

The MONY Group, Inc., a financial services firm, is broadening its presence in the annuity marketplace and has selected SunGard's VIP System to illustrate annuity products. VIP gives MONY the ability to illustrate its annuity products through both the accumulation and payout phases, a feature that is lacking in some other systems. New annuity contracts will be illustrated over the Web, enhancing distribution and market advantages.

"SunGard's proposal system will significantly enhance our distributors' ability to show prospects the range of features of MONY's annuity products," said Rick Connors, senior vice president and head of MONY's annuity business. "The added capability gives us a competitive advantage as consumers look for a more complete picture to make their financial decisions."

The VIP system is designed to allow insurance carriers to meet their illustration needs with one system. From basic ledgers to advanced case modeling, VIP can deploy all illustration concepts simultaneously over the Web and/or on a desktop. VIP illustrates all types of insurance and annuity products, and gives the home office complete design and authoring control of input screens and output presentations, without SunGard's intervention.

According to Howard D. Stern, FSA, senior vice president for SunGard Insurance Systems, "The MONY organization is aiming to be an industry leader and we are looking forward to being a part of its strategy. We believe our systems will provide MONY with solid technology and the needed functionality they are looking for."

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To: klambet who started this subject6/10/2003 8:46:26 AM
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Neovest Selects SunGard for Co-location and Direct Market Data Connectivity
Monday June 9, 4:30 pm ET
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MT LAUREL, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 9, 2003--SunGard Market Data Services, an operating group of SunGard (NYSE: SDS), announced today that Neovest, Inc., a leading provider of front-end direct access trading technology and strategies, has selected SunGard's integrated market data and co-location services to host and feed its applications with SunGard PowerData market data.

Neovest's direct access technology allows the buy- and sell-side communities to leverage a comprehensive, tightly integrated suite of pre-trade analytics and advanced order entry functionality to achieve best execution within today's fast-paced and fragmented electronic markets. By co-locating its applications servers at SunGard Market Data Services' resilient Mt. Laurel, New Jersey data center, Neovest's applications have access to exchange data and market information at the source, reducing data latency as well as networking and bandwidth costs. SunGard Market Data Services' network infrastructure offers multi-redundant delivery paths, helping to achieve full fault tolerance and protection.

"Speed, reliability and stability were key factors in our decision to host with SunGard," commented Bryce Byers, president and chief executive officer of Neovest, Inc. "SunGard's experienced staff and redundant infrastructure support the connectivity we need to help keep our applications running at absolute peak performance. Additionally, SunGard's S*NET connectivity will provide us with access to an increased range of data providers and trading destinations."

SunGard Market Data Services utilizes the SunGard Global Network, which consists of over 25,000 miles of optical fiber extending across North America and Europe, with over 48 points of presence worldwide through which subscribers can connect. One of the network's most innovative new features is S*NET, which enables customers to simplify their access to SunGard solutions and services through a single connection. S*NET offers quick and affordable access to the SunGard Transaction Network (STN), an electronic global network that links financial services firms and allows users to automate the full transaction lifecycle across common security types to achieve straight-through processing. With multiple network "on ramps" from carrier partners like AT&T, ISPs and other financial connectivity providers, S*NET offers flexibility and speed in accessing SunGard's transaction processing services.

"Neovest provides trading technology and strategy that significantly improves the performance of traders and investors," added Rick Snape, president of SunGard Market Data Services. "Their advanced analytics, idea generation and automated, intelligent order generation capabilities, combined with the added security of our resilient network and high-quality data, positions them well as one of the top tier platforms on the market."

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To: klambet who started this subject7/29/2003 8:23:14 AM
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Fortis Bank Selects SunGard's Credient for Global Limits Management
Monday July 28, 4:35 pm ET
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Credient to Help Improve Control of Limits and Exposure Management, Reduce Unfunded Risk and Establish Workflow for Violation Management

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 28, 2003-- SunGard Trading and Risk Systems, an operating group of SunGard (NYSE: SDS), today announced that Fortis Bank has selected Credient for real-time global limits and exposure management. Credient will help the Merchant Banking division of Fortis Bank to further refine the management of global limits and risks through the effective use of an advanced infrastructure.

Credient will consolidate Fortis Bank's global credit information to provide an aggregate real-time view of credit limits and exposures. Around 100,000 deals per month will pass through Credient from across Fortis' global trading operation, for pre-deal limit checks, exposure measurement, limit updates, violation management and credit risk reporting. Credient will automate and streamline processes at Fortis Bank, helping it to better manage and control its credit policies while reducing operating costs and minimizing unfunded risk.

Charles Courouble, head of merchant banking risk management at Fortis Bank, said, "We selected Credient because it is the most comprehensive, cost-effective solution for global credit limits and exposure management. Our existing relationship with SunGard for credit limits management has demonstrated the reliability of its service, through which Fortis Bank has experienced in excess of 99% uptime and has averaged under 3 seconds response time on 98% of transactions. Going forward, Credient will help us more effectively manage and control our credit policies and global risks, and increase operating efficiencies."

Steve Husk, president of SunGard's Trading and Risk operating unit, said, "Banks are increasingly focused on credit risk, which can be a beast to manage. Credient provides the seamless workflow environment that banks need to gather and aggregate data with improved efficiency and consistency. In the face of regulatory and economic pressures, banks are also seeking to more efficiently manage and allocate capital. With Credient, banks are equipped with real-time tools and analytics for integrating credit risk intelligence into their spending decisions, such as risk-adjusted deal pricing, profitability measures, and compensation."

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To: klambet who started this subject8/7/2003 8:14:57 AM
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Advantage Futures Goes Live on SunGard's GMI for High Volume Derivatives Processing
Wednesday August 6, 4:30 pm ET
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CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 6, 2003--SunGard Futures Systems, an operating unit of SunGard (NYSE:SDS), announced today that Chicago-based futures commission merchant (FCM) Advantage Futures LLC has gone live on SunGard's GMI to manage high volume back office processing and accounting of exchange-traded derivatives and futures.
Advantage Futures, a newly formed FCM with a large professional trader client base, needed a scalable and reliable system to manage its derivatives and futures processing in a high-volume environment. In its first month of operation, Advantage Futures processed approximately 10 million contracts on GMI without requiring any infrastructure changes or additional costs. Advantage Futures is seeking to diversify and grow its client base to include both retail individual and institutional trading customers in the near future, for which it anticipates even higher processing volumes.

"The robust nature of GMI allows us to maximize growth rate without having to grow our staff or add expense," said Jim Zellinger, president and chief operating officer Advantage Futures LLC. "We wanted a long-term partner with real staying power in the market, and SunGard has proven its longevity and reputation in the industry. In addition, SunGard's and GMI's prevalence in the global futures arena has made staffing and training effortless, since many qualified professionals already are familiar with the system."

GMI is a powerful back-office clearing and accounting software solution for the global exchange-traded derivatives marketplace. Clearing firms, securities firms, brokerage houses, emerging derivative players and the regionalized investment community rely on GMI every day for acquisition, processing, management, dissemination, integration and booking of all clearing and trade processing activities for any exchange-traded derivative.

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To: klambet who started this subject8/18/2003 8:51:53 AM
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Where's Your Backup System?
Monday August 18, 8:19 am ET
Alex Salkever
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When the lights went out in Gotham on Thursday afternoon, Jim Simmons got busy. He's the CEO for availability systems at SunGard Data Systems (NYSE:SDS). Headquartered in Wayne, Pa., SunGard helps companies survive disasters. That means providing services ranging from extensive business-continuity planning to specialized data backup and recovery services to wheeling in a mobile command center loaded with tech gear that can jump-start a corporate network and keep operational interruptions to a minimum.

Around the country, SunGard has dozens of business centers with empty seats and data hookups ready and waiting to host employees of stricken companies chased from their offices by disasters natural, man-made, or just plain mysterious -- like the Aug. 14 power meltdown. As of 10 p.m. that night, 34 SunGard customers had called to activate their disaster plans, and an additional 100 put SunGard on notice. It was the biggest demand Simmons had seen since Hurricane Floyd pounded the East Coast in September, 1999.

This time, even with no high winds or crashing waves, not to mention exploding buildings, Simmons says, "We're getting calls from all over and enacting plans in New York, Toronto, Montreal, and Detroit." In all, says Simmons, SunGard has about 7,000 customers in North America.

TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT. Of course, many companies thought they had already covered business continuity with post-September 11 plans aimed at minimizing disruptions. Turns out some were wrong. Sure, most had backed up their data centers with generators and were ready for all sorts of attacks on their servers. But where to put the people if the air conditioning goes down within a radius of a hundreds of miles? Or the phones don't work on the backup trading floors anywhere between Philly and Boston?

"The information I'm getting from our crisis-management-control centers is clients are saying, 'I need to enact this portion of the plan because my backup was five miles away, and I am having the same problems there as well," says Simmons.

In fact, the timing of the outage was, if nothing else, fortuitous. It hit at around 4:10 pm, just minutes after Wall Street finished trading for the day, giving the financial sector a full night and much of the next morning to recover and get ready for Friday morning's opening bell -- rung by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

DOUBLE BLOW. Perhaps more important, earlier in the week, info-tech staffs had toiled to patch systems either stricken or still vulnerable to the nasty MS Blaster worm that caused PCs running versions of Microsoft's Windows 2000 and XP to shut down without warning. The worm also clogged many corporate intranets with bogus traffic as it tried to replicate itself by seeking to infect other vulnerable machines.

Had the power outage hit at the same time the worm was wreaking havoc on networks, IT staffs would have been doubly unable to get control of the servers that crashed when the power got cut off. What condition those servers would have been in at restart if they crashed while still infected is unknowable, but it seems safe to say it wouldn't have been pretty.

While the blackout clearly could have been worse in those respects, some people see a connection between the mysterious outage and the latest worm. Most power-grid control systems run on specialized hardware and software that don't talk to the Internet, but some utilities use Windows machines to control and monitor those control systems through graphical interfaces. And a digital chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

"WHAT HAPPENED?" So, if a utility network had a Blaster infection, it could have rippled out to other areas. "I have no doubt that many of the systems involved in governing the distribution of power use Windows somewhere," says Russ Cooper, a Windows security expert with security consultancy TruSecure, which has done programming for utilities in Canada. "The whole grid was designed for a really hot day," he says. "Today wasn't even as hot as it was earlier this week. What happened?"

As of Friday morning, no one had an answer to that question. Everyone from President Bush to Mayor Bloomberg swore the blackout had nothing to do with terrorism. That's probably true.

However, several sobering lessons seem clear. Spreading backup systems around geographically for security purposes needs to be done across hundreds if not thousands of miles. Building a backup facility across the river just doesn't cut it. Companies will need to rethink what it means to create truly redundant business operations.

STILL AT RISK. While security analysts have painted a fearful picture of what would happen if terrorists combined a major attack with a well-timed and well-executed cyber-assault, a similarly nasty one-two may be just as likely to occur without any human intervention at all.

Finally, the outage underscored a year-old warning from the National Research Council that the North American power grid remains at risk and that severe outages could result from relatively minor attacks. Just looked what happened when no attack at all was involved.

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To: klambet who started this subject9/5/2003 8:11:15 AM
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Bank of Bermuda Selects SunGard's Reech FastVal for Independent Portfolio Valuation of OTC Derivatives
Thursday September 4, 4:30 pm ET
Reech FastVal to Support Global OTC Business via an ASP Delivery Framework
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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 4, 2003-- SunGard Trading and Risk Systems, an operating group of SunGard (NYSE: SDS), today announced that Bank of Bermuda (NASDAQ: BBDA; BSX: BOB) has selected Reech FastVal for its Global Fund Services division ("GFS"), which provides fund administration services to the alternative funds industry. Reech FastVal will be used to provide independent valuation or validation of Bank of Bermuda GFS' clients' OTC contracts, supporting the complete range of OTC instrument types across equity, fixed income, FX and credit asset classes. Bank of Bermuda GFS has chosen Reech to be part of its alliance partner program because of its ability to deliver services in the areas of valuation and risk.

The fund administration industry increasingly confronts pressure for independent valuation from regulators and investors who seek transparency in pricing and processes. As volumes and product complexity in the alternative investment industry grows, the ability to provide independent valuations becomes both more challenging and more important. Traditional manual methods of valuing OTC derivative portfolios have become too time-consuming and inefficient. Reech FastVal enables fund administrators to provide independent, accurate and speedy computations of the fair value and first order 'Greeks' of portfolios containing any product from cash equities to complex exotics.

Chris Wilcockson, head of client services, Bank of Bermuda GFS, said, "Generating timely and independent valuations for the 2,800 funds under our administration globally requires a reliable, comprehensive service. Demonstrating independence is also important for investor and regulatory confidence. Reech FastVal is unique because it conducts independent pricing for a wide range of instruments and has the flexibility to easily add new instrument types. The ASP model best suited our needs, as it enables costs to be scaled to our growth. Its full service capability also helps us reduce operating risk and improve efficiencies while providing full process independence for our clients."

Christophe Reech, president of SunGard's Reech operating unit, said, "Correctly valuing OTC derivative portfolios can be difficult, requiring substantial infrastructure investment. The need for independent valuations is driven both by investors, and increasingly regulators, seeking to reduce the risks of loss caused by incorrect valuations. Accurate valuations require a system to describe and book the instruments, and the flexibility to add new products and tools to combine complex analytics with the market data for valuations. Reech FastVal provides all of the above in a secure, fully resilient ASP-based environment. Reech FastVal also offers unmatched processing efficiency using grid computing on Linux servers, which can execute three billion computational steps in 80 seconds to calculate the value of complex derivatives."

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To: klambet who started this subject9/10/2003 3:16:28 PM
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The South Financial Group Selects SunGard's InTrader ASP
Tuesday September 9, 4:30 pm ET
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HOPKINS, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 9, 2003--SunGard Securities Processing, an operating group of SunGard (NYSE:SDS), announced today that The South Financial Group has signed a multi-year contract to use SunGard's InTrader to manage all of its securities transactions, including processing for The South Financial Group's investment portfolios which totaled approximately $3.6 billion as of June 30, 2003. The South Financial Group will be converting to InTrader's ASP 9.0 Web version and utilizing the system's investment portfolio, funding, safekeeping, and interest rate swaps derivatives modules, as well as online reporting and analysis via InTrader's secure Web portal. The South Financial Group will use InTrader to process fixed income instruments, including U.S. governments, agencies, mortgage-backs, CMOs, corporates, municipals, and some equities.
"We outgrew our current system and were seeking to update our infrastructure to more current standards and functionality, and InTrader provided a more complete solution with room to grow," said Jim Monroe, senior vice president at The South Financial Group. "InTrader's comprehensive and robust trading, accounting and reporting capabilities are significant advantages for our operations, and InTrader's ASP environment reduces application support and infrastructure costs versus in-sourced solutions," Mr. Monroe continued.

Based in Greenville, South Carolina, The South Financial Group is a multi-bank holding company with $9.3 billion in total assets as of June 30, 2003, and 114 branch offices in South Carolina, Florida and North Carolina. It operates two subsidiary banks, Carolina First Bank and Mercantile Bank. InTrader will be used in The South Financial Group's internal investment management division in Greenville, which plans to be fully converted onto the system by late 2003.

"We're extremely pleased The South Financial Group has chosen InTrader, and welcome them to our growing list of customers that continue to enjoy much success in their respective operations," said Herb Hesch, president of SunGard Securities Processing's InTrader unit. "Our InTrader ASP service has been well-received by both new customers, as well as customers that previously ran InTrader in-house. It is another example of SunGard's ongoing commitment to deliver cost effective solutions that provide operational efficiency and resilience to our customers."

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To: klambet who started this subject9/12/2003 8:48:14 AM
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PNC Financial Services Group Selects SunGard's BancWare for Balance Sheet Risk Management and Data Integration
Thursday September 11, 4:30 pm ET
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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 11, 2003--SunGard Trading and Risk Systems, an operating group of SunGard (NYSE:SDS), today announced that Pennsylvania-based PNC Financial Services Group will implement BancWare Convergence for comprehensive asset/liability management and data integration. BancWare Convergence is an integrated planning, reporting, and analysis tool that supports asset/liability management, financial planning and forecasting, and budgeting as a part of risk management.
PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), with over $65 billion in assets, sought a robust solution for asset/ liability management that would enable it to streamline processes with improved data flow and reporting. PNC also required flexible, advanced analytics for a more comprehensive view and detailed understanding of its risk/return profile.

PNC will use BancWare Convergence for total balance sheet management including market risk management, financial planning, and forecasting. PNC will use the latest version of BancWare Convergence, which utilizes a new technology platform and a high-precision analytical engine.

Kathryn Haynor, vice president and project manager at PNC, said, "We liked BancWare Convergence because although it offers complex, multidimensional analysis, it is easy to use, read, and manipulate. Its rigorous analytics, with flexible prepayment modeling and valuation models, and the equation building capability provide us with an in-depth understanding of our interest rate risk so that we can intelligently manage that risk and hedge accordingly. We can build in more assumptions, perform more what-if scenarios and spend more time analyzing the data rather than trying to retrieve and format it."

PNC will also use BancWare Insight for data collection, transformation and management. "BancWare Insight is critical to our business," said Ms. Haynor. "We completely understand that a good data management tool is essential for efficient, streamlined data flow, consistency, confidence and reliability."

BancWare Insight extracts, transforms, validates and loads raw data from subsidiary accounting systems into the format required to support financial analysis. It enhances data by performing a series of banking and finance-specific calculations to create consistent and accurate information feeds.

Terence Faherty, president of SunGard's BancWare operating unit, said, "Through BancWare's analytic engines and data management tools, our clients can more effectively analyze risk, forecast performance, and develop strategies for optimizing risk-adjusted returns. We are thrilled that PNC has joined our illustrious list of over 400 clients from 35 countries worldwide."

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To: klambet who started this subject9/15/2003 9:07:55 AM
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Dell, SunGard to Offer Customers New Disaster Recovery Options
Monday September 15, 9:00 am ET
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ROUND ROCK, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 15, 2003--Customers can easily and affordably help keep their business operations up and running in the event of a disaster through a new agreement Dell (Nasdaq:DELL) and SunGard Availability Services, an operating group of SunGard (NYSE:SDS), announced today.
The new alliance will provide customers with a temporary Dell(tm) PowerEdge(tm) server, a critical situation support team and processes to keep operations running while a replacement server is deployed. The temporary server will be available in most cases at a SunGard Recovery center or at the customer's own location within 48 hours.

"As companies of all sizes realize the vulnerability of mission-critical data to natural disasters and other unforeseen incidents, our customers need an easy, affordable and high-quality way to get systems back up and running as quickly and seamlessly as possible," said Gary Cotshott, vice president and general manager, Dell Services. "This relationship between two industry leaders will provide Dell customers with a convenient, cost-effective means to minimize downtime when crises occur."

Through the Dell/SunGard Disaster Recovery Service, a recovery PowerEdge server can be shipped to one of 30 SunGard Recovery centers throughout the United States, where the customer can have access to a fully equipped facility. In addition to providing quick access to systems and data, the facility offers desks, phone lines and computers for the customer's displaced IT employees to help the broader network recover. If the customer prefers, a recovery server can be shipped directly to the customer's location.

SunGard staff will be available for assistance when customers' servers arrive. They will assist customers in restoring operating environments and help ensure that customers follow the most relevant and effective disaster recovery processes for the situation.

Dell/SunGard Disaster Recovery Services can be purchased for one to five-year terms. "SunGard Availability Services is the pioneer and leader in providing information availability solutions to businesses that are faced with potential natural or man-made disasters on a daily basis," said Jim Simmons, group chief executive officer, SunGard Availability Services. "Dell customers can take comfort from the fact that 90 percent of businesses with revenues of more than $1 million are within 35 miles of one of our facilities."

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