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Logicalis' Cincinnati-based Data Center Maintains Continuity for 30 Hours during Widespread Power Outrages and Emergency Conditions brought on by Hurricane Ike; "Just Standard Operations as Normal"

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We had a plan and it worked; and that's exactly what I expected. In the end it was just standard operations as normal.

Many IT professionals lately have experienced unanticipated tests of their disaster recovery plans. Sometimes the only way to tell if they have covered every disaster contingency is when faced with a real disaster. When Hurricane Ike hit Cincinnati on Sunday, September 14, the team at Logicalis' Enterprise Business Operations Center got the unwelcome opportunity to test their disaster recovery plan. As the hurricane ripped through Ohio, not an everyday occurrence in the landlocked state, it also tore through the power grid, leaving widespread power outages in its wake. According to news reports, high winds knocked out electrical service for nearly 2 million customers across Ohio, with some losing power for nearly a week and a half. But thanks to forethought and the right technology, the Logicalis facility weathered the storm without a hitch for 30 hours. This was terrific news for Logicalis (http://www.us.logicalis.com), a global provider of high-performance technology, as well as over 200 managed services customers who were counting on the integrity of the IT operations center.

A complimentary case study detailing how Logicalis prepared for such a disaster, "Attention: This is Not a Drill," is available for download from http://www.us.logicalis.com/custexp_ike.html

"One thing we all learned from this is to be flexible and fluid and respond to the situation at hand and not to a pre-conceived notion of what could happen," said Logicalis Operations Manager Tom Sweeney, who runs the Logicalis Enterprise Business Operations Center. "We had a plan and it worked; and that's exactly what I expected. In the end it was just standard operations as normal."

About Logicalis:
Logicalis is a global provider of high-performance technology solutions. With over 1,500 people worldwide, Logicalis delivers smart solutions based on specific needs, not the latest IT trend. Logicalis provides options, direction and support to more than 6,500 corporate and public sector customers. The company attributes its success to the everyday positive experiences with its customers and strategic partners such as IBM, HP, and Cisco.

Logicalis has annualized revenues in excess of $1 billion, from operations in the UK, US, Germany and Latin America. Logicalis is a division of Datatec Limited (LSE/JSE:DTC), a $4 billion multi-national organization listed on the AIM market of the LSE and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. With over 30 offices in the United States, the company's U.S. headquarters are in Bloomfield Hills, MI. For more information about the Logicalis experience, visit http://www.us.logicalis.com.

Media contacts:
Lisa Dreher, VP, Marketing & Business Development, Logicalis, Inc.
lisa.dreher @ us.logicalis.com; 425-201-8111
http://www.us.logicalis.com

Arthur Germain, Principal, Communication Strategy Group for Logicalis
agermain @ gocsg.com; 631-239-6335
http://www.gocsg.com

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