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SunGard Partners With Regus To Power Expansion Of Its Workplace Availability Business To 550 Cities Worldwide

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 10:29am

Sungard logoWAYNE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct 2, 2012--SunGard Availability Services, the pioneer and leading provider of Information Availability and business continuity services, has today announced a partnership with Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces, to significantly expand its Workplace Recovery presence across the globe. The deal is comparable to growing SunGard’s portfolio of workplace facilities by 2,000%.

Under the terms of the agreement, customers can now access SunGard’s heritage and experience in multi-layered Workplace Recovery solutions in combination with Regus’ unparalleled network of almost 1,300 business centers located in more than 550 cities across 97 countries: SunGard manages the contract so customers need only to call one number to invoke the service in time of need.

The new SunGard Workplace Restart service provides clusters of business centers in which to recover at time of disaster. Recovery suites are equipped with desks and phones, offering internet bandwidth, as well as access to fax machines and copiers: Plus the availability of business lounges, meeting rooms and fully equipped conference facilities on a pay-as-you-need basis.

Regus’ impressive geographic spread provides an ideal balance to SunGard’s purpose built Workplace Recovery facilities, offering SunGard customers the opportunity to extend their recovery options to new locations – or to greater numbers of their existing workforce.

Changing working patterns, the global economic downturn, social unrest and other disruptions, combined with regulatory pressures and governance frameworks, such as the recent introduction of the business continuity standard ISO 22301 has placed resilience at the top of the business agenda. Organisations worldwide are now under more pressure than ever to ensure they can return to business as usual as quickly as possible and staff productivity is a vital part of the solution.

“We’re delighted to be partnering with SunGard: Key players in the Information Availability market,” said Mark Dixon CEO, Regus. “More than a million people rely on Regus every day – to work, to meet, to collaborate, to do business. Such is the breadth and depth of our global network of business centre locations that we are in a position to complement SunGard’s workplace recovery experience on a truly global scale.”

“In every sector, downtime can be hugely damaging so being able to remain up and running, no matter what, is a must. With businesses increasingly looking to take advantage of opportunities in emerging markets we are seeing greater need for global recovery solutions,” comments Keith Tilley, Managing Director UK & Executive Vice President Europe, SunGard Availability Services. This agreement with Regus, the leader in flexible workspace provision, has expanded the scope of SunGard recovery locations from nearly 60 to 1,300. This has extended and enhanced our global resilience offering and provided a new avenue of flexible business continuity solution for our customers.”

The deal represents the latest extension to SunGard’s already impressive award-winning Workplace Recovery Solutions *.

* CIR BC Awards Most Innovative Product 2010; Finalist 2012, 2011, 2009; BroadGroup Datacentre Awards, Winner 2012 – Special Award: Most Sustainable Workplace Recovery Provider

About Regus

Regus is the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces, with products and services ranging from fully equipped offices to professional meeting rooms, business lounges and the world’s largest network of video communication studios. Regus enables people to work their way, whether it’s from home, on the road or from an office. Customers such as Google, GlaxoSmithKline, and Nokia join hundreds of thousands of growing small and medium businesses that benefit from outsourcing their office and workplace needs to Regus, allowing them to focus on their core activities.

Over 1,000,000 customers a day benefit from Regus facilities spread across a global footprint of 1,300 locations in 550 cities and 97 countries, which allow individuals and companies to work wherever, however and whenever they want to. Regus was founded in Brussels, Belgium in 1989, is headquartered in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information please visit:  www.regus.com

About SunGard Availability Services

SunGard Availability Services provides disaster recovery services, managed IT services, information availability consulting services and business continuity management software. With approximately five million square feet of data centre and operations space, SunGard Availability Services helps customers improve the resilience of their mission critical systems by designing, implementing and managing cost-effective solutions using people, process and technology to address enterprise IT availability needs. Through direct sales and channel partners, we help organisations ensure their people and customers have uninterrupted access to the information systems they need in order to do business. Visit SunGard Availability Services at www.sungard.co.uk or call 0800 143 413. Connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

SunGard Availability Services (UK) Limited has been recognised as Service Provider of the Year an unprecedented eight times in the BusinessContinuity Awards’ fourteen-year history, and has been a finalist on all but one occasion: a track record unequalled in the industry. In 2008, SunGard was presented the 10 th Anniversary Award for Outstanding Excellence in Business Continuity. SunGard and its customers have also achieved success in the Most Innovative Product, Most Effective Recovery, Industry Personality, Lifetime Achievement and Consultant of the Year categories, amongst others.

Representing Intellect, the trade association, on the steering committee for BS 25999, SunGard helped to define the first standard of its kind, which is alerting the wider business community to the importance of business continuity management. SunGard then became the first business continuity expert to secure certification against the BS 25999 Standard, which it retained in 2010. It is now in the unique position of being able to assist its customers – both large and small alike – through the certification process drawing on its own experience.

About SunGard

SunGard is one of the world’s leading software and technology services companies. SunGard has more than 17,000 employees and serves approximately 25,000 customers in more than 70 countries. SunGard provides software and processing solutions for financial services, education and the public sector. SunGard also provides disaster recovery services, managed IT services, information availability consulting services and business continuity management software. With annual revenue of about $4.5 billion, SunGard is the largest privately held software and services company and was ranked 480 on the Fortune 500 in 2011. For more information, please visit www.sungard.com.

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