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Company Profile : DataPeer Inc.

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DataPeer, Inc., of Fort Lee, NJ is a managed data storage services company that specializes in delivering comprehensive, managed storage services using both established and emerging technologies. According to Alan Koifman, technical research leader at DataPeer, the company's managed services eliminate the costly investments of hardware and maintenance, thereby allowing its customers to efficiently utilize critical IT resources. "All of our services are offered over the secure, high performance DataPeer Network and are supported by a team of highly qualified technical personnel," says Koifman.

The best of the best
According to Alan Kuritsky, DataPeer's vice president of sales and marketing, the company's mission is to provide companies of all sizes the unparalleled combination of usable, functional, reliable, and valuable data storage services needed to survive. "We have gathered some of the finest IT and Storage experts in the industry to direct and carry out our mission," says Kuritsky. Presently, DataPeer includes a team of more than 60 Technical Research and Development professionals that Kuritsky says are dedicated to enhancing the company's current product offerings while developing new and innovative solutions.

Data: the lifeblood of businesses
As we all know, data is vital to the survival of every business. And, any loss or damage of a company's data can be crippling. DataPeer's Remote Replication product provides its clients with a real time copy of their data on a DataPeer SAN. Koifman says that in the event of a local storage subsystem failure, this synchronous replication solution provides immediate access to the remote data, eliminating costly downtime and data loss. It also, says Koifman, provides a guaranteed data availability starting at 99.9 percent. Although the benefits are many, according to Koifman, some of the major benefits include: remote real time copy of data; no down time in the event of local storage failure; instant synchronization of replaced local drives; reduced initial investment and ongoing operating costs; improved efficiency and allocation of IT resources; and an overall reduced Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). "In addition to all of that, says Kuritsky, we have fully-redundant, world-class data centers with top of the line security systems." (The data centers were recently constructed in Fort Lee, NJ.) The company also built useable, user-friendly office space, which surrounds the data centers. "We feel that it has the right combination to stay in business in the event that one of our client's experiences a disaster," says Kuritsky.

Technology will fail
If there's one thing you can count on when it comes to technology, it's that it will eventually fail. All drives die, all motors stop, and all connections degrade. And, as businesses and data continue to grow, so do the demands on a company's storage infrastructure. Koifman says that DataPeer's DataPrime SAN services are a cost-effective storage utility service designed to meet the needs of growing businesses. "Our DataPrime SAN Services gives companies the enterprise-scale storage infrastructure and management services they need to expand their business without inflating their costs," says Koifman.

DataPeer offers both iSCSI and Fibre Channel-based SAN services and it utilizes such vendors as Hitachi, IBM, Cisco, and Brocade. By using industry-leading iSCSI breakthrough technology, says Koifman, DataPeer has added a new feature to DataPrime SAN which enables users to centrally access and manage their storage data remotely, over IP, any time, anywhere. Koifman says that the massive redundancy built into the DataPeer SAN prevents even the most inconsequential downtime. "It's Hi-Star fabric architecture provides 64 crossbar-switched, point-to-point internal paths connecting disks, cache, and server interface," says Koifman. In other words, explained Koifman, if one path is lost, the other 63 still remain and service continues uninterrupted, with no performance degradation.

DataPeer is helping to streamline communications
In today's companies enabling streamlined communications and immediate access to company information has become a significant challenge. According to Kuritsky, most companies depend on e-mail and FTP to connect their employees, tying up servers and straining infrastructure. "As data becomes more complex and the need to communicate and share information more critical, traditional methods are becoming too costly and inefficient," says Kuritsky.

DataPeer is helping to solve this problem with its Virtual File Cabinet 2.0 (VFC 2.0). According to Koifman, the product enables users to remotely store, manage, and retrieve data from any location, at any time, and in any format. "VFC extends the reach of LAN/WAN-like file sharing capabilities to the Internet - facilitating secure and efficient file sharing and collaboration between employees, as well as local and global partners, suppliers, and customers," explains Koifman.

The man behind the company
Michael Kofman, founder and CEO of DataPeer, has spent his entire career in fiber optics, data transmissions, and satellite communications. He is the author of numerous technological papers related to satellite and fiber optical data transmission and was granted a patent for a satellite digital broadcasting and high-definition video receiving system which was sold to a major corporation in 1993.

Technological Research: DataPeer's Pedigree
"We always hold our client's hands and offer a total life cycle of services and products," says Kuritsky. After-all, according to Kuritsky the company's pedigree is technological research. And, like most companies forging ahead in the ever-changing world of information technology, DataPeer has received more than its share of kudos from its clients. But, the folks at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston summed it up in a nut shell when they said: "You guys rock! Much appreciated."

Company Information:
DataPeer, Inc.
2115 Linwood Avenue
Fort Lee, New Jersey 07024 U.S.A.
Tel: 1-866-432-8273 or 1-201-228-1000
E-mail: info@datapeer.com
Web site: http://www.datapeer.com

Number of Employees:
100

Stock Information:
DataPeer, Inc. is a privately held corporation


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