Guardian iT Plc has become the major disaster recovery operator in Germany after a 5.4m pound deal with Debis Systemhaus GmbH. It is taking over Debis’ IBM disaster recovery business and also buying Debis’s 50% stake in their joint venture for the mid-range market – Debis Systemhaus Guardian GmbH. As part of the deal, Guardian will be the preferred supplier of business continuity and disaster recovery services to Debis in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. UK-based Guardian and Debis, the computer outsourcing subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler AG, formed a joint subsidiary in July 1997. Disaster recovery has been a fringe activity for rapidly-growing Debis while it is core to Guardian’s operation, making the current move seem logical. Guardian iT chief executive Peter MacLean said the IBM mainframe business was complementary with their mid-range services in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and gives potential new opportunities in Benelux and France.
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