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Wayne, PA-based SunGard Availability Services, which I recently profiled, had one of its Mobile Recovery Units visit a SunGard Data Center in Vorhees, NJ earlier this week (August 5) as part of an east coast media tour. I wasn't there but got a rundown. This was a Mobile Metro Center unit, one of three types of MRUs SunGard can provide.
The MMC, with a bit less than 1,000 square feet, provides a ready to use space for up to 50 workers with individual workstations. It operates on the road as a normal tractor trailer and is expandable (sliding out) when it reaches its site. Setup takes only 90 minutes after arrival. A larger version of the MMC can serve as a data center.
The mobile unit has A/C and a generator and has a 10Mb data connection to one of SunGard's data centers. Units can be tailored to the requirements of individual customers. No word on how much one of these babies costs SunGard.
Given the recent history of weather incidents such as Sandy and Katrina, SunGard obviously wants to highlight the value these mobile units offer for backup and recovery as hurricane season approaches.
SunGard Availabilty produced this video providing more information about the mobile units and showing (in time lapse) how they are set up.