Guardian and debis Systemhaus GmbH have set up a joint venture to provide disaster recovery services to customers in Germany, Switzerland and Austria with midrange and client/server systems.
Peter MacLean, Guardian?s chief executive will become managing director of debis Systemhaus Guardian GmbH and be responsible for its operational management, although both companies will have an equal shareholding.
Debis, a subsidiary of Daimler-Benz Interservices, will transfer existing customers with client/server accounts over to the new venture, which will open two offices in Germany, one in Munich and one in Frankfurt.
It initially plans to service 75 customers, but hopes to expand elsewhere in Europe over time.
The move is the second phase of Guardian?s attempt to penetrate to the European market. It acquired Computer Stand-By France SA earlier this year, which supplies disaster recovery services to the IBM installed base in France.
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