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IBM, AT&T Build Technology to Move Data Fast in Disaster

When hurricanes come barreling toward land, people, airplanes and ships are relocated to avoid destruction. Now some of the world’s biggest technology companies are making advances in figuring out how to quickly move large amounts of critical data and software out of harm’s way, too.

AT&T Inc., International Business Machines Corp., and Applied Communications Sciences have created a prototype technology to reduce the time needed to connect remote networks from days to seconds. Part of a seven-year program from the U.S. government’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the latest innovation from the partnership could allow large amounts of information and software to be more quickly shifted between private and public data centers, as well as between cloud services from different providers.