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Benefits to Service Vendors

With its unlimited bandwidth, high speed and redundancy, Metronet allows service vendors to offer customers a wide array of relatively low-cost solutions, ranging from disaster recovery and data back-up to virtualization and Software as a Service (SaaS).

Some are even talking about offering "cloud computing," which consists of reliable services delivered through data centers and built-on servers with different levels of virtualization technologies.

For South Bend-based GramTel, access to Metronet's, dark optic fiber infrastructure meant that the company was able to open a second data center in the city's Blackthorne Corporate Park last fall and may lead to the opening of a third center soon.

Rich Carlton, a GramTel vice president, says GramTel is used by scores of client companies - from Chicago to Hollywood and beyond - for offsite data storage, as well as disaster recovery from storms or even potential terrorist attacks.

"Metronet has definitely helped our growth," notes Carlton, who says it has helped existing companies with their data needs. He says it will also make the South Bend region more attractive to other high-tech firms that may one day locate in Innovation Park near the University of Notre Dame or Ignition Park, which is being built on the site of the former Studebaker factory.

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