Callisma Enters Storage Services Market

Network services provider and consulting firm Callisma is launching a storage network service business targeting large-scale enterprises and service providers. The company plans to offer storage and server consolidation, backup and restore, disaster recovery, and high availability services.

Callisma has also entered into a strategic alliance with storage area network (SAN) infrastructure provider Brocade Communications, which has trained and certified 20 Callisma consultants in SAN design and deployment.

"A key step to catapult our storage networking practice is our relationship with Brocade because they are a dominant force in the market. It allows us to gain immediate credibility," says Gail Holmen, chief marketing officer at Callisma.

In addition to its alliance with Brocade, Callisma also has partnerships with Cisco and Hewlett-Packard. Other partnerships are under discussion.

Callisma's storage consulting services include:

- Storage and server consolidation

- Infrastructure assessment and ROI analysis for designing a "high-availability" strategy for application flow, network protocols, SAN/LAN/WAN connectivity, security, and operation and management integration

- LAN-free and server-less SAN backup and restore

- SAN-based disaster recovery

Callisma was founded as a network services company in late 1999, offering internetworking, convergence, optical networking, operations management, and security services. The company claims to have more than 100 customers. Most of Callisma's management staff came from Lucent's International Network Services, which designs and builds IP networks.

This article was originally published on May 30, 2001