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Cloud service lets customers get data out of Sandy's path for free today

Cloud and data backup provider Nirvanix is allowing customers to move their data outside the company's New Jersey data center for free today to get out of the path of Hurricane Sandy.

The move is one of the first seen by a vendor in response to the powerful weather along the eastern seashore today. Hurricane Sandy is dropping heavy rains and producing high winds from Washington, D.C., up into southern New England, with some of the hardest-hit areas expected to be in the New York and New Jersey area. Power outages have already impacted customers across the storm's impacted region.

MORE STORM COVERAGE: NYC shuts parts of lower Manhattan, other areas due to hurricane

Nirvanix has a network of data centers around the world and announced Monday morning that customers who use New Jersey as their primary data storage site can switch to use one of Nirvanix's other data centers as their primary storage site. The company has data center sites in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas, Tokyo, and Frankfurt, Germany.

"For customers who have a single copy policy and are using our New Jersey node as their primary copy location, they can choose a different data center as their new primary location, such as Dallas or Las Vegas," and have the data be transferred there free of charge, a Nirvanix spokesperson said. Nirvanix normally charges customers based on the size of a transfer load.

The company says customers have already begun taking advantage of the free offer. In preparation for the move, the company increased its capacity in its West Coast data centers. The company says it doesn't expect any problems at its New Jersey site, but it is offering the service for customers who are "seeking extra peace of mind."

The storm has impacted other tech-related events. Google canceled an announcement it was planning to make in New York this morning, while EMC canceled a forum it was set to have in the Boston area on Tuesday.

Network World staff writer Brandon Butler covers cloud computing and social collaboration. He can be reached at BButler@nww.com and found on Twitter at @BButlerNWW.

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