Data Protection Service includes Web-based portal.

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PowerProtect is a fully managed, network-based, turnkey service that allows New York City area business customers to automate offsite backup and restore mission-critical data. Once initial backup has been completed for particular server or PC, PowerProtect facilitates daily backups and point-in-time copies occur automatically with minimal impact on system and network performance. Usage tracking is provided via online portal.



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Con Edison Communications Introduces PowerProtect, Fully Managed Network-based Data Protection Service


Reliable Offsite Data Backup and Restore Service For New York City Area Enterprises, SMEs.

New York - April 19, 2003 - Con Edison Communications (CEC), a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison Inc., today introduced PowerProtect, a fully managed, network-based data protection service.

PowerProtect is a turnkey, ultra-reliable utility service that makes it fast, easy and cost-effective for CEC's New York City area business customers to automate the offsite backup and restore of mission-critical data.

PowerProtect simplifies every aspect of protecting corporate data. It's easy to set-up and provides automated backups and rapid Web-based restores. PowerProtect minimizes the impact on servers and networks and reduces operating and storage management costs. Using advanced storage technology, PowerProtect enables customers to remotely backup their data leveraging their existing network. Once an initial backup has been completed for a particular server or PC, PowerProtect facilitates daily backups and point-in-time copies occur automatically with minimal impact on system and network performance. And with its Web-based portal, PowerProtect ensures immediate access to vital company data. This enables customers to restore data whenever and wherever they need it, whether to an existing company location or a disaster recovery facility.

"Experience shows us that the smartest way to protect critical business data is to maintain it at remote locations in the event of manmade or natural disasters," said Peter Rust, president and CEO of CEC. "Our PowerProtect service addresses this need directly. In the same way that our diverse conduit system protects telecommunications services more than single conduit offerings, remote backup and restore services protect data better than onsite methods alone."

PowerProtect offers a minimum of 99.99% availability. Other features include:

· Network-based data protection for servers and personal computers

· Proven, reliable turnkey data backup and restore service

· Supports hundreds of application servers and terabytes of data

· 24 x 7 support

· Usage tracking and analysis via online portal

· Provides tape-based data protection

For more information on PowerProtect, interested parties may email info@conedcom.com or call 800 479-8105 and select option 7.

About Con Edison Communications

Con Edison Communications (CEC) (www.ConEdCom.com), a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison Inc., is the 'Smart Alternative' Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC). CEC offers a comprehensive range of data and voice transport products and services designed to enhance the performance of its customers' networks. CEC builds and operates its own fiber optic network providing managed data transport services, custom networks, local and long distance voice services and Internet services.

CEC serves local and long-distance carriers, Fortune 1000 corporations, and small and medium businesses. Operations commenced in 1999. Since then, CEC's New York City metro area network continues to grow and currently interconnects over 160 commercial buildings, all major carrier Points-of-Presence (POPs) and many of the Verizon Central Offices in New York City.

Its parent company, Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE:ED], is one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy companies, with $10 billion in annual revenues and $21 billion in assets.

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