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Vol. 7 No. 7 September 2008

Midrange online backup offerings help SMBs get on the cloud

somewhere between Web-based storage you can buy with your pocket change (Amazon's S3) and pricier options from vendors who own their remote hosting facilities and offer things like support for virtual machines and 24/7 monitoring portals (IBM's Arsenal), there are online backup services making a play for your business. "In the middle ground there are a whole bunch of firms that don't own their own data center," says Eran Farajun, COO at Asigra, which specializes in agentless backup and restore solutions. "They co-locate; they buy one or two blocks of space and host their vaults or storage repositories there." One such firm is AmeriVault Corp., an Asigra partner. AmeriVault's online storage service is built and offered on top of three technologies: Seagate Technology's EVault, EMC's Mozy and Asigra. In that way, AmeriVault competes with EVault by offering it, too. "EVault would probably say [to potential customers] 'Well, we make the stuff,'" says Scott Bush, AmeriVault's director of marketing. "We say 'Well, we don't have to pay...

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  • Ask the Experts: RTOs and RPOs

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  • The lure of open-source backup programs

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