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UK Backup chooses a NovaBackup xSP solution, other cloud storage news

UK Backup has selected NovaStor's NovaBackup xSP product to enhance its backup service offerings, plus other cloud storage news.

Online backup service provider UK Backup has selected NovaBackup xSP backup for cloud service providers, giving it the ability to offer virtual machine (VM) backups for VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V. NovaStor’s xSP product also enables UK Backup to comply with regulations -- including retention periods -- as required by customers from the health or financial sectors. UK Backup also offers backup services for workstations and servers, including Microsoft SQL and Exchange.

“NovaBackup xSP equips us with a future-proof platform for providing reliable and secure backup services to our customers,” said UK Backup director James Chillman in a press release. “By introducing NovaBackup xSP, we are supporting the latest technologies and this has allowed us to improve our market position.”

Texas insurance company deploys cloud SAN

National Lloyds & American Summit Insurance, a Waco, Texas-based insurance company, has chosen TwinStrata CloudArray as an extension to the cloud storage for its disaster recovery (DR) and backup needs. National Lloyds is able to deploy a cloud storage-area network (SAN) by combining cloud storage with existing SAN infrastructure for increased storage capacity and “like-local” access to cloud data.

The insurance firm had been using a SAN to store and protect its department and employee folders, along with images used by its policy and claims administrators. After it needed to replace its SAN three times within five years -- while also spending more than $3,000 a month to perform DR backups -- National Lloyds began the search for another option. Since deploying its CloudArray-powered cloud SAN, National Lloyds has moved its images and department and employee folders to the cloud, resulting in an immediate savings of $2,600 a month in DR costs.

Symantec acquires LiveOffice

Symantec Corp. has acquired LiveOffice, a provider of cloud-based data archiving and storage, for $115 million. LiveOffice offers storage and e-discovery services for email, instant messaging, social media, file sharing and other applications to meet regulatory requirements.

The company works with 20,000 companies in 50 countries. Symantec said the acquisition will allow it to add to its information governance products, allowing customers to have the choice to store information on-premises, in Symantec's data centers or a mix of both. LiveOffice is integrated with the Clearwell eDiscovery Platform, which coordinates the collection of information for actions such as legal cases. Symantec completed its acquisition of Clearwell in July 2011.

Acer announces new cloud-based consumer services

Acer has unveiled plans for AcerCloud, a new cloud-based service that will help it develop a relationship with consumers of its electronic devices.

The firm’s "cloud design philosophy" is to connect a user’s different devices, regardless of manufacturer and OS, to securely transfer digital media between those devices and make that media accessible at any time. AcerCloud is interoperable with any device that has a Windows or Android operating system and adopts a distributed architecture for cloud data storage by using the consumer’s main PC as a repository for the files made accessible to their mobile devices through that user’s "personal cloud."

FireScope introduces FireScope Stratis

FireScope Inc. has released FireScope Stratis, an elastic cloud-enabled enterprise management solution designed to support massive and highly dynamic environments.

The product is designed to leverage 'big data," elastic scalability, multilayered redundancy, and multi-tenancy. FireScope Stratis leverages Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to scale on-demand and support infrastructure growth.

outsourceIT and GoBeyondIT merge

outsourceIT, a managed services provider, has merged with GoBeyondIT, a cloud services provider. The combined companies claiming to have created one of the largest privately held managed cloud service providers in the U.S.

Craig Guice, chief executive officer (CEO) at outsourceIT, will continue to serve as CEO but will step down as president. Company co-founder Mark Vliet, who most recently served as vice president (VP) and chief technology officer, will now become president. Richard Crane, CEO at GoBeyondIT, will become executive VP of corporate development, while David Webb, partner at GoBeyondIT, will become executive VP at enterprise and strategic accounts.

Cloupia announces support for Cisco and NetApp FlexPod Architecture

Cloupia, a cloud and data center management and automation provider, announced that the Cloupia Unified Infrastructure Controller (CUIC) now supports the Cisco and NetApp FlexPod architecture. The Cisco and NetApp FlexPod is a pretested, shared infrastructure that combines Cisco networking and computing with NetApp storage to help channel partners accelerate their customers' transition to the cloud. CUIC provides a unified interface across all components.

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