Continent 8 Technologies unveiled its revolutionary new Cloud Backup product to a group of the Island’s business leaders at a breakfast briefing on 5th December. This solution comes at a time when unprecedented data growth is challenging organisations of all sizes and placing pressure on backup and recovery initiatives.
“Whether an organisation has a data centre presence or not, Continent 8’s Cloud Backup provides the ideal solution for any business concerned with data loss and regulation requirements,” says the company’s head of product, Stephen Trimble.
“With mounting pressure to improve disaster recovery practices organisations are looking for affordable alternatives to existing backup methods that are falling short in terms of efficiency, reliability and ease of use.
“Whilst the product is built to enable secure backups from any device, anywhere our Cloud Backup is ideal for customers hosted in one or more of our nine global data centres, all of which have direct, high bandwidth connectivity to the fully resilient storage vaults. It allows you to quickly recover lost files, documents and critical data, protecting them from potential business disruption and long-term damage that lost data can cause.
In what Continent 8 describes as a “new approach to backups” Cloud Backup offers:
The launch comes as a recent survey shows that between 2010 and 2012, the average company data storage footprint grew by 60 per cent while every day 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created with 90 per cent of the world’s data created in the past two years alone.
Over the last 15 years, Isle of Man-based Continent 8 has established itself as the leading provider of co-location, managed hosting and network solutions to many of the world’s largest eBusinesses. Multi-jurisdictional and multi-cultural, the privately-owned company offers its services in 9 different countries across three continents with global expansion continuing in the United States and Europe. Data centre locations currently include the Isle of Man, London, Paris, Dublin, Malta, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Montreal and Singapore.
Mr Trimble highlighted that Cloud Backup seamlessly integrates with the Continent 8 global network, thereby offering a complete solution to any customer at any of Continent 8’s locations – reducing the cost of backing up data remotely.
He adds: “Customers will experience 99.999 per cent availability from a proven cloud solution, and could reduce their backup and recovery times by 95 per cent or more.”
He emphasises that having a backup solution is meaningless without a rapid and reliable method of recovering and restoring data.
“A Cloud backup and recovery system instantly accesses the data you wish to recover, regardless of your location – including individual files, the most common type of data recovery. Files selected for backup are encrypted before transmission to a cloud vault and remain encrypted once they reach their destination. The only decryption key resides with the customer, and these safeguards are superior to un-encrypted on-premise data backup and recovery systems.
“This backup, recovery and restore solution allows a business to redirect IT resources to more pressing challenges or strategic initiatives within the organisation. The built-in scalability of Cloud Backup makes it easy to evolve as a business data environment grows and changes.
“It eliminates the shortcomings of tape backup which are often expensive, vulnerable to obsolescence and can be lost or stolen when being transported off-site. Also, recovering data from a tape system can be a slow process, especially if a tape needs to be retrieved from an off-site vault.”
Published in Isle of Man Newspapers Business Word, 17 December 2013