Continent 8 Technologies has unveiled its revolutionary new Cloud Backup as part of its Managed Service portfolio.
This solution comes at a time when unprecedented data growth, oft en referred to as “big data”, is challenging organisations of all sizes and placing pressure on backup and recovery initiatives.
“Whether an organization has a data centre presence or not, Cloud Backup provides the ideal solution for any business concerned with data loss and regulation requirements,” said 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.
“While 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 10 global data centres, all of which have direct, high bandwidth connectivity to the fully resilient storage vaults.
The launch comes as a recent survey showed 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.
Trimble highlighted that Cloud Backup seamlessly integrates with the Continent 8 global network, offering a complete solution to customers in any Continent 8 location – reducing the cost of backing up data remotely.
He added: “Customers will experience 99.99 per cent availability from a proven cloud solution, and could reduce their backup and recovery times by 95 per cent or more.”
Trimble emphasised 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,” continued Trimble.
“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.”
He concluded: “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.”
Article appeared in ICE Daily – Issue 2, 5th February 2014