i365 targets ISVs with cloud storage services

By Kevin Komiega

-- i365 this week launched the EVault Cloud-Connected Services Platform and is looking to partner with independent software vendors (ISVs) that need a way to connect existing on-premise enterprise applications to cloud storage.

According to i365, the EVault Cloud-Connected Services Platform is an edge-to-cloud storage service that allows partners to store data to and retrieve data from the i365 Cloud.

The EVault Cloud-Connected Services Platform has one purpose – to give ISVs a ready-made way to get data into the cloud.

"ISVs want to protect their data, but don't want to build a cloud storage platform themselves. With the Cloud-Connected Services Platform they can flip the switch and we do it for them," says Terry Cunningham, i365's senior vice president and general manager.

Cunningham says many ISVs want to offer cloud storage services in conjunction with their existing applications and services, but they often lack the technical capability and resources to do it themselves.

"Can somebody else go and build a storage cloud? Of course, but they can get there faster and more cost-effectively using our platform than they could if they tried to build it themselves," he says.

The Cloud-Connected Services Platform is comprised of several of i365's hardware and software products, including APIs for application integration, an Intel-based "Service Connector," which facilitates data transfers, and the back-end i365 Cloud.

The platform uses encryption, deduplication, compression, and bandwidth management to transfer data over the WAN.

i365 hosts data in ten data centers with SAS 70 Type II or ISO 9001:2000 certification.

The EVault Cloud-Connected Services Platform is available to ISV partners through the i365 ISV Partner Program. The company also offers software-as-a-service (SaaS) business and support systems that can accommodate a variety of go-to-market strategies, including different pricing and billing models, account and contract management, and customer service and support.

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This article was originally published on January 12, 2010