Asigra Adds Smartphones to Its Cloud Backup Support

By Stuart J. Johnston

Backup vendor Asigra announced this week that it is shipping version 11 of its Asigra Cloud Backup product.

The new version adds data protection support for many mobile devices, including both Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) iOS and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android devices, as well as new automation capabilities to the package's multi-tenanted cloud license server meant to lower demands on management resources.

Additionally, the latest version of Asigra's backup, recovery and restore (BURR) product provides a new command center designed to enable management to have control and visibility of the Asigra network from anywhere via the Web.

Other new and updated features include performance increases of as much as 400 percent, and support for 10 Gbps LAN interfaces to storage hardware, network switches, and servers, according to a company statement.

Asigra Cloud Backup version 11 also provides hardware API-level integration with NetApp FAS appliances, the company said

The software package also provides features aimed at making Asigra Cloud Backup more compelling for managed service providers, such as what the company has dubbed "DS-Consumer."

"Today, there are numerous consumer backup solutions available in the marketplace that do a great job of backing up the data but do not provide any assurance that the backed up data will be restorable when needed," the company said.

"Asigra Cloud Backup provides users with a local as well as an off-site copy of the data and allows the end user to rollback to any point in time. Cloud backup service providers powered by Asigra can now offer a game-changing solution for consumers."

That can be important for corporate users who bring their own smartphones and other mobile devices into the workplace.

"As users today generate business content on their mobile devices (tablets and smartphones), corporate IT must respond and protect this data to ensure compliance requirements are met," the company's statement said.

"These computing endpoints demand increased data protection requirements, new data protection strategies, higher BURR platform scalability, and new application access control policies," the statement added.

Asigra Cloud Backup version 11 starts at less than $2,000 as determined by the customer's service level agreement.

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.

This article was originally published on June 10, 2011