Concentric offers cloud backup for SMBs

By Kevin Komiega

-- Web hosting and IT services provider Concentric is now offering (SMBs) a hosted backup service using i365's EVault cloud-based backup and recovery technology.

The new Concentric Managed Backup service, which is based on EVault backup and recovery software licensed from Seagate’s online services arm, i365, is an online, disk-to-disk backup service that automatically sends data into the "cloud."

The service backs up new and changed data at the block level, compresses and encrypts the data and automatically transmits it to one of Concentric’s data centers where it is ultimately deduplicated and stored. Customers can then access, manage and restore data over the Web.

The Concentric Managed Backup service supports a wide range of operating platforms, including Novell, NetWare, Linux, Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, and VMware, as well as application support including Exchange, SQL Server, SharePoint, cluster services, Oracle, and other applications.

The service also uses FIPS-approved AES encryption to secure data.

Concentric is targeting companies with 10 to 250 employees and little or no IT expertise. However, Concentric’s senior product manager, Gary Ellis, admits the market is rife with competition as SMBs are being bombarded with cloud-based offerings.

“The market is extremely crowded and it must be very confusing for buyers. There are combinations of hardware, software and hybrid storage services available," he says. "It’s hard to sort through all of the [offerings] and do a real apples-to-apples comparison of what's out there."

Ellis says the company’s strategy is to use technologies like cloud computing to become a "one-stop shop" for SMBs.

"We offer hosted Exchange and messaging services, virtual private server management and now, the third leg of the stool, with [cloud-based managed backup],” he says. "We're offering SMBs advanced capabilities combined with our existing delivery platform and capabilities we bring to the table."

The company prices its service based on the amount of compressed, deduplicated data being protected in Concentric’s online vault. The Managed Backup service is available now and priced starting at $115 dollars per month.

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This article was originally published on June 16, 2009