Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Verizon Business Launches De-Duplication Remote Backup for Corporate Networks

Verizon Business is launching a Remote Backup and Restore managed service for corporate servers and PCs -- without overburdening corporate networks. Using "de-duplication" technology, Verizon's new offering employs "variable block size" analysis, a specialized feature that automatically identifies new data for storage and greatly reduces the amount of data transmitted daily. This eliminates the backup of redundant data, reducing network bandwidth and storage capacity requirements for enterprises.

Verizon Business said that unlike many other backup and restore services that can tax a network and slow delivery of mission-critical applications, its Remote Backup and Restore service operates in the background at a low priority.

The new software-as-a-service (SaaS)-enabled capabilities consist of hosted, secure backup and restore solutions for both PCs and servers. Verizon Remote Backup and Restore -- PC is now available in the U.S. and Europe, and will be available in the Asia-Pacific region later this year. This offering joins the Verizon Remote Backup and Restore -- Server service, which has been available in the U.S. since 2006 and is now available to enterprise customers in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

Pricing is usage-based, so that enterprises pay for the amount of data stored.

Verizon Business noted that it already offers e-mail, anti-virus, server monitoring and conferencing applications, as well as wide-area network reporting tools, via a SaaS delivery model. The company's SaaS focus is part of a long-term strategy to offer customers flexibility and choice when purchasing IT solutions. These SaaS capabilities leverage Verizon Business' expansive data center footprint spanning 22 countries and one of the most expansive global IP networks, setting the stage for additional SaaS deployments.

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