Security-conscious enterprises are cool to the cloud backup market. One IT services provider is looking to to thaw things out.
Ahead of EMC World 2013, Southfield, Mich.-based Secure-24, a provider of hosting, cloud and managed IT services for mid-market and enterprise customers, took the wraps off a new Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS) offering that leverages EMC storage infrastructure and its own data center facilities for high-security data protection. The company specializes in SAP and Oracle hosting, as well as IT outsourcing services.
Secure-24 BaaS employs hardware and software from EMC, including Avamar, Networker and Data Domain deduplication storage systems. The firm is a certified Gold EMC Velocity Service Provider and earned EMC's Journey to the Cloud Award last year.
For its part, Secure-24 data security, high availability and compliance services.
The company's ITIL-compliant (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) secure data protection services are anchored by data centers in Michigan, Arizona and Nevada. Each facility houses "an EMC backup architecture with over 1.8 Petabytes of protected data deployed," stated the company.
Taken altogether, Secure-24 eliminates the security and manageability concerns that are preventing enterprise IT departments from taking the cloud backup plunge.
Keith Bankston, Backup Services Manager for Secure-24, notes that his company's solution addresses the roadblocks to suitably implementing backup operations for critical data. "Many organizations face challenges in justifying the cost to have all critical applications and data backed up properly. A BaaS solution must integrate into existing infrastructure, and provide a single management interface for all administrators," he said.
Secure-24 solves all that. "Enterprise-level backup and restore requires a number of critical procedures. We provide our clients with a solution to reduce the costly risks of information loss without the high upfront investment," said Bankston.
Secure-24 joins a growing number of cloud backup providers hoping to lure big companies with demanding data security and compliance requirements.
MezeoCloud introduced a number of updates to its enterprise cloud storage platform in March, including Amazon S3 and OpenStack storage connectors with encryption support. NetApp and Equinix also teamed up last month to provide businesses with secure, Amazon Web Services-based cloud storage. In December, InfraScale boasted that it takes a "three-tiered encryption" approach for its FileLocker cloud storage platform.
Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.