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i365 gets physical with on-site storage

Local appliance addresses the biggest objection to cloud storage: loss of control

i365 has added an on-premises backup and recovery appliance to its EVault online backup and recovery services. 

One of the biggest inhibitors to Cloud Storage for backups has been that businesses don’t want to lose control of their data.  Drunken Data mounted the soapbox on this topic Monday. No matter what assurances a Cloud service makes, it’s hard not to feel safer with data on-site.

The poster child for this reluctance is Amazon S3, which guarantees 99.95% uptime, yet has a history that falls short of this level.

The EVault Express Recovery Appliance stages backups locally, allowing transfers to the Cloud over time.  The incremental costs for the appliance are small compared to conventional 100% on-site backup.  Near-term recovery time is quicker, but maybe more important is the emotional benefit of having recent backups within the company walls (locally or at a remote facility). 

This pragmatic tweak to the Cloud Storage model could open up the business market for SaaS in a big way.  What do you think?

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i365: New construction on the virtual interstate

Seagate Services has shifed gears to become i365

Seagate has combined its services businesses into a standalone company called i365. The name reminds me of an interstate highway.  The more I think about it, that’s not a bad thing. 

When the Eisenhower Interstate Highway System was first conceived, it was a radical new aproach to getting around.  By building out a new infrastructure, personal travel was transformed.  It affected much more than transportation though.  The housing industry, economic development, city centers and leisure travel all went through significant and unforeseen shifts due to faster and easier transport.  There’s only so much you can predict.

i365 is one of a growing horde of companies riding the rails of a virtual equivalent of the Interstate Highway System – the internet – to provide faster and easier (and safer?) management of their data.  

The internet is on a path to have a bigger impact on society than the advent of cars and highways. And like the Interstate System, who knows really what that will mean in 20 years? 

I’m excited to see Seagate jumping in with both feet.