I365 opens Evault cloud storage to ISVs

The cloud service uses encryption, deduplication and compression to increase performance

Seagate's backup service subsidiary i365 today announced it is making its cloud storage service available to independent software vendors that can in turn use it to sell as their own software as a service (SaaS) offering.

I365 began offering SaaS in 1997 and has been offering its EVault backup and recovery software as its own SaaS offering in Europe since 2008.

The EVault Cloud-Connected Services Platform uses encryption, deduplication, compression, and bandwidth management to optimize the secure transmission of data over a WAN.

The service platform is available to ISVs through the i365 ISV Partner Program.

"Cloud-based storage offerings are making it easier for small and medium-sized businesses to expand and manage their IT infrastructure without the added upfront investments in storage infrastructure, and human capital," said Laura DuBois, IDC's research director for storage software, in a statement. "I365's EVault Cloud-Connected Services Platform will enable ISVs to offer their customers a cloud-based option without having to re-architect their applications."

The EVault platform extends the i365 cloud storage offering beyond EVault backup software and allows ISVs to use i365's SaaS infrastructure for their applications. The SaaS platform includes cloud APIs, i365's "enterprise-class" cloud storage hosted in data centers with SAS 70 Type II or ISO 9001:2000 certification, a service connector to securely transfer objects to and from the cloud, and SaaS business and support systems that ISVs can use to go to market with a SaaS offering.

I365 said its Cloud Connected Service includes SaaS business and support systems that can accommodate a variety of go-to-market strategies, including different pricing and billing models, account and contract management, and levels of customer service and support. Terry Cunningham, general manager of i365, said cloud-connected storage is a "clear must-have" in furthering cloud adoption within the small and mid-sized business market.

"It not only offers a cost effective, manageable way to better protect data from a site outage without the hassle and expense of building an offsite data center, but also facilitates quick recovery of critical data in the event of a site disaster," he said.

There is no charge for participating in i365's ISV program. Once the ISV an ready to go to market with an actual product, i365 will determine a pricing model that is based on the technology and business components they are going to use and the amount of data stored in our cloud, a spokesperson said.

Lucas Mearian covers storage, disaster recovery and business continuity, financial services infrastructure and health care IT for Computerworld. Follow Lucas on Twitter at @lucasmearian, send e-mail to lmearian@computerworld.com or subscribe to Lucas's RSS feed .

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