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iomartcloud Announces Offsite Cloud Backup based on VMware vSphere Data Protection™ 5.5 Advanced

29/11/2013

RapidSwitch's sister company iomartcloud, a leading supplier of business critical hosted cloud services and part of iomart Group plc (AIM:IOM) , has announced that it has become the first European member of the VMware Service Provider Program to offer backup to the cloud services based on VMware vSphere Data Protection™ and VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced.

Powered by EMC Avamar, VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.5 and VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.5 Advanced feature industry-leading storage-efficiency for backups, unique capabilities to accelerate recovery, and unparalleled integration with VMware vSphere.

The new backup replication feature in VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.5 Advanced works out-of-the-box to copy backups of data into the cloud through network-efficient, encrypted replication, without requiring add-on licensing or additional infrastructure components like WAN accelerators. As a service provider iomartcloud can now build out these new backup to the cloud offerings with the general availability of VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.5 Advanced.

Bill Strain, CTO of iomartcloud, said: "We are proud to be able to deliver another simple yet innovative option for VMware customers who require SLA-backed protection for their mission-critical data. iomartcloud will offer a fully integrated option for customers of VMware vSphere Data Protection™ 5.5 Advanced to either backup their data off-site or choose a full Disaster Recovery option for their mission-critical data."

Backup to the cloud is becoming an increasingly important part of any business planning and many organisations are starting to choose to replicate their data off site to fully secure and redundant data centers such as those owned and managed by iomartcloud.

"Business continuity continues to be a key driver for the adoption of virtualization," said Gaetan Castelein, senior director of product management, Storage and Availability, VMware. "With the new replication capabilities of VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.5 Advanced, customers can now protect their data both on premise and in the cloud. We’re delighted that iomartcloud has chosen to partner with VMware to extend their cloud backup services with VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.5 Advanced."

For more information about iomartcloud’s cloud backup services visit www.iomartcloud.com/cloud-backup

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