Verizon expands cloud backup service to global market

It charges about $US3.80 per gigabyte of data stored

Verizon Communications Inc.'s business division Wednesday announced the global launch of its Verizon Remote Backup and Restore program, an expanded suite of managed services that perform automatic data backup and restore functions for servers and PCs.

The remote backup and restore service has been available in the U.S. for six years, but the company said it has now built up its infrastructure enough to offer it to the global market. "This is a completely automated, managed service delivered through the cloud, but it's a service focused on specific business tasks," said Anthony Kessel, a senior product manager at Verizon.

Kessel said the service is designed to allow enterprises to perform remote site backups or archive data from individual PCs, reducing both management and backup windows for IT administrators. Data is encrypted while it is transmitted and being stored in Verizon's data centers, Kessel said.

Verizon uses data de-duplication and snapshot technology to reduce the bandwidth needed for nightly backups, which only send changed files from servers with Verizon's agents installed on them. The backup service can also be managed by users who want to choose which files or document folders to back up off their PCs each night.

Chris Alvord, CEO of business continuity software vendor COOP Systems Inc., has been using Verizon's backup service for two years on his SQL servers in order to speed up recovery time in case of lost or corrupted files. Alvord, who had been backing up via tape, said he backs up about 20GB a month through Verizon.

"Rather than having local tape, there's a copy made to Verizon's Denver data center daily. It's encrypted and compressed. We don't have to think about it. We just have agents on our servers, and it does everything for us," Alvord said.

Alvord said going live with the service was painless; since implementing it, he has had to recover data several times due to user error. "It was just so simple to do this," he said. "This has worked flawlessly over the past two years."

Verizon is charging about $US3.80 per gigabyte of backed up data it stores.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Lucas Mearian

Computerworld (US)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Armand Abogado

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?