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Sep 27 2011   9:35AM GMT

Asigra Cloud Backup tapped as platform for NTT America service

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Asigra Inc. announced this week that the company’s Cloud Backup software will be used as the platform for NTT America Inc.’s own backup service.

On its website, NTT wrote that its Cloud Backup service allows customers to schedule incremental forever backups, plus supports remote office and laptop backups, the use of data compression and dedupe, as well as meets regulatory requirements for data storage and data destruction. The service also integrates with VMware, Hyper-V and ZenSource, and works with several operating systems, including Linux, Windows and Mac OS X, the company said.

According to Asigra, the Backup Cloud-powered service offers agent-less deployment and management, FIPS 140-2 security certification for data encryption, plus offers support for local and remote disaster recovery, and other options.

The software platform has two major parts: the DS-client, which is installed at the customer’s premises or remote offices, as well as the DS-system, which is implemented at the client’s data center, according to Asigra, which claims on its website that it has 250,000 client installations for its backup platform.

An analyst quoted by Asigra said companies are increasingly eyeing the cloud for backup functions.

“Trends in IT show that an increasing number of businesses are making the switch from traditional to cloud-based backup solutions, benefitting from the added agility and elasticity that cloud backup brings,” said Lauren Whitehouse, a senior analyst with Enterprise Strategy Group. “The partnership between NTT America and Asigra is ideal, combining experience, innovation and reach to provide public, private and hybrid cloud backup supported by two respected technology vendors.”

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