Ctera Networks this week announced its distribution deal with Interwork Technologies, a value-added distributor for security services. Interwork is adding Ctera’s Cloud-Attached Storage devices to its S-Sphere suite of managed security services. S-Sphere includes products from a number of other vendors.
Liran Eshel, CEO of Ctera, said that Interwork is adding Ctera’s offering as a data protection component for its security services suite. He referred to the appliance-based Cloud-Attached Storage as a “cloud extender,” providing a unified solution for local/NAS/cloud backup. The Cloud-Attached Storage devices come in two form factors: the Cloud Plug, which converts USB/eSATA into network-attached storage; and the higher-end Ctera C200 appliance. The devices include management tools that allow MSPs and VARs to provide data protection as a service to their SMB customers. The company said that the devices enable end user IT organizations to share files on the local network, synchronize files between local devices and the Cloud-Attached Storage appliance, back up and restore data to/from a cloud infrastructure (hosted by another provider).
VARs and MSPs can either host the Cloud-Attached Storage service at their own data center, or Ctera can host it for them.
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