Iron Mountain’s Connected PC backup product will be available for Mac users starting in March, according to a press release the company issued today at Macworld 2009. As with the PC version, Connected for Mac offers automated backup and centralized management of desktops and laptops both inside and outside the corporate firewall, and users can restore their own files directly without helpdesk intervention.
The offering follows EMC Corp.’s Mozy (now part of new EMC subsidiary Decho Corp.) into the market; the online backup service provider launched consumer and Pro versions of its Mac backup over the last year.
Another differentiator for MozyPro in the prosumer / SOHO market has been the ability to centrally manage storage for multiple workstations. Now, another company, Rebit, will also offer PC-based shared backup to an external hard drives for up to six clients. And so the consumer / prosumer storage space continues to move along at warp speed compared with the enterprise.
In other Mac storage news, ATTO Inc. announced that its iSCSI software initiator for Mac OS X servers, Xtend SAN, has new features, including HeaderDigest and DataDigest with error level 1 processing, used to guarantee the integrity of iSCSI header data. The software already supports features such as Challenge-Handshake Authentication (CHAP), Internet Storage Name Service (iSNS), Login Redirect and iSCSI error handling and recovery.
At the rate we’re seeing vendors burrow into the prosumer and / or Mac markets, I’m expecting to see somebody start offering all of the above, plus new features, by Friday.