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Jan 10 2012   12:25PM GMT

Rebit unveils hybrid cloud backup, but really, USB drives are awesome

John Hilliard Profile: John Hilliard

Who says cloud is a gimmick? Rebit Inc., said it will offer a “professional-grade” hybrid cloud backup product that offers cloud and local storage, according to an announcement released this week.

According to a press release, the company says new Rebit Pro backup will offer local and cloud backup through a single interface. Local backups can be made to a USB drive or NAS, while the company promotes the cloud option as “an additional layer of redundancy for disaster recovery.”

The Longmont, Colo.,-based company produces the consumer-level Rebit 5 Backup for Windows, as well as a small (and pricey) lineup of HDDs that come bundled with three licenses for their consumer backup product.

Rebit promises the capabilities expected from a business-level backup and restore product that uses the cloud: continuous and automatic backup, full system restore and cloud integration.

Rebit goes on to note:

“Unlike traditional cloud backup services, Rebit Pro starts with a local full system backup and then mirrors a copy in the cloud.”

(You’ll have to trust us; the company page for Rebit Pro said “details coming soon” as we post this on Jan. 10.)

But there’s also no details on the kind of cloud service – or who exactly provides it – should a user need to lean on cloud for a restore. That’s a critical point, as businesses depend on knowing data stored in the cloud is accessible, secure and available when they need it for disaster recovery, and one we’ve written about before.

We’ve asked Rebit for more details on its cloud service, and we’ll post their answer as an update to this post.

Hmm. It does feel like Rebit is promoting its cloud as not so much Robin to their local storage’s Batman, and more as the Watson to Sherlock Holmes.

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