Press ReleasesIRM & Microsoft Deliver Cloud backup
Iron Mountain Digital and Microsoft Work Together to Deliver Cloud-based Backup and Recovery Solution for Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007
January 13, 2009 - Backup Direct reported today that Iron Mountain Digital, one of its main strategic partners for providing Storage-as-a-Service solutions for backup and archiving, has announced a strategic relationship with Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) to support organizations with the long-term protection and secure recovery of corporate data. Microsoft® System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2007 customers with Service Pack 1 are able to automatically backup their data to Iron Mountain Digital’s new backup and recovery solution, CloudRecoveryTM, for short- and long-term, secure off-site storage. The cloud-based solution will be available to all DPM customers beginning early in 2009. Companies who contract for the service by April 15, 2009, will receive 60 days of free service.
Research by Backup Direct has found that as many as one in three SMBs are opting for, what initially appears to be, the cheap option when it comes to data backup by selecting tape-based solutions to safeguard business critical information.
“Iron Mountain Digital and Microsoft are uniquely qualified to help customers manage and protect their data,” said John Clancy, president, Iron Mountain Digital. “Our strategic relationship with Microsoft combines their strengths in platforms and applications with Iron Mountain’s strengths in enterprise storage-as-a-service and disaster recovery -- delivering customers a more cost-effective backup and archiving solution from vendors they can trust.”
Iron Mountain Digital’s CloudRecovery solution offers integration with Microsoft Data Protection Manager (DPM) through its user interface, providing automated, reliable backup and archive of DPM-protected data online – conveniently extending the capacity of the on-site DPM server. DPM customers can select data retention policies ranging from 30 days to 7 years and DPM will then send the data automatically and securely to Iron Mountain’s data centers for archiving.
By capturing data automatically and securely storing it offsite, the risk of losing data – even down to an individual file, can be eliminated. With this solution, customers can reduce the costs and risks associated with downtime and data recovery, and also meet compliance with policies and regulations by automating capture and long-term retention. The automated process also enables resources to be used to support key business initiatives, instead of labor-intensive procedures of managing secondary storage.
“As an extension to the enterprise capabilities System Center Data Protection Manager delivers, customers desire the ability to safely and securely store and manage their data online, off-site, and retrieve it as needed,” said Bala Kasiviswanathan, director of Storage Solutions Marketing for Microsoft. “Given their data management expertise and services orientation, Microsoft is working with Iron Mountain to provide customers with these capabilities in an integrated and cost-effective manner.”
“Hybrid approaches, which include some on-premise control of software and/or hardware coupled with off-premise services or infrastructure, are becoming popular to overcome data protection challenges and reduce storage costs,” said Lauren Whitehouse, analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “Coupling Microsoft’s System Center Data Protection Manager with Iron Mountain Digital’s CloudRecovery service provides organizations with an optimal solution to help improve overall data protection effectiveness and offers a leading solution from two vendors who are trusted experts in their fields.”
About Backup Direct
Backup Direct is a leading supplier of online data backup services for UK business. Backup Direct delivers: automated data backup, secure off-site storage, archiving and guaranteed fast data recovery. Clients receive reliable and secure data protection to maximise business continuity in case of disaster. Backup Direct's combination of business focus, leading technology, operational systems, SLAs and committed support combine to ensure simple, secure and affordable data protection. Founded in 2002, Backup Direct has more than 2000 UK business clients protecting over 30 terabytes of customer data. It is a leading Tier One provider of Iron Mountain Digital Services in the UK. Visit the company's website at www.backupdirect.net or call 0800 0 789 437 for further information.
About Iron Mountain Digital
Iron Mountain Digital is the world’s leading provider of enterprise Storage-as-a Service solutions for backup and archiving. The technology arm of Iron Mountain Incorporated offers a comprehensive suite of data protection, archiving and intellectual property management solutions to thousands of companies around the world, directly and through a world-wide network of channel partners. Iron Mountain Digital is based in Southborough, Mass. with European headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany.