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July 25, 2008
Falconstor Partners with HiNet for Online Backup Services
Falconstor has partnered with Taiwan’s HiNet to provide online backup services. Their services will be available to customers and small- and medium-sized businesses in Taiwan.
FalconStor develops open systems software for storage consolidation, virtualization, and data protection. Through its acquisition of Hong Kong-based World Venture, a privately-held online backup and storage services developer for the Telco and enterprise markets, FalconStor enables end-to-end online backup services for ISPs. World Venture provides the front-end Web interface that allows customers to use FalconStor’s data protection services via the Internet.
Falconstor has stated that by this move they are expanding their Software as a Service (SaaS (News - Alert)) market.
"Software as a Service is a proven model for businesses and consumers to subscribe to WAN-optimized storage services over the broadband network,” said ReiJane Huai, chairman and CEO of FalconStor Software. “FalconStor Software’s totally open data protection has been deployed by enterprise customers around the world to replicate critical data to and from remote offices, data centers and disaster recovery sites. Our partnership with HiNet will enable us to leverage each other's core competencies to launch cost-effective SaaS-based services."
This combined venture will be offering HiNet SafeBox services, an online backup and storage service available to HiNet subscribers. HiNet claims it has more than 4.3 million broadband users, and the HiNet SafeBox service has acquired over 10,000 end users since its initial launch in the second quarter of 2008.
”The SafeBox service creates a new business for HiNet-IDC (News - Alert), the integration data center service of HiNet, by extending the market to individual users and the small and mid-size business market,” said Shyang-Yih Chen, president of HiNet.
For users this service will help them to encrypt their data and store it in a secure storage server on the Internet at pre-scheduled times. All they have to do is to download small setup software onto their computer to back up or archive their data into HiNet-IDC. The HiNet-IDC is said to be powered by FalconStor Continuous Data Protector (CDP) and Network Storage Server (NSS).
This service will also allow the user recover a single file or a complete folder from any computer through the web interface. Storage as a Service also includes features such as versioning, incremental backup and archiving.
Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh’s articles, please visit his columnist page.
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