iiNet to launch cloud backup for business

Internet Service Provider iiNet has launched a cloud backup service for consumers, and plans to scale it up for business users.

iiNet has created a cloud backup product called Online Vault, and plans to adapt the product to offer cloud backup for business.

The new product offers consumers 5GB, 10GB or 20GB of online storage space, and is powered by a product from security specialists F-Secure called "F-Secure Share" that sees the Finnish company provide a dedicated storage appliance to partners such as ISPs. The product also includes white label software than partners can brand.

Greg Bader, iiNet's Chief Technology Officer, said the company adopted the product after initially trying to develop its own solution, but found the task onerous.

The company also considered other cloud solutions, but "...wanted the backups done in Australia because "we anticipated concerns about data being hived off overseas."

The F-Secure product appealed as it offered a simple solution, with the chance to brand and adapt the client software especially attractive as iiNet's customers tend to be early adopters and appreciate sophisticated products

Bader said the company's customers are buying 20 or 30 Online Vault subscriptions each day and that subscriber numbers have hit 200 since launch.

Business users are also on the company's radar.

"Down the track we will expand it into small to medium enterprises, corporates and businesses and have multiple users backing up to the same place," Bader told SearchStorage ANZ. "We will also look to take that service to the consumer and to homes with multiple computers." The latter service, he believes, will appeal to households that find network-attached storage too complex for their backup needs.

The service is currently provisioned with several terabytes of storage. Bader did not specify its current capacity, but said the company is already considering clustering cloud backup servers between its data centers.

"We use a lot of NetApp storage, some centralised, some clustered," he said. If cloud backup takes off, he therefore envisions adapting that regime to allow for installation of additional cloud backup appliances.

Of NetApp, Bader said iiNet owns so many of its appliances he "sometimes feels like we own half of Netapp," but is happy to do so as its products "work as advertised."

F-Secure, meanwhile, told SearchStorage ANZ through a spokesperson that it is in active discussions with other partners about more deployments of the Share product.

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