Friday, January 6, 2012

IceWEB Storage Platform - Unified

iceWeb 3000, 5000 and 6000

High capacity unified storage for your data center or remote site.

Simplify the management of your environment with an all-inclusive storage system that lets you store both block and file data on one enterprise-class platform. The IceWEB Storage System 5000-HC supports multiple inter-connects and SATA drives, with the features and price point that make it a perfect fit for both data center and disaster recovery sites.

It’s Simple.

Setup wizards allow you to provision storage in as little as 15 minutes, and the intuitive interface simplifies the use of the sophisticated storage management capabilities.
The IceWEB Storage System 5000 stores all your data:
  • Microsoft Exchange
  • SQL Server and Oracle databases
  • Virtualized environments
  • Scanned images
  • Files
  • Video
  • Pictures
  • Graphics
  • Voice

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

NavigateStorage offers DATTO backup

Datto Inc. is an award-winning provider of hardware-based on and off-site backup and disaster recovery solutions. Over the past year, Datto has grown nearly 400%, moved into a larger office space, released a revolutionary new BDR solution and has upgraded all existing products with easy to use features and management tools. Datto decided to completely revamp the website to make it easier for current and potential partners to understand how Datto is changing the way the channel delivers backup and complete business continuity.

A channel-only company, Datto's backup and disaster recovery solutions are available exclusively through Datto Resale Partners – over 2,000 IT Service Providers across North America and Europe. Datto solutions can be found in verticals such as: healthcare, education, municipalities, retail, law, manufacturing, small business, finance, insurance and many more.

NavigateStorage sells DATTO

Continuum has entered into a strategic agreement with Datto Inc.

Continuum has entered into a strategic agreement with Datto to provide MSPs with a single, integrated platform that offers complete end-to-end business continuity by delivering both RMM and BDR functionality from one vendor.

Continuum will leverage Datto’s cloud infrastructure and industry-leading instant virtualization technology on their BDR appliance to ensure the protection and recovery of critical business data for small- and medium size businesses. The Continuum Vault BDR appliance can ship either directly from Datto, from Tech Data, or can be downloaded if the MSP secures an appliance from another source.

“Datto is very excited to be a core technology provider for the Continuum Vault offering. This partnership demonstrates Datto’s technological leadership in the BDR market and is a resounding win for the company,” said Austin McChord, CEO of Datto.

“Continuum Vault is a direct result of hundreds conversations with our partners that have been waiting for a well-executed solution that delivers RMM and BDR functionality as a single, unified platform, said Steve Ricketts, VP of Marketing for Continuum. “After a very diligent research effort we selected Datto because they set the standard for backup virtualization and cloud infrastructure, and they have a great utility for quickly transferring Zenith Infotech Cloud data into the Continuum Cloud environment. We are excited about working closely with Datto to redefine the business continuity marketplace.”

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

DATTO Backup and Continuum questions and answers

The Continuum-Datto BDR Partnership: Questions Answered

When Continuum (formerly Zenith RMM) yesterday announced a BDR (backup and disaster recovery) storage partnership with Datto, nearly 1,000 managed services providers (MSPs) and VARs signed up to gain early access to the platform, according to Continuum CEO Michael George. Still, MSPmentor raised five questions about the Continuum-Datto relationship and its potential implications for MSPs. George and his management team late last night spoke with MSPmentor and offered deeper insights. Here’s the update. Among the key takeaways: Continuum isn’t just getting into the BDR market, the company “wants to dominate it,” said George.
First, a little background: Summit Partners acquired Zenith RMM (now Continuum) in September 2011 from Zenith Infotech. The new Continuum Vault solution, launching in partnership with Datto, essentially positions Continuum to compete against Zenith Infotech in the BDR storage market. Among the topics MSPmentor discussed with Continuum and George…
MSPmentor’s Question: Can Continuum truly compete against its former owner, Zenith Infotech, especially when Zenith Infotech owns a minority stake in Continuum and Zenith Infotech CEO Akash Saraf sits on Continuum’s board?
Continuum’s Perspective: George said there’s nothing stopping Continuum from competing against Zenith Infotech because “we were the buyer and they were the seller. It would be pretty unique for a buyer to be restricted from doing new things [i.e., entering new markets." When companies are purchased and sold, he added, "the seller is usually very restricted but the buyer is usually rarely restricted."
MSPmentor's Question: Will Saraf remain on Continuum's board now that Continuum Vault essentially competes with Saraf's primary company, Zenith Infotech?
Continuum's Perspective: George said Saraf remains on Continuum's board and that his presence doesn't impact Continuum's business. "It is not a situation in any way impares or impedes our ability to do business and make decisions," said George. "Our significant owner is Summit Partners. We [Summit and the Continuum insiders] as a management team own more than 85 percent of the business. The fact that he’s on the board the board is a non-factor. We don’t lose sleep about it.” If in the future Saraf’s presence does become an issue, Continuum will explore the situation at that time, he said.
MSPmentor’s Question: Will Zenith Infotech maintain its minority stake in Continuum now that Continuum Vault essentially competes with Zenith Infotech?
Continuum’s Perspective: “It’s a fair question to ask,” said George. “But we’ve had no issues related to that.” George reiterated the fact that Zenith Infotech has only a small stake in Continuum. Also of note: Zenith Infotech may not be able to sell its stake in Continuum in order to adhere to an alleged court ruling in India, where Zenith Infotech is currently locked in a dispute with bondholders over a debt payment default. “Having Zenith Infotech sell their remaining stake on Continuum might require [Zenith Infotech] plaintiff approval. That’s an area at the moment we don’t care about; we only care about building our business and serving our partners.”
Note: MSPmentor does not know if Zenith Infotech would consider selling its minority stake in Continuum. I’ve reach out to Zenith Infotech for comment.
MSPmentor’s Question: Is the Continuum-Datto relationship exclusive or will Continuum work with additional BDR companies and storage companies?
Continuum’s Perspective: George confirmed that “there are some exclusive components” to the Continuum-Datto relationship. To summarize his thoughts, it’s safe to say the Continuum Vault solution involves and exclusive partnership between Continuum and Datto. Also, Datto has agreed to put a Continuum RMM (remote monitoring and management) agent on every device they ship. (MSPs can manually switch the Datto devices to alternative RMM agents if they so choose.)
“We’re a strong believer in business relationships that have real commitments to one another. We look for unique advantages from any strategic partnership and we want to offer a great strategic advantage to our partners who are willing to make big commitments to us.”
Still, George added, Continuum’s RMM platform will remain open to integrate with additional third-party BDR solutions; the Continuum Vault solution is where the Continuum-Datto exclusive deal essentially emerges.
MSPmentor: Why is Continuum getting into the BDR market?
Continuum’s perspective: “Candidly, we thought we would draft off of Zenith Infotech’s success in the BDR space,” said George. “Right up until the news about their [bond] default, Zenith Infotech was growing successfully so it was a natural place for us to feel comfortable drafting behind. But their news [the bond default] from a market perspective changed everything.”
George sees the BDR market as a “sharp edge of the sword” that allows MSPs to slice their way into the managed services market and stir even more demand for remote monitoring and management. “Once we decided we needed to address the shart edge of the sword we knew we would want to get into the market and not just be in it. We wanted to win and dominate it.” Hence, the Datto relationship and launch of Continuum Vault, George said.

Next Moves

George and the Continuum management team are expected to be in Chicago today, meeting with roughly a dozen MSPs “to listen, rather than talk,” he said.
During our conversation last night, it became clear that Continuum is running a marathon at a sprinter’s pace. Think of it this way: Summit Partners acquired Zenith RMM (now Continuum) in September. Since that time, George and his management team have completely rebranded the company, held dozens of MSP-centric meetings across the country, and met with most of the major BDR, RMM and PSA software providers.
Some skeptics wonder if Continuum can maintain this rapid pace — pushing into new markets even as Continuum strives to strengthen its core RMM and NOC (network operations center) services. We’ll be watching.

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DATTO Backup

Straight to VMDK: Inverse Chain Technology
SIRIS simplifies and streamlines the backup process through inverse chain technology, which always keeps the newest full backup at the front of the incremental chain. This technology takes data directly from the server and creates virtual machines (VMs) every time a backup occurs and then stores the data in that state on the local device. Watch a SIRIS Technical Demo now or Request a Live Demo.
Straight to VMDK files means there's no risk of file damage because the base image is always the newest. Since each backup is a VM, there is no need for a conversion process to occur before performing a restore, no need to worry about an incremental being damaged and no complicated roll-up process.

True Business Continuity

SIRIS provides true business continuity, eliminating downtime. When your servers go down, SIRIS can have you up and running in seconds with Instant Virtualization. This product was specifically engineered to save MSPs and VARs valuable time and money. SIRIS was designed with ease of use in mind (it can be setup and backing up machines in under 5 minutes) and is competitively priced.
In addition to instant on-site virtualization, SIRIS also offers instant off-site virtualization in Datto's Secure Cloud. Even if your on-site SIRIS Hardware gets washed away, SIRIS can provide instant VMs from the cloud ensuring that your business never misses a beat. You never have to worry about Security with Datto because all data is encrypted and sent to two bicoastal SAS70 Type II certified Data Centers with biometric authentication.

SIRIS has five major new features that allow it to stand apart from the competition:

  1. Instant Off-Site Virtualization - An Industry First Feature!
  2. Screenshot Verification of Backups - An Industry First Feature!
  3. Instant Local Virtualization
  4. Fully Managed Through One Simple Web Interface
  5. Ideal Sandbox Environment for Testing
  Additional Features
  • Up to 40TB on- and off-site backup
  • Five minute setup
  • Certificate-based authentication
  • Powerful scheduling
  • Enhanced security
  • Detailed reporting
  • Improved data deduplication
  • Multiple domain support
  • Automatic retry/repair of failed backups
  • Lower CPU overhead
  • Disk I/O scheduling
  • 3-year hardware warranty
NavigateStorage is an authorized partner and DATTO Backup is a channel only solution.  Let us show you a VM and bare-metal restore capable.  Let us show you how and give it a try.