iomart Group plc strengthens Cloud backup as a service with EMC Avamar

iomart Group plc, is provisioning the EMC Avamar deduplication backup software and system to strengthen its cloud-based backup-as-a-service offering for enterprise and SME customers across its main hosting brands.

This includes services provided to customers through iomart Hosting and RapidSwitch, as well as the Group’s cloud services channel brand Westcoastcloud.

The UK managed hosting and cloud services provider, is using Avamar to underpin its enterprise-class managed backup solution to customers both on-site and off-site, backed by award-winning SLAs. iomart Group is offering Avamar as part of its channel proposition to increase availability of the enterprise-grade back-up solution and the variety of software support.

Bill Strain, CTO of iomart Group, said: “To support the growth of our cloud backup-as-a-service customer offering we needed a reliable and efficient solution that was simple to manage for our customer base and employees.
Avamar provided best-in-class technology and infrastructure that strengthened our offering of a flexible and secure solution with high data integrity, at a suitable price point.”

The benefits to iomart Group customers from the Avamar-powered service include responsive and secure enterprise-grade data backup and recovery, as well as a streamlined user-experience that is delivered via a unique web-based interface. Customers are able to backup significant amounts of data online without having to make a capital investment to do so – and the process is quick: data is deduplicated and only the unique daily changes are stored, which reduces bandwidth requirements. In the event of data recovery, Avamar features a one-step process through which entire backups or individual files or directories can be accessed immediately.

Data integrity and security were paramount considerations in iomart’s selection process. After evaluating a number of solutions, iomart chose Avamar because it offered the organisation the most cost-effective and resilient backup solution with simplified management for iomart Group employees and customers.

Bill Strain added: “iomart Group’s capital investment in Avamar gives its customers enterprise backup technology without the big price tag. We have already witnessed a significant return on investment through the deployment of Avamar and we are expecting to see further benefits as we roll it out across other areas of our business.”

Avamar’s application programming interface (API) has been successfully integrated with iomart’s customer control panels and is currently being rolled out across the Group.

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