One way to save money on an off-site backup infrastructure, plus the associated energy and management costs, is to pay a subscription fee to a firm that has already gone and built its share of geographically distributed datacenters. In Verizon’s case, they have datacenters in 22 countries.
Verizon Business today announced an expansion of its Verizon Remote Backup and Restore software as a service (SaaS) offering to now include PCs ( previously only available for servers). Although not expressly mentioned in today’s announcement, the telecom’s business services unit also saves energy on its end. This is accomplished by employing data deduplication, which in turn prevents overprovisioning by eliminating redundant data and keeping otherwise underused capacity powered.
According to Verizon, the service requires that a low-resource agent that “supports a wide range of commonly used computing platforms” is installed onto a PC or Server. Administrators manage the setup on a Web-based dashboard and customers only pay for the storage they use.
Is your data safe? The company promises that backups will reside in datacenters that “feature 24 x 7 security protection, redundant and uninterruptible power supplies, as well as built-in fire suppression and environmental controls to help maintain data availability.”
Verizon Remote Backup and Restore for PC and Server is available in the U.S. and Europe with Asia-Pacific to join in later this year.
Considering that Verizon already subscribes to a green datacenter mentality, there are worse, less energy efficient places to keep your data…