IBM, Verizon Launch Cloud-Based Enterprise Backup Service

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-03-31 Print this article Print

IBM and Verizon present the highly configurable Managed Data Vault, which provides secure daily backups for any amount of business data through a beefed-up VPN that can run on either IP or on a private direct line.

IT giants IBM and Verizon on March 31 introduced a new cloud service and software offering that will make existing "industrial-strength" Verizon data storage services more accessible for data centers.

The two companies co-launched the highly configurable Managed Data Vault, which provides secure daily backups for any amount of business data through a beefed-up VPN that can run on either IP or on a private direct line.

Managed Data Vault, although it sounds like it would be archived storage, is strictly a daily backup service and does not include a search function or the metadata required to create enterprise archives.

It is a single package-with hardware, software and additional services provided by IBM where necessary-designed to help clients retrieve a file, restore a device or recover from a serious outage emergency. It is aimed at large enterprises with anywhere from 15TB to 150TB or more data in their storage arrays.

Managed Data Vault is designed to ingest as much structured or unstructured business data as possible as quickly as possible and store it safely off-site for quick recovery as needed, Laura Elliott, manager of IT solutions at Verizon, told eWEEK.

"This is an end-to-end solution over a private line, if needed," Elliott said. "We can do either MPLS [Multiprotocol Label Switching] or optical ring, so as to separate it from the public lines. This is about as industrial-strength as you can get."

The new private cloud service can support more than 10 times the storage capacity of traditional Internet-based backup and recovery solutions, while enabling businesses to draw on off-site protection at on-site speeds, Warren Sirota, strategy and program development executive for IBM Global, told eWEEK.

"At this time, using standard lines, it can take weeks or even a month to back up large amounts of data over the Internet," Sirota said. "With this, enterprises can back up their nightly business data in hours."

Elliott said data-movement speeds will reach up to 400GB per second. She also said the service offers enterprise-level data protection while the data is en route to the remote storage location.

Sirota could not be specific about pricing but did say IBM is charging for this service on a per-gigabyte-stored basis. For more information, go here.

Managed Data Vault will be available at first to Verizon and IBM clients in the New York metro area and will be rolled out to other regions during 2010.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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