SOS expands functionality of its Universal Backup solution, including unlimited versioning and archiving and global roaming access.
Cloud storage provider SOS
Online Backup announced enhancements to SOS
Universal Backup with LiveProtect, which helps enable small and midsize
businesses to back up data across multiple destinations at multiple times. By
backing up data to six global data centers in locations such as the U.S.,
India, Europe and Australia, SOS enables
SMBs to back up their entire network from their Microsoft Outlook to their
financial documents. SOS Universal Backup
with LiveProtect also enables SMBs to monitor their files and take advantage of
continuous real-time data protection.
SOS backs up the
data off-site automatically, keeping an unlimited version history. The
company's online backup solution is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application
billed as a monthly subscription. Some of the enhanced features to Universal
Backup include free integrated local backup, which enables a complete local
backup suite where businesses can securely back up any file to any local
medium, whether it's an external hard drive, a local network connection, a
flash memory stick or an iPod. Additionally, unlimited versioning and archiving
assures businesses that every version of every file is kept forever, unlike
other online backup systems that delete files from a backup when they are
deleted from the computer.
that when it comes to the needs of small businesses, online backup is
invaluable, and we've taken steps to deliver a solution that offers SMBs more
features designed to improve accessibility, flexibility and security of their
data," said Ken Shaw, CEO of SOS
Online Backup. "Our latest multidestination, multischedule enhancements
assure SMBs that all of the data their business depends on is completely
protected and readily accessible."
SOS also offers
a Physical Media Upload (PMU) service for
SMBs that have large amounts of data and an unpredictable Internet connection,
which could take weeks to complete the initial backup of data. The PMU
enhancement provides businesses with an external drive in which to copy data. SOS
also helps ensure businesses will always be able to retrieve critical files by
backing up data regularly to the SOS Backup
Server Grid, providing global roaming access. This allows businesses to access
data from any computer with a Web browser, unlike other backup systems that
will only restore to the same computer that created the backup.
Addressing the increasing use of mobile devices, SOS
enables users of an iPhone or other WAP-enabled (Wireless Application
Protocol-enabled) mobile phone, including the BlackBerry, to access their data.
With SOS for iPhone, digital content, such
as photos, presentations, documents and music, that has been protected with SOS
can be accessed, streamed and shared. SOS
for iPhone is available on the Apple App Store as a free download.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.