Iron Mountain and Adobe Systems joined forces on Feb. 27 to unveil a partnership designed to provide Adobe Digital Imaging and Creative Suite software customers with subscription-based online automated backup and data protection for all residual digital images stored on PCs and laptops.
As part of the technology marriage between the two companies, Adobe Photoshop Services will come equipped with Iron Mountains Connected DataProtector/PC service to secure against accidental loss or corruption of digital photos. The new Adobe offering—called Digital Image Protector—will be integrated with Adobe Bridge, Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 and 4.0, and Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition 3.0, said David Kubick, vice president of Worldwide Channels and Alliances for Boston-based Iron Mountain.
Calibrated for low-end and small and midsize business users running dial-up all the way to DSL and broadband customers, Digital Image Protector will be launched by the end of the first quarter. The service can be delivered either on a monthly or yearly basis.
The new service eliminates the need for photographers and digital image customers to rely on removable media, burning data onto CDs, or programs such as WinZip to back up and access digital image libraries. Digital Image Protector can transparently send encrypted files back to Iron Mountains data centers and features secure password-protected access for immediate retrieval.
According to Kubick, whenever Digital Image Protector agents installed on PCs or laptops sense an IP connection, the service will identify and link to an available Iron Mountain hosted facility and begin to "backhaul" any images or files that either have been changed or were not included in previous hosted backups. Other critical records such as design files, Microsoft Word documents, presentations, spreadsheets and financial files can also be targeted by the new Adobe and Iron Mountain co-branded tool.
"This is a starting point for our partnership and will be focused on Photoshop users primarily and people creating digital content. Both companies see this as an initial step into creating new services," Kubick said.