EVault, Seagate's cloud-based data protection service, is at it again. This time the company is offering, as an incentive for new potential customers, 100 free gigabytes of enterprise-grade cloud backup for EVault Endpoint Protection.
Last December and in February, EVault threw open its gates and gave away 100GB of online storage capacity for zero cost to potential new individual customers. Now it's offering the deal to enterprises. The company, of course, banks on the fact that most users have an insatiable need for capacity and will eventually turn into paying customers if they like the service.
Both campaigns were highly successful, the company said.
Here are the details of the new offer:
- 100GB free business-grade cloud backup for laptops and Windows 8 tablets;
- 10 free GB of storage each for up to 10 users;
- protects up to 10GB of content in one device per user; and
- enterprises get backup and recovery for nine users plus an administrator.
Frankly, that's an aggressively free offer. No one else in the cloud storage business comes near something like this. This is a perfect example of the stiff competition in this corner of the IT storage world; there are plenty of services from which to choose, plus unlimited capacity available, and this equals unusual bargains for users.
EVault's Endpoint Protection features a centralized, cloud-connected method of protecting data. This becomes important when employees need to access or recover mislaid files or to protect the company when an employee leaves the organization. Using this service, IT staff people can attend to this without needing a support ticket. Backup is automatic, and the access and file recovery process is intuitive.
Seagate, one of the world's two largest hard-drive manufacturers (WD is the other), acquired EVault in 2006 and changed its name to i365. EVault was one of the first companies in the business to offer online-based backup since 1997.
In 2011, i365/EVault launched EVault Endpoint Protection, a disaster recovery service.
Last year, Seagate had a change of heart, dropped the i365 branding, and went back to the better-known EVault name and image.