EVault, Seagate's cloud-based backup service, is offering a compelling incentive for new potential customers: 100 free gigabytes of capacity for zero cost.
This is a perfect example of the stiff competition in this corner of the IT storage world: Plenty of services from which to choose -- plus unlimited capacity available -- equals unusual bargains for users. eWEEK could find no other company that has offered that much storage for free any time previously.
The offer, which launched Feb. 7 and doesn't have an official close date, is EVault's second go-round with such a high-level freemium deal.
In December, the company launched its first free 100GB deal for cloud backup. It was the first of its kind, and a lot of people missed out on it due to the holidays and other distractions.
The response to that offer was tremendous, the company said in a blog post. Thus, the second offer was initiated.
Here is a list of features included in the free (and paid-for) EVault cloud backup:
--Protection for up to 100GB for one Windows File Server
--Up to three daily backup retentions
--Easy monitoring from a Web-based console
--Backs up only the changed blocks in new or changed files
--Deduplication and compression included
--Government-grade AES encryption
--Secure top-tier data center hosting
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.
Go here to sign up for the free 100GB deal.