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i365 Announces Cloud-Connected Services Platforms

As an add-on to its EVault products, the cloud-connected services platform provides a means for software vendors to send date to the cloud securely, enabling them to offer software as a service. By Admin

i365 has announced the launch of its EVault cloud-connected services platform.

The platform is a SaaS enablement platform that provides independent software vendors (ISVs) with a means for securely and efficiently sending data to the cloud in order to offer their software as a service.

i365, a Seagate Company, provided EH Publishing with a statement about the announcement. "By connecting their existing on-premise enterprise application to a SaaS

infrastructure," the company says, "ISVs have the opportunity to quickly tap into a market [forecasted] to exceed $9.6 billion."

The EVault cloud-connected services platform is an edge-to-Cloud storage service that enables i365 partners to efficiently store data to and retrieve data from the i365 Cloud. The Platform uses encryption, deduplication, compression, and bandwidth management to ensure that data transferred over the WAN is secure and optimized.

The EVault platform is the latest offering to support i365's cloud-connected storage solutions strategy. Other recent/related announcements include EVault Offsite Replication service, which complements on-premise EVault Software deployments by replicating backup data to the i365 Cloud, and technology integration with Microsoft to extend System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) beyond Microsoft operating systems and applications both on-premise and to the cloud.

Laura DuBois is research director of storage software with International Data Group, a global provider of market intelligence. DuBois says cloud-based storage offerings are making it easier for SMBs to expand and manage IT infrastructure. The EVault cloud-connected services platform, she says, continues that trend.

"EVault will enable ISVs to offer their customers a cloud-based option without having to re-architect their applications," DuBois speculates. "ISVs can offer a solution that leverages their existing on-premise software but also connects to the i365 Cloud."

The EVault cloud-connected services platform includes cloud APIs, enterprise-class cloud storage, a service connector to efficiently and securely transfer objects to and from the Cloud, and SaaS business and support systems that ISVs can use to quickly take to market as part of a software as a service.

Some of those benefits include:

  • Cloud Interfaces--Cloud APIs that enable ISVs to integrate their on-premises application with the i365 cloud through the service connector. The Web services RESTful APIs enable such business functions as account provisioning, metering, and billing.
  • Service Connector--A key component within the EVault cloud-connected services platform, the service connector resides on-premises, caching data and efficiently sending it outside the firewall via a secure network connection to the cloud. The service connector uses deduplication, compression, and bandwidth management techniques to minimize bandwidth usage and reduce the storage footprint in the Cloud.
  • Secure, Reliable Cloud Storage--The EVault cloud-connected services platform was designed for multi-tenancy and scalability. i365 hosts data centers with SAS 70 Type II or ISO 9001:2000 certification, ensuring the customer's data is secure and available.
  • SaaS Business & Support Systems--The platform includes SaaS business and support systems that can accommodate a variety of go-to-market strategies, including different pricing and billing models, account and contract management, and levels of customer service and support.

The EVault cloud-connected services platform is available to ISV partners through the i365 ISV Partner Program. ISVs who wish to take advantage of this offering can apply to be an i365 Partner.

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