At ITEXPO I met with Gene Fay, Senior Vice President for Nine Technology, an online backup and recovery service designed for MSPs to brand and resell. Nine Technology’s "Powered by Nine" data backup and restore solutions enable managed service providers (MSPs) to offer cost-effective and secure online backup and recovery services for desktops, laptops and servers.
One of their main claims to fame is their patented global deduplication process. It uses "block level" global data deduplication and compression to minimize data size, number of files and bandwidth utilization. Gene Fay claimed that their partners have done some testing and Nine Technology is 5-15x faster at recovering files than the popular Mozy or Carbonite solutions.
Some new features recently announced include:
Seeded initial backups shipped to the data center
Semi-continuous data protection
Granular SQL server backups using VSS snapshots
Automated self-service branding of partner client software
Web-based restore processes
Updated, easier-to-control GUI
The "seeded" initial backups are a key feature, since many organizations have terabytes of data that would take a long time to backup even over a fast WAN Internet connection. Not all hosted backup solutions offer this capability, so it's a key advantage. MSPs looking to offer hosted online backup should check out Nine Technology's solution.
Check out this brief video overview from Gene Fay: