Asigra Cloud Backup v10 platform foundation means small and medium-sized companies can benefit from tiered recovery and integrate mobile/laptop and virtual environments into their backup strategy

July 15, 2010 – TORONTO, CANADA — / — Storage Guardian, the company that specializes in online and cloud backup solutions for small and medium-sized businesses, has upgraded its cloud backup software to Asigra v10, an advanced backup and recovery software platform fully optimized for cloud computing. The latest edition of the industry’s most advanced backup software enables Storage Guardian and its channel partners to extend the reach and performance of its backup technology across the broadest range of computing environments, enabling even small companies to implement enterprise-grade backup, recovery, and protection.

“Our managed service provider and trusted advisor partners are looking to us to keep them abreast of the latest trends, so we’re delighted to be rolling out support for Asigra v10,” said Dave Minns, client services manager at Storage Guardian. “This latest online backup platform provides flexible and affordable service delivery to any size organization-from small businesses to the distributed enterprise-and is aligned with the technology and performance demands of modern IT infrastructures.”

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Gregory Baharoff of MTBW Services in Mount Airy, Maryland, is a long-time reseller of Storage Guardian online backup software. He was initially attracted to the Storage Guardian’s ability to handle both Windows-centric and heterogeneous OS environments, as well as its competitive pricing. In addition to OS flexibility and support for virtual environments, he says his customers appreciate the financial benefits of backup lifecycle management.

“What’s nice is that Storage Guardian gives my customers a way to keep backup costs in check without compromising security. They can decide which information gets backed up onsite, and which is stored offline, and the precise rules that determine this balance as time goes by and data ages,” says Baharoff. “In fact, we like it so much, we use it to backup all our own critical data.”

Advancements in Asigra v10 include comprehensive protection for laptops, desktops, servers, data centers and cloud computing environments, with tiered recovery options that meet the most stringent Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs). All Storage Guardian customers and channel partners are currently being automatically migrated to this new platform.

Storage Guardian brings several key benefits to smaller companies looking to take advantage of cloud backup and recovery. With Asigra Cloud Backup v10 powering Storage Guardian’s online backup service, customers can improve recovery times, reduce operational costs, and are provided with data protection without limits to meet their dynamic IT requirements.

New features offered in Storage Guardian’s latest online backup software include:
• DS-Mobile support to backup laptops in the field
• Tiered recovery (local-only backup to machines on customer’s premises, offsite backup to a service provider or private cloud), allowing users to better align the value of data with the cost of protecting it, while achieving higher Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs)
• Deployment as a virtual appliance within virtual infrastructures for maximum application mobility, scalability and uptime.
• Advanced FIPS 140-2 NIST-certified security and encryption of data, both in-flight and at-rest
• New backup sets for comprehensive protection of enterprise applications, including MS Exchange, MS SharePoint, MS SQL, Windows Server Hyper-V, Oracle SBT, Sybase, and local-only backup.

Balancing Performance and Cost with Flexible Tiered Recovery Options
Storage Guardian’s online data backup is built on the Asigra’s hybrid cloud deployment model, giving users the freedom to backup to a public cloud for offsite recovery, build a private cloud for onsite recovery or select a hybrid of the two models. With Asigra v10, users can create tiered backup policies that align the value of the data with the cost of protecting it. Establishing policies for local backup sets allows IT to segment the data and choose what gets backed up locally on their private cloud. The local backup sets option enables companies to replace their typical tape-based local backup solution — with all of its pain, cost and complexity – with fast and simple backup to a local disk-based private cloud.

Why Storage Guardian is the leader for small-business online backup
With more than ten years of experience and thousands of satisfied customers, Storage Guardian’s remote data backup service has established itself as a dependable provider of enterprise-grade online backup technology for smaller companies. What sets it apart from the many low-cost alternatives in the market are online data backup features optimized for businesses that depend on Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Microsoft Small Business Server 2003/2008, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, Novell GroupWise, and Lotus Notes.

Storage Guardian and SAS 70 (Type II)
Storage Guardian has completed the Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) No. 70 for service providers, receiving a service auditor’s Type II report. The SAS 70 Type II report is a widely recognized auditing standard developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and affirms that Storage Guardian’s policies and procedures are appropriately designed with the proper controls in place, and functioning as designed.

Useful links
Storage Guardian secure online backup:
Storage Guardian blog • Facebook • YouTube • Twitter

A no-cost, 30-day trial is available here.
Storage Guardian is participating in the upcoming CompTIA Breakaway IT event.

About Storage Guardian
Storage Guardian delivers business continuity protection and information lifecycle management. Storage Guardian is used by small and midsize businesses, enterprises, and multiple-platform LAN computing environments that want to safeguard their critical business data in a secure, off-site location. Its remote backup service is the culmination of a decade of intense research and software development and represents a superior alternative to tape-based data recovery systems. All Storage Guardian’s solutions are based on televaulting technology from Asigra, a recognized leader in enterprise online backup. The company is also developing a select network of authorized VARs to service the off-site backup and fast data recovery needs of companies located throughout North America. For more, visit and Twitter @storageguardian

Tim Cox

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