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By Ezra Brook
In late February 2012, Microsoft rolled out an online backup service for the Windows Server 8 Beta.
The Beta is not available for everyone, rather for selected, pre-qualified users. In addition, this new Beta Microsoft Online Backup Service is currently offered in the USA only as free trial via the Microsoft Connect portal.
Interested parties must fill out an online survey before they are allowed to proceed. In addition to company information, the form requires that users key in their number of servers, Internet connection details, upload and download network bandwidth, details on server deployment, the amount of data that typically gets backed up on the servers. The form also asks if the user is running programs from any of the competing online backup services, like “Mozy, Carbonite, CrashPlan, JungleDisk, and others” or not.
Below is a post found at Microsoft’s Connect website:
It sounds that Microsoft has been working on an online backup solution for a while, even though no official press release announcement has been published. Microsoft had described the new online backup solution in a published whitepaper:
According to the whitepaper, Microsoft is testing this online backup service before it makes it fully available globally. Microsoft has not said when or how the service will be offered. We will keep an eye for any announcement, but we have always wondered why it took so long for Microsoft to come up with an online backup solution, given the user base it has.
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