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IBM & Verizon Go into the Cloud Backup Biz Together

Verizon calls the arrangement exclusive

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IBM and Verizon are going into the private cloud storage business together; IBM's supplying the infrastructure and Verizon's supplying the pipe, a secure high-speed private network based on - customers' choice - Private IP (MPLS), Ethernet or Sonat Optical Ring.

The backup-and-restore-as-a-service widgetry, called Managed Data Vault, is supposed to appeal to the Verizon base of large customers - your basic financial, retail and healthcare companies that are laden down with terabytes of data - mostly database material - and presumably attract others who are laboring under the same kind of weight. They support most everything.

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Both companies are going to sell it. The utility-based pricing will vary customer to customer. They're thinking 15, 50, 150 terabytes or more and say they'll only charge for "good data," not this dog's breakfast you get over the net.

The team figures their automatic solution sure beats trucking tapes around to an off-site location and exposing them to loss (as IBM itself knows). They claim the backups are way faster - basically on-site speeds - and more reliable than the Internet and so is recovery.

The pair will be doing their first big pilots and so have limited the widgetry's immediate availability to the New York area. They'll add other cities in the U.S. this year.

Verizon calls the arrangement exclusive. Besides the pipe, it's supposed to contribute consulting services and application-aware capabilities that provide visibility into utilization and latency. IBM's got the storage and the management capabilities.

The pair quotes projections saying the global backup and restore market will grow by about 4% annually and is currently worth about $3 billion.

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