Dueling backup applications claim cloud
Working on the theory that people don't want to lose their stuff, disaster recovery (DR) specialist Continuity Centers has launched a 'cloud backup' service called MobileVault
Continuity Centers picked Asigra for its backup technology; Asigra makes a virtualized backup product that it sells as a service and as a software product. Weirdly, Continuity Centers calls this part its "Secure Private Cloud Backup," but it appears to be a completely hosted offering, much like the rest of its traditional DR offerings. It's unclear exactly what is private about it.
Meanwhile, startup Backupify has landed $4.5 million in cash in the hope of taking a piece of the online backup pie. The Cambridge-based firm is aiming for the individual buyer and claims its online backups are superior because they use Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3). Founder Rob May has a cute catch phrase for his company's product. He calls it "data liberation."
Backupify joins a host of self-service backups, dominated by EMC-owned Mozy and Carbonite, both of which look cheaper than Backupify at this point (depending on how you buy them). Just being built on S3 may not be enough; after all, people can sign up for that all by themselves. Even for the non-technical, it's getting a lot easier.