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More than 500 Licenses of PHD CloudHook Sold in the First 90 Days

PHD Virtual Technologies, a pioneer in virtual backup, infrastructure monitoring and innovator of disaster recovery assurance solutions, announced today that its newly launched CloudHook™ backup feature is off to a great start with more than 500 licenses sold in the first 90 days.

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“We really like the new CloudHook feature from PHD Virtual. It makes for such an easy off-site backup target, and because I can still recover quickly, I can configure long-term retention in the cloud and use less local storage for backups,” said Steve Yuroff, Network and System Administrator for Hiebing, an integrated marketing and branding agency with a knack for target-market-led thinking.

With PHD Virtual 6.2 with CloudHook, customers can avoid buying and managing costly cloud gateway appliances and cumbersome tape or other storage media for offsite backups. The PHD Virtual Backup Appliance (VBA) now gives an easy-to-configure option in the cloud that removes all of that complexity. The best part is that recovery is just as easy from the cloud as from local backups. Getting set up is quick and easy -- one click in the PHD console backs up data to the customer’s choice of popular third party cloud providers, such as Amazon, Google, Rackspace or another private/public cloud provider storage. All provide the flexibility to scale as data storage needs increase.

“The product works like a charm,” said Kris Krahn, IT Manager at Kalkomey Enterprises, the official provider of recreational safety education materials for all 50 states. “I use it with some of my critical VMs as secondary backups, and it works great. As with all the PHD products, it set up quickly and I never need to worry about it.”

Later this year, PHD plans to enhance its cloud backup capabilities with a brand new backup archiving capability. Instead of backing up directly to the cloud, you can back up locally, and then copy the backup data to the cloud, putting less stress on the virtual environment during the cloud backup process. One of the most important benefits of the new archiving capability is that PHD Virtual has made its global deduplicated backup store mobile and granular. The PHD VBA is savvy enough to find the blocks needed just for those VMs, and redo the deduplication across all the archived backups in the cloud for maximum efficiency and granularity. Users will be able to set different retention settings for the local backups and the cloud archives. PHD Backup Archiving will also support network and SAN storage targets, as well as cloud storage.

“More than ever, it is important to be easy, fast, efficient and priced affordably in our industry,” said Joe Noonan, Senior Product Manager, PHD Virtual. “Proof that CloudHook meets those criteria is the fact that we are bringing on five new customers per day and have sold 122 years of subscriptions in this small amount of time. We are thrilled with the market acceptance and looking forward to serving more customers with additional feature sets in the near future.”

Published Tuesday, June 18, 2013 7:06 PM by David Marshall
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