SoftLayer offers Storage/Backup

Web hosting provider SoftLayer announced on Monday it is offering StorageLayer, a new and comprehensive enterprise-class storage and backup service. The service integrates multiple storage technologies into a unified solution that provides security, reliability and flexibility.

"StorageLayer takes a different approach to storage and backup than other providers' solutions," says Sam Fleitman, SoftLayer chief operating officer. "Instead of focusing on the hardware, we focused on what data our customers store and how they prefer to access and transfer it. No single storage solution provides every option they need, or performs every task perfectly. So we brought multiple solutions together to create a single StorageLayer."

StorageLayer features FTP, network attached storage and iSCSI technologies, with all three services fully automated and provisioned at-will through SoftLayer's proprietary customer portal and API. While FTP and NAS provide fast, reliable and cost-effective storage for maximum data retention, iSCSI offers a low-cost alternative to traditional fiber-channel storage solutions. It provides access to enterprise-grade storage area network storage over Ethernet, and is easily provisioned, highly scalable and outperforms internal disks.

Fleitman says StorageLayer will continue to expand with additional automated services, including automated enterprise backup solutions, high-availability solutions and data replication services planned within the next 30 days.

SoftLayer announced earlier this month it partnered with Google business solutions provider Actual Metrics to provide Urchin by Google Analytics for $5 per month per server.

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