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July 17, 2015

Seagate Announces Cloud Storage Updates

Storage hardware and software maker Seagate (News - Alert) has announced updates to its hybrid cloud storage management solutions.

“Today our customers and partners are faced with explosive data growth, compliance requirements, the cost and complexity of non-traditional applications like the Internet of Things, big data and the ongoing transition to software-as-a-service,” said Mike Palmer, senior vice president and general manager of cloud solutions for Seagate. “At the same time IT budgets are not increasing, security threats continue to put organizations at risk and data center operations are taking more time away from the core business.”

Seagate’s updates include Seagate Backup and Recovery Software, Seagate Cloud Backup and Recovery Services, Seagate Backup and Recovery Private Cloud, and Seagate Data Management Services.

While the company has been mostly known for hardware, mostly hard drives, the company has moved into cloud services like many other older companies, including Microsoft (News - Alert) and IBM. A growing number of enterprise IT departments want to offload the management headaches and capital expenditures of building their own data centers to someone else.

In the case of Seagate, its solutions are geared toward backup and storage. The severe weather that’s struck many parts of the U.S. recently shows how important having good backups and disaster management plans is.

In this case, a hybrid cloud solution would have the customer managing local storage and using the cloud for backup. Seagate claims to shorten the backup and recovery times, which can be crucial for recovering from a disaster. Pixius Communications chief commercial operator Skip Womack is one IT professional who relies on Seagate’s cloud solutions.

“Seagate is a time saver, sleep saver, and money saver. As a past CIO for a couple of Fortune 500 companies, I have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on backup solutions that were so labor intensive, slow, and just did not meet my needs. Seagate, hands down, puts these concerns to rest.”

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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