Time to update the business cards and logos: Seagate is rebranding its EVault, MetaLINCs and Seagate Recovery Services as i365. Here are some quick details about Seagate's i365 managed services strategy.
According to a Seagate press release:
i365, A Seagate Company, focuses on the unique needs and expectations of small, mid-size and enterprise companies. The “i” in the name represents information—reflecting the company’s mission to provide businesses with protection, control and management of their business critical information and “365” for our commitment to be reliably available and accessible to our customers, both for their information and for our support.Mark Grace, one of our MSPmentor 250 People, will serve as general manager of i365.
I've reached out to Seagate seeking a more comprehensive briefing. In particular, I want to learn whether managed service providers fit into Seagate's i365 strategy. I also want to see if this move sets the stage for Seagate to potentially spin off the i365 business, which generated 39 percent year-over-year revenue growth in 2007.
Each of the i365 services are based on businesses that Seagate has acquired in recent years. According to the Seagate release:
In 2006, Seagate acquired ActionFrontTM Data Recovery Labs, launching the creation of Seagate Recovery Services. In 2007, Seagate acquired EVault, which provides data backup and recovery software and software as a service (SaaS), the Open File Manager product line from St. Bernard Software, as well as MetaLINCS, which provides E-Discovery software, hosted and managed service solutions.I'll share more details when I hear from Seagate.