Asigra: Cloud Storage With Any Provider?

The year of the cloud/on-premises hybrid model marches on. The latest example: Asigra, a cloud backup and recovery software provider that works closely with MSPs, says its Hybrid Cloud Backup and Recovery software is now open to a who's who of cloud service providers. Here's the list, and why I think this move is a sign of things to come.

First up, Asigra says its backup and recovery software works with Amazon S3, Nirvanix Storage Delivery Network, Google file storage, The Rackspace Cloud, and the yet-to-be-launched Yahoo! Scalable Storage and Delivery Services.

I'm a big proponent of the hybrid model. The cloud has a vast, untapped potential -- but solutions providers can't bank everything on what "could be." All the same, software as a service models can be tremendously cost-effective.

Assuming they work as advertised, hybrid models like the kind Asigra is pushing here potentially offer the best of both worlds. This new integration could potentially (there's that word again) open a whole world of solutions to managed services providers who are already leveraging one or more of the newly-compatible platforms.

For the nitty-gritty technical details of how they added this compatibility, check Asigra's press release. From where I'm standing, though, I think we're going to see a lot of this kind of announcement from the cloud storage market as feature gaps close and cloud platforms become commoditized.

To be sure, Asigra isn't alone in the hybrid (on-premise/off-premise) model. The list of storage and security companies promoting hybrid efforts is getting longer by the day. Check in with your storage or security vendor to see if there pushing into the hybrid market.

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