N-able, CA Offer Freemium Remote Backup to MSPs

N-able, CA Offer Freemium Remote Backup to MSPs

N-able continues to bang the drum for freemium software to grow the managed services market. The latest example involves a freemium remote backup software offer involving N-able and CA Technologies. The move also proves that CA, owner of Nimsoft, continues to work with a range of MSP software providers rather than purely Nimsoft. Here are the potential implications for MSPs.

Under the agreement, N-able will initially market and sell CA’s Windows-based ARCserve D2D solution to its more than 2,000 MSPs worldwide, bundling the disk-to-disk remote backup technology with N-able's N-central remote network and systems management (NSM) platform, the companies say. In early 2011, N-able plans to introduce an integrated backup and offsite replication tool called Remote Backup Manager for N-central, based on CA ARCserve D2D and CA ARCserve Replication, the companies add.

But Wait, There's More

To get MSPs on the bandwagon, N-able is launching the following offer: CA ARCserve D2D technology at absolutely no charge—between October 1 and December 31, 2010—to any MSP or IT department that downloads the N-central 30-day free trial. The free offer is global.

N-able has been making a freemium push in the managed services market for about a year now. The effort started with a freemium endpoint security offer, and now continues with the D2D remote backup offer. We're also starting to hear some new voices within the N-able executive suite. Specifically, COO JP Jauvin handled today's media briefings.

CA, meanwhile, has been strengthening its managed services strategy. In addition to acquiring Nimsoft earlier this year, CA has a partnership with Ingram Micro Seismic and also developed managed services pricing for a growing portion of its software portfolio..

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