BackupAgent, Jamcracker Partner for Backup-On-Demand

Some Friday morning SaaS chatter: Cloud services provider Jamcracker has apparently entered into a partnership with online backup software vendor BackupAgent. Under the deal, according to their press release, Jamcracker will make BackupAgent’s eponymous backup-on-demand solution available for resale through their cloud. Here’s the deal.

Jamcracker Services Delivery Network, or JSDN, is a platform allowing MSPs to resell any number of cloud services, including hosted applications, billing, and collections, under their own brand. Now they add cloud-based backup to their portfolio by leveraging BackupAgent’s solution.

BackupAgent itself is an endpoint backup product aimed at SMBs. Desktops and laptops can have all their data backed up, while customer-premise servers can backup data including MS Exchange and MySQL. Their solution is multi-tenant, and, like Jamcracker, is entirely rebrandable.

So this is a story about a cloud platform getting a backup and disaster recovery service. It sounds like  this agreement could wind up being beneficial to both parties -- but it’s also another case of the commodification of the cloud. Sooner rather than later, everyone’s going to have cloud backup, and then the service providers will have to come up with a new differentiation.

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