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Tier1 Research: “Geminare tackles cloud insecurities with new version of cloud storage platform”

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Geminare tackles cloud insecurities with new version of cloud storage platform
Enterprise and Mass-Market Hosting

By Jim Davis, senior analyst
Tier 1 Research
August 13, 2010

Geminare, a provider of software for building cloud storage and disaster recovery services, recently unveiled an updated version of its Cloud Storage Assurance (CSA) platform. The new version of CSA adds an archiving engine that enables cloud storage users to provide an audit trail for their data. The auditing is made possible because a unique key identifier is created for each file, email record or data access session. Altered files are identified when keys are mismatched. CSA 2.0 also automatically indexes data and provides search and tag cloud functions for users.
Geminare’s platform already allows customers to use public or private clouds, with support for Amazon S3, Atmos Partners, Iron Mountain Archive Service and others already provided. CSA 2.0 can be used for archiving and searching email and file backup on disparate cloud environments, but the auditing feature also means it is easier for customers to migrate between clouds (using Geminare’s Server Replication platform) because the keys can confirm whether data has gone missing or was altered during the move.

T1R take

Geminare CSA 2.0 addresses both a psychological and legal concern of cloud customers by allowing auditing of data. Customers fear vendor lock-in less, and have (a bit) less to fear from lawyers when using (or moving to) a new cloud storage provider because they have an audit trail for verification. Geminare’s cloud-based DR and storage solutions are sold through partners like Bell Canada and Hosting.com. T1R expects more hosting companies and telcos to take note of the company’s offerings and incorporate them into their cloud service portfolio.

Geminare Launches Cloud Storage Assurance 2.0

July 27, 2010, Toronto, ON – Geminare Incorporated today announced the launch of the Cloud Storage Assurance 2.0 (CSA 2.0) platform, its next-generation cloud storage and archiving engine. With version 2.0, Geminare is delivering the industry’s first auditable backup and archiving solution that can be integrated with major public cloud storage platforms. Geminare’s cloud-based Recovery as a Service (RaaS) portfolio now ensures the preservation of data integrity while enabling low-cost, cloud-based secure data backup and recovery without the risks and restrictions associated with vendor lock-in.

“We are truly impressed with Geminare’s latest development in cloud storage,” said Dan Elder, vice president, IT and Infrastructure, Sprott Asset Management. “With each piece of archived data uniquely identified and referenced in audit reports, the integrity of our backup files will always be preserved. This essentially replaces the auditing and document storage technology we have today, and brings so much more to the table. We have had no issues in running Geminare’s Cloud Recovery solution, so we’re excited about incorporating this latest offering.”

Geminare is the leading provider of Recovery as a Service solutions for the Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) sector. The company’s Cloud Recovery Server Replication service ensures the secure, continuous availability of mission-critical applications by replicating a customer’s server environment in real-time to a cloud vendor of choice. The replicated environment engages seamlessly during system interruption or failure. CSA 2.0 is available through Geminare’s Technology Partners, a network of cloud hosting and Telco providers, MSPs and VARs, as either a standalone solution or integrated into Geminare’s Cloud Recovery offering. This new product significantly broadens the scope of cloud services by offering immediate and trusted access to archived data including emails—anytime from anywhere.

“We have seen tremendous traction with our Recovery as a Service portfolio as businesses of all sizes see the value of replicating mission-critical data to a cloud environment for instant and automatic failover,” said Joshua Geist, CEO of Geminare. “Delivering secure and reliable access to this data for more than just failover purposes was the next logical step. With CSA 2.0, Geminare is propelling the Data Protection and Server Replication market forward by allowing customers to select a cloud storage partner of choice for ongoing, automatic data and email archiving, all with zero upfront capital investment.”

About Cloud Storage Assurance 2.0
Available through channel partners in Q3 2010, Cloud Storage Assurance 2.0 is a data storage and archiving engine that provides SMEs with a 360° backup strategy. CSA 2.0 gives businesses the flexibility of archiving and searching through an entire email and file backup environment with indexing and data integrity assurance. An intuitive, Web-based user interface offers complete control over archiving, searching and record auditing.

When used with Geminare Server Replication, SMEs for the first time have access to an industrial-strength business continuity solution coupled with automatic archiving, extremely fast search functions and built-in audit capabilities – all without any capital investment. SMEs now have available a fast and reliable way of sorting and retrieving relevant information from the ever-growing data volumes, with assurance that the archived data has not been altered in any way. CSA search and auditing tools are ideal for addressing the typically arduous and time-consuming document management tasks of retrieving data and proving its authenticity, such as in the case of eDiscovery or proof of adherence to industry or government regulations.

Key features of CSA 2.0 include:

Unlimited Cloud Platform Accessibility & Flexibility: CSA 2.0 runs on today’s major cloud storage infrastructures and supports all file server platforms, allowing the customer to control where their data resides. By including support for Amazon S3, Atmos Partners, Iron Mountain Archive Service and many other cloud storage vendors, CSA 2.0 enables out-of-the-box integration with a trusted vendor of choice. Customers can also use private or internal clouds.

Data Integrity and Authentication: CSA 2.0 offers integrity assurance of stored cloud data by applying a unique key identifier to each file, email record and access session. This allows users to authenticate data within any public or private storage cloud. An audit log tracks downloads from the archived storage environment and provides a unique CSA 2.0 receipt. Altered historical files within the cloud are easily identified through mismatched keys.

Peace of Mind With Automated Archiving: Using the RaaS real-time replication technology, users can choose to have email and file server data archived automatically. Once the server and directories are specified, no other ongoing management is required.

Specialized Search Functions: Productivity increases when information is easier to find. By supporting user-level controls, high-speed nested searches, and dynamic tag clouds, CSA 2.0 enables users to have customized search engine interfaces specific to their data retrieval needs. This robust and leading-edge technology, incorporated into an extremely fast and dynamic search engine, means businesses spend less time searching for data.

Integration and Expandability: CSA 2.0 provides a REST-based open API kit that provides customers, partners and developers with the ability to write custom query integrations into applications such as eDiscovery and compliance auditing tools. This allows vendors in the document management industry to utilize CSA 2.0’s advanced index and audit capabilities directly within their own applications and interfaces.

About Geminare
Geminare is a pioneer in delivering Recovery as a Service solutions to the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) sector. Dedicated to building game-changing cloud technologies, including Cloud Recovery and Cloud Storage solutions, Geminare delivers its products through a network of channel partners worldwide. Currently in the market with Server Replication, Geminare counts among its partners Qwest Communications, Hosting.com, Bell Canada, CA Technologies Inc. and many other leading organizations. Geminare is located in Toronto, Canada with operations and partners in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Maria Krinsky
Kickstart for Geminare
(415) 509-0498
mkrinsky [at] kickstartconsulting.com

Geminare adds iPhone integration to its Cloud Recovery services with launch of iCloudRecovery

July 20th 2010, Toronto, ON – Geminare Incorporated today announced the availability of iCloudRecovery, an iPhone application that lets partners and end customers manage their entire server ecosystem from their handheld device – anywhere, any time. Fully integrated with Geminare’s Recovery as a Service Platform (RaaS) and Cloud Recovery offering, iCloudRecovery links users directly to Geminare’s portal environment, providing full access to an extensive suite of RaaS management tools

Available through the Apple Store in Q3 2010, iCloudRecovery will allow current customers, partners and lead partners to access their portal accounts directly from an iPhone. Geminare partners can manage their entire customer base through iCloudRecovery, affording them a real-time service response level unparalleled in the industry.

“When the power went out in the downtown core the first thing we thought of was how long are the UPS’s going to last?” said Aaron Seaton, vice president, IT for TAO Asset Management. “Within minutes we were on our cell phones to our technology partner requesting they failover our MS Exchange Server, SQL Server and BlackBerry Server to utilize the Cloud Recovery capabilities that were protecting our mission critical infrastructure. Accessibility to our control systems at all times is an absolute requirement and that is exactly what Geminare’s iCloudRecovery iPhone application does. We can login and see current data replication statistics, and at any time choose to failover one or all of our servers. And then simply continue to monitor our environment from our handheld phones”.

Leading the Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) sector in Recovery as a Service solutions, and available through a network of cloud hosting and telco providers, MSPs and VARs, Geminare’s Cloud Recovery Server Replication ensures secure continuous availability of mission-critical applications by replicating a customer’s server environment in real-time to a cloud of their choice. The Cloud Recovery environment engages seamlessly in the event of system interruption or failure.

“Extending the capability of both our Recovery as a Service platform and our Cloud Recovery product line is a further commitment to our customers and partners to provide the latest technologies to manage their critical technology assets and systems.” said Joshua Geist, CEO of Geminare Incorporated. “With the launch of iCloudRecovery we are putting the power of our patented and market leading Cloud Recovery platform into the hands of mobile users, making technology management easier than ever. iCloudRecovery is one of several exciting product launches we will be announcing over the course of the summer.”

Delivered through Channel Partners to the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) market to provide rapid deployment, Geminare’s Cloud Recovery Server Replication includes the following key features:

  • Enterprise-class server replication in a Recovery as a Service (RaaS) Model
  • Ability to Failover and run your critical servers and applications such as MS Exchange, SQL, SharePoint, BlackBerry and others from virtually any cloud provider’s platform, all through a single mouse click
  • Ability to also Failback through a single mouse click, restoring operations back to your primary servers
  • True visibility of your protection status with frequent, detailed and complete non-disruptive disaster recovery tests

For more information on Geminare’s Server Replication in the Cloud please visit www.geminare.com

About Geminare
Geminare is a pioneer in delivering Recovery as a Service solutions to the Small and Medium Enterprise sector. Dedicated to building game-changing Cloud technologies including its Cloud Recovery and Cloud Storage solutions, Geminare’s products are delivered through a network of Channel Partners to the SME market worldwide. Currently in the market with Server Replication, Geminare counts amongst its partners Qwest Communications, Hosting.com, Bell, CA Inc. and many other leading organizations. Geminare is located in Toronto, Canada with operations and partners in the USA, Canada and Europe.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Maria Krinsky
Kickstart for Geminare
(415) 509-0498
mkrinsky [at] kickstartconsulting.com

Tier1 Research: “Geminare adds more cloud options for disaster recovery as a service”

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Geminare adds more cloud options for disaster recovery as a service
Enterprise and Mass-Market Hosting

By Jim Davis, senior analyst
Tier 1 Research
May 17, 2010

Using the cloud to back up to the cloud – that’s how Geminare’s recently released update to its Control Platform can be summarized. The business implications are of interest to both cloud IaaS providers and hosting companies looking to provide value-add services on top of their own cloud offerings.

The technology

Geminare’s software platform controls application processes from ordering, provisioning and billing to control and management. The firm currently offers two services on this platform: a server replication offering for business continuity and a cloud storage service.
While the software was designed to enable backup and disaster recovery to and from the cloud, its software platform was originally intended to run on customer servers, or on Geminare’s servers at colocation facilities. Without needing to use an on-site appliance to replicate server images, however, the firm was able to develop an updated platform that would enable its software to run on the cloud platforms of telco partners that it was talking to, as well as run on Amazon EC2.
From that foundation, Geminare 2.0 Server Replication service can capture changes on file servers, and then compress, archive and encrypt the data for storage on nearly any cloud service now.

New use cases

Apart from being able to run DR services completely from within a cloud infrastructure, Geminare has customers using its platform to do cloud migration and to create ‘sandboxes’ in a new cloud environment, do some testing and development and fail back to production servers if need be.

Customers

Hosting.com is the newest company to announce that it is using the Geminare platform. Bell Canada and CA Inc remain key reseller partners. A deal with a large US telco is soon to be announced.
One key aspect to opening up the platform to more cloud environments is that customers were OK with having data replicated back to servers in Canada (where Geminare is based), but not to the US, for concerns over data privacy related to the Homeland Security Act. Now customers in the UK, Germany and elsewhere have new options for running the Geminare platform that could help drive business even further.

T1R take

Geminare’s update to its core platform is more important than just adding a few new features. It further opens the company to partnerships with telcos and hosting companies that otherwise wouldn’t have wanted to enable storage on competing clouds. The firm’s ability to drive deals with customers in Europe is improved as well, since firms have been reluctant to use any US-based cloud for data backup. Geminare’s position in the cloud storage arena is growing stronger as cloud providers look to add stickier, higher-margin services on top of commodity storage.

Enomaly and Geminare partner to deliver strategic Cloud Infrastructure and Recovery as a Service off

May 6th 2010, Toronto, ON – Enomaly Inc., a global leader in the Cloud IaaS market, and Geminare Incorporated, the market leader in Recovery-as-a-Service (RaaS) enablement, are pleased to announce a strategic partnership to further enhance their offerings in the Cloud services market. The joint Enomaly and Geminare solution is the first of its kind and a big win for service providers who can now offer their customers a real-time disaster recovery failover solution in the cloud, alongside a complete, secure and award winning IaaS cloud service platform.

Enomaly’s Elastic Computing Platform (ECP) is a multi-tenant cloud service delivery platform that enables service providers to operate their own feature-rich revenue-generating cloud infrastructure. Customers benefit from easy self-service access to burstable infrastructure on demand, managed through a complete self-service portal and a powerful API. Customers also benefit from ECP’s high availability features. And Enomaly’s High Assurance Edition (ECP HAE) adds unique hardware-based security mechanisms to deliver security capabilities never before available in the cloud, and strong enough to meet the highest customer requirements.

Geminare’s Server Replication RaaS offering is a white-labeled multi-tenant cloud service platform that provides customers with server replication services enabling automatic failover and failback for their mission-critical applications like MS Exchange, SharePoint, SQL, BlackBerry Enterprise Server, IIS, and Oracle databases. In the event of a server failure, service is automatically redirected to the cloud replica server and it is business as usual with zero capital investment and no onsite hardware required. This in turn gives Cloud Service Providers an instant turn-key disaster recovery solution for their customers while increasing their revenue per hosted server.

Through integration and deployment of Geminare’s Server Replication RaaS platform on the Enomaly ECP IaaS Platform, service providers can revolutionize the way disaster recovery, business continuity and server replication services are delivered through the Cloud, providing their customers with dynamically allocated, burstable IaaS infrastructure combined with a cost-effective way to manage and monitor their cloud recovery server infrastructure from anywhere, at any time.

“We are excited about the opportunities that this brings to current and future Enomaly partners and customers. With Recovery as a Service being one of the top offerings our partners look to provide within their Cloud portfolio, Geminare’s Server Replication OnDemand is a critical piece in allowing them to monetize their Cloud Infrastructure investments.” Dr. Richard Reiner, CEO and Chairman.

“When selecting which partners to integrate with, it was imperative that our value propositions were aligned and it was clear from the start that both Enomaly and Geminare are focused on providing the most secure market-leading technologies to their partners. With Enomaly’s recent launch of ECP High Assurance Edition (ECP HAE), the first truly secure hardware-based security IaaS platform, we have clearly aligned with a partner that represents game changing technology for the market.” said Joshua Geist, CEO of Geminare Incorporated.

For more information on Enomaly’s Elastic Computing Platform service offerings please visit  http://www.enomaly.com

For more information on Geminare’s Server Replication in the Cloud please visit  http://www.cloudrecoveryondemand.com

About Enomaly Inc.
Enomaly is a leading global vendor of Cloud Computing platform software. Enomaly’s Elastic Computing Platform (ECP) is the answer for service providers that want to leverage the power, flexibility, and compelling economics of cloud computing. Enomaly ECP Service Provider Edition is a complete “cloud in a box” solution, enabling telcos and hosting providers to deliver revenue-generating Infrastructure-on-demand (IaaS) cloud computing services to their customers, quickly and easily, with a customizable and highly differentiated feature set. Enomaly is based in Toronto, Canada, and has operations in Vancouver, Canada, South Korea, and Ukraine.

About Geminare
Geminare leads the Recovery as a Service market by enabling Cloud Service Providers to white-label host Server Replication offerings for their customers, delivered through their own Cloud Compute and Storage platforms. Geminare is dedicated to furthering the Recovery as a Service market by building game-changing Cloud technologies which can be delivered through Partners to the Small and Medium Enterprise markets. Currently in the market with Server Replication, Geminare counts amongst its partners Hosting.com, Bell, Synergy Global Solutions, CA Inc. and many other leading organizations. Geminare is located in Toronto, Canada with operations and partners in the USA, Canada and Europe.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Enomaly
416-848-6036
pr [at] enomaly.com
 www.enomaly.com

Geminare Incorporated:
Tom Katsiroubas
416 593-4443 x 237
tkatsiroubas [at] geminare.com
www.geminare.com