Vembu Technologies made available for production StoreGrid Cloud AMI, an online backup virtual appliance on Amazon Web Services. With the StoreGrid Cloud AMI and the popular Amazon Web Services infrastructure, service providers can offer a scalable, secure and highly redundant online backup service to their small and medium business (SMB) customers without any upfront capital investment in a data center.
Online backup service providers can now configure the StoreGrid Cloud AMI virtual appliance to run as a backup server in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). StoreGrid Cloud AMI will use the Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) to store backup data from client machines at remote locations. The StoreGrid Cloud AMI virtual appliance also leverages Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) to store meta-data information in the MySQL relational database.
Even service providers who want to keep backup data in their own data centers can use the StoreGrid Cloud AMI virtual appliance as a replication server. This deployment would enable them to replicate the backup data into the Amazon S3 storage cloud, thus offering more redundancy to the data.
Vembu released the Beta version of StoreGrid Cloud AMI in December 2008, and since then more than 50 service providers have been testing it. This production release incorporates feedback from these Beta partners, including the enhancement to use Amazon EBS as a temporary cache before uploading backup data to Amazon S3.
StoreGrid Cloud AMI virtual appliance is based on Vembu’s StoreGrid Service Provider Edition. StoreGrid supports backup of Windows PC, Mac OS X, Windows Server, Linux Server, FreeBSD Server, Open Solaris, MS Exchange Server, MS SQL Server, MS SharePoint, MySQL and more. StoreGrid also includes the most common backup features like Outlook backup, compression, encryption, backup scheduling, block level incremental backup and lots more.
StoreGrid Cloud AMI is priced as an annual subscription per StoreGrid backup client, with $30 for desktops and $60 for servers.