Symform, Inc. today announced the general availability of version 2.0 of the Symform Cooperative Storage Cloud. The new version ought to introduce laptop backup support and two key functions: Flexible Contribution and Instant Restore. Additionally according to Symform, the user experience has been redesigned and the speed of data throughput has been increased substantially.
“Symform continues to deliver on our mission to protect the data of SMBs worldwide and we’re doing this ten times cheaper and ten times faster than any other traditional online storage service”, said Praerit Garg, President and Co-founder. “Version 2.0 incorporates key features and functions that our reseller Partners have requested since our debut in October 2009. These are truly game changers for this market and we’re thrilled at the early feedback.”
The Symform Cooperative Storage Cloud ought to offer small businesses a secure, fast and cheap backup and disaster recovery solution. The company was founded on the realization that millions of small businesses have computers with an excess of inexpensive storage capacity, power running 24×7, and unlimited Internet bandwidth – especially nights and weekends. The Symform software aggregates this relatively unreliable and un-trusted capacity over the Internet and transforms it into a secure and reliable global storage system.
Flexible Contribution ought to enable the contribution of storage and bandwidth from another Symform node or nodes that are organized in a Symform resource group. Partners are now able to set-up additional storage in their offices (or in a co-lo facility) so that their clients won’t have to manage this. Additionally, Partners are now able to “pool” resources and contribute from multiple nodes. (Example: A business has multiple offices and wants to contribute storage and bandwidth from more than one office on behalf of the entire group.)
Instant Restore ought to enable a Partner to sync a Symform node (storing their client’s data) to the Symform Cooperative Storage Cloud and simultaneously sync it with another node – like one in a Partner’s office, the SMB owner’s home, or in a co-lo facility. This way, a client’s data is always “hot” and ready to be restored immediately should a disaster occur. SLAs of a few hours instead of a few days ought to be now easily achievable.
Laptop Backup Support: Symform’s software now runs on a laptop where it can continuously sync data from the laptop to the Symform Cooperative Storage Cloud. Since laptops aren’t frequently in the office or tethered to the Internet, the Flexible Contribution function makes it easy for a laptop node to contribute storage from another node or nodes in a Symform resource group. (Source: Symform, Inc./GST)