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EVault Cloud-Connected Service Provider Program Sees Partner Momentum, Named 5 Star Program in the 2011 CRN Partner Program Guide

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>Channel Partners Varay Systems, Network Medics, Compuquip Technologies, NOEVA and Avantage Join Growing Program to Offer Cloud-Based Data Protection Services</i> </p>

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

EVault Cloud-Connected Service Provider Program Sees Partner Momentum, Named 5 Star Program in the 2011 CRN Partner Program Guide08:00 EDT Tuesday, June 07, 2011 NEW YORK (Business Wire) -- i365 Inc., A Seagate Company (NASDAQ:STX), today announced that its EVault® Cloud-Connected Service Provider (CCSP) Program has been named an elite 5-Star Partner Program in the 2011 CRN Partner Program Guide, recognizing vendors offering great services and resources to VARs. i365 also announced continued momentum for the program with Varay Systems, Network Medics, Compuquip Technologies, NOEVA and Avantage among the 30 partners to join the CCSP program, serving hundreds of customers. The EVault CCSP program is a unique channel offering that packages i365's EVault technology and best practices to help participating Value Added Resellers (VARs) quickly build a profitable, Cloud-based data protection service — backed by i365, EVault technology, and the EVault Cloud. For more information about the EVault CCSP program as well as EVault Cloud-Connected data protection services, visit booth 355 at the Cloud Expo, from June 7-9, at the Javits Convention Center, New York, NY. An independent Forrester Research, Inc., report titled, “Channel Partners' Needs in the Era of Cloud,” published January 14, 2011, states: “Built largely on a business model of product resell and implementation, VARs indicate in their discussions with us that they are struggling with how to rationalize the infrastructure investment, sales compensation, billing system, and skill set transformations required by a cloud computing business model.” The EVault CCSP program helps VARs overcome these obstacles to adoption and enables them to easily create a profitable Cloud-Connected online backup service for small to mid-sized businesses within four-to-six weeks. “Data is critical to any company, and businesses realize that managing that data in a secure, protected manner is paramount to efficient operations,” said Terry Cunningham, president and general manager at i365. “With EVault CCSP, our partners offer their customers a multi-site, Cloud-based backup and recovery solution without incurring the costs, risks, and long learning curves that come with developing their own hosting infrastructure. But more importantly, our partners bring this solution to their customers with localized expertise so that they can benefit from a personalized, managed solution that meets their needs.” Partner Quotes on Success of the EVault CCSP Program: “EVault CCSP gave us a fast and easy way to build a profitable Cloud backup and recovery business. As an EVault CCSP partner, we've learned best practices to create effective multi-site disaster recovery plans for our customers that guarantees secure data and peace of mind. That along with EVault's great technology and the peace of mind that being backed by Seagate provides, we are very confident that we will be able to grow our business quickly,” said Patrick Holland, president and CEO of Varay Systems. “Having a Cloud-Connected data storage and protection offering is essential for us to bring our business to the next level. We looked into it and we know that creating a Cloud-based backup and recovery business would have been time consuming and expensive. The EVault CCSP program had a low cost barrier to entry and so it helped us affordably give our clients a powerful Cloud solution,” said Jean-Christophe Pari, technical director, NOEVA. “The EVault CCSP program is great for Network Medics because the Cloud-Connected offering is an excellent point of entry for new clients and allows us many cross-sell opportunities,” said James Matheson, president of Network Medics. “Becoming an EVault CCSP partner enabled us to get up and running easily in a matter of weeks so that we could start selling the new service to our customers. The program was also great for us because it included best practices about running a SaaS business so we can maximize our investment in the Cloud-Connected solution. Customers are always impressed when we tell them that all of their data will be replicated to the EVault Cloud,” said Bart Spel, COO Avantage. “It was an easy choice to become an EVault CCSP partner because it required only a minimal investment on our end and the customer migrations to the new offering were seamless. We are experiencing so much success with our Compuquip Cloud Backup service powered by EVault that we've already purchased additional storage so we can continue to support more customers with our offering,” said Jorge Azcuy, director of technical services, Compuquip Technologies. The EVault CCSP program extends i365's Cloud-Connected storage solution portfolio, which includes EVault data protection software, appliances, SaaS and managed services—delivered since 1997 to over 32,000 SMBs and enterprises with remote and branch offices worldwide. About EVault and i365, A Seagate Company EVault Cloud-Connected data protection services help ensure small to mid-size organizations maintain business continuity by protecting and accessing their business data — anytime, anywhere. Delivered via a uniquely integrated ecosystem of software, SaaS, managed services, and appliance hybrid storage solutions, EVault services — data protection, disaster recovery, and more — are optimized to perform in multi-platform, multi-site environments. EVault is backed by a secure, reliable cloud storage infrastructure and supported by i365's top-quality customer service. Sold through a broad value-added reseller network, EVault powers the products and services of managed service providers, data centers, telcos, ISVs, and other technology partners for more than 32,000 customers worldwide. www.i365.com. Follow i365 on Twitter at http://twitter.com/i365, subscribe to the i365 blog at http://blogs.i365.com/ and like EVault on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/EVault/166870243331542. LaunchSquadRachel Levine or Greer Karlis, 1-415-625-8555i365@LaunchSquad.com