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DinCloud partners with NetApp for new cloud backup, DR service

Cloud service provider dinCloud became a NetApp partner, using NetApp storage arrays and data protection software for its data protection service.

Cloud service provider dinCloud Inc. today launched its dinBackup data protection cloud service, which operates on NetApp Inc. storage and works with SnapMirror, SnapVault and SnapShot for NetApp's customers looking for backup and disaster recovery.

The Los Angeles-based dinCloud hosts virtual desktop infrastructure and virtual server deployments, and now is building out its storage business as a NetApp service provider partner. DinCloud's backup and recovery focuses on secondary data centers and the provider has a partnership with Equinix Inc. to host cloud services.

As part of its service provider relationship with NetApp, dinCloud purchases NetApp equipment used in cloud deployments.

"We are 100% NetApp on the storage side, offering secondary-site backup," dinCloud president Kevin Schatzle said. "We think we have a competitive advantage with NetApp. It gives us a unique advantage from a support standpoint."

DinCloud uses value-added resellers, such as Los Angeles-based En Pointe Technologies, to resell its cloud services. Herb Hogue, En Pointe's vice president of professional services and data center practice, said dinCloud's new services make sense because customers are most interested in the cloud for archiving, backup and disaster recovery. He said midrange companies are looking at implementing a public cloud, while most enterprise-level organizations are targeting hybrid or private clouds.

"We are seeing a lot of tier-three storage, archiving and backup deployments in the cloud," Hogue said. "We are not seeing a significant amount of primary storage in the cloud."

En Pointe, which sells dinCloud services, also resells NetApp products separately for on-premise and cloud storage implementations.

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