Saturday, 9 June 2012

Fastcom Telecom Launches Cloud Back-Up Service for SMEs

Fastcom Telecom Launches Cloud Back-Up Service
for SMEs

5th June 2012:  Fastcom Telecom, Ireland’s largest regional internet service provider today launched a new cloud-based back-up product which provides businesses with a secure and reliable means to back-up and secure their valuable data.  

FibreCloud Back-Up, designed for small and medium sized businesses, is one of a series of cloud-based services the company is rolling out to businesses across Ireland this year.  

Using private cloud technology, compression and encryption software, FibreCloud Back-Up automatically stores company data on dedicated server space in Fastcom’s data centre.  The data is also replicated to a secondary data centre.  So not only will the data be backed up off site but will also be encrypted and located in two off site locations.   In contrast to some online backup services which may offer slightly lower rates, Fastcom customers have the added assurance that their data is stored within an Irish data centre, enabling fast access to data in the event of an emergency.

Starting from only €2 for existing Fastcom customers, the new service is currently charged at a flat cost per Gigabyte (Gb) per month.    

Conor Toomey, Technical Director and Co-Founder of Fastcom Telecom said: “For small and medium businesses running on tight margins, keeping pace with technology can eat into precious profits and balloon operating expenses. Cloud computing means it has never been easier for these companies to quickly gain access to enterprise grade, mission-critical applications than now.  FibreCloud Back-Up is one such product and we expect it to lead the industry in affordability and ease of use.

He added:  “Disaster can strike at any time and by disaster I mean everything from an employee simply forgetting to carry out a manual back-up through to fire or flood.   Regardless of the threat, in an increasingly data-rich world, the consequences can seriously disrupt your business operations.  A secure, automaticon-line back-up service ensures your vital data is always safe and within your control. As it is priced from only €2[1] per Gigabyte of data, FibreCloud Back-Up is one of the most inexpensive business standard back-up services on the market today.”  

Sligo-based Fastcom developed the FibreCloud Back-Up product in response to the growing data back-up and security needs of its expanding business customer base throughout Ireland.   

Customers already using the new service include Burleigh Accountancy Group and SF Engineering.

Michael Kelly, Managing Partner, Burleigh Accountancy Group commented:  “As a financial services company, data is crucially important to the functioning of our business.  While there appears to be lots of providers seemingly offering almost free back-up services online, it was important that we entrusted this vital service to a reputable provider like Fastcom Telecom and its FibreCloud Back-Up product couldn’t have been easier

Aisling Ewing, Financial Controller, SF Engineering Ltd said: “ We liked the idea that the data stored via FibreCloud Back-Up is stored locally in Ireland and not in a large data farm in the US or Asia.    This gives us peace of mind that the data is protected by being both geographically close and governed by the same legal jurisdiction as our company.”