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GFI MAX creates new revenue opportunity for all managed service providers with ultra-fast, online backup product

Alistair Forbes, general manager of the GFI MAX business unit

Ultra fast, secure online backup for managed service providers looking to meet customers’ growing need for hassle-free backup services in the cloud

August 27, 2013 10:09 by



GFI MAX, part of the GFI Software family, today announced a new revenue opportunity for managed service providers (MSPs) with the launch of its free-standing GFI MAX Backup. This new service enables all MSPs to add secure data backup to the services they can offer customers at a time when demand for secure online backup continues to rise.

The launch of GFI MAX Backup as a new product follows the acquisition of the Dutch online backup company IASO in May. The technology has been used with great success over the last year in GFI MAX RemoteManagement and this new, standalone version allows MSPs who are not using GFI MAX RemoteManagement to benefit from the same ground-breaking technology already used by thousands of MSPs all over the world. GFI MAX Backup is a fast, reliable, automatic and secure backup service for MSPs so that they no longer have to worry about on-premise backup failure, or someone missing a crucial tape backup. The service provides highly scalable and secure backups both to the cloud and to local storage on-site while removing the overhead and risk associated with managing removable media.

“Cloud-based backup is a natural addition to the portfolio of services that MSPs provide their customers,” said Alistair Forbes, general manager, GFI MAX. “GFI MAX Backup removes the stress and hassle from on-premise backup solutions that require media handling to provide the off-site storage capability necessary for security and regulatory compliance and allows MSPs to increase their revenue by providing competitively-priced, highly-efficient, encrypted backup at a time when more and more customers look to adopt cloud services.”

The importance of secure data storage is growing and natural disasters continue to make headlines, so businesses are increasingly turning to online backup as part of their strategy to protect their critical business assets. In addition to business continuity benefits, companies that embrace cloud storage can better manage the cost and time needed for data recovery in the event of a disaster. Backup costs, combined with the substantial growth in the amount of data that businesses need to store, are forcing companies to seek new ways to manage their IT costs without the need for major capital investment, which creates new opportunities for MSPs.

While the industry retains a strong attachment to tape backups as the conventional medium to use, GFI MAX believes that best practice in data protection can best be delivered using the Disk-to-Disk-to-Cloud (D2D2C) or hybrid approach. The technologies in GFI MAX Backup, including the unique True Delta and Local SpeedVault, deliver this hybrid approach, meaning that not only are backups and restores ultra-fast but also that the data is secure and available at the touch of a button, whenever and wherever it is required.

Features and benefits of GFI MAX Backup include:
•    Flexible deployment– backup individual servers and workstations or all devices at the client level
•    Get going in minutes– quick to install and straight forward to configure. Free, secure seed loading to import your existing data.
•    Automatically backup multiple data types in the Cloud – files and folders, system state, network shares, Exchange information stores, SQL databases, Oracle, Sharepoint, virtual machine backups using VMware and Hyper-V snapshots
•    Low bandwidth load – the True Delta Technology reduces backup volume. Intelligent, incremental backups only include block-level changes so you only back up the part of the file that has changed, not the whole of every changed document each time.
•    Military Grade Security – Encrypted transmission and encrypted offsite storage to protect your customers’ business data (128-bit AES, 256-bit AES — Blowfish 448-bit encryption using webdav over SSL)
•    Lightning fast – backup and easy file recovery with our Local SpeedVault
•    User File Recovery– Virtual Drive Technology replicates the user’s file structure so they can self-serve file restores straight from their desktop.
•    Infinitely scalable- backup large volumes of data and the storage infrastructure will grow as required.
•    Multi-platform support – Windows, MAC OSX, and Linux

For more information and pricing, visit GFI MAX Backup.

About GFI MAX
GFI MAX helps IT Support Companies and MSPs grow monthly revenues from existing customers, attract new customers with affordable, high-value, easy-to-use services and deliver proactive, cost efficient services to grow an IT business profitably. GFI MAX provides a range of integrated software solutions built specifically for IT Support Companies and MSPs that are fast to implement, low effort to manage and fully brandable, so your customers see their value. The GFI MAX platform enables MSPs to provide managed antivirus, managed online backup, remote support, email security, automated monitoring, patch management, asset tracking, alerting and viewing and reporting all from a single dashboard.

About GFI
GFI Software™ develops quality IT solutions for small to mid-sized businesses with generally up to 1,000 users. GFI® offers two main technology solutions: GFI MAX™, which enables managed service providers (MSPs) to deliver superior services to their customers; and GFI Cloud™, which empowers companies with their own internal IT teams to manage and maintain their networks via the cloud. Serving an expanding customer base of more than 200,000 companies, GFI’s product line also includes collaboration, network security, anti-spam, patch management, faxing, mail archiving and web monitoring. GFI is a channel-focused company with thousands of partners throughout the world. The company has received numerous awards and industry accolades, and is a longtime Microsoft® Gold ISV Partner.



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