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Iron Mountain has enhanced its CloudRecovery product with support for Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010 so that users can send DPM-gathered data to its cloud storage vault.

The company says the latest release of CloudRecovery offers multi-terabyte scalability and retains support for DPM 2007 with SP 1. It can retain data for periods between 30 days and seven years.

CloudRecovery also has an ability to restore the DPM SQL Server database, as well as DPM data. Ironically, considering the modernity of the cloud, Iron Mountain is returning to sneakernet - well, a turbocharged sneakernet - as it offers "an on-site Iron Mountain TurboRestore appliance with Data Shuttle services for quickly backing up and restoring data, which allows customers to ship an appliance for sending and receiving large volumes of data without burdening their networks."

The cloud is like Doctor Who's Tardis - an immense space inside accessed through a very small door. It can hold a lot of data but sending or recovering massive amounts of it takes an exceedingly long time. When large restores or backups are being done the cloud's advantages over tape vanish.

Seagate's i365 business has launched the EVault for DPM 2010 backup and recovery appliance. It offers a cloud storage option for DPM and extends DPM 2010, i365 says, to non-Microsoft platforms. It uses the i365 cloud which Seagate says offers "ironclad protection of data".

Seagate doesn't say anything about a turbocharged sneakernet for massive amounts of data, but EVault can restore data to a virtual data centre in the i365 cloud.

The EVault appliance hardware will be Dell's and will ship factory-installed with both the DPM and EVault software. There is a common user interface to monitor a customer's heterogeneous environment, and a wizard-driven setup process.

EVault for DPM on Dell hardware is scheduled to be available in June and can be ordered today through i365 and Microsoft channel partners. Prices start from $9,995.

Iron Mountain hasn't said anything about availability or pricing of its latest CloudRecovery product and wasn't able to immediately tell us. ®

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