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A business cloud storage provider has unveiled the IT industry's biggest offer of free cloud backups to date: 100 GB to business users for as long as they need it.
Under the offer, which San Francisco-based EVault unveiled Friday via a blog post, businesses new to EVault that sign up with the company before Dec. 31 will receive 100 GB of free cloud backup that can be used to protect the files and folders for a single Windows-based server.
Those customers can retain up to three daily backups using the free service.
The offer is a good chance for customers to try the service and for EVault channel partners to find new opportunities, said Karen Jaworski, senior director of product marketing for the company.
Except for a few legacy direct customers, EVault does all its business through channel partners, Jaworski said.
"With the free cloud backup service, we wanted to make it easy for our partners to demonstrate how easy backup to the cloud is," she said. "There's been a tipping point to the cloud as seen by the pricing wars between Amazon and Google this week. It's not a question of if, it's a question of when."
Customers can sign up for the free cloud backup service directly with EVault, Jaworski said.
"We give them the full service experience," she said. "When they sign up, one of our fulfillment engineers will call them up and get them started. We're aware of our partner relationships, so as customers' needs grow and they want to sign up for more services, we bring in the partner. This is a very easy way for people to get acquainted with the service."
The EVault offer of free backup is unique in an industry where offers of free cloud storage or free cloud backups are quite common.
Most cloud storage providers offer between 2 GB and 10 GB of capacity free. Both Amazon and Google, as well as a host of other cloud storage providers, offer 5 GB free. The offers are primarily targeted at consumer customers.