Symantec is in the process of rolling out its new Symantec Protection Network with a promotion that lets customers and solution providers who sign up by April 30 to try it free for 90 days, after which the company goes to a 30-day trial period, said Chris Schin, senior director of product management for the offering.
Symantec is charging $9.99 for the first 10 Gbytes of online backup storage, which includes an always-on guarantee and full reporting and alert functions, Schin said. Options include instant activation, auto billing, and other features that will also partners to build an online storage service, he said.
Symantec's Backup Exec data protection software handles backups to the Symantec Protection Network, treating the online storage as if it were a local storage device, Schin said. However, Backup Exec is not needed to use the service.
The service will be available both direct and indirect, although Schin said Symantec expects a large percentage of the business to come from solution providers.