Vembu Technologies, of Chennai, India, provides technology which small business solution providers can use to offer storage as a service. The company has seen its channel grow to about 500 solution providers in North America today compared to about 20 partners in 2006, said Lakshmanan "Lux" Narayan, president.
With Vembu, solution providers help customers set up their infrastructure to do backups online and use a USB data storage device to do the first, or seed, backup, Narayan said. After that data is transferred to the partner's backup server, incremental changes are backed up online, he said.
The company has recently added the ability to backup Exchange data bases at the mailbox level, Narayan said. It is also planning to roll out more advanced reporting capabilities in the near future to allow service providers to monitor and manage multiple customer backups over multiple backup sites.
Also coming soon is the ability to interface its software with Amazon S3 as a data target. By replicating data to Amazon S3, customers get a low-cost secondary layer of data protection from which to restore data to rebuild a crashed backup server.
Vembu is also preparing a community of its partners to help in future product developments, Narayan said. "We want to make a forum so that partners can participate in the development of our technology," he said.