CommVault Systems, of Oceanport, N.J., has been offering software that enables MSPs to manage data off-site on a subscription basis for five years, said Dave West, vice president of marketing and business development.
CommVault does not build its own data centers, but instead provides the software to MSPs who can work with their choice of data centers to host customers' storage, West said. "We don't compete with our partners," he said. "If a VAR has the core competency to get into storage as a service, we're happy to work with them."
Service providers working with CommVault's software can charge for their services either based on number of clients served or on total capacity of managed service, West said.
CommVault's offering is based on its Simpana modular suite of storage management software, West said. "Service providers can start out with backup, then add modules to provide migration or archiving or replication capabilities without changing the infrastructure," he said.