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Is Disk the Key to the Vault?

Storage service providers are finding that disk backup is driving a burst of growth in the small-to-medium-sized business (SMB) market.

For instance, EVault Inc., a Walnut Creek, Calif.-based backup services startup, says it's found a ton of new business in helping SMBs back up their data with disk instead of tape.

CEO Phil Gilmour says EVault has more than doubled its customer base, from 430 to 917 users, since launching its SmallBusiness Edition disk-to-disk backup service six months ago. EVault also provides tape backups but finds disk backup the more lucrative market.

Small business customers, Gilmour says, lack IT staff to manage their backups, so turning to a service is highly practical. Since they're not handling the backup themselves, they don't care if the datas on tape or disk -- as long as it’s available when needed.

Indeed, it seems many prefer disk. At least, they're not hollering to get tape back. "Two years ago, we were doing a lot of education on disk-to-disk," Gilmour says. "Today, people know disk-to-disk -- it’s a buzzword and really catching on. The price of disk has dropped so dramatically that we can provide disk-to-disk solutions on par with tape solutions.”

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