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Dell May Roll Out Services

Rumor has it Dell Inc. (Nasdaq: DELL) is considering a move into online backup services in an effort to mine a growing niche with SMBs.

While Dell spokespeople hadn't responded to requests for comment at press time, at least two industry sources, who asked not to be named, say Dell has been evaluating the potential market. The idea is that Dell would offer business customers disk-based, incremental backup capabilities as part of a managed service.

A similar offering from Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) recently debuted. HP's Electronic Vaulting service uses software from Asigra Inc. to enable customers to back up incrementally to remote disk-based storage, either HP's or the customer's own (see HP Bundles Up With MS).

An HP spokeswoman says the company has 70 sites worldwide ready to accommodate the online backups.

Online backup services give customers, especially smaller companies, the means to tap disk-based backup without paying for new equipment and security. It's a segment that's growing, as interest in disk-based backup takes root.

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