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StorageTek Offers Arsenal

Storage Technology Corp. (StorageTek) (NYSE: STK), charging ahead with its services strategy while waiting to become part of Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), next week will launch a remote backup service through storage service provider Arsenal Digital Solutions Worldwide Inc.

StorageTek execs say it is business as usual until Suns $4.1 billion acquisition closes, so they’re moving on the services road map laid out in March (see StorageTek Swears by Services and Sun to Acquire StorageTek for $4.1B).

David Kershen, business manager of StorageTek’s remote managed services, says he expects the remote data protection market to grow to $3 billion by 2008. StorageTek picked Arsenal’s ViaRemote service as the best way to attack the market, which consists mostly of SMBs and remote offices of large companies.

Arsenal’s ViaRemote uses Avamar Inc. software to back up any server, PC, or laptop over an encrypted network to Arsenal’s disaster recovery center. The service allows up to eight daily, five weekly, and three monthly backups, and lets customers store 90 days of data.

Customers have the option of storing data longer or backing up to a second hosting center for an extra fee. Another option is Fast Restore, which uses a caching appliance on some or all of the remote sites. StorageTek will add a bare-metal restore option in the third quarter, Keshner says.

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