Poor Economy Driving DR Business, SafeData Says
February 3, 2009 Alex Woodie
The global recession is wreaking havoc across all sorts of markets these days, including the market for IT goods and services. But one area of the $3 trillion IT juggernaut that is humming along quite nicely is managed disaster recovery services, according to SafeData, which says its customer base for virtual DR offerings for Windows and System i more than doubled last year.
SafeData has been selling its managed DR services for System i and Windows, called SafeData/DR, since it was spun off from parent company Application Design Services in 2005. Since then, the company has been growing quickly, as startups are prone to do. After doubling its revenue in 2006, SafeData continued growing quickly.
The privately held company did not announce how business faired in 2007. But last week, the company announced that 2008 saw a 125 percent increase in the number of customers for SafeData/DR. This includes both System i and Windows customers, and it was a “a result of the weak economic climate” that has been with us for almost a year, the company said in its announcement.
“In the past few months we have seen a significant increase in demand for our virtual recovery services,” Peter Briggs, president of SafeData, said in the announcement. SafeData/DR utilizes data vaulting technology to store customers’ System i and Windows data in SafeData’s offsite storage vaults.
Customers signing up for SafeData/DR during the fourth quarter include Connecticut Water, Miller Electric Company, Southland National Insurance, Warren Equities, and the Women’s League Community Residences.