EVault Taps Cequel Data Centers for Cloud Partnership
December 4, 2012 Alex Woodie
EVault last week announced that it has formed a partnership with Cequel Data Centers, owner of a series of data centers in Texas, Oklahoma, and Washington state, to offer EVault’s online backup and recovery software and services from each of its locations.
Cequel Data Centers was created in 2010 by a group of private equity and investment firms, led by Cequel III of St. Louis, Missouri. The group owns and operates more than 100,000 square feet of data center space through three subsidiaries, including Colo4 of Dallas Texas, which was acquired in 2010; Perimeter Technology of Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma, which was acquired in 2011; and Tierpoint of Spokane, Washington, which was acquired in 2012.
The three managed service providers (MSPs) serve as the repositories for primary and backup workloads for a variety of platforms; Colo4 lists the IBM i OS as a supported server platform. With the EVault partnership, the MSPs will add online backup and recovery to their lists of services.
The capability to have a standardized backup and recovery offering across all three MSPs will benefit Cequel and its customers, says Cequel vice president of corporate development Andy Stewart. “As a colocation and managed services company with multiple data centers across the country serving a wide range of customers and industries, it is important for us to offer the best data storage options and continually work to expand our offerings,” Stewart says in a press release.
EVault, the Seagate subsidiary that was previously called i365 before reverting back to its original name, protects the data of more than 38,000 customers through several offerings, including its EVault software, dedicated storage appliances, and software as a service (SaaS) offerings. EVault customers can back up data over the network to their secondary location, to EVault’s cloud, to the clouds of third-party MSPs such as Cequel, or to all three.