Network provider rolls out 'as-a-service' disaster recovery

November 3, 2014
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Grand Rapids-based US Signal operates data centers across the Midwest. Courtesy US Signal

In an age of digital hackers and leaks, a network provider is rolling out a set of data-protection services.

US Signal in Grand Rapids said this fall that it has released a suite of backup and recovery services for business disaster planning.

The services are built around “the geographic diversity and network connectivity of our current infrastructure, giving customers the option to choose which data center they would like their backup location to be," said Stephen Oyer, EVP of sales and marketing, US Signal.

US Signal owns and operates eight Midwest data centers.

The services

The company's Backup-as-a-Service allows customers to back up files, full physical or virtual machine-disk images to “US Signal-owned-and-operated storage architecture.”

US Signal said the data is automatically compressed between 50 to 70 percent on average, “reducing the time and space needed to complete backups.”

US Signal’s Recovery-as-a-Service allows customers to recover their backups to a US Signal “resource pool or hosted private cloud environment.”

“It can be managed remotely as long as you have access to the Internet," Oyer said. "All the customer needs is the ability to get online, and they are able to restore their data from anywhere."

Customer can begin working “before the recovery is complete,” Oyer said.

The services also provide customers with a “playbook” on disaster-recovery plans and processes.

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