South African-developed Attix5 Backup Professional technology has played a central role in winning an award from a European technology publication.
The company's technology is securing data in Switzerland as a key element of Swissvault's Backup Butler solution, which recently won a test of online backup solutions conducted by InfoWeek magazine.
In terms of the test, InfoWeek put four leading online backup services under the magnifying glass. In its results, the publication observed significant differences in pricing models and the supported server operating systems and – applications.
In naming Swissvault's Backup Butler the winner, InfoWeek noted that the service offered comprehensive functionality, complete documentation and sound installation support.
According to Swissvault's CEO Flo Schweri, Attix5's software is the basis of the company's data protection solution.
"We offer Attix5 software as a service in four different solutions targeted at various market needs. This starts with a desktop/laptop version, named 'Solo'. Then there is the 'Combo', which is a low cost solution for SMEs with shared storage on large storage devices.
"The 'Eco' version provides customers with a dedicated server at our datacentre. Finally, 'Pro' adds a local backup server at the customer location to the hosted offsite one," he explains.
Schweri says his company has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with the South African software developer. "With a very close relationship with Attix5, we can provide the feedback from our market straight into the development of new releases," he says.
He adds that his company recognised the substantial potential of Attix5 technology in the European market.
"Advanced features such as visualisation of the data flow with multiple monitoring capabilities, fully automatic processes, which include reporting and efficient, incremental technology which supports a variety of different operating systems result in a strong value proposition."
That value proposition is as simple as it is effective: the automated, secure and highly reliable protection of critical data.
"Our customers like the fact that they simply don't need to worry about their backup any longer – because Swissvault or one of our resellers is monitoring them fully," he adds.
Explaining that online backup is well received by the Swiss market, Schweri says the recognition from InfoWeek is a feather in the cap of the developers of the technology. "The achievement is notable as the backup solution went up against competing offerings including that of one of the world's biggest information management vendors. It is mainly a victory for Attix5 – congratulations."
Attix5 MD Michael Law says the company remains focused on providing data protection which is the essence of simplicity to use, but which delivers unmatched data protection. "The basic premise of our technology is that as essential as a data backup is, it remains a hassle. Through automation and the elimination of time consuming, ineffective and obsolete methods and equipment in favour of an offsite, Internet-powered solution, we believe we have achieved this goal."
Law adds that Attix5 continues to invest in R&D, which is largely executed at its Stellenbosch head office.
Schweri says the success of the solution to date bodes well for the future. "The relevance of the technology encouraged us to implement a German version of the Attix5 client in our market already in 2005. We look forward to multiply our success all across Europe in 2009."