CA Southern Africa has revealed that CA Technologies has finalised an agreement with Microsoft to provide its industry leading ARCserve data protection technology as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering using Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud platform.

Gary Lawrence, MD of CA Southern Africa, says the new cloud offering – scheduled for availability in the second half of this year – is part of CA’s strategy for bringing rapidly deployable, easy-to-own IT management solutions to market.
“This solution will be especially attractive in situations where conventional, internally deployed backup-and-restore systems and software implementation may be less financially or operationally appealing. This is often the case with small businesses or remote offices that lack the necessary on-site IT staff,” says Lawrence.
He adds that CA’s SaaS data protection solution is designed to help customers cost-efficiently mitigate a wide range of information risks, including system downtime and catastrophic data loss across the customer’s entire IT portfolio.
“The new solution will be designed to meet the needs of CA Technologies and Microsoft partners – especially those who may incorporate its data protection functionality into their broader cloud-based IT management offerings."
“By leveraging vendor solutions and expertise, partners can offer customers the ability to cost-effectively offload routine IT operations,” says Andrea Lodolo, chief technology officer, CA Southern Africa.
“The powerful combination of CA ARCserve and Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud platform will enable us to offer the partner community a scalable, feature-rich and fully configurable resource for this growing management services market,” concludes Lodolo.