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Firm offers ‘cloud’ of cover

Technology: Company opens regional office in Valencia, offers disaster recovery, data backup

Posted: September 2, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 2, 2011 1:55 a.m.

From left, Cloud49 staff members Zach Gates, Ryan Metro and Patrick Hamblin pose with a cloud-attached storage appliance at Mellady Direct Marketing in Santa Clarita.

The cloud that recently parked over Santa Clarita is not the atmospheric variety, but the newest generation of cost-effective business tools capable of supporting computer-network infrastructure, data backup and disaster recovery.

Cloud49 recently opened a regional office in Valencia. With the company headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska, one might wonder how it identified the local market for expansion.

Aside from Southern California being one of the largest markets for expansion in the information-technology field, Cloud49 owner Nathaniel Gates and local residents Ryan Metro, Patrick Hamblin and Zach Gates all attended The Master’s College together and have remained friends ever since.

“Nathan asked me to run Southwest division,” said Metro, director of business development. “We’ve been friends since we were kids in college.”

Tiered services

Cloud49 offers three primary services for businesses: computer-networking infrastructure, data backup or disaster recovery services.

While the concept of “cloud computing” is a marketing-based idea, the technology offers remote networking and data-management services that companies used to invest in building and managing themselves — often at a high cost to the company.

“We tailor the cloud to a company’s particular needs,” Metro said.

Many companies are tiring of operating their own internal IT departments and absorbing the high cost of buying servers, which can run $5,000 to $10,000 each, said Hamblin, a “cloud evangelist,” or Cloud49 sales-education adviser.

“We can make the data available as a file-share, allowing employees to access it from anywhere,” Metro said. “And a company can give access or restrict access to anyone in the company.”

Backing up data

Cloud49 sets a device up in each business, which talks to the company’s network, collecting data and backing it up on hard drives onsite.

As the data is stored at the company site, it’s encrypted for security purposes and then transferred to a cloud, or remote site, creating redundancy that protects all of a company’s vital operating information.

“We’ve come to recognize data is fuel for a business,” Metro said. “If a business loses its data, it loses everything.”

According to a Meta Group study, 94 percent of companies that suffered a catastrophic data loss would not survive beyond two years of business. An estimated 43 percent never reopen their doors and 51 percent close their doors within two years.

Cloud49 uses large, highly secure data centers that handle enterprise-grade data and spend millions to maintain — something the smaller companies can’t afford, and larger ones no longer want to do.

“You can take your most prized possession and put it in a shoebox under your bed,” Metro said. “But most people choose a bank because they spend more than you would for security.”

Disaster recovery

Operating without data backup and recovery is like playing Russian roulette, Metro said.

Offering services on a pay-as-you-go basis, with no long-term contract requirement, Cloud49 representatives say the company can meet the data needs of every business at an affordable price. It’s cost-prohibitive for most companies to do it well, he said.

“Cloud-based (data services) can give you the same recovery at a fraction of the cost,” Metro said.

“We’re talking to a company that just bought all new servers but doesn’t want to spend additional money to create a backup center, Metro said. So, Cloud49 is creating a disaster-recovery system for them.”

Cloud computing

With cloud computing, the servers and switchers no longer need to be onsite, saving capital expense and freeing up some of your labor time, Metro said.

“We just closed a $70 million logistics company,” Metro said. “They wanted infrastructure, and they plan on deploying it across their whole company.”

Locally, Metro’s goal for the next six months is to represent 100 companies with any one of Cloud49’s products and services.

The computer world is a scary place, Metro said. The company spends a lot of time and money that most businesses cannot afford to create secure networks.

“We believe we’re very secure and do a very good job of it.”

More information on Cloud49 can be found online at Cloud49 can also be reached at (661) 375-7649 or toll free at (855) 256-8349 (855-CLOUD49).


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