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As part of the Real World Windows Azure series, we talked to
Pavel Bondarchuk, Vice President of Business Development at CloudBerry Lab,
about using Windows Azure storage services to deliver the company's online backup
solution. Here's what he had to say:
MSDN: Tell us more about CloudBerry Lab and the
services you offer.
Bondarchuk: CloudBerry Lab was established in
2008 by a group of experienced IT professionals with the mission to help customers
adopt cloud-computing technologies.
We do that by closing the gap between cloud vendors' propositions and consumers'
needs through development of innovative, low-cost solutions. For instance, we
offer several managed backup services for a variety of cloud-computing
platforms. We are also a member of the Microsoft BizSpark program.
MSDN: What was the biggest challenge your company faced
prior to implementing Windows Azure?
Bondarchuk: One of our products, CloudBerry Backup
for Amazon S3, helps customers automate data backup by using the Amazon cloud-computing
service. However, there is some unique functionality in Windows Azure that can
substantially optimize online data backup-for instance, the ability to resume
upload for larger files in case of failure in the middle of an upload process and
the ability to upload only modified portions of files. Furthermore, we wanted
to be able to offer our customers, including managed service providers,
resellers, and hosting providers, a more robust desktop backup client with
online storage. However, we didn't want to invest in our own data center to do
so, and cloud storage, such as that offered in Windows Azure, allows us to
accomplish this goal.
MSDN: Can you describe the solution you built with
Windows Azure and how it helped address your need for online storage?
Bondarchuk: We developed a CloudBerry Explorer
solution for Windows Azure Blob storage. It provides a user interface to
Windows Azure Blob storage accounts and files, and it enables customers to
manage their files in the cloud just as they would on their local computer. Not
only are we offering a desktop backup client for Windows Azure storage, but
also an online backup website that gives customers the ability to recover their
data with any Internet connection and a browser. The website is hosted in
Windows Azure, ensuring high levels of scalability.
CloudBerry Backup for Windows Azure enables customers to manage files in the
MSDN: What makes your solution unique?
Bondarchuk: CloudBerry Explorer
really capitalizes on the functional capabilities of Windows Azure, and it is
the only product available today that automates data backup to Windows Azure Blob
CloudBerry Backup also exists in a version tailored for
Windows Home Server. A few years ago, backing up files to a remote
location was expensive and complex; now with Windows Azure in conjunction with
user-friendly software such as CloudBerry Backup it is accessible and
affordable for anyone.
MSDN: What benefits have you seen since working with
Bondarchuk: We are still in the early stages of
working with Windows Azure, but it is clear that Windows Azure will help us
open a path for resellers and hosting providers to offer their customers managed
backup services on Windows Azure. There is a strong demand for cloud storage
tools, which is evident by the fact that the number of downloads for our tools
doubles every month. We strongly believe that Windows Azure provides a
scalable, reliable, and low-cost foundation for online backup and disaster
To read more Windows Azure customer success stories, visit: www.windowsazure.com/evidence
CloudBerry Lab at: www.cloudberrylab.com