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CTERA launches portal, upgrades its CloudPlug

CTERA, a startup that offers cloud attached storage with a gizmo called the CloudPlug, launched a portal and firmware upgrade. The aim: Allow Internet service providers, managed service providers and resellers to offer cloud storage to their customers.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor on

CTERA, a startup that offers cloud attached storage with a gizmo called the CloudPlug, launched a portal and firmware upgrade. The aim: Allow Internet service providers, managed service providers and resellers to offer cloud storage to their customers.

For CTERA, the next version of the CloudPlug and the portal are key steps in the distribution of the device.

The CloudPlug, along with a larger C200 appliance, is handy for small and mid-sized businesses. It connects with a local drive, say flash external storage, and couples that local backup with cloud storage. The hybrid approach works out pretty well and is intuitive. I took the CloudPlug for a spin as I was migrating PCs. Overall, the set-up was easy and the hybrid approach made sense. I also used pure cloud backups with Mozy Home and an Iomega drive for totally local data storage.

The biggest complaint with cloud backups is the time to offload a sizeable library of files, video and music to the Internet. It takes time.

For many folks, a bridge device like the CloudPlug could make sense. The CTERA portal that rides shotgun with the CloudPlug has been in extended beta. CTERA's Portal runs as a SaaS edition hosted by the company or can be installed at a service provider's data center.

A few key points:

  • CTERA's portal can use third party infrastructure from the likes of Amazon S3 or Rackspace.
  • The firmware upgrade for the CloudPlug includes secure remote access to manage the appliance remotely.
  • Local snapshots of files stored and laptop backup.

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