On-demand applications, delivered via the Internet, have fueled the growth of software companies like Salesforce.com
Symantec's new online backup service provides remote data-storage and disaster-recovery services, letting customers keep important files and information securely on Symantec's servers. It's aimed mainly toward small- and medium-sized businesses, with monthly subscription pricing based on capacity used. Symantec already has a trusted brand in computer security, and it gained extensive storage infrastructure in its acquisition of Veritas, so this offering should really be a no-brainer.
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Symantec's online backup service is in beta testing, and the company admits that it'll take several years to build a serious footprint. Nonetheless, it's encouraging that the company is getting serious about on-demand offerings, and its focus on storage looks like a smart place to get started.
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