CA Technologies checks in with the Newsday business blog to clarify that its partnership with Microsoft Corp. isn't new -- it's just that the longtime relationship has expanded into a new area of cloud computing.
In the expanded partnership, CA has taken a step forward in marketing its ARCserve data protection software to business clients.
"Microsoft is a technology and cloud platform partner with CA Technologies, and through this partnership, CA Technologies will be able to offer a new CA ARCserve SaaS-based backup and recovery solution that utilizes Microsoft’s Windows Azure Cloud platform," a CA spokesman said.
"This product offering, when it’s available later this year, will still be sold by authorized CA Technologies resellers and partners."
Islandia-based CA is "giving customers the opportunity and flexibility of being able to connect our solution to the Microsoft Windows Azure cloud for offsite data protection," the spokesman said.
"The new cloud offering, scheduled for availability in the second half of this year, is part of CA Technologies strategy for bringing rapidly deployable, easy-to-own IT (information technology) management solutions to market," CA said.
"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, such as small businesses or remote offices that lack the necessary on-site IT staff."
CA Technologies said its use of the Windows Azure platform "extends a working relationship between the two companies that has been providing high-value innovation to customers for more than 20 years. This relationship includes support for Microsoft Hyper-V and Microsoft’s System Center stack.
Cloud computing refers to flexible, cost-saving subscription plans allowing companies to use – and pay for – variable amounts of data storage, software and other resources over the Internet.