New partnership provides a route to cost-effective data protection

DataFort, the leading provider of off-site data backup, today announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with Impex Ltd, a systems integrator and software development specialist based in North London, to sell and deploy its award-winning DataFort 3.0 backup service to SMEs. Since partnering, the two companies have completed several local tenders within the retail and catering markets.

"Although SMEs recognise the importance of developing a business continuity to protect their vital data resources, offsite data backup to a secondary site has often been neglected due to high cost," said Gavin Smith, CEO for DataFort, "By partnering with Impex, we can educate companies that a managed back-up service delivers better return on investment than local tape backup solutions."

DataFort 3.0 combines easy-to-use software with highly secure server space, packaged as a managed backup solution. The pricing structure is based on a utility style model, which is particularly attractive to SMEs who only need pay for the amount of space they use on the server. Combined with a range of reporting features and, if needed, a web-based administration centre, customers can configure the initial backup and then let the DataFort service manage the backup process. Recovery of data is as simple as a few mouse clicks.

"As data accumulates, our customers are demanding integrated end-to-end data protection to prevent data loss," explains Saleh Shahrestani, Director of Impex Ltd., "As we have a strong software focus, DataFort 3.0 was appealing as it meant that we could provide added value to our current broadband customers. DataFort's remote management functionality goes hand in hand with our own remote maintenance service and was particularly attractive as a tool to track backup status without having to go on-site."

Smith concludes, "Impex has a proven track record in the provision of complete, managed solutions. Our philosophy is to provide companies with an automatic way to backup their data as a keystone to a good business continuity plan, and Impex is helping us to bring this capability to a wider audience."

For further information please contact:
Ian Peel or Natalie Johnson
Datafort press office at MCC International ltd
Tel: 01962 888 100 or Fax: 01962 888125

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