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CTERA Networks Enables Cloud49 to Deliver Hybrid Storage Solutions to Federal Customers Using AWS GovCloud


Secure Data Protection Offering Meets Strictest US Federal Certification Requirements

AUSTIN, Texas and PALO ALTO, Calif., April 30, 2013 — CTERA Networks, the leader in cloud storage enablement, today announced that cloud service provider Cloud49 has teamed up with CTERA to provide the first hybrid storage solution that is built to meet US Federal certification requirements. This new service, named Cloud49 Backup AS (Advanced Security) features CTERA’s cloud storage gateways at the customers’ premises, with seamless replication to Amazon GovCloud. CTERA will be showcasing the solution at the AWS Summit in San Francisco on April 30th, in booth #515.

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awsCloud49 Backup AS employs CTERA’s cloud storage service delivery platform to manage the service, using a mix of customer-premises cloud storage gateway appliances and end-point software agents. This hybrid architecture allows customers to benefit from local network performance for fast local storage, backup and recovery, while the cloud provides easy access to files from anywhere, including mobile devices, and off-site recovery from local disasters.

Cloud49 has been using AWS as its cloud infrastructure, providing it complete flexibility and scalability with no investment in infrastructure. With security and compliance being of paramount importance for Backup AS, Cloud49 turned to Amazon GovCloud, allowing it to be compliant with a variety of requirements and certifications, including FISMA Moderate, ITAR, SSAE 16 (formerly SAS70 Type II), FIPS 140-2, PCI DSS Level 1, ISO 27001 and HIPAA.

Using CTERA’s extensive data security features allows Cloud49 to maintain compliance not just in the cloud, additionally securing data across the board from the customer premises, in transit and as it is stored in the cloud:

  • AES-256 encryption for data at-rest and in-transit, covering both locally- and cloud-stored data;
  • Active Directory & LDAP integration for user authentication and single-sign on;
  • Private encryption key management, allowing customers to have exclusive access to their data;
  • SHA-1 fingerprinting to ensure data integrity;
  • X.509 certificates preventing man-in-the-middle attacks.

“CTERA makes it easy for us to provide a robust backup solution to federal agencies and contractors on Amazon GovCloud,” said Nathaniel Gates , president of Cloud49. “In the security- and compliance-bound federal sector, we are required to offer an airtight solution that adheres to the most stringent regulations. By combining the end-to-end security provided by CTERA’s technology, Amazon’s industry-leading datacenter certifications, and our own best practices, we are able to offer the first hybrid data protection solution that meets US Federal certification requirements.

“Cloud storage is not a ‘one size fits all’ solution,” said Paul Stich , EVP North America at CTERA. “We architected our solution to support multiple use-cases, with no compromise on security. We’re glad to see Cloud49 taking advantage of these capabilities with this specialized offering.”

Cloud49 runs its service on reliable SAS 70 Level II certified public cloud infrastructure, avoiding the need for investment in infrastructure and aligning its operating expenses with customer revenue. CTERA’s management platform, CTERA Portal, with its multi-tier, multi-tenant architecture, gives Cloud49 the ability to serve customers directly but also provide “wholesale” cloud storage services to resellers and MSPs, empowering them to deliver their own branded service. With CTERA Portal’s compatibility with a variety of cloud services and platforms, Cloud49 avoids being locked into a specific public cloud service.

About Cloud49
Cloud49 is a cloud computing solutions provider with locations in Anchorage, AK, Los Angeles, CA and Austin, TX, offering scalable and secure web based hardware and software solutions in a pay-as-you-go utility model. Established in 2010, Cloud49 stands ready to assist companies tackling the challenges of running their IT environments more efficiently and cost effectively. Cloud49 solutions free up IT capital and operating expenses allowing companies to refocus on driving core business value.

About CTERA Networks
CTERA Networks is the leader in cloud storage enablement, revolutionizing storage, data protection and collaboration for enterprises and SMBs. Its Cloud Attached Storage(R) architecture combines secure cloud storage services with on-premises appliances and managed agents. CTERA pioneered the cloud storage gateway concept, with tens of thousands of units deployed, and its scalable cloud service delivery platform is used by leading service providers and enterprises, on the public or private cloud infrastructure of their choice. For more information, visit Follow CTERA on Twitter:

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