Targeting small and medium businesses (SMBs), Portland-based IT company SpireTech has launched a “local” cloud storage service using technology from CTERA Networks, based in Palo Alto, CA.
The technology allows SpireTech’s business clients to replace or augment traditional in-house file servers with a cloud-connected server appliance.
The appliance acts as a file server for fast employee access to data, while offering remote collaboration capabilities and access to files from outside the office via mapped drive letters, along with apps for iOS and Android devices.
The CTERA appliance can also backup Windows, Mac, and Linux workstations and servers.
What makes the PDXcloud.com service different from traditional cloud-only service offers is that the primary file storage resides at the client’s business location, so if the internet or cloud provider goes down, normal business operations will continue, says the company.
The PDXcloud.com cloud portal is needed for offsite backup, external team collaboration and folder invites only. Plus, unlike large cloud providers, the PDXcloud.com service is locally supported and hosted by Portland-based SpireTech, which owns a datacenter in the Goose Hollow area.
Each business receives a custom URL to access their server at PDXcloud.com, such as mybusiness.pdxcloud.com, and the cloud portal can be branded for client and employee use.
“This service breaks new ground in performance, features, and security at a disruptive price point. It provides our clients with a competitive advantage by allowing them to retain their servers and control collaboration, all with local support, with a price point less than a comparable backup solution,” said Scott Cook, SpireTech president.
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