DIY DATA BACKUP FOR IT DEALERS

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DataFort, the leading UK provider of off-site data backup, today announced the launch of its 'Self Billing Dealership' programme - allowing channel businesses to create their own branded backup service, removing the increased risk and decreased profit of setting up an in-house service or outsourcing to a third party. The service has a potential of turning offsite backup into a service with a profit potential of up to 300%.

"Growth in broadband and the increasing socio-economic need for secure backup of business data has lead to a boom in dealers/resellers/system integrators setting up their own off-site backup services," explains Gavin Smith, Founder & CEO of DataFort. "But capital expenditure and ongoing manpower and maintenance costs make it tremendously difficult for them to turn a profit from such a service."

DataFort offers an alternative that puts profit back on the agenda - by providing dealers with a complete backup service, with a brandable front end. It removes all of the considerable set-up costs for dealers moving into backup, such as:

Licensing software
Buying servers
Selecting and installing firewalls
Selecting a secure facility

...and replaces them with instant access to the business benefits of working with a market leader in the backup marketplace, namely:

Award-winning client software
Unlimited end-user licenses
A web-based customer management tool
Second-tier support
Product development
Sales manual and technical training

"It is often the case that data backup software providers charge resellers additional costs for web management tools and maintenance contracts," concludes Smith, "but with DataFort there are no additional charges. We are offering resellers an established, high-performance solution that will strengthen and lengthen their relationships with their end-users."

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