Leading value-added distributor establishes partnership to help solution providers meet clients’ evolving data protection challenges

Interwork Technologies, a leading, value-added distributor (VAD) of managed security solutions, and CTERA Networks, an innovator in small business storage and data protection with easy-to-use, small form-factor storage, backup and file sharing solutions, today announce delivery of a cost-effective, all-in-one solution for file sharing and secure offsite backup, delivered as part of a Security as a Service (SaaS) suite called S-Sphere. An integrated suite of managed security services for channel partners, S-Sphere features products from five industry leading vendors, including CTERA, designed specifically for small and midsized business (SMB) resellers and solution providers.

Existing solutions for data storage and backup, such as servers and backup tape drives, are expensive, unreliable and error-prone, and can create immense challenges for SMBs and home offices. Coupled with lack of an IT staff, the backup procedures are often sporadic at best, creating the need for a cost-effective, all-in-one solution for file sharing and secure offsite backup. The popularity and effectiveness of SaaS can help solution providers and their clients effectively tackle storage—and data-related challenges, and the S-Sphere suite featuring CTERA can greatly help SMBs overcome obstacles and realize significant business benefits.

“CTERA solutions are an excellent way for our resellers to provide reliable, flexible storage bundled as an easy-to-use, remotely managed storage service,” said Tim Larocque, director of business development and marketing for Interwork. “Resellers can use CTERA solutions to meet their clients’ storage and data protection needs with the company’s unique, affordable offerings.”
Available through Interwork, the CTERA CloudPlug™ and CTERA C200™, combine network attached storage (NAS) with fast, automated and secure online backup. Users can easily access files and schedule backups from anywhere via a simple Web-based interface, and eliminate the need for costly tape backup and offsite storage. The solution provides shared storage, online backup and folder synchronization in a single device, and helps simplify storage processes and increase efficiency, enabling users to focus on running their business.

With CTERA’s management portal, centralized storage management and service provisioning is now a reality for resellers and their clients. Channel partners can use SaaS to bundle CTERA solutions with other monthly or managed IT services, and the CTERA solutions are ideal for value-added resellers, managed service providers (MSP) and Internet storage providers (ISP). They are also an excellent source of monthly recurring revenue, and S-Sphere allows resellers to provide CTERA solutions through their own branded, white-label portal.
“We are very pleased to offer Cloud Attached Storage through Interwork as part of the S-Sphere suite of managed security services,” said Liran Eshel, CEO of CTERA Networks. “We welcome the opportunity to show channel partners how easy it is to use the CTERA Portal to manage tens to tens-of-thousands of subscribers and control all aspects of Cloud Attached Storage, including provisioning, status monitoring and reporting, among other areas.”

About Interwork Technologies Inc.
Interwork Technologies is a privately owned, investor-backed company with offices in New York, Colorado, and Ontario, Canada. Established in 1991, Interwork evolved from a solution provider into a value-added distributor specializing in information security, voice, and IT management solutions. Interwork has a growing partner network of 4,000 VARs and solution providers, and is known for being a specialty advisor and expert in emerging technologies. For more information, visit www.interwork.com.

About CTERA Networks
CTERA™ Networks revolutionizes storage and data protection for small businesses and SOHO users with Cloud Attached Storage™, a hybrid solution that combines fast local network storage with cloud services – including secure online backup – using an appliance-based approach with no software installation required. CTERA empowers service providers to deliver value-added services to their subscribers with complete infrastructure for hosting and remotely-managing subscriber data protection. For more information, visit www.ctera.com.
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