Online Backup Startup Signs Global Pact with GE

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2007-04-23 Email Print this article Print

A 25-person company located in a small Utah town will now be backing up much of the data for a 300,000-employee global corporation—and for 170,000 other customers.

Berkeley Data Systems, of American Fork, Utah, has landed a rather large corporate fish. The 25-employee online storage backup company announced April 23 a multimillion-dollar contract to provide remote backup services to employees of General Electric worldwide.

The announcement of the contract follows the successful launch of the company's MozyPro online backup service for businesses, which took place quietly in December and was officially announced in April.

MozyPro offers the first 2GB of storage for no fee, and unlimited backup—which includes an unlimited number of restores—for $3.95 per month per PC or server, plus 50 cents per gigabyte of storage used per month. Users may select month-to-month or annual payment plans.

Measured by market capitalization, GE is currently the second-largest company in the world, with more than 300,000 employees. Fortune Magazine recently named GE the "World's Most Admired Company." The company produces aircraft engines, health care equipment, electric distribution and control equipment, generators and turbines, and locomotive and transportation equipment.

"GE did an amazing amount of due diligence," a Berkeley Data Systems spokesperson told eWEEK.

Since its release, MozyPro has acquired more than 3,200 business customers in viral fashion, with no little or no advertising, CEO and founder Josh Coates told eWEEK.

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