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Mirroring corporate data sets between clouds may make the whole cloud storage scenario more palatable to companies.

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Nasuni, which puts customers’  business data in the optimal cloud and manages it there,  can now also mirror that data between two public clouds for redundancy and disaster recovery purposes.

Andres Rodriquez, CEO of the Natick, Mass.-based company said it is unique in that it does not have to schlep the data from one cloud back to the corporate storage appliance and back up to another cloud, but directly between clouds.

“The benefit to customers is that the extra copy causes no additional load to their network,” Rodriguez said via email, adding that the service can be added at any point and can scale to accommodate “data sets of any size.” All of this data transfer is orchestrated by Nasuni’s hardware that sits on premise and acts as the traffic cop to route corporate data to the primary cloud of choice and the copy to a secondary cloud.

Currently, only Amazon S3 and Microsoft Azure meet Nasuni’s standards for storing customer data and it typically uses S3 as the primary cloud, and Azure as the secondary, a spokesman said. Nasuni works with the customer to determine what will work best for their situation. The price of cloud mirroring varies depending on the mount of customer data stored, but it averages from 30 percent to 40 percent more than the single-cloud pricing which typically ranges from $2,000 to $5,000 per TB/year, based on volume.

Several companies including TwinStrata, Panzura and StorSimple, which Microsoft purchased last year, aim to make it easy for companies to put their corporate data  into cloud repositories while consumer fan favorites like Dropbox are trying to add enterprise-y features to do the same.

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