New Company Cobalt Iron Offers Industry’s Most Comprehensive Suite of Scalable, Cost-Effective, Enterprise-Class Data Protection Solutions

Lawrence, Kansas, November 13, 2012 – Cobalt Iron™, a provider of enterprise data protection solutions, today unveiled its Cobalt Iron Data Protection Portfolio™, a single-source solution of enterprise data protection features and functionality delivered in an elastic cloud model to address today’s business needs. Cobalt Iron Data Protection Portfolio leverages decades of data protection experience of its designers, Richard R. Spurlock and Robert M. Marett, who have delivered comprehensive data protection architectures to the Fortune 1000 and mid-market businesses since 1993.

Transforming Classic Backup Capabilities into Business Services

Designed for both on-premise and cloud off-site deployment, Cobalt Iron’s Data Protection Portfolio enables customers to overcome backup and business continuity costs and challenges. Cobalt Iron maintains rapid backup integrity validation and data recovery while packaging the solution as a cloud solution with optional ready-to-run appliances to accelerate on-site data services.

“According to the recent ESG data protection modernization research, there is a strong interest in moving away from ‘do it yourself backup servers’ to backup appliances—as well as looking to the cloud for tertiary protection,” said Jason Buffington, Senior Analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group. “Customers are still struggling with improving their backup reliability and their agility to restore, while trying to increase their disaster preparedness and decrease their costs. With its ‘vault plus cloud’ architecture, Cobalt Iron has most of the right pieces in their plan.”

Today’s enterprise data protection solutions require customers to combine and operate complex software and hardware infrastructure from multiple vendors. Cobalt Iron enables customers to deploy a single unified solution as a public cloud, hybrid cloud, private cloud, or as a hosted solution. Customers can transform high-cost complex solutions into an elastic and simply consumable solution.

“At Tri-CUE, we provide 24x7 mission critical MSP services for credit unions in the Rocky Mountain States area of the United States,” said Kent Richard, President, Tri-CUE, Inc. “The Cobalt Iron team and portfolio has greatly improved the reliability and efficiency of our backups, by both eliminating tape and providing an effective off-site disaster recovery solution for our backup data.”

Deployment Options Driven by Customer Needs

With a flexible architecture designed to scale from 5 TB to 10,000 TB, the Cobalt Iron offering enables customers to:

Deploy in the data center
Automated backup and archiving protects servers, desktops, and applications with on-premise Cobalt Iron Vaults.

Deploy in the Cobalt Iron Cloud The Cobalt Iron Cloud eliminates the costs, risks, and complexity of operating and maintaining a backup infrastructure. A combination of quick installation and no hardware requirements delivers instant data protection for customers.

Deploy on-site and in the Cobalt Iron Cloud Customers can combine the Cobalt Iron on-premise solution with the Cobalt Iron Cloud to optimize data center data protection coupled with the simplicity and flexibility of cloud services.

“Protecting the growing data volume for companies of all sizes is a serious challenge today,” said Richard R. Spurlock, CEO and Founder of Cobalt Iron. “Faced with accelerating data growth, shrinking IT budgets, and pressures to enhance business services, customers are looking for new options to navigate out of this storm. Cobalt Iron delivers a single-source solution that crushes the high costs and complexity of data protection.”

Capacity and Availability

Cobalt Iron Data Protection Portfolio is available immediately at multiple sizing tiers. Whether installed on-premise with Cobalt Iron Vault appliances, in the cloud, or both, Cobalt Iron Data Protection Portfolio is charged as a monthly fee starting at $750 per TB that includes protection for all applications and an unlimited number of servers and desktops.

ABOUT COBALT IRON

Cobalt Iron offers a suite of data protection and recovery solutions that provide the flexibility and functionality needed to drive business. These cost-effective, expert-designed storage solutions enable companies to operate with the confidence that their data is protected and can be recovered whenever and wherever they need it. Cobalt Iron maintains its headquarters in Lawrence, Kansas. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltiron.com/ and follow us on Twitter: @cobaltiron

PRESS CONTACT

Lisa Williams Cobalt Iron 781-924-1171 lisa.williams@cobaltiron.com

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