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SkyDesk Announces Two Partnerships

Internet storage and document management solutions provider SkyDesk today announced partnerships with Compaq Computer Corporation and IBM.

Joining Dell, Gateway and Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Compaq bring SkyDesk'spartnership tally to five.

"Each of our partners realize they have great customer relationship," Jim Till, senior vice president of sales and marketing. "But they also realize the need to engage in a more service-based relationship. This is where we come in."

According to Till, partnerships of this magnitude are very important for SkyDesk. "Basically, the nation's leading PC manufacturers have chosen SkyDesk as its online date protection service provider," he said.

Under terms of the agreement with Compaq Computer Corporation, SkyDesk's @Backup service will be provided to all Compaq.net Internet service subscribers.

Compaq will provide pre-bundled direct access links within the Compaq.net Internet service on all Presario PCs to a co-branded Web-based backup and date protection service from SkyDesk. Compaq.net customers will receive 20 megabytes of Compaq Online Backup Powered by @Backup. This will run for the length of their Compaq.net subscription.

According to Till, users can upgrade to additional megs of service. "Compaq intends to resell higher levels of service, creating an additional stream for the company," he said.

According to Ted Theocheung, director, Internet marketing, Compaq, the company chose SkyDesk because it offers the most secure, functional service in the online backup industry.

"Our commitment to provide our customers with the best online computing experience includes reliable data protection," Theocheung said.

Through this partnership, SkyDesk has the opportunity to reach a broad number of consumers by protecting, restoring and backing up their information.

IBM is also including SkyDesk's @Backup online date protection service, but on its desktop and mobile products, to members of its Owner Privileges Program and Web site visitors.

"SkyDesk understands that home and small business customers have the same need as any large corporation does to protect their important data," John Yengo, vice president, marketing. "Working with SkyDesk, we can provide them with a world-class, enterprise level solution that also offers ease of use and cost-effectiveness."

The IBM partnership includes 100 megs of online data protection for 90 days at no charge to Aptiva, ThinkPad and NetVista users.

SkyDesk intends to continue its focus on partnerships, adding additional value to the relationship the end user has with the secure hosted data.



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