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    Central Databank partners with Funambol on managed service for sync’ed mobile data


    Central Databank, (CDB), Ireland's channel exclusive B2B utility online offsite backup service provider and Funambol, a provider of mobile cloud sync and push email, today announced a partnership to bring Funambol's sync and backup service to Ireland. The partnership allows CDB to be the first managed service provider for mobile phone data in Ireland and, as a result, CBD is able to wirelessly sync PIM data, between mobile phones, the Internet cloud, and desktop apps.

    "There is nothing to compare with the Funambol service in Ireland today. This is truly a unique service," says Dermot Mooney, managing director of CDB. "Mobile phone users, of all hues, can wirelessly sync their data, from SIM card and from the phone itself, onto an online service. Once registered, it only takes seconds to sync the phone and it is done without any cables. No one keeps phone cables anymore and most people save their data on a mixture of SIM and phone. These are the first two operational problems associated with mobile data capture solved in one fell swoop."

    "We are applying the same rules to this service as we apply to our online off site back service" says Mooney. Funambol from CDB is hardware and operator agnostic. Set it up on your old phone, backup your data and then set it up on the new phone and restore onto a new phone, all without having to use a PC.

    CBD offers its service lines exclusively through the reseller channel and specialist trade verticals of more than 45 IT companies across Ireland and overseas. In this role, companies have sought a solution for their mobile phone data and CDB researched all product offerings until he came across Funambol. "This over the air (OTA) service from Funambol is of the highest quality and matches our professional online backup service," says Mooney. "We expect to have more than 50,000 handsets backed up for business clients by the end of 2009 in Ireland during this phase."

    Other equally compelling reasons for reluctance to backup mobile data online have traditionally been cost, security and reliability. The partnership between CDB and Funambol claims to offer an affordable, secure service that is reliable. "We are offering a business-2-business service though our growing reseller network," explains Mooney. "This service is aimed at professionals and is offered with full Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and a properly developed infrastructure to provide online backup. It is a robust and cost effective solution to the perennial thorny issue of mobile phone data backup."

    Once users have registered with the CDB service, their data is protected and secure, regardless of what happens to the user's phone or SIM card. If they lose or damage the mobile component, they can still access the same saved data using a newly purchased phone or they can log into the web portal and view and or modify their phone data.

    Christian Marsch, Funambol Vice President, also expressed his satisfaction with the new partnership. "For businesses, the security and reliability of mobile data is as important as the service itself. By partnering with CDB, we can offer this extra step, this extra layer of service which is vital for businesses, large and small. They cannot afford not to backup mobile data but they also cannot afford to have it compromised."