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KineticD on Microsoft Certification Tear

KineticD, the Toronto-based cloud and hybrid backup company, has been on a tear lately, getting itself and its products certified under various Microsoft certifications.

The latest Microsoft hurdle cleared by KineticD is certification of its cloud backup portfolio, KineticCloud, for the Windows 8 platform.

The company, which has about 1,000 resellers and 100 managed services providers and private-label partners, announced the certification Tuesday morning. In a statement, CEO Jamie Brenzel described the benefits of certification for those resellers and MSPs, which are predominantly Microsoft partners. "Windows certification assures our customers, and theirs, that the software has been tested and runs efficiently without conflicts in the newest Windows environments," Brenzel said.

The Windows 8 certification follows the certification last month of the KineticFAM open file driver for Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2000. The driver backs up constantly open files like Microsoft Outlook, making background backups possible and providing differentiation against products that rely on Microsoft's VSS.

In an interview for that release, Brenzel said that certification ensures that KineticFAM doesn't conflict with other low-level drivers, such as anti-virus programs. "For us it's really important to demonstrate to our customer base that we've taken the time to not only develop a low-level driver that benefits our end customers to back up applications that are open all the time, but also give them the peace of mind that from a Microsoft Windows perspective that our product has been vetted through the Windows Certification process," Brenzel said.

KineticD earned a completely different kind of Microsoft stamp earlier this month when it achieved a Silver Independent Software Vendor competency in the Microsoft Partner Network. For an ISV, the competency requires getting an application certified for a Microsoft operating system, providing three customer references and paying the silver competency fee.

Posted by Scott Bekker on July 24, 2012 at 11:58 AM