CA Technologies (CA) has partnered with Cloudian, Inc. to provide managed services providers (MSPs) and other businesses with a combined solution that lets IT back up data to a public, private or hybrid cloud through a redesign of current backup architecture to leverage cloud computing resources.

The combined solution pairs Cloudian object storage software with CA ARCserve to protect data using commodity hardware instead of tape or proprietary backup appliances -- with the goal of significantly reducing the cost of acquiring and managing backups.

According to CA Technologies Product Delivery and Data Management Vice President Steve Fairbanks in a prepared statement,  the combined solution focuses on two main IT requirements for backup solutions: automation of intelligency execution of file and data movements and reduced hard costs and over impact on the production environment.

"CA Technologies shares our vision of our world where storage as utility is a reality, and storage solutions are simple, affordable and powerful," said Cloudian Americas and EMEA General Manager Giorgio Propersi in a prepared statement.

Both companies said the combined solution could potentially open up new opportunities for MSPs to offer backup as a service.