What's been happening with online backup and disaster recovery solution provider Zetta.net since it released a management console and a new marketing program for MSPs back in April? The company recently talked with Talkin' Cloud on the company's general availability of Zetta.net DataProtect 4.0—its cloud backup and disaster recovery solution for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), remote/branch offices and managed service providers (MSPs)—as well as the company's Series B funding of $8 million for continued expansion and growth.

Zetta.net Vice President of Marketing Gary Sevounts said the company is seeing a growth of momentum in the cloud backup space, but has noticed a change in conversation to performance from security. Backup files are changing, he said, and now need a significant amount of processing.

To adapt to these changes, the company upgraded Zetta.net DataProtect to include advanced WAN traffic, local backup functionality, redesigned user interfaces, and enhanced Microsoft (MSFT) Exchange Server backup plug-in optimization.

Zetta.net Vice President of Products Chris Schin, meanwhile, said the company has enhanced the solution to copy large sets of data directly to the cloud through this product update.

"We can back up to the cloud faster than to disk," he said. "We’re finding that we can back up more quickly than to traditional disk."

Both Sevounts and Schin threw appliance backup providers under the bus, claiming that appliances are "performance chokers." Zetta.net backs data up directly to cloud rather than using an appliance as a middleman.

Zetta.net DataProtect 4.0 is generally available now, starting at $225 per month, which includes unlimited backup and recovery software, 500GBs of enterprise-gradesecure cloud storage, 24x7 unlimited U.S.-based engineer-level support and monitoring and all maintenance, updates and upgrades.

In addition to the company updating its backup solution, Zetta.net secured $8 million in Series B funding, led by Industry Ventures, with the participation of existing investors Foundation Capital and Sigma.

The money will be used to invest in research and product development to continue with the company's cloud-native backup and disaster recovery technology solutions.