In the cloud computing storage market, EVault -- a wholly owned subsidiary of Seagate -- is taking aim at Symantec Backup Exec and other client-server data protection platforms. The EVault effort, led by EVault President Terry Cunningham, is loaded with irony.

After all, it was Cunningham who helped to build the Veritas Backup Exec business before Symantec acquired Veritas in 2004. During the glory days of client-server, Veritas helped to position Backup Exec as popular platform for Windows NT Server data and application protection. The Backup Exec team made the Windows NT bet before Microsoft gained critical mass on the server, so the move was a gamble at the time.