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Central Databank Partners with Funambol

Offers first managed service for synced mobile data for SMEs

The Conrad Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - Tuesday April 28, 2009 - Central Databank, (CDB), Ireland's leading channel exclusive B2B utility online offsite backup service provider and Funambol, the leading provider of mobile cloud sync and push email, today announced a partnership to bring Funambol's innovative sync and backup service to Ireland. The partnership allows CDB to be the first managed service provider for mobile phone data in Ireland. As a result, CBD is able to wirelessly sync PIM data, between billions of 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 go near 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 can now 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. It is a foolproof method of securing their mobile data.

So for less than .10c per day you can protect the content on your mobile phone for this unique service. Along with our current resellers partner we are in discussions with a number of Mobile Reseller partners in Ireland and overseas. Today we are announcing our first service agreements with a number mobile reseller partners in Ireland:

  • Allstat Corporate Solutions, Dublin, Ireland: 01 867 2233
  • Commercial Wireless, Dublin, Ireland: 01 293 2600
  • Fones Direct, Dublin Ireland: 1850 700 007

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."

Funambol's open source-based solution provides the industry's broadest mobile device compatibility. Its open source software is backed by the world's largest cross-platform mobile developer community, who helps test Funambol software on thousands of smart and feature phones. Funambol open source can be downloaded and freely used for internal projects, as well as rapidly translated into different languages and adapted for the latest mobile devices.

About Central Databank

Central Databank is Europe's first specialist channel exclusive off-site back up service provider. CDB has developed and deployed its unique Utility model where CDB providers its reseller partners with their own-brand software, training, mentoring and a managed back-end enabling a zero Capex entry into the online backup market. CDB's platforms are highly secure, offering up to AES 256 encryption and highly robust, providing 99.99% availability. Our solutions are priced according to capacity usage, so there are no maintenance, per-seat, per-feature or any other hidden costs.

Working through over 45 Partners in Ireland and specialty trade verticals in a number of overseas markets to include Australia, Europe and North America CDB has deployed service offers for server, desktop, laptop, mobile phone and PDA backup. CDB currently supports over 1,500 User customers on service under the management of the core technical team currently based in Ireland. CDB is examining a number of options to expand all service lines in other territories across Europe.

For further information please contact:
Peter Fogarty
Channel Manager
Central Databank,
Alexandra House,
The Sweepstakes,
Ballsbridge,
Dublin 4
Tel: +353-1-664 1419;
Website: www.centraldatabank.com

About Funambol

Funambol is the leading provider of mobile open source cloud sync and push email. Funambol open source software has been downloaded over three million times by 50,000 developers and project participants in more than 200 countries. The commercial version of Funambol has been deployed at mobile operators, portals, device manufacturers, service providers and ISVs including customers such as AOL, 1&1, Earthlink and CA, Inc. Funambol is headquartered in Redwood City, California with an R&D center in Italy. For more information, please visit http://www.funambol.com. You can follow Funambol on Twitter at http://twitter.com/funambol.