Matt Mullenweg of WordPress fame has announced the (beta) release of VaultPress. WordPress and the guys from Automattic are well-known for their very reliable and simple to use software and services (they are responsible for Gravatar, Akismet, PollDaddy and other awesome and usually free Web software and services). VaultPress is likely to add another high quality service to their portfolio.
It’s very early days for VaultPress but here are the basics (not all details have been released by Automattic); Self hosted WordPress Sites may install and activate a VaultPress Plugin. The ValutPress service (WordPress interacts with ValutPress via the Plugin) costs U.S.$15 per month and will monitor the Website for security breaches, backup the database and files and will install security hot-patches automatically. The idea behind VaultPress is to enable high availability and secure self-hosted WordPress Sites with minimal administration and hassle.
This is a very smart move by Matt and the WordPress people; Automattic software is very solid and reliable and people will be happy to pay a nominal amount for added peace of mind.