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Monday, 22 September 2014 10:29

Acronis goes for DR as a service


Data protection vendor Acronis has acquired disaster recovery-as-a-service provider nScaled.

The acquisition of nScaled adds disaster recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) to the Acronis portfolio.

This means Acronis backup-as-a-service customers will be able to restore their operations in the cloud in the event of a major interruption of their on-premises capability such as fire or flood.

"Acronis has delivered an advanced backup solution for years with full system backup, and the ability to restore to any hardware," said CEO and co-founder Serguei Beloussov.

"Then we added Acronis Backup-as-a-Service to provide cloud storage for backup data. With the addition of nScaled technology, we provide a capability to restore to the cloud, and customers can restore their operations without waiting for replacement hardware to restore on-premises.

"Now, Acronis provides the most complete, easy and safe cloud backup solution for any infrastructure and any environment."

nScaled currently manages petabytes of data and several thousand servers in its Dallas, Ashburn and London data centres.

Its customers include banks, hospitals, law firms, manufacturers, retailers and universities

"Businesses have become ever more dependent upon data, and their operations can no longer afford downtime. Ensuring the availability and reliability of IT services is critical to supporting customers and internal users," said nScaled CEO Bradley Kolb.

"As part of the Acronis team, nScaled will have access to even more resources globally to further evolve our disaster recovery services, delivering enhanced protection of our customers' IT infrastructure, applications and data."

This presumably includes operating from Acronis data centres in Singapore, Japan, France, Germany, Russia and the US, as well as taking advantage of the Acronis AnyData Engine cross-platform data management technology and its support for service providers.

Acronis recently announced the opening of its international headquarters in Singapore and the acquisition of BackupAgent, a provider of "enterprise class backup as a service for the SMB market."

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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