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Friday, 05 September 2014 11:04

Acronis acquires BackupAgent

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Backup vendor Acronis has acquired BackupAgent, which supplies an SME-oriented cloud backup platform to service providers.

Announcing the acquisition at World Hosting Day Asia, Acronis general manager of cloud business Rene Oldenbeuving said BackupAgent complements Acronis's existing portfolio.

It provides hosted, hybrid and on-premises file and image backup and recovery, including the ability to use Microsoft Azure as a backup destination.

The best parts of the Acronis and BackupAgent products will be integrated in later releases, he said.

One of the company's goals is to allow service providers to provide "enterprise class backup as a service for the SMB market," Mr Oldenbeuving said, pointing to research carried out with IDC showing that SMEs have quite complex IT environments.

Among the figures he quoted were that 54% use two or more hypervisors, 65% use cloud storage, 94% store at least some of their data off-site, 78% have a recovery time objective of four hours or less, and 37% manage physical, virtual and cloud environments.

"They behave the way enterprise companies behaved a couple of years ago," he said.

Acronis Backup as a Service was announced locally in July. It is designed to be sold by partners, with either managed or self-service operation.

Mr Oldenbeuving emphasised the way Acronis Cloud separates the storage and management aspects of backup as a service, allowing service providers to give their customers the choice of using Acronis's storage (which will be available locally in Singapore and Tokyo by the end of this month) or the provider's own - and presumably onshore - storage.

Disclosure: The writer travelled to World Hosting Day in Singapore as the guest of Parallels, which has a significant overlap of ownership with Acronis.

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Stephen Withers

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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