Options for MSPs, VARs are based on NetApp Unified Storage New self-managed services help speed market entry, cut expenses for MSPs, VARs

TORONTO – Dec. 7, 2010 –/– Asigra Inc., a cloud backup and recovery software provider since 1986, and Artisan Infrastructure, the wholesale-only Infrastructure-as-a-Service provider, have teamed up to allow managed service providers (MSPs) and value added resellers (VARs) anywhere to offer their own cloud back-up services based on efficient and flexible NetApp® storage to compete more effectively with larger hosting firms.

Toronto-based Asigra and Artisan Infrastructure, based in Austin, Texas, have forged a strategic relationship to enable channel partners to provide a broader choice of flexible, efficient and affordable cloud backup services to their customers.

Both companies jointly established a proof-of-concept deployable template for attracting MSPs and VARs to evaluate and test their own Asigra-based backup solutions in a private, secure, dedicated partition powered by Artisan Infrastructure’s virtual private data center platform (vPDC) called Cornerstone.

“Asigra and Artisan Infrastructure teamed up to remove the guesswork and risk for MSPs wanting to deploy cloud backup services based on high-performance NetApp storage,” said Ashar Baig, senior director of product marketing for Asigra.

Deploying cloud backup services powered by Asigra on Artisan Infrastructure’s vPDC and NetApp storage is quick and simple. All Artisan Infrastructure customers have ready-access to the Asigra deployable solution template. Once activated, the MSP or VAR is up and running with its own Asigra-powered vault.

“Now, Asigra and Artisan Infrastructure make launching new cloud backup service infrastructure as simple as right-clicking a mouse and entering a software license key,” said Brian Hierholzer, president and CEO of Artisan Infrastructure, noting several Artisan Infrastructure customers have successfully deployed cloud backup based on the Asigra platform in less than one week on average.

Choosing and implementing a cloud backup service generally requires significant architecture planning, equipment vendor selection, cost modeling and engineering resources.

“This innovative approach for offering cloud services helps MSPs and VARs eliminate certain capital and operating expenses for building a dedicated storage environment to support the Asigra Cloud Backup platform as it provides a pay-as-you-grow model,” Hierholzer said.

Artisan Infrastructure’s wholesale customers who select Asigra as their cloud backup solution maintain complete security, control and autonomy while managing their own solutions through the Cornerstone vPDC, secured by their own virtual NetApp FAS file storage platform.

“Several of the world’s leading service providers rely on NetApp to provide the unified storage infrastructure at the core of their service offerings,” said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Alliances and Solutions for NetApp Inc.. “Our collaboration with innovative companies such as Artisan Infrastructure and Asigra underscores NetApp’s success as a storage provider of choice for cloud deployments for enterprise customers and service provider partners.”

Artisan Infrastructure, has similar strategic relationships and proof-of-concept templates with other solution providers. Templates allow companies like Asigra to reduce sale cycle times, while allowing MSPs, VARs, systems integrators, and communications providers the ability to evaluate and test solutions before making firm financial commitments.

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About Artisan Infrastructure
Artisan Infrastructure is a wholesale-only Infrastructure-as-a Service provider, based in Austin, Texas. Through Cornerstone, Artisan Infrastructure’s virtual Private Data Center (vPDC) platform, customers maintain complete control, autonomy and security when building their own private and public cloud computing solutions. Customers include national and international managed service providers, systems integrators, software developers, communications providers, and value added resellers. Artisan Infrastructure is a wholly owned subsidiary of Artisan Communications Inc. founded in 2001.

About Asigra
Asigra transforms the way businesses manage and protect their data by delivering market leading cloud backup solutions that seamlessly and efficiently manage, scale and deliver data protection services. Asigra Cloud Backup™ is built for new and existing MSPs/VARs who focus on data protection, IT constrained organizations, and industries with compliance mandates that are looking to improve their backup with a secure, reliable and predictable data protection cloud backup model. With 25 years of experience as backup/recovery pioneers, Asigra technology protects more than 100,000 sites globally ranging from the Global 100 to SMBs. The world’s largest and most profitable service providers including CDW, HP and Terremark Worldwide power their cloud backup services using Asigra technology. Asigra is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with offices globally. For more information, visit


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Joe Austin
Ventana PR
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