Asigra Honors Dakota Backup for Data Protection Focus on Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs)

RAPID CITY, SD, June 23, 2011 –/– Dakota Backup, today announced that it has been recognized for Best SMB Vertical Marketing Campaign by Asigra Inc, a leading Cloud Backup, recovery and restore (BURR) software provider since 1986. The award highlights Dakota Backup for its success in achieving outstanding customer satisfaction and innovative business practices in the deployment and application of Asigra’s Cloud Backup solution. Dakota Backup was honored for its leadership at the 2011 Asigra Cloud Backup Partner Summit, June 6-8th in Toronto.

Through partnerships with VAR’s and MSP’s servicing small, medium and enterprise customers in the United States, Dakota Backup provides a secure, reliable, and scalable cloud backup infrastructure Powered by Asigra to ensure the backup of critical business data. In addition, its reseller program allowed the partners to achieve a speed to market advantage using one of the most comprehensive backup solutions available.

Dakota Backup operates two geographically dispersed Asigra n+1 DS-Systems both housed in low risk area SAS70 Type II validated Tier III data centers with services supported 24 hours a day 365 days a year by knowledgeable staff who understand the critical data requirements in today’s business climate. Operations currently support over 1,000 business customers across Dakota Backup data centers for a protected size of more than 250TB of data on top tier HP and NetApp equipment.

The award was presented at this year’s Asigra Cloud Backup Partner Summit, titled OutMarket, OutSell, OutSmart. The summit is the only conference of its kind where hundreds of cloud backup service providers, MSPs and VARs from all over the world come together to hear the latest in trends and technologies impacting cloud backup. The conference offers a range of strategies to help service providers take a leadership position in one of cloud computings largest areas of opportunity - cloud backup.

Asigra promotes its partners’ expertise for new and innovative deployments of cloud backup and recovery, whether deployed to a public cloud, an internal private cloud or hybrid implementation. The Asigra Cloud Backup platform enables new efficiencies for protecting virtualized servers, large organizations with distributed offices and mobile workers, multi-location data center environments, while providing the flexibility to address consumers, small and medium businesses (SMBs) and the enterprise. Asigra presented awards to visionary partners and customers in multiple categories based on technology and sales and marketing achievements. Dakota Backup was recognized for its excellence in serving small and medium size businesses seeking more efficient and effective data protection.

“Asigra partners are fundamental to our business model and by achieving a market specialty in the SMB space, Dakota Backup has proven to be a premier provider of cloud backup services in this area”, said Asigra CEO David Farajun. “Dakota Backup has demonstrated customer focus and determination in establishing leadership in cloud-powered backup and recovery for SMBs. We congratulate the company on this win and look forward to their continued success”.

“Data protection is no less important to SMBs than it is to large enterprises, especially where mission-critical data is concerned. The difference comes down to resources and the ability to protect these small to midsize environments effectively without the cost or complexity of on-premise enterprise offerings”, said Brad Lappe, Sales Manager for Dakota Backup. For SMBs, cloud backup is the right solution. It removes the burden of backup while delivering both onsite and remote recovery for every computing system on the network “from storage and servers to desktops and mobile computing devices”.

About Asigra
Asigra is the leading Canadian cloud computing vendor focused on backup, recovery and restoration with more than 400,000 customer sites deployed globally. Asigra Cloud Backup transforms the way businesses manage and protect their data by delivering seamless end-to-end data protection that efficiently scales and easily adapts to any IT environment. 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 more than 25 years of experience as backup/recovery pioneers, Asigra manages one of the largest business-class backup service provider ecosystems in the world who power their cloud backup services using Asigra technology. Asigra is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with offices globally. For more information, visit

About Dakota Backup
Dakota Backup, LLC was formed in 2005 as an affiliate of KT Connections, Inc. and Ketel Thorstenson, LLP. Ketel Thorstenson is the region’s largest business accounting firm and has been in business for more than 75 years. Dakota Backup and KT Connections are the technology arms of this business group providing all forms of information technology infrastructure sales and support, managed services, data backup and business continuity solutions. KT Connections has provided IT support and sales for businesses of all sizes in the Black Hills region since 1997. Dakota Backup has a national reach with clients from Alaska to Jamaica and Trinidad Tobago.


Media Relations Contact:
Brad Lappe
Dakota Backup, LLC
(866) 589-8271

Asigra Agency Contact:
Joe Austin
Ventana PR
(818) 332-6166

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