Production ready rollout gives VARs, Service Providers and Telcos the ability to easily offer customers complete backup as a service with a no cost to entry business model

WOBURN, MA – June 19, 2014 — / — Today, Acronis®, the global leader in new generation data protection, announced the availability of its Acronis Hosted Backup as a Service offering. After extensive Beta testing and strong reviews, the offering is now available in the U.S. for VARs, Service Providers and Telcos to expand their data protection offerings, localize an automated backup service, grow recurring revenue, and kill churn.

“We like the Acronis BaaS service product because it’s gives us a great product for our customers and provides us an affordable entry into this market,” said Greg Blakely, Director of Business Development at MIDCON Data Services. “We are really looking forward to it because it will provide our customers the business continuity they are looking for in case they ever face any type of outage or other major disaster.”

Acronis Hosted Backup as a Service (BaaS) directly enables VARs, Service Providers and Telcos to add new revenue streams with zero entry cost. Powered by the Acronis AnyData Engine, it provides the most complete protection by backing up at both the image- and file-level for Windows®, Linux®, and virtual machines to the Acronis cloud. The offering operates on a pay-per-use model, can be white labeled, and is managed from a central, Web-enabled control panel.

“Acronis is known for its advanced technology and deep knowledge of Data Protection,” said John Zanni, Chief Marketing Officer at Parallels. “They’ve recently incorporated the advanced capabilities of APS 2 in their solution, presenting Backup as a Service as an easy and complete way for customers of all sizes to backup to the cloud.”

“With Acronis Hosted Backup as a Service, we’re chopping down the business risks and traditional limitations of cloud backup by delivering a turnkey SaaS business model powered by Acronis’ mature and proven backup and recovery technology,” said Rene Oldenbeuving, general manager, cloud business at Acronis. “Our usage-based service eliminates upfront investments, so costs only increase when revenue increases, giving service providers a competitive solution that puts them on equal footing with the biggest cloud businesses. Add in our proven image technology and you have one of the only combined file-based recovery and bare-metal recovery offerings in a single cloud solution.”

In July, Acronis BaaS will incorporate a Hybrid Backup as a Service model. In this scenario, VARs, Service Providers, Telcos and large enterprises can manage storage themselves and/or provide localized storage to their customers. End-users will also be dually protected in all version by having the opportunity to backup locally.

Soon after that, Acronis plans to include On-premise Backup as a Service, an offering directed toward Telcos and large service providers, so customers can backup to their cloud.

Beta Testing
During Beta Testing, the product received an overall rating of 8.0 out of 10 with partners highlighting the offering’s ease of use, smooth user interface and attractive business model.

Beta Testing Comments:
“Great product. This is going to save my clients ass if they burn down and that’s why we’re excited to move to it. This thing will be awesome.”

“It’s really easy to use and to configure the service, even people with no technical knowledge know to use the service.”

“Acronis Hosted Backup as a Service gives us the most comprehensive solution to back up customers’ data from any environment with the right mix of features and easy of use.”

“The stability of the current feature set is quite impressive.”

“This is nothing short of amazing!“

Additional key features of Acronis Backup as a Service include:

• Re-brandable, localized cloud service hosted by Acronis from tier-3 and tier-4 data centers in Europe and the U.S.;
• Support for Windows, Linux, workstations, physical and virtual servers, VMware®, Hyper-V® and other hypervisors and applications;
• Usage & Billing reporting easily integratable into billing systems;
• 24/7 dedicated technical support;
• Service provider training, marketing and go-to-market support;
• Service Provider License Agreement requires no minimum revenue commitments or minimum term.

Acronis® is a registered trademark of Acronis International GmbH in the United States and other countries. Windows® and Hyper-V® are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Linux® is the registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the U.S. and other countries. Parallels is a registered trademark of Parallels Holdings, Ltd. VMware® is a registered trademarks of VMware Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

About Acronis
Acronis ( is a global provider of leading backup, disaster recovery, and secure file sharing and file access solutions. Founded in 2002 Acronis has established itself as a fast-growing international company with more than 700 employees in 18 countries and partners in almost every country in the world. Acronis provides complete, efficient and reliable backup solutions for desktop, server, virtual and cloud environments as well as leading file sharing and sync solutions for mobile devices.

Acronis knows backup. The proof is in the more than 50 advanced backup and recovery technologies developed to date. Over 4.5 million consumers, small and medium businesses and service providers employ Acronis products to protect their critical data.

The company’s flagship product Acronis Backup & Recovery delivers sophisticated technology solutions packaged in an easy-to-use way that allows smaller companies to address their new enterprise-level requirements. Enterprises also use Acronis solutions to address their point disaster recovery, migration and end-point backup needs.

Acronis® and the Acronis logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Acronis International GmbH in the United States and/or other countries.

Gaidar Magdanurov

Source: Acronis


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