Backup and storage company Acronis has been inexorably making its move to protect the worlds of virtualization and the cloud.
This February Acronis announced a major strategy to move far past protecting on-premises gear and into the newer realms of tablets, virtual machines and the cloud.
The announcement was really one of emphasis, as Acronis was already in the VM backup space. Fact is last year the company’s virtual backup business grew a very real 60 percent.
Yesterday the company made good on some of that emphasis with more tools to protect virtual infrastructure with what is claims is the “first complete self-service backup solution for VMware vCloud.”
The new tool, Acronis Backup & Recovery for vCloud, is aimed at enterprises and service providers.
On the service provider side, “it allows tenants and administrators to eliminate downtime and protect their virtual machines in public, private and hybrid clouds. Using Acronis’ innovative technology, service providers can now build a complete infrastructure-as-a-service offering using vCloud,” the company said.
The push on virtual should be no surprise. After all, Acronis was co-founded by Serguei Beloussov, who also ran Parallels. Beloussov recently returned to Acronis as CEO after a decade-long absence.
“Acronis knows backup, and if you want to deliver infrastructure-as-a-service, you need effective backup,” said Beloussov. “Before this breakthrough self-service technology from Acronis, protecting vCloud VMs was difficult and time consuming. Now, Acronis has applied its expertise in backup and knowledge of service providers to build the only self-service backup solution designed specifically for VMware vCloud, making it easier and safer for enterprises and service providers to run critical applications in the cloud.”
Pictured: Serguei Beloussov
The big hook here of course is self-service. “While VMware vCloud Director allows tenants to control their VMs directly, Acronis’ new solution provides them with additional full self-service backup of their Virtual Machines,” the company explained.
The Secret of Self-Service
The self-service is handled through a web console that lets clients or providers determine how backups are done, or recovery takes place.
One customer in the U.K. thinks the new technology is jolly good. “Buy-in to our private cloud was hindered by the lack of a suitable backup solution,” remarked Adrian Parks, senior systems specialist at the University of Oxford. “We were using in-guest agents, but this was not ideal and not our preferred option. The Acronis solution solves this challenge by providing a VM backup solution that interfaces directly with the vCloud Director APIs.”
Acronis and MSPs
It was some two and half years ago that Acronis made its major push into the MSP space.
That was when the company announced its MSP program that came with monthly subscriptions, and a low cost of entry for new MSPs. The plan also made it easy for partners to move product licenses from one customer to another.