Acronis, a provider of hybrid cloud data protection, has announced an expanded distribution agreement with network and cloud hosting provider, US Signal. As a result of the agreement, Acronis becomes the exclusive provider of backup and disaster recovery solutions for US Signal’s managed service provider (MSP) customers.
US Signal is addressing the growing demand for business continuity solutions as MSPs now have access to complete data protection solutions offered by US Signal. The addition of new backup and disaster recovery offerings would give MSPs even better control of data and margins.
As US Signal looked to expand its offerings to the MSP market, having an easy to deploy and manage, safe and complete backup and disaster recovery solution as part of its portfolio was a vital missing component. US Signal needed a partner that would enable this product offering while using the current US Signal cloud infrastructure that was in place.
Current infrastructure, which includes eight data centers and one of the largest, fully deployed networks in the Midwest, consists of both physical and virtual servers. This meant the technology needed to be flexible, highly scalable and enable MSPs to have complete control of their offering.
“Acronis intimately understands the needs of MSPs, and offers a solution that not only provides the ability for service providers to easily sell managed services on top of the US Signal platform, but the company also ensures our MSP partners can sell recovery services using the US Signal public cloud as a recovery target,” said Amanda Regnerus, vice president of marketing and product development at US Signal. “We had very stringent requirements for our backup and disaster recovery partner and Acronis met every need. We are very pleased with the turnkey focus of the product and service that Acronis provides, as it’s very easy for our customers to get up and running quickly.”
Acronis Backup Cloud would allow US Signal MSPs to offer backup targets in the cloud in order to provide a geographically diverse, scalable, and inherently highly available storage repository. MSPs can also perform backups from their on-premises physical or virtual environment or a US Signal cloud infrastructure and have restores done to the source or a disparate location, all while managing and monitoring all backup activities for an entire environment via a single, centralized management console. This would enable MSPs to meet the specific needs of their customers, creating stickiness with additional services to reduce churn.
Founded in 2003, Acronis protects the data of over 5 million consumers and 500,000 businesses in over 145 countries. With more than 100 patents, Acronis products cover a range of features, including migration, cloning and replication.
“Ensuring service providers have easy to use and complete data protection offerings is a requirement in order for them to do business today,” said John Zanni, CMO of Acronis. “Acronis lets service providers control their deployment, licensing, business models and data destination – all important features that enable them to control margin and grow their business. The partnership with US Signal was a natural fit, as our technology, focus on innovation and dedication to service providers aligns with the company’s mission.”