Acronis, a global provider of cyber protection solutions and hybrid cloud storage, co-founded by Parallels founder Serguei Beloussov and headquartered in Singapore, has formed a new technology partnership with Arsenal Football Club. The partnership will see the Swiss-Singaporean company provide data protection to the club’s growing IT infrastructure.

Arsenal Football Club is at the forefront of data use within football, examining data to improve its performance both on and off the pitch. The club knows that data is extremely valuable and needs to be protected.

This is where the partnership with Acronis comes in. In its new role as an official partner, Acronis would deliver data protection for all of Arsenal’s data, applications and systems, such as the team’s Microsoft OneDrive and Office 365 accounts. Acronis also will provide secured storage of every first-team and academy training session recorded at the club’s training ground in Colney – which amounts to 8 TB of data a year, the equivalent of 875 matches.

The partnership will run for three years and entitles Acronis to LED signage around the pitch at every home Premier League, Emirates FA Cup and Carabao Cup match. Acronis will also have presence on Arsenal interview backdrops and access to Arsenal first-team players and legends to support Acronis’ aim to increase brand awareness globally.

said, “As we enjoy another hugely successful pre-season tour in Singapore, we’re delighted to welcome Acronis into our family of official partners,” said Vinai Venkatesham, Arsenal’s Chief Commercial Officer (CCO). “Acronis are world leaders in data backup services and their advanced technology will ensure the club’s data is safe and secure. We look forward to working with Acronis and supporting them in their business growth plans.”

Formula 1, Formula E

Acronis is already the data protection partner of choice for multiple teams in the data-driven motorsports of Formula 1 and Formula E. They are aware that Acronis can ensure the safety, security and privacy of their most critical digital assets, which they rely on to improve the competitive performance and financial returns of their team.

All Acronis solutions come with an integrated anti-ransomware defence, which means that data protected by Acronis will also be safe from cyberattacks. Based on artificial intelligence, Acronis Active Protection actively monitors systems in real time for suspicious and malicious behaviour, enabling it to automatically detect and stop attacks. Its self-defence capabilities also keep cybercriminals from disrupting the backup software or altering contents of its protected files.

Many of these AI-based technologies are developed in Acronis’ research and development center in Singapore. Acronis employs more than 50 “top engineers,” with plans to expand the base to 150 engineers in the next three years. The center will continue to focus on advanced engineering, expanding AI, security, and privacy features of Acronis solutions.