Acronis Dives into Cloud DR with nScaled Buy

Posted on September 22, 2014 By Pedro Hernandez


Acronis is adding disaster recovery to its cloud-enabled backup platform, the Woburn, Mass.-based company announced.

The move comes in the wake of acquiring nScaled, an enterprise disaster recovery specialist, for an undisclosed amount. nScaled's "disaster recovery-as-a-service" blends backup with business continuity features and a VMware-based infrastructure, allowing organizations to restore their business-critical applications to the cloud when mishaps strike.

Those capabilities are offered to customers of Acronis' Backup as a Service solution for service providers, according to Serguei Beloussov, CEO and co-founder of Acronis. "With the addition of nScaled technology, we provide a capability to restore to the cloud, and customers can restore their operations without waiting for replacement hardware to restore on-premises," he said in a statement.

San Francisco-based nScaled was founded in 2009. The company's secure, compliance-enhancing disaster recovery (DR) tech -- available as virtual and physical appliances -- provides businesses with data backup and fail over to the cloud within minutes, courtesy of data centers based in Dallas, Ashburn and London.

To date, "hundreds of customers" have flocked to nScaled, which manages petabytes of storage and thousands of servers, according to the company. For those customers, things will remain business as usual.

"Existing nScaled customers will continue to enjoy the same reliable and user-friendly solution that they have come to know and love over the years," assured nScaled on the company's homepage. Moreover, the deal will help the platform expand far beyond North America and the U.K. "The extensive network of Acronis partners will make the complete cloud backup and disaster recovery solution available to all customers in the world, significantly increasing the geography for nScaled technology," stated the post.

"As part of the Acronis team, nScaled will have access to even more resources globally to further evolve our disaster recovery services, delivering enhanced protection of our customers' IT infrastructure, applications and data," commented Bradley Kolb, CEO of nScaled, in a statement.

Cloud services providers have been rushing to bulk up their backup and recovery offerings in recent months.

In April, business software giant Oracle announced a new database backup service that provides three-way data mirroring on an unlimited number of backups and integrates with the company's database (versions 10.2 and higher). Last month, debuted DataProtect 4.5, a WAN-accelerated, full server cloud backup and disaster recovery (DR) product for SMBs.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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