Axcient joins the cloud crowd

By Dave Simpson

-- Axcient has joined the growing list of vendors providing cloud-based storage services (aka online backup/recovery, storage-as-a-service, or software-as-a-service). Like some other vendors, Axient offers a hybrid approach that combines cloud-based data protection with a backup/recovery and replication appliance that resides at the customer's facility.

Axcient is a startup, although its services have been in development for more than two years, according to Justin Moore, the company's CEO.

The hybrid solution will be sold solely through the channel, and is targeted at SMBs; specifically, companies with up to 500 servers or workstations and 10GB to 10TB of storage capacity to be backed up.

Moore says that the hybrid approach combines the fast recovery afforded by an on-premises appliance with the inexpensive data protection offered by cloud-based storage. And like other players in this space, Moore predicts that the down economy and reduced IT spending will spur end-user interest in less expensive ways to protect data, including cloud-based services.

Axcient's solution is agent-less (i.e., users do not have to install software on servers, workstations or laptops). For security, data is encrypted on the on-premise appliances, transferred offsite through an encrypted tunnel, and is encrypted "at rest" at Axcient's data centers.

Axcient offers a number of services, including:

-- RapidRestore data backup services delivered via the on-site appliances, enabling users to meet recovery time objectives (RTO).

-- SmartArchive data retention and compliance services.

-- SmartDR disaster recovery services where, if an appliance fails Axcient will ship a new appliance loaded with the customer's data within 24 hours.

Axcient announced its entry into cloud-based storage services at about the same time that The Planet launched similar appliances and services in conjunction with Nirvanix (see below).

The Planet offers cloud storage services

Making the case for cloud storage

What is cloud-based storage?, part 1

The benefits of cloud-based storage, part 2

Cloud-based storage, part 3

This article was originally published on March 27, 2009