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Acronis has acquired BackupAgen for an undisclosed sum

Acronis has acquired BackupAgen for an undisclosed sum

Disaster recovery and backup solutions provider Acronis has acquired BackupAgent, a provider of whitelabel cloud-based backup software solutions for service providers, for an undisclosed sum.

Founded in 2005, BackupAgent has hundreds of channel partners and claims about 50,000 customers worldwide. Acronis said the move will deepen its reach into the service provider market including managed service providers, hosting companies, cloud companies and telecom operators.

Following the acquisition BackupAgent’s solution will be powered by Acronis AnyData Engine software, which the company said would bolster its ability various deployment options to service providers: to host the platform in their own datacentres; customer datacentres; or use Acronis datacentres.

“With over 15 years of experience helping service provider businesses in SWsoft and Parallels, I clearly understand the customer need and the Service Provider revenue opportunity with a cloud data protection solution”, – said Serguei Beloussov, chief executive officer and co-founder of Acronis.

“Using Acronis technology, BackupAgent cloud expertise and existing channel, plus our deep technology and business ties with Parallels, we are able to deliver the most complete and the most service provider-friendly solution on the market,” he said.

BackupAgent founders Roland Sars and Robbert van Geldrop said the acquisition supports the company’s bid to become a leading player in backup and disaster recovery services.

Cloud-based backup has been heating up this summer, with Microsoft’s acquisition of InMage and CT-Pros’ purchase of WeVault. These services seam to appeal to SMEs in particular. According to a recent IDC study, 65 per cent of SMEs backup their data to cloud, avoiding the need to purchase expensive backup systems and store the data on premise.

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