Acronis: Reinforcing Business Continuity

Serguei Beloussov, Chairman and CEO The corporate world is moving at a fast pace, measuring each second as a metric of excellence. With automation creating a ripple in this fast-paced economy, where time constitutes a resource, ‘keeping the engine running 24/7’ has become a new necessity for many organizations such as financial institutions, healthcare organizations, and legal firms. For these organizations, enduring service downtime may result in substantial revenue losses where their concern is not only limited to business continuity but also the accessibility and security of their crucial corporate data. Fortunately, cloud service providers offer these organizations great comforts in terms of backup and recovery service. However, when disaster strikes, ensuring data recovery while protecting its integrity in real time is a strenuous endeavor for a multitude of these managed service providers and cloud resellers. This is where Acronis steps into the game with their integrated disaster recovery cloud for cloud service providers. Through Acronis’ Disaster Recovery solutions, service providers can easily protect their customer’s critical workloads by instantly recovering their critical IT systems and applications.

Powered by their AI-based active protection technology, blockchain-based authentication, and unique hybrid-cloud architecture, Acronis’ Disaster Recovery is a turnkey, self-service solution built on Acronis backup cloud. The solution provides backup and disaster recovery in a single package that not only offers a resultant increase in productivity but also cuts down the cost significantly.

"The Acronis Recovery Console allows the client to centrally monitor and manage their disaster recovery preparedness, as well as perform local backups and restores"

Started in 2003, Acronis marks its eminence in cyber protection and hybrid cloud storage. In addition to back-up and recovery, the company offers anti-ransomware, storage, and enterprise file-sync and share solutions. Today, Acronis’ solutions are spread across 18 countries with more than five million consumers and 500,000 businesses availing its services.

Acronis’ Disaster Recovery Service is well accredited to reliably recover the servers or entire data centers of its clients without the need for them to invest in duplicate systems or additional staff. Providing flexible recovery time objective (RTO) options, the solution combines the high performance and shortest recovery time of a local appliance with the low cost, predictability, and accessibility of a virtual private cloud.

Acronis Disaster Recovery provides backup and disaster recovery in one package offering not only the resultant increase in productivity but also cutting down the cost significantly

Acronis supports its clients with a team of experts who can help them in keeping their IT systems up and running, thus allowing them to focus on seamlessly running their business. The Disaster Recovery solution has proven efficient in hundreds of mission-critical deployments worldwide and has performed hundreds of push-of-a-button recoveries.

With Acronis Disaster Recovery Service, the client not only has the capability to back up to or recover from the cloud but they also get full data infrastructure and virtualization—the ability to failover to and run in a cloud. Acronis Disaster Recovery Service provides protection and recovery for applications, configurations, data and assets, databases, operating systems, and servers. The Acronis Recovery Console allows the client to centrally monitor and manage their disaster recovery preparedness, as well as perform local backups and restores. The Acronis Recovery Console serves as a secure SaaS web application that automates and simplifies the administration of backup and disaster recovery.

Acronis allows cloud resellers to leverage Acronis cloud data service centers as recovery sites and use the multi-tenant web-based console for all configuration, testing, and recovery tasks. The Disaster Recovery solutions support Windows, Linux, and other major hypervisors, allowing Acronis’ clients to comply with various requirements of their customers and enable continuity of their workload. Built for service providers, the Disaster Recovery software offers instantly provisioned services to customers and partners within the cloud console. The software also provides powerful prebuilt integration, professional service automation, remote monitoring, and management tools.

Acronis Disaster Recovery Cloud helps the clients in protecting their customers’ systems in any location and in any environment whether it is on-premise, remote system, or private and public clouds. The solution also provides comprehensive and integrated IT systems’ protection in NetApp environments making data recovery easy and eliminating the need for dedicated technical expertise. Helping companies maximize and protect their NetApp infrastructure, Acronis Disaster Recovery saves a significant amount on expenditures associated with hardware, software, and data center infrastructure.
The key advantage of the Acronis Disaster Recovery Service is that most of the expenditure is considered operating expenses (OPEX) rather than capital expenses (CAPEX). In addition to ease of use, agility and rapid recovery, the Disaster Recovery solution saves IT significant time by eliminating the need to acquire, configure, test, and deploy servers that would typically sit idle.

In response to a full site outage, Acronis’ Disaster Recovery cloud offers its customers with a provision to switch production workloads to machines in the Acronis Cloud Data Center within seconds, allowing them to get back to business fast. The company also offers onsite recovery for a single server failure through Acronis Instant restore which allows the customer to recover the machine locally by running physical or virtual Windows or Linux system backup as a VMware Virtual Machine (VM). Acronis enables the cloud resellers to easily extend their customer’s network to Acronis cloud through Acronis’ VPN virtual appliance and network parameter auto-discovery capabilities. With the help of this, the service providers can easily provide transparent remote access to recovery servers. In addition to a multi-tenant architecture, the Acronis DR cloud includes several other features such as per-customer reporting, a RESTful API, and integration with customer’s business automation systems. Acronis Disaster Recovery Cloud is built on top of the world’s easiest and fastest backup solution.

Illustrating Acronis’ dexterity in meeting customer’s requirements is one of the recent case studies of Gray Plant Mooty. The company deployed Acronis Disaster Recovery Service not only for disaster recovery but also for daily backup needs allowing the firm to failover entire production servers while ensuring business continuity as well as recovering individual files whenever needed. In another similar story, Acronis DR was also deployed by the firm Proposal Software. Prior to deploying Acronis, Proposal Software used the backup and disaster recovery services provided by their data center. While some of the backup data was copied off-site for redundancy, the remote location was also managed by the same vendor, potentially limiting the company’s ability to recover data in case of a disaster. Consequently, after switching to Acronis, the company registered a significant increase in their productivity with a 50 percent reduction in costs as compared to the previous DR solution they had in place.

Today, Acronis Disaster Recovery solution has garnered a wide reach worldwide while the company works through an array of around 50,000 partners enabling the product to support more than 20 languages. With a team of experts geared towards a shared goal of efficiency, Acronis provides the necessary training, architectural design, installation, and configuration to its clients ensuring them best ROI for Acronis Cloud Solutions. According to a recent IDG market survey, around 43 percent of market respondents are getting started with the hybrid cloud to improve their disaster recovery capabilities, and with Acronis’s established stature in backup and cloud technology, the company is well positioned to better equip these respondents with its technology and enhance their stance as service providers.


Schaffhausen, Switzerland

Serguei Beloussov, Chairman and CEO

Specializes in cyber protection and hybrid cloud storage besides backup technology, anti-ransomware, disaster recovery, storage and enterprise file sync and share