Backup to Cloud: Opportunity for Managed Service Providers

Faster, better, cheaper are the driving pillars that have enabled smartphones to control our lives, make drones a commodity, and bring self-driving cars to the horizon.  However, almost all of these great breakthroughs have downsides.

The same holds true for “Cloud”. It can mean many different things to different people, and the channel is no exception. For many managed service providers, cloud backup is the easiest and fastest way to elevate existing customers to cloud and grow customer base and establish significant incremental revenues.

According to the SMB Group, the SMB market consisted of nearly 68 million firms in 2014 (32 percent of all global businesses), almost 1 billion employees (69 percent of all global employees) and represents over 50 percent of IT spending of all global businesses. At the same time, cloud backup is “Top cloud service IT Pros plan to start 
using”, according to SpiceWorks survey – with 49% of them planning to use Managed Cloud Backup  - making it a great business opportunity for managed service providers (MSP).

The biggest value that an MSP can give is to alleviate customers’ data protection concerns, and provide a set of managed services, allowing customers to concentrate on their business IT tasks. Simply offering of cloud storage would not be sufficient – MSPs need a scalable managed cloud backup solution.

MSPs should implement a data protection strategy, centrally monitor, manage and control the solution, keep multiple copies of data in separate locations, and ensure that any, even minor, security concerns of customer are addressed in full.

The solution vendor should have proven technologies and years of experience – Backup and Data Protection are not the IT areas to take unnecessary risks with untested solutions.

 Acronis makes this easy for MSPs.  Acronis Backup Cloud is a turn-key solution that equips service providers to quickly solve customers’ data protection needs with a proven comprehensive local and cloud backup and recovery service.

Service providers get a customizable, comprehensive, and reliable service for their partners and customers. 

Designed for service providers, this solution has zero entry costs and a per-use business model designed for growth