Acronis Names John Zanni Senior Vice President of Cloud and Hosting SalesBurlington, MassachusettsOctober 02, 2014
Former Microsoft Executive Joins Acronis to Accelerate Growth of Cloud Business
Woburn, October 2nd, 2014 – Acronis®, the global leader in new generation data protection, today announced it has named John Zanni senior vice president of cloud and hosting sales. In this role, Zanni will be responsible for the strategy and growth of the company’s cloud and hosting business through both the channel and direct sales.
Zanni comes to Acronis from Parallels, the platform provider for cloud service delivery, where he served as Chief Marketing Officer for the global service provider business. Prior to joining Parallels, he was General Manager of the Worldwide Software + Services Industry team at Microsoft where he was responsible for driving the strategy for the company’s hosting and cloud division, which he grew into a $1B+ business.
“Throughout the years John has proven his ability to drive meaningful growth and adoption of cloud and hosting services,” said Serguei Beloussov, CEO and co-founder of Acronis. “As more businesses of all sizes realize the need for reliable, secure and dual-protection cloud backup, John’s expertise and knowledge of the channel and market will allow Acronis to deliver our impressive and expanding cloud portfolio to these businesses across the world. He’s going to lead the Cloud business unit to build its current success.”
Zanni’s hiring comes on the heels of significant momentum within Acronis’ cloud business. Last month the company acquired two cloud companies, BackupAgent and nScaled, strengthening its cloud backup offerings and expanding its portfolio. Acronis also recently opened new data centers in Asia and Europe, delivering localized cloud storage to customers in those regions. In February, Acronis launched its first SaaS-based cloud backup and recovery tool, Acronis Backup as a Service. Bolstered by Parallels recent SMB Cloud Insights™ research which shows data backup and recovery is one of the top three most demanded services, Acronis is making significant company, product and personnel moves to meet customer demand.
“More businesses demand reliable and easy-to-use cloud data protection tools. Acronis is making the right investments and quickly becoming a dominant player in the cloud backup and recovery business,” said Zanni. “Now is the time to scale by continuing to build strategic relationships, expand and accelerate channel sales and continue our rapid pace of innovation..”
Zanni will join Acronis’ expanding cloud team and will help drive growth of Acronis cloud products, including Acronis Backup as a Service and its SPLA licensing model. He will facilitate the integration of BackupAgent and nScaled into the Acronis family. He will also be tasked with pushing forward the strategic direction of the cloud business, and strengthening and leveraging Acronis partnerships with Parallels and Microsoft.
Acronis sets the standard for hybrid cloud data protection through its backup, disaster recovery, and secure file sync and share solutions. Powered by the Acronis AnyData Engine and set apart by its image technology, Acronis delivers easy, complete and affordable data protection of all files, applications and operating systems across any environment—virtual, physical, cloud and mobile. Founded in 2003, Acronis protects the data of over 5 million consumers and 500,000 businesses in over 145 countries. With more than 100 patents, Acronis products have been named best product of the year, and cover a range of features, including migration, cloning and replication. Today, Acronis solutions are available worldwide through a global network of service providers, distributors and cloud resellers.
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