02 August 2011
Press release

Iland and Acronis expand global reach with launch of the UK’s first self-service disaster recovery solution built on VMware’s vCloud director

Customisable solution now available through partner community in EMEA and North America

LONDON, UK., 2nd August, 2011 - iland Internet Solutions, a premier provider of cloud infrastructure services, and Acronis, a leading provider of easy-to-use disaster recovery and data protection solutions for physical, virtual and cloud environments, today announced the global expansion of their joint cloud-based business continuity solution, with the launch of iland's vCloud Services site in the UK. This is iland's second vCloud services site, the first being in the US, announced in 2010.

The companies' 18-month partnership remains focused on providing their partners and businesses of all sizes with the flexibility to quickly recover both locally and in the cloud with a single, easy to use solution. By leveraging Acronis Backup & Recovery® 11, the vendor's flagship product for physical and virtual servers, and iland's vCloud Services, a VMware vCloud Powered Service, organisations can quickly and easily restore operations by securely harnessing the power of an entire virtual datacenter for the recovery of data or their production environment.

iland and Acronis certified partners in North America and EMEA can take this solution to market as a co-branded offering or under their own brand. By providing subscription-based licensing for Acronis Backup & Recovery 11, iland's partners are delivering a cost-effective solution while maintaining complete control over the restoration process.

"We've worked with iland in the United States for some time now and it's great to see them open a data center in the UK. A third of UK companies do not have offsite backup[1], yet cloud adoption is expected to expand by 87% this year[2], so this is a great market opportunity. The extension of our joint venture presents a huge benefit to both end users and the partner community,' said David Blackman, general manager Northern Europe, Middle East and Africa at Acronis.

A growing number of organisations are using online backup to protect their data by cost-effectively streamlining the recovery process to a secure cloud computing environment. Acronis Backup & Recovery® 11 is installed on production servers and replicates data and system state over a site to site VPN to a cloud based repository at iland. Once the initial backup is received, only the de-duplicated changes are compressed and replicated to the repository, minimising storage requirements. By extending the LAN environment via VPN, a single server or a collection of servers can be restored in iland's vCloud Services environment with a few clicks, providing flexibility during downtime.

iland vCloud Services deliver an entire virtual datacenter through a simple and secure self-service portal built on VMware vCloud Director. This enterprise cloud infrastructure empowers users to restore systems in minutes and simply pay for their consumption.

"We thought it was important to extend the capabilities of the iland Continuity Cloud to provide our customers and partners with the means to recover a portion or even their entire environment within minutes," said Dante Orsini, iland VP, business development. "The Acronis team shares this vision and through our integration of vCloud Services we are delivering a powerful solution that goes beyond cloud hype, by providing an easy to use platform for the protection and recovery of data and systems locally and in the cloud."

"We have evaluated several cloud solutions and frankly not found a platform that would provide our team with the ability to manage the recovery of files and systems quickly without breaking the bank," explains Keith Williams, Managing Director at Netexperts, a UK based IT Professional Services organisation. "iland's joint offering with Acronis is leading the way forward for our clients as we are able to deliver a single integrated solution for backup, recovery and even production cloud capacity on our terms."

This joint solution is available today. For more information or to enquire about the new partner certification please visit: http://www.iland.com/data-replication/acronis

[1] Acronis Global Disaster Recovery Index, January 2011
[2] Acronis Global Disaster Recovery Index, January 2011

About iland Internet Solutions

iland Internet Solutions, VMware's 2010 Service Provider Partner of the Year, provides a range of hosted cloud infrastructure services in the US and Europe that enable customers to leverage enterprise class infrastructure in the form of virtual data centers with flexible billing and capacity models. Solutions include secure hosted environments for virtual servers and desktops, test and development, cloud-based disaster recovery, and hybrid cloud services to maximise the value of existing VMware based environments. For more information, please visit www.iland.com. Follow iland on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ilandcloud.

About Acronis:

Acronis is a global cyber protection company that provides natively integrated cybersecurity, data protection, and endpoint management for managed service providers (MSPs), small and medium businesses (SMBs), and enterprise IT departments. Acronis solutions are highly efficient and designed to identify, prevent, detect, respond, remediate, and recover from modern cyberthreats with minimal downtime, ensuring data integrity and business continuity. Acronis offers the most comprehensive security solution on the market for MSPs with its unique ability to meet the needs of diverse and distributed IT environments.

A Swiss company founded in Singapore in 2003, Acronis has 15 offices worldwide and employees in 50+ countries. Acronis Cyber Protect is available in 26 languages in 150 countries and is used by over 20,000 service providers to protect over 750,000 businesses. Learn more at www.acronis.com.
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