02 October 2014
Press release

Acronis Names John Zanni Senior Vice President of Cloud and Hosting Sales

Former Microsoft Executive Joins Acronis to Accelerate Growth of Cloud Business

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 Serg Bell, 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.

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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