It’s never been easier for businesses to take advantage of the data security and other benefits the cloud delivers. Indeed, today the security, cost-effectiveness and easy scalability of the cloud compels companies to seek out and leverage solutions – which is driving tremendous growth in data center usage. In fact, the seventh annual Cisco Global Cloud Index report projects that by 2021, 94 percent of workloads and compute instances will be processed by cloud data centers and 73 percent of those instances will be in public cloud data centers.
When it comes to cloud storage, the landscape is nuanced. Companies have different requirements – from how much businesses need, to where data is stored, and beyond – which makes a one-size-fits-all option quite challenging. To meet varying needs, business growth requires data-storage choice. The good news is that delivering such choice means business opportunities for IT service providers, provided they have the right partnership in place.
It’s all about who’s on your team
As a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection and storage, Acronis knows all too well how tremendously storage needs can vary. We’ve seen it all as we provide hybrid cloud and cyber protection solutions for channel partners as well as a variety of end-user customers (from prosumers to small-to-medium-sized businesses to enterprises).
With that in mind, Acronis established a strategic partnership with the technology powerhouse Microsoft and invested in an easy-to-use integration with Microsoft Azure.
As a hyperscaler, Microsoft is at the top of its game and still very much on the move. Much of this success is due to an almost $20 billion investment to establish its public cloud platform: Microsoft Azure. In fact, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that their aim is to build Azure as “the world’s computer”. With data centers available in 54 regions worldwide, Microsoft’s infrastructure is widely considered unmatched among enterprise-cloud providers.
Working with hyperscalers like Microsoft provides virtually unlimited scalability with top-class network connectivity and reliability. This means this summer’s agreement between Microsoft and Acronis significantly increased the number of cloud regions where Acronis partners and customers can choose to store their data. This new integration also provides Acronis partners and customers with faster upload speeds and greater data sovereignty options.
The integration also positions Acronis’ partners for growth since they can offer straightforward, speedy data protection services to countless customers who already use Microsoft Azure. Indeed, ease of use, efficiency, and security remain hallmarks for service providers already working with Acronis Backup Cloud. In addition to streamlined administration and support, providers can expect no deployment, contractual fuss, or special training required. Critically for customers, choosing Microsoft Azure doesn’t change the price compared to storing backup data in Acronis Cloud either.
As the cloud continues to unlock new opportunities for end-users, service providers who offer cloud solutions have the opportunity to grow their business by leaps and bounds. But in a complex IT landscape, not just any tools or partnership will do. Super-charging your business requires a strategic, super-sized partnership like that already established between Acronis and Microsoft.
But don’t take our word for it. With a free 30-day trial you can try Acronis Backup Cloud and discover just how easy to use, efficient, and secure the solution is – and evaluate the potential it holds for you to grow your business in the year ahead.