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Acronis Adds Acronis Notary™ with Blockchain and Acronis CloudRAID™ to Software-Defined Storage, Offers Immutable Data Authenticity Verification and Universal File, Block and Object Support

Acronis Storage, the software-defined storage behind the award-winning Acronis cloud infrastructure, is now publicly available to service providers and business customers.

This major release is designed for heterogeneous commodity-off-the shelf hardware and incorporates Acronis CloudRAID™ and Acronis Notary™ with blockchain to provide configurable levels of redundancy and indisputable proof that the stored object data has not been modified.

Burlington, MA – October 20, 2016 — Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection, is proud to announce the release of Acronis Storage, the world’s first software-defined storage product with blockchain-based data authentication and universal file, block and object support.

The world around us is becoming increasingly digital and the creation and value of data has expanded to include all parts of business and personal lives. This puts extreme pressure on service providers who find themselves responsible for the integrity, safety and authenticity of customers’ data stored on their servers. 

Acronis Storage addresses these issues. A fast, universal, safe, easy, scale-out, cost-efficient, proven software-defined storage solution with Acronis CloudRAID™ and Acronis Notary™ with blockchain immutable validation, Acronis Storage unites block, file, and object workloads using commodity hardware.

This presents an excellent business growth opportunity to Service Providers. The software-defined storage market size is expected to grow from $4.72 Billion in 2016 to $22.56 Billion in 2021, expanding at a GAGR of 36.7%.* Such market growth is driven by the advantages of software-defined storage solutions over traditional storage systems and the need for cost optimization and easy management. 

#1, Fast, and Innovative

Based on Acronis Hybrid Cloud Architecture and together with Acronis Backup, Disaster Recovery, Acronis Files Cloud, and Monitoring, Acronis Storage completes the product set available to Service Providers enabling them to meet the needs of their customers in the most efficient way. 

Earlier this year Acronis announced a long-term partnership with Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula One racing team. For both organizations, leading-edge engineering is a huge component of success. Both Acronis and Scuderia Toro Rosso focus on leadership, high performance, and technology excellence, drawing success from vision, drive, teamwork and operational excellence. These shared characteristics can be summarized in three concepts: #1, Fast, and Innovative.

“Digital world is all around us. Just like many of our partners, Scuderia Toro Rosso fully depends on data. Our success on the track depends on data availability, making data protection a critical element in our business. We are proud to use Acronis technology to store and protect our most valuable asset — data,” said Scuderia Toro Rosso Team Principal Franz Tost.

Acronis and Scuderia Toro Rosso will celebrate the launch of Acronis Storage together with partners and customers at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, during the United States Grand Prix this weekend. Toro Rosso is part of the most technologically advanced and data intensive sport, and Acronis has the technology to store and protect valuable data. The partnership between the two companies is a perfect example of technological collaboration, innovation, and understanding the needs of today’s always-on digital world. 

Acronis Storage Features

Acronis Storage is fast. It delivers high speed performance through SSD caching, auto load balancing, auto data distribution, and parallel replication. Internal tests, for example, showed that Acronis Storage is 5 times faster than Ceph.

Acronis Storage is universal. Acronis Storage provides a universal solution for all data storage needs — hot and cold, and currently supports block and object data and will support files in the next update. It provides a complete set of industry standard storage connectivity and APIs including Amazon S3 and iSCSI.

Acronis Storage is safe. It provides configurable levels of redundancy for stored data through Acronis CloudRAID™ and allows data authenticity verification through blockchain-based immutable logging and watermarking.

Acronis Storage is efficient. Acronis Storage enables Service Providers to control the TCO of their storage infrastructure and increase storage capacity from GB to PB without hurting the budget. For example, compared to Ceph, Acronis Storage delivers up to 55% lower TCO. It is achieved through lower hardware resource usage, adjustable redundancy, smart automation, better resource management, and, powerful centralized web-based management console.

Acronis Storage is proven. With five years on the market powering Acronis’ own global cloud infrastructure, Acronis Storage has undergone rigorous testing in the real world. The 2nd Generation software is currently powering a global network of 12 data centers, protecting over 50PB of data for more than 125,000 devices.

  • Acronis CloudRAID™ leverages erasure-coding technology to reconstruct protected data from data chunks and parity information stored elsewhere in the storage cluster. It means that each added storage node makes Acronis Storage more resilient to hardware failures due to faster recovery times. 
  • Acronis Notary™ with blockchain is the world’s first integration of blockchain into software-defined storage and data protection solutions. Acronis Notary™ with blockchain generates a time-stamped hash, or fingerprint, of protected data and stores it in Ethereum, a public blockchain-based distributed computing platform. By comparing two fingerprints of the same data, Acronis Storage is able to verify immutability, authenticity, and integrity of stored data.

“Acronis is the first data protection company to adopt the blockchain as a data notarization platform. We are delighted to work with Acronis and look forward to developing the Ethereum ecosystem for the benefit of all users,” said The Ethereum Foundation's chief scientist, Vitalik Buterin.

Acronis Storage is suitable for all Service Providers, business and organizations who have the need to manage their data storage capacity without any downtime. With five minutes to install and 14 clicks to configure, it can be installed and managed even by those without any system administration experience. It has a modern touchscreen-friendly web console and comes with a comprehensive manual and troubleshooting guide.

“A software-defined storage solution that supports both cold and hot data, and different workloads, will be welcomed by the service providers' community. And blockchain-based watermarking of data is a big plus,” said Alex Miroshnichenko, CEO of FlashGrid, a company specialising in developing open storage software for Oracle cloud customers.

“I’m very excited by Acronis Storage following our testing in the last few weeks. The capabilities of the product and Acronis’ forward thinking vision are going to make them a game changer in the storage market,” said Sebastian Nölting, CEO of Rausch Netzwerktechnik (RNT), a global distributor of data center server and storage solutions.

“This year Acronis released the most complete set of data protection products based on our new hybrid cloud architecture. Just like the rest of our products, Acronis Storage is #1 in its class. Acronis Storage allows Service Providers to take control over their data and we are committed to helping them grow their business by providing the world’s best and fastest data protection solutions,” said Serg Bell, the founder and CEO of Acronis.

* Software-Defined Storage Market by Component,

About Acronis:

Acronis unifies data protection and cybersecurity to deliver integrated, automated cyber protection that solves the safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security (SAPAS) challenges of the modern digital world. With flexible deployment models that fit the demands of service providers and IT professionals, Acronis provides superior cyber protection for data, applications, and systems with innovative next-generation antivirus, backup, disaster recovery, and endpoint protection management solutions powered by AI. With advanced anti-malware powered by cutting-edge machine intelligence and blockchain based data authentication technologies, Acronis protects any environment - from cloud to hybrid to on premises - at a low and predictable cost.

Acronis is a Swiss company, founded in Singapore. Celebrating two decades of innovation, Acronis has more than 2,000 employees in 45 locations. Acronis Cyber Protect solution is available in 26 languages in over 150 countries and is used by 16,000 service providers to protect over 750,000 businesses.

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