July 11, 2016
Press release

Acronis Partners with AVANT for Distribution of Backup for Microsoft 365

Leading backup and disaster recovery provider teams with AVANT for distribution of new backup option for protecting customers' Office 365 data

Acronis and AVANT today announced they are partnering to distribute Acronis Backup Cloud to protect Microsoft 365 data through the AVANT channel ecosystem of VARs, MSPs and Telecom Agents. Acronis Backup Cloud is a new solution for customers who use Microsoft 365 that provides an added level of data protection for email, calendar, contacts, and attachments. Today, AVANT is already a leading provider of Acronis Disaster Recovery Service, and the addition of Acronis Backup Cloud data protection fills a key market need for channel partners that have become the trusted advisors for mid-sized to enterprise customers.

AVANT enables channel partners to address and guide customers to ensure they are fully protected as customers embrace public cloud.

"AVANT focuses on supporting and enabling channel partners to become the trusted advisor in delivering the best next generation IT solutions", said Drew Lydecker, President and Founder of AVANT communications."You don't want to be caught unprotected with today's Public Cloud offerings.With the new Acronis Backup Cloud solution, our channel partners can provide more value to their end user customers and cover the data protection gaps that exist in today's public cloud solutions."

Acronis Backup Cloud backs up data locally or to the cloud, enabling IT managers to easily search backups and provide fast recovery of email, attachments, or other mailbox objects, delivering complete control and protection for Microsoft 365 email users. Acronis Backup Cloud can also be extended to protect servers and workstations both locally and in the cloud, with an ability to easily recover or restore data, including dissimilar hardware.

Acronis Backup Cloud provides users with an easy-to-use web-based console from which they can manage backup locations and activities. Users can search and preview mail by subject, to/from, and sent/received date ranges, and download attachments without needing to fully recover the data. Customers can also granularly restore individual emails, attachments, contacts, calendars, and tasks, or even restore entire messages by sending them as an email directly from the recovery console.

With Acronis Backup Cloud, service providers can offer customers a backup service to protect all of their email data. Using the brand-able, self-service Acronis Backup Cloud console, customers can control their backups, centrally view all activities, and receive problem alerts for all their protected data - including Microsoft 365 email. The flexible storage options inherent to Acronis Backup Cloud allow customers to back up their mailbox data to a local folder, network folder, the Acronis Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Amazon S3, SoftLayer, or any private cloud storage. Acronis Backup Cloud satisfies regulatory compliance requirements and gives control and ownership of data back to businesses and IT managers.

Creating new cross-sell opportunities for its channels partners, AVANT selected Acronis Backup Cloud due to its easy user interface and dependable backup capabilities, as well as its ability to provide secure archiving and retention that safely stores backups for any length of time to satisfy customer regulatory requirements.

"Together with AVANT, we're delivering an easy add-on solution for service providers to deliver their end customers complete protection of Microsoft 365 emails against user errors, corrupt files and malicious attacks," said John Zanni, Chief Marketing Officer at Acronis. "The solution also provides greater control over backup and recovery plans with support for both local and cloud backups, and a modern web console that makes it extremely easy to recover individual messages and attachments, contacts, and even entire mailboxes and systems - with no limits on the retention period."

In addition to Acronis Backup Cloud, AVANT Communications is a leader in enabling the distribution of Acronis Disaster Recovery Service. Acronis Backup Cloud equips service providers with a comprehensive, complete, and cost-effective hybrid backup and recovery solution, which allows them to expand their customer base, reduce churn, realize incremental revenues, and quickly grow a Backup as a Service (BAAS) business. Acronis Disaster Recovery Service is a complete IT business continuity solution that protects, and restores data, servers, or entire data centers suffering from a natural or man-made disaster.

About AVANT Communications

As the nation's premier distributor and channel sales enablement company for next-generation technologies, AVANT adds unique value with its focus and expertise in channel sales assistance, sales training, sales guidance, and sales tools to fuel IT services business growth. From complex cloud designs, to global wide-area network deployments, AVANT sets the industry standard in enabling its partners and clients to make more intelligent decisions about services, technology, and cost-efficient communications. For more information, visit us at avantcommunications.net.

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 45 locations across the globe. 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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