Asigra’s New Cloud Backup Appliance Enables MSPs to Expand Services
Asigra has launched a new cloud OpEX backup appliance that gives business users another way to add virtual backup capabilities to their infrastructure without having to lay out a large investment of cash in advance.
The Asigra cloud OpEX backup appliance includes Asigra’s cloud backup software version 14 pre-loaded onto partner Zadara’s software-defined cloud storage platform, which then provides a consumption based services for customers. The Zadara cloud platform includes industry-standard hardware and Zadara virtual private storage appliance software which create a virtualized data storage resource abstraction layer that can be used by system administrators to work with any data type or protocol across distributed IT environments.
Sold through Asigra and Zadara channel partners, the 30TB appliances can be deployed on premises, at a colocation facility or in a public cloud for self-hosting, or SMB and enterprise customers can buy the managed services through an MSP and pay for what they use instead of investing in hardware and software up front, Eran Farajun, an executive vice president for Asigra, told Channel Futures.
The service uses a web-based interface to allow users to add or reduce the storage they need and allows them to change the storage they need, including block, object and file storage, he said. Customers that require more than 30TB of storage can add it as needed through the web interface.
For channel partners, the new appliances give them the opportunity to add these services and offer them to their customers as an operational expense (opex) without having to invest $40,000-$50,000 or more in hardware and software as a capital expense to provide the services, said Farajun.
“It’s more cash-flow friendly,” he said. “We’re delivering it in a channel-healthy mode where the service provider decides the price and margin of their backup service” so it works efficiently for them, said Farajun. The partners can also insulate their customer lists from Asigra and Zadara so they can protect their own customer relationships, he added.
Often MSPs sign up customers and then the vendors have the names of those customers, he said. When that happens, vendors can communicate directly with those customers and reach over channel partners’ heads, which irritates partners to no end, he explained.
For customers, the service means they don’t have to invest fixed amounts of money in physical backup storage systems that are either underutilized or require expansion on a regular basis to suit storage requirements, he said.
This is the first formal partnership between the two companies. The product and service were created after the companies realized they have some common customers and that it made sense to bring them together.
“This is based on requests from some of our partners who had asked if we could make so they didn’t have to build it themselves,” said Farajun.
Des Lekerman, CEO of TIG, a U.K.-based cloud services provider, and an Asigra and Zadara partner, said the new product will help his company manage its costs, simplify operations and improve its service SLAs to end-user customers. “It enables us to focus on what our customers want and expect from us — great service,” said Lekerman.
For channel partners, the product offers …