Today, Axcient, a leader in cloud based and backup and recovery solutions, announces the availability of a virtual appliance as a deployment option for its cloud-based, backup and recovery solution. In contrast to the deployment option whereby Axcient customers purchase and install hardware, the virtual appliance accelerates the installation process by allowing customers to download and install it within minutes. The virtual appliance runs on an individual virtual host, scales up to 20 terabytes per VM, and reduces the overall total cost of ownership by enabling customers to avoid costly installation and maintenance expenses for a physical hardware appliance.
The basic premise of Axcient’s solution consists of backup and recovery services for enterprise IT that take advantage of the economics and agility of the cloud. The diagram below illustrates the positioning of the Axcient appliance in relation to the IT environment that constitutes the object of Axcient’s recovery as a solution service:
Axcient’s recovery as a service solution supports private and public clouds and delivers a user friendly interface for both monitoring an IT environment, and recovering data once it has been lost or diminished. Designed to accommodate the needs of cloud service providers as well as enterprises, Axcient’s monitor and control dashboard summarizes the status of backup and replication across different ecosystems with corresponding detail about their constituent devices. As for the process of recovering lost data, customers can take advantage of the Axcient user interface’s search functionality to identify files that need to be recovered. Today’s announcement about its virtual appliance means that prospective customers can benefit from an even more agile and cost effective implementation process than was previously available.
The user friendly quality of the Axcient search and recovery interface, in conjunction with its streamlined implementation process are likely to spearhead the adoption of cloud-based solutions for backup and recovery amongst enterprise customers that are searching for a more cost effective and flexible solution than the traditional path of building or renting a replication facility. Moreover, Axcient boasts a cloud geography divided into multiple regions whereby regions replicate each other to ensure availability in the event that one region’s uptime is compromised, as explained to Cloud Computing Today by CEO Justin Moore. Because its process of replication is incremental, Axcient’s recovery solution provides customers with version control capabilities that enable the recovery of data in one version of the backup which may have been erased, modified or deleted in subsequent versions. As the enterprise becomes increasingly comfortable using cloud options for development, production and test environments, the industry should expect solutions like Axcient’s to proliferate and disrupt on premise-based models for disaster recovery.
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