Axcient today announced the release of the second generation of its virtual appliance for enabling organizations to implement cloud-based backup and recovery solutions. The second generation of Axcient’s virtual appliance features backup speeds at rates twice as fast as the initial version of the appliance, a reduction in the storage footprint required for backups and the ability to run more instances of the virtual appliance within the same virtual host machine. In addition, whereas the initial appliance delivered backups of up to 20 TB, the second generation of the Axcient virtual appliance allows users greater flexibility in the maximum infrastructure designated for backup by allowing backups ranging from 1 TB to 20 TB. Moreover, the second version now supports AMD processors in addition to Intel. Axcient’s virtual appliance represents one of the company’s top selling products and currently boasts roughly 75 Managed Service Provider clients that serve over 280 end user organizations as told to Cloud Computing Today in an interview with Product Marketing Manager, Daniel Kuperman.
The company’s disruptive cloud-based recovery as a service technology earned the company the distinction of Excellent in “Critical Capabilities” in Gartner’s Recovery as a Service report. Meanwhile, Forrester’s evaluation of Disaster Recovery Service vendors by Rachel Dines noted that Axcient “excelled in its proven success and experience” and delivered “competitive” product offerings as did HP and CenturyLink. The bottom line here is that Axcient has ushered in a revolution in data protection for the enterprise at the level of both product functionality and economics that threatens to render traditional, on premise colocation facilities obsolete. Axcient represents one of the vendors that spearheaded the creation of a Recovery as a Service space that prided itself as much on recovery as it did on backup. With an appliance that can be installed in minutes that boasts faster backups, a lower storage footprint and greater flexibility in the maximum backup size, the Recovery as a Service space should brace itself for even greater traction on the part of Axcient, even as the space witnesses new entrants and upstarts.