Acronis recently recorded a year-on-year increase of more than 1,000 percent in the number of Microsoft Office 365 email boxes that it now protects, as businesses of all sizes increasingly realise the importance of securing their cloud services.
More than 120 million business users rely on Office 365, according to Microsoft. There is a growing awareness among these organisations of the importance of protecting their valuable business data from accidental loss or potential breaches, particularly given the well-publicised spike in cybercrime.
In addition, data privacy should be at the forefront of everyone’s minds. With the implementation of GDPR (the General Data Protection Regulation) on 25 May 2018, organisations can’t afford the potentially disastrous fallout associated with data loss, in terms of lost customer confidence and financial penalties.
While Office 365 includes a good base layer of protection, many customers want a more comprehensive backup solution. This may be to satisfy specific regulatory requirements, for example, or to meet business continuity strategy needs. Best practice for data protection is to adopt a ‘3-2-1’ backup strategy — storing data in three places: on two types of storage, with one copy stored off-site.
Acronis Cloud Backup provides complete protection of a customer’s entire IT infrastructure from Office 365 data, through to cloud infrastructure, as well as on-premise physical and virtual systems.
Acronis Backup protects an organisation’s Office 365 mailboxes by putting a copy of the data under its control in either local storage or to the Acronis Data Cloud. This enables users to recover mailboxes at a granular level or search and preview backups in the management console and recover only the email they need.
With Acronis, resellers can easily deliver the following services for their customers -
Protect the core email experience
Recover Office 365 mailboxes and individual emails, calendars, tasks, and contacts directly from the Office 365 backup – anywhere, anytime – with no extra steps or third-party tools required
Enjoy easy-to-use data protection
Manage data backup and recovery with Acronis’ web-based management console and protect hundreds of mailboxes with backup policies, customisable dashboards, and advanced alerting and reporting
Choose from a variety of flexible storage options
Control Office 365 data by storing backups on a variety of on-premise storage solutions (Network Attached Storage (NAS), Storage Area Network (SAN) or even tape devices), or in the secure and reliable Acronis Data Cloud
Improve corporate compliance
Protect user emails and improve corporate compliance with comprehensive, on-premise and cloud backup that complements the built-in basic snapshot and undelete features of Office 365
Safeguard everything Microsoft
Protect the entire Microsoft cloud and on-premise stack with one solution, including Windows & Linux Servers (physical or virtual) and key application servers such as Microsoft SQL Server
Additional benefits for partners
Driven by a 200 percent year-on-year increase of protected devices, and 151 percent growth in the number of protected corporate clients, Acronis’ cloud storage consumption now totals more than 39 petabytes.
The Acronis solution includes obligation-free trials, single installation, a multi-tenant/multi-tier architecture, and native integration with PSA and RMM tools.
Together, Acronis and Vuzion can help resellers replace legacy backup systems, unlocking new service opportunities that meets both their needs and the needs of their customers.
No upfront investment, flexible licensing options and multiple deployment models all mean that the Acronis Data Cloud can be easily integrated into a reseller’s solution portfolio without disrupting their existing service delivery model.
Easy to upsell and simple to attach, the new data protection services available through Acronis Data Cloud and Vuzion enable IT providers to expand into new markets and develop new revenue sources – all while increasing customer satisfaction and decreasing churn rate.
Michael Frisby, Vuzion MD, says, “At Vuzion we recognise the importance of helping IT resellers protect their customers’ data and grow their recurring revenues. We are delighted to now bundle for free 1GB of Acronis backup with every Office 365 mailbox we provide, making it easy for Vuzion resellers to upsell their customers to more storage, delivering both better protection for their customers and increasing the revenue from every Office 365 license provisioned.
“And our Win a Day at the British Grand Prix July 2018 competition still has a month to run – all partners automatically qualify (no registration is required), and all you need to do is sell Acronis Backup to your customers!
“We’ll be inviting five of our highest Acronis Backup-selling partners between
1 April-30 June to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, 7-8 July 2018 – three for Saturday 7 July, and two for Sunday 8 July.”