While the Axcient Virtual Appliance is currently limited to VMware environments, Axcient plans to bring it to other hypervisors in the near future, likely starting with Microsoft Hyper-V, Axcient's Moore said. A version that will run directly on Amazon Web Services is also expected to be available soon, he said.
The AWS version will be a big hit with customers, Velocity Network's Wiertel said.
"That will let us spin up Axcient servers in the Amazon cloud," he said. "We're getting a lot of IT directors who think they don't want more physical server in the company, but still want to make sure they can back their data up."
In addition to using the Axcient Virtual Appliance to protect data on physical, virtual or cloud environments, MSPs can use it to provide disaster recovery and data protection services, Moore said.
"For MSPs who host client infrastructures in the MSP's data centers, you traditionally needed separate hardware or software for each customer," he said. "But the majority of hosters are doing this in virtualized environments. Now they can download multiple virtual appliances and assign them to customers."
The Axcient Virtual Appliance is currently available with a list price of $499 per appliance with a license of up to 20 TB of capacity. This compares to Axcient's hardware-based appliance, which is priced at $10,500 for 20 TB.
PUBLISHED FEB. 7, 2014