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Scale Computing And Acronis Creating New Host-Based Backup

‘The next phase of this is completing the joint solution where they’re offering host-based backup specifically on [Scale Computing] HC3,’ says Kevin Holmes, vice president of North American sales for Scale Computing.

Scale Computing is doubling down on its partnership with backup security specialist Acronis by creating a new host-based offering that will launch later this year.

“The next phase of this is completing the joint solution where they’re offering host-based backup specifically on [Scale Computing] HC3,” said Kevin Holmes, vice president of North American sales for Scale Computing in an interview with CRN at XChange 2020 this week. “It’s just going to make it easier to use where you’re not going to have to manage agents.”

In September, the Indianapolis, Ind.-based hyperconverged and edge innovator formed the OEM partnership to provide Acronis Backup on Scale Computing’s flagship HC3 platform to deliver archiving, enhanced data protection, disaster recovery and threat mitigation.

[Related: Scale Computing CEO Jeff Ready Slams VMware Licensing Increase]

The partnership helps customers meet any backup objectives for mission-critical systems, reduce the backup workload with automated administration and save up to 10-times the storage space.

Holmes said Acronis is currently finalizing coding to Scale Computing’s product so partners can sell host-based offerings with HC3 versus just agent-based. Channel partners will likely be able to take the new joint offering to market in the spring or summer timeframe, he said.

Acronis Backup on HC3 ensures that data is safe and applications are available by enabling customers to proactively prevent or recover quickly from disasters with capabilities such as long-term retention for data archival and Acronis’ Active Protection, an anti-ransomware defense that detects and stops ransomware attacks and automatically recovers any affected files.

“It’s not just backup, [Acronis] can do some really neat things as far as the ransomware which is a pretty hot topic right now with partners,” said Holmes.

Scale Computing’s HC3 platform eliminates the need for traditional virtualization software, disaster recovery software, servers and shared storage with a fully integrated system for running applications. Using its HyperCore technology, the HC3 self-healing solution automatically identifies, mitigates and corrects infrastructure problems in real-time to allow applications to achieve maximum uptime.

Scale Computing recently made CRN’s 2020 Data Center 50 list.

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