Alcion Exits Stealth As ‘Modern AI-Driven Company’ Focused On Data Protection, Security, CEO Says
Joseph F. Kovar
‘You will be seeing a lot more work on the security side. We know very well how to do core backup and disaster recovery. ... But we have also been spending a lot of time on the security side to bring those worlds together. I think we will see this fundamentally be the market shift in the next couple of years,’ says Alcion co-founder and CEO Niraj Tolia.
Data Protection Or Security?
The storage business in the past couple of years has embraced some key IT security functionality as a way to act as the last defense of data. This is most commonly seen in the adoption of ransomware protection by most if not all of the large storage vendors and data protection developers. Indeed, some traditional data protection companies are starting to label themselves as security companies, although they are quick to note that they don’t want to compete with more traditional security offerings.
Enter Alcion. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company at the end of May exited stealth mode with a plan to be a “modern” data management company combining data protection and security as a single integrated offering.
Alcion was founded by storage veterans Niraj Tolia and Vaibhav Kamra. The two were co-founders of Kasten, a developer of backup and disaster recovery technology for Kubernetes-native workloads that in October 2020 was acquired by Veeamn Software, the data management and protection technology developer. Tolia also spent years at other storage vendors including EMC and Hedvig, while Kamra spent years at EMC and Microsoft.
Alcion provides an intelligent and secure SaaS platform to protect Microsoft 365 users against ransomware, malware, corruption and accidental data loss, Tolia told CRN.
The company’s data protection technology also comes integrated with ransomware and malware protection, he said.
Alcion, which uses technology based on the open-source Corso platform and is a lead developer on the project, takes advantage of AI to add automation to data protection and security, as well as make it easy to use, Tolia said.
“How do we be intelligent in terms of how we do backups, not just doing backups based on user activity or native scheduling, so when users are likely to be most active, you reduce recovery time objectives?” he said. “But also, how do you respond to the world around you? We do automatic integration against, for example, XDR systems where if something is attacking your VMs or your laptops, the odds are they’re going to get to your Microsoft 365 data sitting in SharePoint and OneDrive.”
There’s a lot of movement to bring key data management, data protection and security technologies together, and Alcion is that rare company born right in the middle of that movement. Here is more of what Tolia had to say about the company and its approach.