Next Generation Business Continuity Leverages the Cloud to Provide Total Data and Application Uptime
Axcient, Inc., an award winning innovator of comprehensive data backup, business continuity, and disaster recovery services to the Small and Mid-Sized Business (SMB) market, recently announced the launch of Axcient Cloud Continuity, which enables businesses to launch all of their servers in Axcient's Cloud with just a couple of clicks.
With Cloud Continuity, SMBs now have total business continuity for the first time. When local servers fail, users can easily run a virtual office on Axcient's cloud platform enabling employees to continue working on their data and applications, and from any Internet-enabled device at any location, no matter what happens. Cloud Continuity can be set up in minutes and doesn't require users to make any changes to their network environment, install any software, or make any upfront investments – Cloud Continuity is offered as a simple monthly service.
"Cloud Continuity represents something that has never been available to the SMB market before; total business uptime. By leveraging the scalability and cost savings of the cloud, we are able to provide SMBs with enterprise-class service and technology at SMB price-points and SMB ease of use," said Justin Moore, chief executive officer, Axcient. "The majority of vendors that are focused on the data protection market have built partial solutions that require an SMB to work with multiple vendors, and most of those solutions only protect the data. With Cloud Continuity, we can ensure that businesses continuously have access to both their data and their applications no matter what happens. We're going to make downtime a thing of the past for SMBs."
Axcient Cloud Continuity eradicates the costly periods of downtime that result from hardware failure, a cyber attack, fire, flood, or other natural disaster, which can wipe out a business' servers. With complete failover to Axcient's cloud, businesses can continue to service their customers, patients, and clients without any interruption in a matter of minutes.
"For SMBs, losing access to their data and applications can mean losing their entire business," said Meaghan Kelly, vice president of channel sales development and strategies, HP. "Until now, companies have been forced to rely on antiquated data protection methods, such as tape, to protect their valuable assets. Axcient Cloud Continuity enables SMBs get a complete backup and continuity solution that protects not only their data, but also their applications, so SMBs can focus on doing what they do best, running their business."
Built on HP hardware and available exclusively through resellers in early November 2011, Axcient Cloud Continuity is offered as a pay-as-you-grow service with no upfront costs, so SMBs can enjoy significant cost savings over traditional solutions like tape, while gaining exponentially better functionality.
"Traditional backup systems just don't offer the level of service that Axcient does. We were using both Acronis and Symantec, but had problems getting them to do what we wanted," said Shane Linde, network engineer, The Computer Center. "The appeal of Axcient is that, with one device and one vendor, we provide customers with ultimate continuity. For financial, legal, and healthcare practices with strict recovery time objectives and compliance requirements, or any business that can't afford a day of downtime, the additional protection of having data and applications live and accessible in the cloud gives them a backup plan for their backup plans."
Many small to mid-sized businesses have some type of backup solution in place, but few have considered the immense cost of downtime between the point of data loss and the time their systems are fully restored and operational. Without a complete business continuity solution that enables access to critical data and applications, the hours or days of partial to zero operability can have a devastating effect. Research by Contingency Planning, Strategic Research Corp and DTI/PricewaterhouseCoopers found that the effect of downtime and data and application loss on small to medium enterprises caused 70% of small firms to go out of business within a year of the event. The recent hurricanes and tornadoes experienced across the U.S. only reinforce the need for a complete business continuity solution.
"Axcient exceeds my expectations once again with Cloud Continuity, creating an extremely easy-to-use, cloud-based failover capability that enables me to quickly launch a virtual office and keep my SMB clients up and running all the time," said Eric Gorman, Owner, Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc. "It's exactly what SMBs and their managed service providers need: the confidence that their data, applications, and systems are always protected and accessible, ensuring businesses have total uptime and continuity."
Axcient delivers a unified platform for backup, business continuity, and disaster recovery that offers unprecedented ease of use and uptime to the SMB market. Built from the ground up as an all-in-one solution, Axcient combines the best elements of an on-premise solution with the cost savings of a cloud-based service. With over a petabyte under management, Axcient helps thousands of companies protect their data and stay up and running, including those in heavily regulated industries such as healthcare, legal, and financial services. For more information, visit www.axcient.com.