Acronis has acquired Cloud backup company, BackupAgent, as part of its promise to enable managed services providers (MSPs), hosting companies, and telecommunications operators in taking complete data protection services to market.

The value of the deal has not been disclosed.

The agreement will see BackupAgent transitioned to the Acronis AnyData Engine platform "over time," with Acronis to inherit "hundreds" of active partners and more than 50,000 customers globally as a result of the transaction.

Acronis said the purchase gives service providers: file-level and full-system backup for desktops and servers running Windows, Mac, or Linux; backup of physical and virtual servers, with support for Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware vSphere, Citrix XenServer, RHEV/KVM, and Oracle VM; backup for business applications including Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, Active Directory, and SQL Server; multi-destination data storage support spanning on-premises, in service provider Cloud, in Acronis Cloud, in public Cloud, or a mix.

Service providers will also be able to draw on Acronis' long-standing Parallels partnership which will see the full integration of BackupAgent solutions with Parallels Automation.

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Japanese Cloud provider, Tsukaeru.net, which has been a partner of BackupAgent since 2010, has publicised its support for the move. CEO Jason Frisch said, "We're excited to see what happens next, with the additional support, resources and technologies that Acronis can provide."

BackupAgent founders, Roland Sars and Robbert van Geldrop, said in a joint statement, "Becoming part of Acronis supports BackupAgent's vision to become the world's leading Cloud backup player. This acquisition will bring only good to our service providers, as they become part of a worldwide ecosystem of thousands of channel partners."

The BackupAgent follows the Australian and New Zealand launch of Acronis backup-as-a-service in July; a software-as-a-service (SaaS) backup delivery model which intends to provide MSPs with a localised and customisable opex-based product to take to market.

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