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When Symantec's away... 28-year-old Asigra becomes 'overnight' cloud backup success

Backing up to the cloud... who would have thought it'd be a thing?

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There are dozens of backup system and software providers and it’s easy enough for the ones not in the front rank to fade into the background, until you read something like this: “Asigra … has reached the one million customer site deployment milestone with nearly half of new instalments produced in the past 12 months.”

There has been an 82 per cent increase in Asigra's adoption rate over the past year and a half, and that business has passed through a channel of one thousand managed service providers (MSPs), cloud service providers (CSPs) and VARs. That channel is shifting a lot of Asigra Cloud Backup orders; what a good business to be in.

Asigra started adding the cloud as a backup destination and agency in mid-2010. It added a recovery-based licensing model earlier this year but the rampant rise on deployments started way before that.

Asigra founder and CEO David Farajun said: “With demand for cloud backup maintaining momentum, we are pleased to deliver end-to-end data recovery software that delivers the flexibility, efficiency and ease-of-use customers are asking for to meet their business needs.”

Asigra has been in business for 28 years and, for some, this must be quite an an unexpected success. For 26 years its business rolled along quietly and then, in the middle of last year, boom.

Let’s just look at the numbers again:

  • July 2012 - 180,000 customer deployments
  • Dec 2013 - 1,000,000.

That’s phenomenal growth, and it’s happened as Amazon has become, we believe, a big player in the cloud backup scene. Vulture Central would love to know if that Asigra growth curve is steepening, maintaining its angle or relaxing.

A pair of stray thoughts. Backup to the cloud is becoming more popular. Customers that backup to the cloud don’t buy backup storage systems; the MSPs and CSPs do instead.

It seems clear that demand for cloud backup is maintaining its momentum - and Symantec has just exited the field. If you miss the cloud boat in this business you can find yourself becalmed – and then screwed. ®

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