Toronto (PRESS RELEASE - March 4, 2010) - Asigra Inc., a leading Cloud Backup\u00e2\u201e\u00a2 and recovery software provider since 1986, today announced a strategic relationship with NetApp that will enable service providers to deploy a tightly integrated hardware-software solution for the delivery of backup and recovery as a service (BRaaS). As the leading software technology supporting the NetApp BRaaS solution, Asigra enables scalability for deployments in any size business environment with the security and advanced management required for enterprise-class cloud backup services. The result is a single, unified cloud backup and recovery solution that empowers service providers to meet demanding service-level agreements while improving storage infrastructure efficiencies. "As the adoption of cloud computing services continues to rise, it is clear that backup will be among the top applications considered for implementation in 2010 and beyond Service providers seeking greater competitive advantage in this evolving market will increasingly rely on the vendors they partner with to help in achieving success," said Eran Farajun, executive vice president, Asigra. "Asigra and NetApp are perfectly matched from both a technology and business partnering model with service provider programs that redefine the vendor-partner experience. As a result of our strategic alignment, service providers not only benefit from the best-of-breed technology currently available, but from years of experience that could enhance their prosperity." The Asigra and NetApp BRaaS solution is designed to help service providers rapidly deploy and accelerate time to market of the industry's most feature-rich cloud backup solution. The integrated cloud backup and recovery solution addresses service provider challenges of interoperability, scalability, security, performance and ease-of-use by combining production-hardened technology from two industry leaders. Asigra and NetApp's BRaaS solution incorporates advanced features that include: Agentless mass deployment and operation Full-featured SLA monitoring and management Built-in multi-tiered cloud backup billing system High-level security with FIPS 140-2 certification Unrestricted protection of all physical and virtual computing systems - from the laptop to the datacenter Grid-based scalability across vault and customer environments for unlimited growth Intelligent backup data ingestion and global data de-duplication for maximum cloud efficiency Single unified storage infrastructure for fast time-to-market and leading efficiencies Another advantage of the Asigra and NetApp BRaaS solution is the vast installation and configuration flexibility that service providers now have. Public, private and hybrid cloud implementations are all service provider deployment options. Regardless of how the hardware and software are deployed, organizations have an enterprise-wide backup and recovery solution to protect all computing systems and manage under a single application without the added expense, security issues and hassle of countless software agents. In conjunction with the solution's best-of-breed technology are the corresponding business processes and best practices of how to bring a profitable cloud backup service to market quickly, from a single storage infrastructure, and with the best ROI. As part of this relationship Asigra and NetApp will share more than two decades of experience in working with service providers, which will support service providers globally in delivering the market's most compelling cloud backup offering. "NetApp and Asigra are teaming to power BRaaS for the industry's leading service providers. The formation of this strategic relationship and resulting solution came from our joint efforts in addressing service provider and customer demands for a better way to protect their critical information," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions and Alliances, NetApp. "Our joint offering will enable service providers to rapidly deploy BRaaS using a unified, scalable storage infrastructure to implement highly reliable, yet cost-effective BRaaS solutions." "The Asigra and NetApp BRaaS solution eliminates the need to manage different backup tools to protect both physical and virtual environments as well as business applications. Instead, the single integrated solution unifies all backup and recovery processes to reduce complexity and keep support requirements to a minimum," said Daniel Milburn, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Hosting and Infrastructure Services for Consonus, an IT solutions provider using the Asigra and NetApp solution to deliver cloud backup services. "From a service provider perspective, Asigra and NetApp have gotten the model right by providing great technology and enabling their MSPs to deliver the service component for a 100% solution partner-focused approach." "This is a perfect melding of two exceedingly synergistic companies with business models and technologies that are very complementary," said Lauren Whitehouse, senior analyst for Enterprise Strategy Group. "With cloud backup being identified as one of the top services to be deployed by MSPs over the next several years, the pairing of Asigra and NetApp presents an excellent combination of brand, experience and technology to help service providers execute effectively on the growing market opportunity." Tweet this: Asigra and NetApp Reinforce Commitment to Service Providers with Cloud Backup Hardware-Software Platform Follow Asigra on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/asigra Resources Why Cloud Backup/Recovery WILL be Your Data Protection Agentless Backup is Not a Myth Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) Field Audit Report: Asigra Product Advisor: Interactive Tool for Configuring Asigra in Your Environment About Asigra: The Cloud Backup Experts Leading organizations reduce costs by applying cloud computing to backup and recovery with efficient, cost-effective and transformational solutions from Asigra. Customers consistently redirect savings derived from our approach to projects of higher strategic and personal value, many of which have been on-hold for a year or more. The positive business outcomes made possible from a low touch agentless architecture deliver enormous value with little up-front investment. The company and its products have been widely acclaimed by leading partners such as CDW, HP, NetApp and SunGard as well as renowned Global 2000 enterprises. Asigra is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with offices globally. For more information, visit www.RecoverYourCool.com.