Acronis opens SA data center amid heavy cloud activity
Cyber protection company Acronis today announced the opening of its new data center in Johannesburg.
The global company is headquartered in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. It develops on-premises and cloud-based software for backup, disaster recovery, secure file synchronization and sharing, and data access.
Billed by the company as “SA’s first cyber-cloud data center”, the new establishment seeks to help South African service providers and vendors meet cybersecurity, regulatory compliance, data sovereignty and infrastructure performance requirements as cybercriminals step up their attacks on critical business infrastructure.
It is one of 111 new data centers the company is rolling out around the world, with the aim of giving local service providers access to cyber protection solutions on which they can build new services. .
The company is in the process of launching a second data center in Africa, in Nigeria.
At the data center launch today, Peter French, Regional General Manager of Acronis Middle East and Africa, said it is part of Acronis’ global/local initiative. This effort includes global management of all data centers and geographic redundancy, as the company continues to expand local disaster recovery sites around the world.
Peter French, regional general manager of Acronis Middle East and Africa.
“A local presence is a necessity for modern cloud businesses and we are proud to establish the Acronis Cyber Cloud Data Center in South Africa.
“Now managed service providers can protect customer data locally and know they are backed by a global partner who is on standby 24/7/365 to resolve any issues, while providing faster access, constant data availability and data sovereignty to their customers”, French explained.
The global network of Acronis Cyber Cloud data centers already includes more than 40 existing data centers. The company has cloud data centers in various parts of the world, including Europe, Asia and the United States, and plans to build on this momentum, he added.
The growth of the cloud sector in Africa is attracting more international players to choose to invest in the market.
IDC estimates that adoption of public cloud services in Sub-Saharan Africa will accelerate at a compound annual growth rate of 25% year-over-year between 2020 and 2025.
Since 2019, SA has seen an influx of tech companies investing in local data centers, including hyperscalers like Microsoft and Amazon, as well as companies like Teraco, Dimension Data and Huawei, among others.
However, French tells ITWeb that Acronis “isn’t here for the competition,” but instead wants to work with managed service providers and hyperscalers.
“As a provider, we are not in direct competition with hyperscalers. We are agnostic of the companies we protect or integrate with, and in turn we coexist with Amazon Web Services, Azure and others.
“Our goal is to protect the infrastructure they provide to customers by providing local service providers with a location in the country where they can store critical data for their customers,” he said.
Oliver Niemandt, managing director of IT provider and partner of Acronis Tarsus On Demand, said: “It has become increasingly important for South African companies to put measures in place to ensure that they avoid be the main targets of cyberattacks.
“Organizations of all sizes need to ensure they are compliant and their customer information remains secure, especially after the Personal Information Protection Act comes into force on July 1, 2021.
“We are delighted that Acronis is investing in a new data center in South Africa for simplified and secure business operations. We believe this is exactly what our partner ecosystem needs and that this move will accelerate the digital transformation of South African businesses. »
Denzil Moorcroft, Director of Sales, Channel Partners at 4Sight Dynamics Africa, another Acronis partner, said, “As one of Acronis’ fastest growing channel partners in one of the fastest growing regions – South Africa, Africa, Europe and the Middle East − we are excited about Acronis’ local approach to cyber protection because it is important for businesses to meet localization requirements.
“Our partners and their customers can expect locally hosted cyber protection solutions that will give them peace of mind and security from a global partner like Acronis.”