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Axcient adds virtual appliance for cloud DR

Cloud DR provider Axcient adds virtual appliance to store data locally and move it off to the cloud.

Axcient today introduced a virtual appliance that allows companies to replicate data, applications and virtual machines into the cloud for granular system protection in VMware environments.

The Axcient Virtual Appliance works similarly to the hardware appliance that Axcient has sold since 2009. The hardware and virtual appliances scale to 20 TB and handle local and cloud replication; local server failover; and granular local recovery of files, folders, applications and images.

Axcient CEO Justin Moore said the virtual appliance is designed to deliver cloud disaster recovery for organizations that have gone all-virtual or close to it.

"There still are a large percentage of our customers that are on bare metal, and they need a dedicated physical appliance to run locally," Moore said. "The software version is for customers that have made the strategic decision to go all-virtual. This answers the needs of a different customer set, and it allows managed service providers to protect different customer data."

Axcient appliances handle wide area network optimization cloud synchronization, in which only new blocks of data are propagated. They encrypt data at rest while it is in transmission through the network. Files, applications and system images can be restored from the cloud or locally.

The virtual appliance runs only on VMware today. Moore said Axcient will add versions for Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer if there is enough demand.

The Axcient appliance is installed on-site and provides agentless local backup and restore for computers and servers. Axcient can back up files or full server images locally before moving them to the Axcient cloud. The appliance converts server images into virtual machine images that can be used for business continuity if a production server fails.

The appliance auto-discovers the network using HTTP after it is put into service.

"It logs in to Axcient and sees applications requirements. It asks for Active Directory credentials, and it discovers laptops, workstations and servers so then you can set up automated protection for those devices. We inject drivers to endpoints and replicate all systems," Moore said. "You can fail over servers to Axcient appliances. You can recover data from the local appliance or cloud. We do asynchronous replication as frequently as we can."

Moore said Axcient's target customers are companies with up to 25 servers.

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