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Acronis buys Dutch cloud backup outfit BackupAgent

The U.S. backup-and-recovery firm Acronis has bought a Dutch cloud rival, BackupAgent, for an undisclosed amount.

BackupAgent has more than 900 service provider resellers. The Amsterdam-based firm had been planning expansion in North America and Asia, [company]Acronis[/company] had recently launched its own “backup as a service” product and, well, synergies and stuff.

According to a BackupAgent blog post:

It didn’t take long for both Acronis and ourselves to realize that we were each other’s blueprints of what we’d consider next steps. Acronis has sizable sales offices in all the markets we’re after and they saw that our product and services reflect their strategic plans. Acquiring BackupAgent would significantly increase the network of service providers they can deliver cloud backup to. Moreover, Acronis is a strong brand and well known in the MSP channels BackupAgent sells to as well.

The combined operation will offer a range of destinations for storage backup: on-premise, public cloud, service provider cloud and Acronis Cloud. BackupAgent said service providers would be able to start offering backup services using Acronis’s data centers for no up-front cost.

Although there won’t be any immediate changes, the companies intend to merge their cloud backup platforms into one, a process which BackupAgent promised its clients would be “smooth and pleasant.”

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