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Acronis expands global data centre network, including new facilities in NZ

Acronis has announced plans to expand its global network of cloud data centres, including new facilities in Canada, New Zealand, and Bhutan. 

Announced at the Acronis Global Cyber Summit 2020, the expansion ensures that the full range of Acronis Cyber Protection Solutions will be available to partners and organisations around the world, which the company says is critical now that an estimated two-thirds of employees work remotely and rely on cloud-based services.

The announcement also revealed Acronis' plan to add an additional 100 micro data centres to its global network, which already includes collocated and managed services data centres in the U.S., the U.K., Switzerland, France, Germany, Japan, Australia, and Singapore. Another new data centre in Vancouver, Canada was announced earlier this month.

"The rise of edge computing around the world means more data is now created and used away from company networks," says Serguei SB Beloussov, founder and CEO of Acronis. 

"Micro data centres enable the efficient deployment of edge computing, particularly in emerging markets. 

"As part of Acronis Global-Local Strategy, this expansion allowing us to provide the local, cost-efficient, bandwidth efficient, and low latency cloud services our global partners demand. It demonstrates our commitment to offering the cloud-based services and cyber protection that partners and users need in todays digital world."

With Gartner forecasting that the worldwide market for cloud management and security services will continue growing more than 25% by 2022, and Technavio projecting that the global edge data centre market will progress at a CAGR of almost 14% by 2024, the new cloud data centres announced will put Acronis in a strong position in both areas.

"While reliance on cloud-based access to production data and controls has been increasing during the past several years, the pandemic accelerated its adoption worldwide among organisations," says Phil Goodwin, research director, IDC.

"Developing a larger network of cloud data centres, especially in emerging markets, enables Acronis to cultivate new partners and customers who are actively seeking cloud-based data protection and security platforms and solutions."

Acronis says the expansion further enables the company to extend the reach of its cyber protection solutions delivered through the Acronis Cyber Cloud platform, which empowers service providers to provide backup, disaster recovery, antimalware, secure workplace collaboration, and blockchain-based data authentication service all through a single pane of glass.

Among the solutions service providers can access through the new data centres is Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud. This unique integration of backup, disaster recovery, next-gen antimalware, cybersecurity, and endpoint management tools recently earned the 2020 New Product Innovation Award for Data Protection from Frost & Sullivan.