Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Acronis Adds Acronis Notary™ with Blockchain and Acronis CloudRAID™ to Software-Defined Storage

Acronis Storage, the software-defined storage behind the award-winning Acronis cloud infrastructure, is now publicly available to service providers and business customers.

Dubai, UAE, November 2, 2016 — Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection, is proud to announce the release of Acronis Storage, the world’s first software-defined storage product with blockchain-based data authentication and universal file, block and object support.
The world around us is becoming increasingly digital and the creation and value of data has expanded to include all parts of business and personal lives. This puts extreme pressure on service providers who find themselves responsible for the integrity, safety and authenticity of customers’ data stored on their servers.
Acronis Storage addresses these issues. A fast, universal, safe, easy, scale-out, cost-efficient, proven software-defined storage solution with Acronis CloudRAID™ and Acronis Notary™ with blockchain immutable validation, Acronis Storage unites block, file, and object workloads using commodity hardware.
This presents an excellent business growth opportunity to Service Providers. The software-defined storage market size is expected to grow from $4.72 Billion in 2016 to $22.56 Billion in 2021, expanding at a CAGR of 36.7%.* Such market growth is driven by the advantages of software-defined storage solutions over traditional storage systems and the need for cost optimization and easy management.
“This year Acronis released the most complete set of data protection products based on our new hybrid cloud architecture. Just like the rest of our products, Acronis Storage is #1 in its class. Acronis Storage allows Service Providers to take control over their data and we are committed to helping them grow their business by providing the world’s best and fastest data protection solutions,” said Serguei Beloussov, founder and CEO of Acronis.
#1, Fast, and Innovative
Based on Acronis Hybrid Cloud Architecture and together with Acronis Backup, Disaster Recovery, Acronis Files Cloud, and Monitoring, Acronis Storage completes the product set available to Service Providers enabling them to meet the needs of their customers in the most efficient way.
Acronis Storage Features
Acronis Storage is fast. It delivers high speed performance through SSD caching, auto load balancing, auto data distribution, and parallel replication. Internal tests, for example, showed that Acronis Storage is 5 times faster than Ceph.
Acronis Storage is universal. Acronis Storage provides a universal solution for all data storage needs — hot and cold, and currently supports block and object data and will support files in the next update. It provides a complete set of industry standard storage connectivity and APIs including Amazon S3 and iSCSI.
Acronis Storage is safe. It provides configurable levels of redundancy for stored data through Acronis CloudRAID™ and allows data authenticity verification through blockchain-based immutable logging and watermarking.
Acronis Storage is efficient. Acronis Storage enables Service Providers to control the TCO of their storage infrastructure and increase storage capacity from GB to PB without hurting the budget. For example, compared to Ceph, Acronis Storage delivers up to 55% lower TCO. It is achieved through lower hardware resource usage, adjustable redundancy, smart automation, better resource management, and, powerful centralised web-based management console.
Acronis Storage is proven. With five years on the market powering Acronis’ own global cloud infrastructure, Acronis Storage has undergone rigorous testing in the real world. The 2nd Generation software is currently powering a global network of 12 datacenters, protecting over 50PB of data for more than 125,000 devices.
  • Acronis CloudRAID™ leverages erasure-coding technology to reconstruct protected data from data chunks and parity information stored elsewhere in the storage cluster. It means that each added storage node makes Acronis Storage more resilient to hardware failures due to faster recovery times.
  • Acronis Notary™ with blockchain is the world’s first integration of blockchain into software-defined storage and data protection solutions. Acronis Notary™ with blockchain generates a time-stamped hash, or fingerprint, of protected data and stores it in Ethereum, a public blockchain-based distributed computing platform. By comparing two fingerprints of the same data, Acronis Storage is able to verify immutability, authenticity, and integrity of stored data.
Acronis Storage is suitable for all Service Providers, business and organizations who have the need to manage their data storage capacity without any downtime. With five minutes to install and 14 clicks to configure, it can be installed and managed even by those without any system administration experience. It has a modern touchscreen-friendly web console and comes with a comprehensive manual and troubleshooting guide.