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Asigra Unveils MSP-Focused Backup Appliance

Asigra plans to start shipping a backup appliance in August designed with the goal of keeping things simple for managed service providers (MSPs).

"It's coming in this pre-optimized, pre-configured, pre-tested, turnkey solution, which is comprised of software, hardware, the file system, the operating system, compute, storage, everything. The solution providers need only plug it in and be up and running with an enterprise-class backup and recovery service," said William Kulju, senior product marketing manager at Asigra.

Asigra unveiled the Asigra Converged Data Protection Appliance for Managed Service Providers on Tuesday during the second day of its Asigra Global Partner Summit in Toronto.

"We've packaged and priced this in such a way that this allows service providers to be cash-flow positive in as little time as possible," Kulju said.

[Click on image for larger view.] The 4U version of the Asigra Converged Data Protection Appliance for Managed Service Providers. (Image source: Asigra)

The appliance will come in three sizes. A 1U has up to 9.6TB of what Asigra calls "billable capacity," which refers to data that's stored on the device after already having been compressed, deduped and encrypted. A 2U has 32TB of billable capacity, and the 4U has 96TB.

The entry price is less than $5,000, and has 1TB of the 1U's billable capacity turned on. MSPs can add capacity within the unit in increments of as little as 10GB.

The Avnet Embedded business unit of Avnet Inc. is assembling the appliances for Asigra from Supermicro servers running FreeBSD and ZFS and shipping them to customers. MSPs won't require any familiarity with the underlying software, according to Asigra. Instead the MSPs will manage the multitenant storage environment from a Web-based management console and can control agentless backups of Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS systems and devices.

Posted by Scott Bekker on June 16, 2015 at 9:08 AM


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