Friday, 26 April 2019 16:46

Interview: Stas Protassov talks new Acronis Cyber Platform launch enhanced with APIs and SDKs for developers


Cyber protection and hybrid cloud storage company Acronis has launched early access to its new Cyber Platform, allowing developers access to two APIs and four SDKs to build and extend their applications with Acronis technologies.

Acronis. The company has grown tremendously over the past 16 years, and today bills itself a "global leader in cyber protection and hybrid cloud storage".

The company has announced a new "Cyber Platform" that is allowing early access to, which will "allow developers to build and extend their applications, integrate them with cyber protection services for backup, disaster recovery, secure file sync and share, blockchain notarisation, and with scalable and secure Acronis Cyber Infrastructure for hosting cyber protection applications and storing data".

We're told the "Cyber Platform features a series of APIs supported by software development kits and sample code".

Acronis says it is "opening the platform to the broad developer community – including API access to infrastructure, provisioning, management, and billing that in the past were only available to a selected number of integration partners.

"By accessing the platform, developers, ISVs, OEMs and service providers will be able to develop new applications, drive new revenue and connect with Acronis’ community of 50,000 channel partners and 500,000 businesses that already rely on the same platform for backup, disaster recovery, storage, security, and anti-ransomware solutions.

"The new services will enable ISVs and service providers to broaden their service portfolio and increase ARPU while expanding their market opportunities."

During the early access period, developer support is available, with formal training and certification to be provided at the Acronis Global Cyber Summit 2019

Held in Miami, Florida, between 13 and 16 October, the company’s first partner and customer event will feature a world-class line-up of industry and cyber security experts such as Robert Herjavec and Eric O’Neill. We're told that similar regional summits will be held in Singapore in September and Abu Dhabi in December.

We spoke to Stas (Stanislav) Protassov, a co-founder of Acronis in 2001 and currently leader of the company's operations, in an audio interview you can hear below. Protassov talked about the announcement, the SDKs, the opportunities and plenty more – the article continues below, please read on!

So what is more info on the Acronis Cyber Platform?

The company says that the launch of the Acronis Cyber Platform brings to life its vision that "modern cyber protection should incorporate data protection, cybersecurity, and privacy.

"Since the amounts of generated data and the number of data sources are increasing daily, the only way to fully safeguard that data is to address all Five Vectors of Cyber Protection – namely the safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security of data (SAPAS).

"The Acronis Cyber Platform is loaded with tremendous possibilities for the ISV community to address each specific vector or all five vectors at the same time – just as Acronis Total Protect does. A revolutionary new cyber protection solution that will be officially released at the Summit, Acronis Total Protect delivers a new level of protection by integrating backup, security and system management capabilities".

Serguei Beloussov, Acronis founder and chief executive, said: “Extending our proven cyber protection solutions with the opening of the Acronis Cyber Platform and its APIs brings our cyber protection vision to market and presents an opportunity for existing and new ISV and OEM partners to bring their valuable software and services into the Acronis partner ecosystem."

Beloussov continued; “Acronis is widely known for its engineering excellence and now, by extending our APIs to developers at ISVs and OEMs, we can expect to see rapid innovation as they leverage the powerful tools and concepts that are driving the world’s data – AI, IoT, Edge, and Cloud.

"ISVs and OEMs can unlock innovation and differentiate their business by leveraging the Acronis Cyber Platform value chain to deliver new value to our partners and customers.”

What are the key APIs and SDKs in the new Acronis Cyber Platform?

Opening the Acronis Cyber Platform will provide developers with access to six API/SDKs, including:

  • Management API: The master API for the automation of Acronis provisioning, management, and billing of customer and partner services and accounts.
  • Services API: Enables the management of services for third-party integrations or portals, including the ability to white label Acronis services. It also enables the automation of services and alert notifications and other backed aspects of delivering Acronis services.
  • Data Sources SDK: Allows developers to write plugins that enable the protection of any data source like SaaS application data sets, server applications, IoT, or any other data source into the platform.
  • Data Destinations SDK: Permits data to be stored in a wide variety of destinations including the Acronis Data Cloud, private clouds, public clouds, on-premises storage, software-defined storage or hardware appliances.
  • Data Management SDK: Enables data in the platform to be managed, transformed, searched, compressed, scanned, and appended and more.
  • Services SDK: Supports the integration of qualified third-party services into the Acronis Cyber Cloud.

Building the Cyber Platform

The company says its Cyber Platform builds on the company’s successful and innovative 16-year history.

We're told "the last five years have been spent rebuilding the Acronis architecture to meet modern requirements and deliver the Acronis Cyber Cloud platform to service providers and large enterprise customers".

The company proudly boasts of "a growing number of OEM vendors who have used these APIs to integrated their solutions with Acronis. These vendors include ConnectWise, cPanel, Ingram Cloud, Kaseya, Virtual 1, IntY, Microsoft Azure, Google GCP, Odin, AutoTask, Honeywell, and Emerson.

"Calls for greater cyber protection, fuelled by the explosion of ransomware attacks worldwide, have led to an increasing demand for solutions that support the core tenents of SAPAS. That backdrop is why Acronis decided to make the platform open to the ISV ecosystem.

"Now ISVs and OEMs can launch new solutions and business models by connecting to hundreds of thousands of customers and partners, as well as millions of end-users, who rely on Acronis technologies.

"Resellers and service provider partners are racing to scale and differentiate their data protection solutions as IoT, AI, Cloud, and Edge become the primary drivers in the explosive growth of new applications and massive amounts of new data.

"Their need for a robust ecosystem enabled by APIs that are deeply integrated and extensible enough to automate data sources, data destinations, and data management was among the most requested new services."

Acronis welcomes partners to its new Cyber Platform

Jeff Bishop, chief product officer, ConnectWise, said: "We are excited to have a role in the Acronis Cyber Platform through meaningful mutual integrations, which will certainly elevate the end user experience.”

Eze Castle said: “Increasingly our clients have been asking for support in accessing and extracting insights from these backups – which span servers, workstations, and databases.

"Now, with the Acronis Cyber Platform, developers can build solutions on top of these formerly ‘sleeping’ backups in new ways, adding value and a competitive edge for their clients.”

Phil Goodwin, Research Director – Cloud Data Management and Protection, IDC, said: "The explosion of applications and data sources, driven by the rapid adoption of hyperscale clouds and edge technologies is driving the need to not just manage data better, but to apply new security protection for that data.

"Acronis has been transforming its go-to-market strategy and rapidly growing its roster of channel partners for years, and now, with the Acronis Cyber Platform Acronis can help them grow their revenues, reduce churn and differentiate, all through the use of API-driven solutions and the Acronis marketplace.

"Acronis leads in cyber protection and the new open Acronis Cyber Platform should accelerate their ecosystem.”

How to access the Acronis Cyber Platform

The Acronis Cyber Platform is currently in Early Access and will be GA and demonstrated at the Acronis Global Cyber Summit in Miami on 13 to 16 October

ISVs, OEMs and Service Providers can request Early Access to the Acronis Cyber Platform APIs here

"Early adopters who benefit from top-level developer support during his early access phase will be featured that the Acronis Global Cyber Summit in October in Miami.

"At the summit, the community of developers, vendors, resellers and service providers will converge to network and share in the combined vision for the future of Cyber Protection".

You can learn more about the Summit and get an early-bird discount here

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