Asigra Honored as First Data Protection Vendor to Receive Accreditation by MSPAlliance for Leading Managed Backup Software Solution
September 26, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Technology NewsAsigra Inc., the technology leader in agentless backup and recovery software for service providers targeting the growing managed storage services market, today announced that it is the first data protection vendor to receive accreditation by MSPAlliance for its managed backup services delivery platform. This is a premier designation resulting from in-depth review by MSPAlliance to show Asigra as a preferred vendor for service providers seeking to offer backup as a service. The MSPAlliance Vendor Accreditation Program (VAP) is designed to provide a foundation for measuring “excellence and stability when it comes to service-enabling technology vendors,” specifically those that enable managed services.
The goal of MSPAlliance is to reduce confusion in the industry surrounding the value and benefit of using Managed Service Providers (MSPs), help improve the ROI in technology procurement and implementation, and increase value delivery of IT to the organizations served. MSPAlliance achieves these goals by helping organizations find Managed Service Providers that fit specific technology needs and encouraging them, via best practices and informational ties with industry-specific trade associations and industry standards groups, to aspire to achieve higher standards of service delivery excellence.
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The MSPAlliance Managed Services Accreditation Program is the only best practices and standards-based program specifically created for the managed services industry. One of the greatest difficulties in benchmarking any company in this industry lies in the tremendous number of areas to review beyond the technology. Business model, channel program, pricing and support are all critical criteria in determining which technology vendor MSPs should consider when building their managed service business. MSPAlliance cuts through the clutter to provide pre-screened vendors with the expertise and value that will help service providers succeed.
Accredited vendors have passed the following examination requirements to emerge as leaders in this area.
• Business practices: Focusing on channel development, channel competition safeguards, experience in the managed services industry, etc.
• Product Roadmap: examining the vendor's willingness to invest in their products in order to ensure continued relevance for the MSPs throughout their maturation.
• Financial: Examination of financial stability to ensure adequate support of channel initiatives and product development.
• Client References: Vendor must provide at least 3 MSP specific client references.
“With the growing numbers of competitive service offerings in the market, MSPs needed a way to differentiate between the many and varied options offered by those vendors to narrow down their technology partners,” said Charles Weaver, President of MSPAlliance. “With inclusion in the MSPAlliance VAP, Asigra has validated its offering as the technology platform of choice for managed service providers seeking entry into the lucrative backup services market.”
Demand for Managed Backup Services
Increasing demand for managed backup services continues to drive growth and expand opportunities for service providers. Asigra’s Televaulting™ backup/restore software solution has allowed service providers to drive recurring revenue and long-term contracts from their current customer base, providing stable and predictable cash flow by delivering a backup utility service for over 20 years. With Televaulting, service providers manage the data protection process for
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their customers with agentless technology that is industry proven and built for use as a managed backup delivery platform with features that include scalable licensing, private branding, embedded billing, advanced security and SLA monitoring and management. Televaulting is agentless, making installation non-intrusive and simple to manage. Since the software has been developed for service provisioning, it allows a hands free approach to offering managed backup as a service.
“Asigra is excited to be the first data protection vendor to be accredited by MSPAlliance, as a company committed to working within the managed services space. It is validation of our continued commitment to serve, not compete against, our managed service provider partners,” said Eran Farajun, executive vice president for Asigra. “Passing MSPAlliance VAP certification supports our position as a technology provider focused on the emerging managed services market with the ability to execute in this dynamic business environment.”
The MSPAlliance is a global organization made up of service providers and technology enablers who work in a collaborative effort to define, promote and educate the managed services industry and the end-using organization on the adoption and successful use of technology through managed services. The group works as a vendor-neutral body to promote the managed services industry and its members, as well as serve as an accrediting body. With over 2000 corporate members world-wide and growing rapidly, the MSPAlliance is an unparalleled resource, and the only unified voice for the managed services industry.
Asigra is the award-winning leader in remote office/branch office (ROBO) online backup and recovery software for managed backup service providers and enterprises. The company’s flagship product, Televaulting, is used by global enterprises in the financial, insurance, legal, government, healthcare, and retail industries with more than four petabytes of data protected. Asigra technology is used by hundreds of service providers worldwide that offer managed backup services to companies ranging from small and medium businesses (SMBs) to Global 2000 enterprises. The agentless remote site backup and recovery solution provides simple, centralized management of the data protection process while eliminating the capital and operational expenses associated with agent-based solutions. Founded in 1986, Asigra is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with partner offices around the world. For more information, visit www.asigra.com.
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