Business Continuity Without the Local Appliance

Axcient’s new x360Recover Direct-to-Cloud features our best-in-class business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR), without the need for local hardware appliances. Direct-to-Cloud uses the same x360Recover chain-free backup technology, but sends data straight to the secure Axcient Cloud. With Axcient Virtual Office, MSPs can self-manage disaster recovery and virtualization to quickly recover not just file and folder backups, but your entire IT infrastructure. Everything from data and applications, to production servers and workstations can be recovered in an instant.

Direct-to-Cloud also includes data integrity checks via AutoVerify, and utilizes Axcient AirGap to serve as the last line of defense. Axcient AirGap protects against ransomware and other disasters by separating data deletion requests from data deletion mechanics. The backup benefits are the same as x360Recover, but Direct-to-Cloud also enables hardware-free backup and disaster recovery (BDR). Reduce the maintenance, limitations, costs, and stress of hardware appliances while backing up end-user desktops, laptops, client servers, and workstations.

While in-office employees have access to optimal security and backup conditions, remote worker protections are limited. Remote workers typically have less sophisticated security infrastructures that don’t include dedicated firewalls. These workers may not be able to contact corporate networks to perform regular backups, or can only do so through cumbersome VPNs, leaving their data more susceptible.

Meanwhile, increases in contract and short-term employees, along with growing ransomware and phishing attacks, mean the risks of data loss have never been higher. Axcient Direct-to-Cloud gives MSPs the solutions customers need to protect their data within these evolving environments.

One Backup Vendor for All Customers 

Many MSPs have to engage with more than one backup vendor to satisfy two types of clients:  Cost-sensitive clients who won’t pay for, or don’t want a dedicated backup appliance, and use something simple, such as file-level backups. And business-driven clients who won’t tolerate downtime and are willing to pay for a turn-key BDR appliance for local and cloud business continuity. Until now, there hasn’t been one vendor who can meet all these disparate client requirements, as well as the need for endpoint backup, in one solution.

Axcient Direct-to-Cloud solves this challenge. Direct-to-Cloud capabilities, combined with appliance-based options, give MSPs one platform to cover the backup and recovery needs of all clients. Simplifying under one backup provider reduces the downtime and costs associated with vendor sprawl. With Direct-to-Cloud you just have one process for onboarding, training, support, billing, and restores.

Endpoint Backup

Protect data for remote employees and satellite offices.

No-Appliance BDR

Basic server backup to disk and cloud. Full business continuity.

Turn-Key BDR

Backup to turn-key appliance and cloud. Full business continuity.

Public Cloud Backup

Protect servers in Azure, AWS, Google with long-term retention.

Runs Parallel with Existing Backups

Axcient made Direct-to-Cloud extremely simple to add. Silently deploy backup agents via remote monitoring management (RMM) without any configuration. All volumes on each endpoint are protected automatically. Run Direct-to-Cloud in the background and parallel to existing backups without interfering with, or impacting your existing vendors. Once Direct-to-Cloud is up and running, easily remove what’s unnecessary, and enjoy automatic upgrades from Axcient as new Direct-to-Cloud features are deployed.

Innovation Meets Security

Axcient invested years of research and development, and patented 30 new technologies to deliver the full value of business continuity, without hardware or the pains of chain-based approaches.

  • Chain-free technology dramatically reduces the overhead of chain-based backups and eliminates the need for reseeding.
  • No reboot required to install or upgrade the chain-free backup agent.
  • 50x less RAM than typically necessary for copy on write or deduplicated storage.
  • Only 200 MB of RAM per TB stored to activate the local cache in the chain-free agent.
  • Unlimited storage and retention means no unforeseen overages or surprise fees.
  • Optional device storage lets you keep an extra copy of data on an accessible local storage device (e.g., external USB drive or NAS device).
  • Comprehensive network connectivity options include port forwarding, client VPN, and site-to-site VPN.
  • Self-managed DR and cloud virtualization with Virtual Office is immediate and provides minutes-long RTO for environments of all sizes.
  • Instant local virtualization of any recovery point using Hyper-V, instant virtual export to VHDX/VMDK, file/folder recovery, and bare-metal recovery.
  • Immediate recovery from any recovery point with a 15-minute RPO through virtualization, virtual export, volume mount, or bare-metal recovery.

Lower Your TCO

Axcient Direct-to-Cloud offers MSPs significant cost savings, while delivering a compelling BCDR solution to clients, for an overall reduction in total cost of ownership (TCO). Not only is Direct-to-Cloud easy to install and quick to get running, but without local hardware, there are no extra or hidden costs related to leasing, maintenance, or client visits. The cost savings in assets, labor, and licenses are impactful alone, but the time and stress eliminated with Direct-to-Cloud is  game changing. No more broken backups due to failed hardware or broken chains. MSPs also have the opportunity to create new revenue streams depending on how services are bundled, while enabling clients on their path to digital transformation.

Your Last Line of Defense

Axcient Direct-to-Cloud includes Axcient AirGap to protect backups against cybersecurity threats, including human-operated ransomware attacks. Sophisticated hackers are infiltrating networks, often sitting silently for months, escalating privileges, capturing credentials, and carefully planning before initiating data encryption.

Axcient AirGap is your fail-safe solution for retrieving backup data, even after a bad actor thinks they’ve got you. Data deletion requests are kept separate from the mechanics of data deletion, so data cannot be deleted without direct approval. Additionally, Axcient AirGap utilizes “honeypots,” or fake signals to trick hackers into thinking they’ve successfully deleted data. Instead, the data is fully intact and available for near instant recovery. Axcient AirGap is fully automatic, always on, and instantly applied to all data received in the cloud.

Self-Manage Disaster Recovery & Virtualization

Many offsite virtualization tools require engagement with the solution provider to initiate virtualization. This can add hours of downtime and threaten an MSP’s ability to meet SLAs. Axcient Direct-to-Cloud with Virtual Office gives MSPs the freedom to quickly get servers, workstations, data, and applications back up and running without engaging support, regardless of the environment. Demonstrate near instant virtualization and minutes-long RTO using Virtual Office test-mode to prove disaster recovery effectiveness, meet compliance requirements, and provide peace of mind.

Protect Your Remote Workforce

Direct-to-Cloud is the perfect solution to protect remote and virtual workforces – as well as satellite offices – from malware, data corruption, and various disasters. Nearly all independent studies predict a permanent increase in remote work even after COVID-19 distancing is lifted. In response to the uptick, cloud-based services such as Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace are seeing their highest number of active users ever.

While in-office employees have access to optimal security and backup conditions, remote worker protections are limited. Remote workers typically have less sophisticated security infrastructures that don’t include dedicated firewalls. These workers may not be able to contact corporate networks to perform regular backups, or can only do so through cumbersome VPNs, leaving their data more susceptible.

Meanwhile, increases in contract and short-term employees, along with growing ransomware and phishing attacks, mean the risks of data loss have never been higher. Axcient Direct-to-Cloud gives MSPs the solutions customers need to protect their data within these evolving environments.

Moving Beyond BDR

It’s been a long time since MSPs had to deal with tape- and disk-based file-level backups and their multi-day system recovery processes. It’s the end of an era in BDR evolution, and Direct-to-Cloud is delivering the next phase with high functionality and low complexity.

Schedule a Demo

Ready to peek under the hood of Axcient Direct-to-Cloud? Schedule a demo with an Axcient Product Expert for a deep dive into x360Recover, and we’ll send you product details, pricing information, and give you a personalized tour of the new capabilities offered by Direct-to-Cloud.

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