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Asigra Joins MSP Partners to Accelerate Adoption of Managed Backup Services


Marketing Alliance Dedicated to Educating SMB IT Solution Providers on Successful Strategies for Implementing Managed Services

Asigra, the technology leader in agentless backup and recovery software for service providers targeting the growing managed storage services market, today announced that it has joined the MSP Partners marketing alliance, along with founding members Cisco, Ingram Micro, Intel, Level Platforms and Microsoft, to accelerate the adoption of managed services through collective channel partners by providing a comprehensive source of education for successful managed services.

The IT reseller channel that addresses the Small and Medium Business (SMB) market is undergoing a major transformation that will reshape the entire channel. This transformation is catalyzed by the adoption of managed services – a method of delivering products and services to SMB end customers. This channel transformation presents a remarkable opportunity for leading vendors to dramatically enhance their competitive positioning in the SMB market. To leverage this opportunity, MSP Partners is a program designed to achieve greater channel loyalty and improved end customer satisfaction while establishing common standards that will drive participating vendors’ market leadership positions into the future.

“Managed services changes the way that IT solution providers, system/network integrators, value added distributors and VARs service and support their SMB customers,” said Ryck Marciniak, Director of Vendor Alliances for Level Platforms. “An important result of managed services delivery is the de-commoditization of services, leading to the sustained competitive differentiation that few solution providers currently enjoy in today’s 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 allows 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. With Televaulting, service providers manage the data protection process for their customers with technology that is industry proven and built for use as a managed backup 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.

“The alignment of technology leaders to form an educational core to support managed services will streamline the adoption process for many service providers, reducing the barriers to entry,” said Eran Farajun, Executive Vice President for Asigra. “With emphasis on pre-scheduled service, flat-fee billing, long-term contracts, remote service delivery, recurring revenue and competitive differentiation, MSP Partners will provide expert insight into how these will maximize efficiency and profits for service providers to move the industry forward.”

About MSP Partners

MSP Partners is a vendor alliance formed to provide solution providers a comprehensive source of MSP education. Members benefit from cohesive new market research, solution provider success stories, and collaborative vendor solutions, all demonstrating the proven path to success in managed services. www.msppartners.com.

About Asigra

Asigra is the award-winning leader in remote office/branch office (ROBO) online backup and recovery 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 three petabytes of data protected. Asigra technology is used by hundreds of service providers worldwide who offer backup managed services to companies ranging from 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.


Asigra, Asigra Televaulting, BLM, Backup Lifecycle Management, and the Asigra logo are trademarks of Asigra Inc. All other brand and product names are, or may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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Asigra Brings Televaulting Platform to the Dynamic Datacenter With Agentless Information Recovery Management for Citrix XenServer


Agentless Virtual Server Backup and Recovery Solution with Global Data De-Duplication, CDP and SOA Trusted to Enhance Citrix Application Delivery Infrastructure solutions

TORONTO - October 27, 2008 - Asigra Inc., the leader in agentless information recovery management, today announced that Asigra Televaulting has been validated for use with Datacenters leveraging Citrix XenServer. Asigra Televaulting is pro-virtualization backup and recovery optimized for Citrix XenServer environments to mitigate performance, management and cost challenges associated with traditional agent-based solutions.

The Asigra approach to protecting Citrix XenServer virtual server environments offers several advantages over agent-based backup and recovery software. For organizations that have deployed Citrix XenServer in production environments, traditional backup and recovery calls for placing a backup software agent in the host or guest OS. While this approach most closely reflects how backup was performed in the physical world, it places unnecessary strain on the host's resources compared with Asigra's agentless information recovery platform. Asigra eliminates the need for software on every virtual and physical machine targeted for backup, reducing management resource requirements, performance drain and cost considerations.

Backup and Recovery Built for Virtualized Server Environments

Asigra's agentless backup and recovery solution for Citrix XenServer allows virtual server environments to perform without disruption while providing the industry's most powerful information recovery platform. The company's native 64-bit Televaulting platform addresses the performance, management and cost shortcomings of alternative backup and solution recovery for protecting virtualized server environments by providing the following:

* Agentless backup optimized for virtualized server environments to greatly reduce management, CPU and memory requirements;

* A pro-virtualization capacity-based pricing model;

* Any-to-any restore capability (P2P, P2V, V2V, V2P);

* Automated mass deployment and single interface management;

* Compliant VM backup;

* VM-level and file-level backup/recovery support;

* Comprehensive enterprise application support;

* Extensive mixed physical/virtual OS interoperability, and

* Next generation features including global data de-duplication, CDP, grid-based scalability, intelligent data retention and no-cost datacenter replication.

Through comprehensive testing of Asigra Televaulting with Citrix XenServer, customers can be confident the backup and recovery platform has successfully passed necessary tests and can be trusted to work effectively with Citrix XenServer. Asigra is well positioned with it's capabilities built for the increasing performance and complexities of virtualized server environments.

According to IDC, global shipments of virtual server licenses have increased 53% year over year as of the second quarter of 2008. "Momentum in the server virtualization market continues to build as customers leverage the technology to solve additional business problems beyond server sprawl and facilities operating costs," said the market research firm in a recent report . "These use cases not only increase the total available market but also are driving customers to think about virtualization from more of a strategic perspective."

"Compatibility with leaders in server virtualization underscores our commitment to the industry and to Citrix XenServer customers," said Eran Farajun, Executive Vice for Asigra Inc. "The interoperability ensures best-of-breed data protection and information recoverability without disruption, allowing virtualized servers to deliver on the promise of VM efficiency."

About Asigra

Asigra is the award-winning leader in agentless information recovery management empowering service-oriented business continuity for the real-time enterprise. Asigra Televaulting, the company's service-oriented information recovery management platform, is in use by hundreds of IT outsourcers who deliver managed backup and recovery services and enterprises to protect more than 50,000 locations internationally. Televaulting provides simple, centralized management of the information recovery process, ensuring information availability 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.

Citrix is a trademark of Citrix Systems, Inc. and/or one or more of its subsidiaries, and may be registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in other countries. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Asigra, the Asigra logo and Televaulting are trademarks of Asigra Inc. All other brand and

product names are, or may be, trademarks of their respective owners.

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