Cyber protection firm Acronis launches first data cloud data centre in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICAAcronis, a global cyber protection firm, has launched its first data cloud data centre in Johannesburg, South Africa as it seeks to expand its presence in the continent which is still faced with cyber threats as data accessibility, privacy and compliance demand grows.

Being one of the 111 new data centres being deployed globally, the centre will be a hub where all service providers can store business-critical data for their clients.

According to a statement by the firm, the opening of the South Africa data centre is part of the Acronis Global/Local Initiative, an effort that includes global management for all data centres, geographic redundancy, and control for local partners, and a local disaster recovery site – all with competitive pricing.

Peter French, regional general manager, Middle East and Africa, Acronis emphasised the importance of local presence for modern cloud business assuring that Acronis will safeguard data of all its clients.

“The goal of this initiative is that service providers will have no trouble meeting the ever-changing compliance, data sovereignty, and performance requirements they and their clients face,” French said.

Denzil Moorcroft, sales director channel partners, 4Sight Dynamics Africa, one of the firm’s distribution partners expressed confidence of Acronis capability to meet localisation requirement of all organisations.

“Our partners and their customers can look forward to locally-hosted cyber protection solutions, which will give them peace of mind and security, from a global partner like Acronis,” Moorcroft said.

Oliver Niemandt, general manager, Tarsus On Demand, on his part, urged all South African businesses to put measures in place to ensure that they avoid being prime targets for cyberattacks.

“We are excited that Acronis is investing in a new Data Centre in South Africa for more simplified and secured business operations. We strongly believe that this is exactly what our partner ecosystem needs and the move will accelerate Digital Transformation among South African businesses,” Niemandt said.

The global network of Acronis Cyber Cloud Data Centers already includes more than 40 data centres. From Europe to Asia and from the US to Africa.

The firm’s CEO Patrick Pulvermueller previously said that Acronis will launch operations in Kenya in 2022 noting that the East African country is among those earmarked as growth targets between 2022 and early 2023.

Pulvermueller, who spoke to capital business on the sidelines of Acronis CyberFit Summit in Dubai -the industry event series dedicated to bringing cyber protection to businesses everywhere- said that firm is actively building its presence in Africa with a key focus on areas where its managed service providers (MSPs) have a strong connection.

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