Asigra is packaging its Cloud Backup software on the Oracle ZFS Appliance for cloud providers who would rather not purchase and maintain their own hardware.
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Toronto-based Asigra for decades have sold backup software only to managed service providers. As cloud backup grows in popularity, MSPs find their hardware infrastructure costs rising to keep up with capacity demands, Asigra executive vice president Eran Farajun said.
Farajun said Asigra has been looking to reduce costs for service providers for several years, beginning with a recovery license model. “Our partners said, ‘We like that but we have other costs in the stack, and that’s the hardware,’” he said. “We said, ‘We’re not a hardware company, we’re a software-company.’ They said ‘Go into your cave in Toronto and try to figure out a way to lower costs.’”
Farajun said Asigra looked a low-cost hardware and found the ZFS Storage Appliance. “We didn’t know Oracle even made storage,” he said. “We did trials and got good performance. We joined their OEM program. That gives us access to Oracle products and aggressive prices, and we can pass that on to our partners.”
He said for providers, buying Asigra backup on the Oracle appliances is “cheaper than cobbling together your own system. Some try using commodity hardware with CentOS, fully open-sourced, then they run into trouble and there’s nobody to call for support.”
Asigra actually does cobble together its own appliance for smaller partners. Last year it began bundling Cloud Backup on Supermicro appliances with FreeBSD open-source software. Farajun said the Asigra appliance is scales to 100 TB, while the Oracle ZFS appliance begins at 100 TB.