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Axcient buys DirectRestore for granular recovery in the cloud

Cloud provider Axcient has acquired DirectRestore to bolster application recovery capabilities in its disaster-recovery-as-a-service platform.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed but Axcient already has integrated DirectRestore’s technology for Microsoft Exchange servers. The company intends to integrate the capabilities into its cloud platform for SQL Server and SharePoint databases over the next two quarters, with other applications to follow..

“DirectRestore specializes in granular application recovery and they support more than 100 application formats today,” Axcient CEO Justin Moore said. “This is very synergistic with our existing platform. We now have the team that has deep experience in granular recovery so we can expand Axcient to other applications.”

Axcien claims more than 3,000 customers on its platform. It takes a full image copy of servers that customers can access and it can restore data from any device when systems go down.

With the DirectRestore capabilities, Moore said the Axcient platform will be able to do granular recovery down to the object level along with files and folders. That means customers won’t have to buy individual products for specific applications.

“There are only two or three companies that have the type of technology that DirectRestore has. Anyone that has granular technology, almost all OEM it,” said Moore. “(This acquisition) not only gives us control of the technology but by integrating it into our technology, we control the entire stack.”

Moore said granular recovery is available now for Microsoft Exchange servers, and has about 500 customers using it.

DirectRestore’s 15-member engineering team will join Axcient, and Moore said he intends to double the group over the next 12 months.

“Our DNA has been in the small to medium-sized businesses but with the (new) technology we want to take on larger customers that can get access to all of our functionality,” said Moore. “The granular recovery technology will expand beyond the products we have today.”

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