Acronis seems to be one of the busiest companies on the planet, constantly expanding and adding new products and features to its portfolio. At its 15th Anniversary Celebrations last fall, we learned that the company had no intentions of slowing down, and if anything, things would only be picking up. Given the speed of technology, and not to mention other competition out there, it’s never wise to rest on your laurels in this business.
To help move things forward, and grow its own business, Acronis has today announced that it is opening up its APIs to allow customers to integrate its services and product features in their own solutions. It’s important to note that “open” does not mean open-source, but instead the fact that these will no longer to be exclusive to Acronis itself.
Acronis is dubbing this venture as its Cyber Platform, one that encapsulates a wide-range of protections, or what the company calls “Five Vectors” of cyber protection: safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security of data. Currently, the company offers any one of these protections as services and products to customers, both enterprise and home user alike, but there are many companies that would prefer to embed those same proven services into their own solutions, and this move will allow them to do that.
Acronis itself is also going to use the Cyber Platform in a brand-new solution, called Total Protect, which is expected to launch later this year at the company’s Global Cyber Summit. Further, this move has also led to some product name changes: Data Cloud becomes Cyber Cloud, and Software Defined Infrastructure becomes Cyber Infrastructure.
Because this “opening” of APIs is a commercial move, we’re not likely to see Acronis’ work embedded in open-source or free projects anytime soon, but the company of course offers a range of products for the home user who wants such protections, like True Image (seen above). It also offers a free ransomware protection solution, helping combat an unfortunately still-growing threat.
Companies interested in joining Acronis’ program for API access can sign up here. In time, customers will pay for access, but specific details like that are up-in-the-air until later this year, when the Cyber Platform is effectively launched.
This move seems like a great one for Acronis. Its products are already well-regarded the world over, and given how many companies like to develop their own internal software, this opening of APIs should prove to be a great step forward for the blue backup masters.