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Acronis backs blockchain with its product


Hybrid cloud data protection vendor Acronis has revealed Acronis Storage, a new software-defined storage product with blockchain-based data authentication and universal file, block, and object support.

Acronis Storage combines Acronis CloudRaid and Acronis Notary with blockhain immutable validation, in order to unite block, file, and object workloads for service providers using commodity hardware. It currently protects over 50 petabytes of data for more than 125,000 devices across 12 data centers worldwide.

A key feature that Acronis highlights is the speed of Acronis Storage. Using SSD caching, auto load balancing, auto data distribution, and parallel replication to obtain higher speeds. It also meets hot and cold data storage needs, and supports block and object data as well as files in a future update using industry standard storage connectivity and APIs including Amazon S3 and iSCSI.

Acronis CloudRaid uses erasure-coding technology to reconstruct protected data from data chunks in order to boost recovery times and minimize hardware failure. Acronis Notary with blockchain integrates blockchain into software-defined storage and data protection solutions. It creates a time-stamped fingerprint of protected data and stores it in Ethereum, a public blockchain-based distributed computing platform.

“Acronis is the first data protection company to adopt the blockchain as a data notarization platform. We are delight to work with Acronis and look forward to developing the Ethereum ecosystem for the benefit of all users,” said Vitalik Buterin, the Ethereum Foundation’s chief scientist in a statement.

Acronis has taken strides to make Acronis Storage as easy to use as possible. Installation takes five minutes and requires 14 clicks to configure. It uses a touchscreen-friendly web console as well.