The Asigra Cloud Backup Connector Appliance that launched this week includes Asigra Cloud Backup software on Cisco Integrated Service Routers (ISRs) G2. The Asigra software ships pre-installed on a UCS E-Series server module inside the Cisco 2900 and 3900 routers. The appliance holds from 2 TB to 10 TB for backup, and provides both on-site and cloud backup.
The Cisco appliance turns a router into a backup device so customers do not have to install separate hardware. The concept for the Asigra Cloud Backup Connector Appliance is similar to Riverbed's Whitewater appliance, which moves data from remote offices to cloud providers, except that Whitewater uses third-party backup software while the Cisco/Asigra appliance has software built in.
"This is for companies who have data that's not getting backed up to a central location," Asigra Executive Vice President Eran Farajun said. "With the appliance, backup data does not travel from the remote site to the central switch to the service provider; it goes directly from the remote site to the service provider."
Asigra does not sell directly to end users. Its software is sold by managed service providers. The Asigra Cloud Backup Connector Appliance will be sold by Avnet, Cisco channel partners and Asigra Hybrid Partners.
Robert Amatruda, IDC research director for data protection, called the device part of the "appliance-ization" of the data center, which has taken hold in backup. "The whole notion of using the cloud as a recovery tier is not new," he said. "But clearly there needs to be a physical appliance to orchestrate the movement from on-premises to the cloud or provider for failover or replication."
Amatruda said he wouldn't be surprised to see Cisco forge similar partnerships with other backup software vendors. Asigra's Farajun said his company supplies the partner system to go with the backup software, however.
"Cisco needed an ecosystem of cloud service providers, and we have that," Farajun said.