Layer 8 Now Offers Cloud Backup Services Powered by Asigra for European SMB Market

London, UK, (PresseBox) - Asigra Inc., a leading Cloud Backup(TM) , Recovery and Restore (BURR) software provider since 1986, today announced the expansion of its channel base in Europe through its relationship with Layer 8 IT-Services, a storage, networking, virtualisation and security specialist. This Swedish Managed Service Provider has deployed Asigra's Cloud BackupTM to offer its European customers reliable, cost-effective and cutting-edge cloud-based data protection services.

Layer 8 selected Asigra's technology because its usability, excellent quality and performance. Bundling Asigra's cloud backup services with other products, Layer 8 offers cost-effective packages for organisations looking to protect their data without the financial, technical and human burden of an in-house solution.

"The cloud backup and recovery market has been growing steadily over the past years, and is expected to continue on this trend in 2012," said Carla Arend, analyst at IDC. "By using the cloud, end users have access to a secondary site for disaster recovery and free up floor space in their own data centres, which otherwise would have been used for backup systems. Improved management tools from cloud backup vendors simplify the backup management process."

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"One of our founding members had direct experience of Cloud Backup so we decided from the start to make it the backbone of our data protection service offering," said Johan Tungström, CEO at Layer 8. "Our customers trust us to meet their backup needs efficiently and cost-effectively, and Asigra Cloud Backup makes this an easily achievable goal for us."

Layer 8 allows SMBs from across many different vertical sectors to modernise their data protection strategies by replacing legacy, disk-based backup systems with a service-based model. This enables IT administrators to manage the systems remotely, freeing up space, budget and cutting down on IT staff's time.

"Cloud computing has broadened the market for many technologies that were previously outside the financial reach of many users and, as a result, Managed Service Providers are constantly looking to improve their offerings," said Eran Farajun, executive vice president at Asigra. "In a short space of time Layer 8 has built an impressive customer-base thanks to its effective sales and marketing strategies and reliance on innovative technologies. We are pleased that Layer 8 has joined our strong partner ecosystem which includes many successful and growing service providers that are focused on delivering high quality customer service. We are looking forward in working collaboratively with Layer 8 in its quest to expand further."

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About Layer 8 IT-Services

Layer 8 IT-Services was founded in 2010 by three highly motivated IT consultants that together have more than 35 years of experience within the IT Industry. Layer 8's focus is to deliver IT Solutions, Cloud Services, Managed Services as well as IT Consulting within Networks, Security, Storage and Virtualisation. Layer 8 is based in Stockholm, Linköping and Gävle, SWEDEN.

Asigra Inc.

Asigra is the leading Canadian cloud computing vendor focused on backup, recovery and restoration with more than 550,000 customer sites deployed globally. Asigra Cloud Backup(TM) transforms the way businesses manage and protect their data by delivering seamless end-to-end data protection that efficiently scales and easily adapts to any IT environment. Asigra Cloud Backup is built for progressive business savvy Managed Service Providers who focus on driving growth and increasing their total addressable market to better service their customers, IT constrained organisations, and industries with compliance mandates that are looking to improve their backup with a secure, proven and flexible cloud backup and recovery model. With more than 25 years of experience as backup/recovery pioneers, Asigra manages one of the largest business-class backup service provider ecosystems in the world who power their cloud backup services using Asigra technology. Asigra is recognised among top-tier industry analysts, including the Enterprise Strategy Group, Gartner, IDC, Forrester Research and the 451 Group. Recently, the company was recognised by Business Solutions Magazine as a Best Channel Vendor for 2012 and Storage Magazine named Asigra Cloud Backup its 2011 Product of the Year. Asigra is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with offices globally. For more information, visit www.asigra.com.

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