x360Recover also comes with AirGap, a technology Axcient unveiled in March that ensures only legitimate requests to delete or alter backup data are executed, and gives MSPs extra time in which to recover erased or corrupted backups even after damage has been done.
Introduced last fall, x360 pulls together the entire collection of products Axcient has been assembling ever since data protection vendor eFolder began a string of acquisitions that included file sync and share vendor Anchor in 2013 and Replibit in 2016. The platform currently includes three components: x360Cloud, which encompasses Axcient’s CloudFinder product and handles cloud-to-cloud backup; x360Sync, which incorporates Anchor’s software; and now x360Recover. All three systems share a common user interface and billing engine, as well as access to the partner marketing portal Axcient launched last summer.
“This has been three years in the making,” observes Hoffman, who credits K1 for its support during that process.
“So many private equity firms or investors, when you go and do acquisitions, there’s not the patience to actually do the integration of the disparate products,” he says. “We’re grateful we’ve got patient investors who understand the vision of what we’re doing, and so we’ve been able to incrementally deliver value on these three products over the last three years but also actually integrate them to one product.”
K1 provided advice and capital as well, adds Hoffman, noting that Axcient’s development team is some 40% larger than it was when the creation of x360 began.
Though adding BDR to x360 rounds out the platform’s core capabilities, Axcient plans to expand it further in the months ahead. The company is presently working on cross-solution search functionality, for example, that will allow users to hunt for data in backups, file shares, and other repositories through a single query, as well as cross-solution status reporting.
Also in the works is a new direct-to-cloud backup technology scheduled to arrive later this year. According to Hoffman, the system will include functionality unavailable at present elsewhere. “That’s going to be something that is not only net new to us, but nobody else in the street can do today in terms of what direct-to-cloud actually means,” he says.
In a further milestone for Axcient on its path to unification, the company also introduced a redesigned website today built around the company’s new “protect everything” messaging.