Acronis CEO steps down, GoDaddy exec steps in

Acronis founder and CEO Serguei Beloussov has voluntarily stepped down from the position and has been replaced by Patrick Pulvermueller, former president of GoDaddy’s companions business.

Beloussov, who established Acronis in 2003 and served as the information protection vendor’s CEO since 2013, is now Acronis’ chief analysis officer. His new position consists of directing the firm’s technological innovation and analysis system, which contains solution and characteristic improvement and marketplace analysis.

Patrick Pulvermueller, CEO of AcronisPatrick Pulvermueller

Pulvermueller, who most lately put in the last four decades at GoDaddy and more than twenty decades in the internet hosting and domain marketplace, will be concentrated on growing Acronis as CEO. His approach is to reinforce Acronis’ partnership program to faucet into the service service provider marketplace and raise the firm’s headcount.

Acronis is executing perfectly, but it has not nevertheless achieved its full opportunity in phrases of both equally solution supplying and as a business, Beloussov claimed. Beloussov felt he was better at bolstering the former and Pulvermueller’s knowledge and practical experience designed him more suited for tackling the latter.

“Patrick is better geared up than me to convert Acronis into a multibillion-dollar business,” Beloussov claimed.

Acronis achieved “unicorn” standing in September 2019 right after a $147 million funding round and most lately concluded a $250 million funding round in Could of this 12 months. It is now valued at in excess of $2.five billion.

The Acronis technological innovation stack is perfectly developed out at this position, and the business is in a relaxed situation, claimed Phil Goodwin, analysis director at IDC. Beloussov can continue on to refine and construct out the solution even further more, but the future large phase for the business is to deliver in leadership with go-to-marketplace knowledge.

What they seriously have to have to do now is capture fire in the marketplace.
Phil GoodwinAnalysis director, IDC

“What they seriously have to have to do now is capture fire in the marketplace,” Goodwin claimed.

Ransomware has lately hit some significant-profile businesses in the company IT marketplace, including ExaGrid and Kaseya. There’s no problem ransomware is a warm subject proper now, Goodwin claimed. As a business that handles information protection and security, the two IT disciplines that deal with ransomware attacks and the aftermath, now is the time for Acronis to force really hard into the marketplace.

Acronis just isn’t the only business to mix information protection and cybersecurity. Carbonite, an OpenText business, acquired cybersecurity capabilities by means of its acquisition of Webroot, and Arcserve has security application integration by means of a partnership with Sophos.

Knowledge protection and cybersecurity form a potent blend towards ransomware, and that stage of protection requires to sooner or later lengthen to SaaS and Kubernetes environments, Goodwin claimed. The assault on Kaseya afflicted about fifty of its MSP buyers, which in convert afflicted more than 1,five hundred MSP clientele. The way the assault propagated so widely demonstrated how susceptible as-a-service can be and how important it is to treat off-premises information as seriously as what is in the information centre, Goodwin claimed.

There have not been any attacks aimed especially at Kubernetes workloads that he is conscious of nevertheless, Goodwin claimed, but that could be for the reason that the amount of manufacturing workloads managing in containers is even now a very compact proportion of the over-all marketplace. Many of them aren’t mission significant now, so they have not nevertheless earned the focus of cybercriminals, but buyers and distributors have to have to put together for that eventuality.

“It seriously has not been dealt with nevertheless, but going ahead, I assume it will have to have to be,” Goodwin claimed of Kubernetes information protection and security.