Unitrends Announces Strong Market Adoption Of Turnkey Rapid Recovery System Protecting Business Systems & Data
May 30 2006 – Columbia, SC – Unitrends announces 600th customer, adds domestic and international partners, market acceptance increases in multiple industries, key hires top list of accomplishments
Unitrends™, a leader in the development of Business Systems Continuity solutions for small to mid-sized enterprises (SMEs), today announced strong market acceptance across multiple industries for its exclusive Rapid Recovery System™, evidenced by accelerated growth in new customers, revenue attainment, and recruitment of new Solution Providers and Channel Partners.
Expanding the Customer Base
With a customer base exceeding 600 companies worldwide for its family of Rapid Recovery Appliances, Unitrends customers continue to praise the integrated, turnkey approach provided by Unitrends' Rapid Recovery System™, which protects their computer systems and data, allowing them to get back in business quickly when their systems inevitably fail.
"Unitrends is an excellent value. Other solutions we evaluated require additional client licenses, or integration, or things that make it far tougher for us to simply do our jobs. We've used Unitrends in the past, and will continue with them in the future," stated Todd Pittman, IT Director of North Cascade National Bank, based in Chelan, Washington.
New customers are being added from the healthcare, financial, education, government, legal, and manufacturing sectors. Some customers highlight the need for a fast, easy way to get "back in business" quickly from every day disasters, while others cite compliance and regulatory issues as primary drivers in protecting their business computer systems and their critical data.
U.S. and International Channel Growth
Unitrends has also added new, focused channel partners to deliver its integrated Rapid Recovery System appliances to their customers and educate them on the strategic advantages of implementing such a system across their companies. While many are growing regional solution providers, an increasing number of nationally-based resellers, including the Trivalent Group of Michigan, sell and support Rapid Recovery appliances on a standalone basis, and have established themselves as a Vaulting Service Provider (VSP), with the appliances, Unitrends' offsite Data Protection Vaults (DPV) and Secure Data Sync™ enabling their customers to electronically and securely vault key information offsite for disaster recovery purposes.
"Unitrends products fulfill a strong need in the SME marketplace, and their vaulting solution provides a greater level of Business Systems Continuity assurance for industries dealing with disaster recovery and regulatory or compliance issues," explained Mike Noordyke, Trivalent's President. "Making this service available to our customers provides them with the means to securely safeguard their information, at a fraction of the cost of doing it themselves, and make it available to them for quick recovery in the event of a failure. In addition, partnering with a local firm they know adds a significant level of trust."
In a separate release, Unitrends announced the appointment of Sentral Systems, Ltd. in the United Kingdom as the first international distributor for its Rapid Recovery systems (May 8, 2006). Sentral works with approximately 350 different reseller partners throughout the U.K., the large majority of them Internet Service Providers or data center service providers. The announcement is consistent with Sentral's strategic growth plan to deliver a powerful, turnkey appliance to the SME market.
"Unitrends' Rapid Recovery appliances incorporate the most complete and powerful functionality we have seen in the area of Business Systems Continuity enabling organizations to get back in business quickly and simply when their systems inevitably fail," said Ray Felton, Sentral Systems' Technical Director. "Increasingly, businesses realize that simply protecting just the data is simply no longer enough. They must quickly recover customized operating systems and applications in order to keep their businesses running. Unlike other solutions, the Rapid Recovery System protects all three layers of system content for over 20 operating systems, saving them significant time over competing solutions. Unitrends has demonstrated its leadership in providing solutions that meet these needs, at an attractive price, allowing us to gain strong traction in selling to this market."
Unitrends also recently added senior executives to the firm, including Steven D. Hammond joining as the Senior Vice President of Business Development. Additional strategic hires within the sales team included the appointments of Regional Sales Managers Catherine Waldron in the North East, Kevin McNally in New York, Tom O'Brien in Chicago and Sean Ooghe in Northern California. These new hires supplement existing regional sales personnel, and will help the company deliver quality sales and support for the growing number of Channel Partners and customers Unitrends has throughout North America.
"News about the benefits that our solutions deliver, and our quality support, is getting out in the marketplace, and we find potential partners and prospects are now coming to us," said Sterling Wharton, Unitrends' President and Chief Executive Officer. "They recognize the value of the solution we have built for SMEs, and appreciate the level of our support for our partners and customers. We have gained significant traction in these areas, and will use that to build further momentum in the coming quarters."
Founded in 1989, Unitrends is a pioneer in the protection of corporate-critical data and a leader in business recovery solutions. Unitrends provides powerful backup, recovery and complete data-protection products and services that are cross-platform, scalable and simple to use. More information on Unitrends is available from the company's website, www.Unitrends.com, or by calling 803.454.0300.