Acronis CEO steps down, GoDaddy exec steps in

Acronis founder and CEO Serguei Beloussov has voluntarily stepped down from the job and has been changed by Patrick Pulvermueller, previous president of GoDaddy’s associates business.

Beloussov, who established Acronis in 2003 and served as the info safety vendor’s CEO because 2013, is now Acronis’ main analysis officer. His new job requires directing the firm’s technological innovation and analysis method, which incorporates products and element development and marketplace analysis.

Patrick Pulvermueller

Pulvermueller, who most a short while ago used the previous four a long time at GoDaddy and additional than twenty a long time in the web hosting and domain sector, will be concentrated on escalating Acronis as CEO. His program is to fortify Acronis’ partnership software to faucet into the service supplier marketplace and enhance the firm’s headcount.

Acronis is accomplishing effectively, but it hasn’t yet reached its total likely in phrases of each products offering and as a business, Beloussov mentioned. Beloussov felt he was better at bolstering the previous and Pulvermueller’s skills and encounter created him additional suited for tackling the latter.

“Patrick is better geared up than me to transform Acronis into a multibillion-greenback firm,” Beloussov mentioned.

Acronis reached “unicorn” standing in September 2019 soon after a $147 million funding round and most a short while ago concluded a $250 million funding round in May perhaps of this calendar year. It is now valued at above $two.5 billion.

The Acronis technological innovation stack is effectively constructed out at this stage, and the firm is in a at ease place, mentioned Phil Goodwin, analysis director at IDC. Beloussov can keep on to refine and construct out the products even additional, but the subsequent big phase for the firm is to deliver in management with go-to-marketplace skills.

What they actually need to do now is capture fireplace in the sector.
Phil GoodwinResearch director, IDC

“What they actually need to do now is capture fireplace in the sector,” Goodwin mentioned.

Ransomware has a short while ago hit some superior-profile corporations in the enterprise IT marketplace, such as ExaGrid and Kaseya. There is certainly no concern ransomware is a very hot subject proper now, Goodwin mentioned. As a firm that handles info safety and security, the two IT disciplines that cope with ransomware attacks and the aftermath, now is the time for Acronis to push really hard into the marketplace.

Acronis is not the only firm to incorporate info safety and cybersecurity. Carbonite, an OpenText firm, obtained cybersecurity capabilities by means of its acquisition of Webroot, and Arcserve has security computer software integration by means of a partnership with Sophos.

Info safety and cybersecurity sort a strong blend from ransomware, and that degree of safety needs to sooner or later prolong to SaaS and Kubernetes environments, Goodwin mentioned. The assault on Kaseya influenced about 50 of its MSP consumers, which in transform influenced additional than one,500 MSP clients. The way the assault propagated so extensively demonstrated how susceptible as-a-service can be and how important it is to take care of off-premises info as critically as what is in the info middle, Goodwin mentioned.

There haven’t been any attacks aimed specially at Kubernetes workloads that he is aware of yet, Goodwin mentioned, but that may well be for the reason that the quantity of creation workloads working in containers is continue to a very compact proportion of the over-all marketplace. Quite a few of them are not mission significant now, so they haven’t yet gained the interest of cybercriminals, but consumers and suppliers need to put together for that eventuality.

“It actually hasn’t been dealt with yet, but heading ahead, I assume it will need to be,” Goodwin mentioned of Kubernetes info safety and security.