It’s that time of year when CRN releases its list of Channel Chiefs to recognize folks for their achievements and dedication to the channel community. This year however, feels a little sweeter as Michael Hughes, Barracuda’s long-standing Channel Chief and SVP of Worldwide Sales has been named one of “The 50 Most Influential Chiefs” by CRN.
It used to be that you’d have to step outside or peer through a window to see a cloud – now, we walk around in one all day. There’s no doubt the world is a bit more cloudy than it was even just a few years ago; however, with so many options available, people are often left challenged to determine which solutions are best for them or their business. Fortunately for folks looking for clarity on the cloud front, there are reliable resources like CRN to provide answers, which is the case with CRN’s 2015 Cloud Partner Program Guide.
It seems like every week we’re talking about Barracuda Backup gaining recognition in the storage industry – but this time it feels a little different. That’s because the recognition comes from Gartner, which is a big deal for us because this marks the first time that Barracuda Backup was included in Garnter’s MQ for Enterprise Backup Software and Integrated Appliances. This means that Barracuda is becoming even more of a significant player in the backup space and our approach to backup is continuing to solve problems for customers.
In the report, Gartner recognizes Barracuda Backup for the following strengths:
- Barracuda offers an affordable, all-in-one hybrid cloud backup solution, which is easy to set up and manage, and offers short RPOs and RTOs.
- LiveBoot and integration with Copy file sync and share services stand out among large competitors.
- Barracuda is a public company and has healthy, sizeable revenue growth.
From this list, LiveBoot stands out as one feature that people continue to take notice of – it allows customers the ability to store VMware images on remote hardware or in the cloud and boot or run those images for quick disaster recovery. This is actually the second time this week that Barracuda Backup has been praised for its LiveBoot feature – the other being in this detailed breakdown of the product by StorageReview.com. You can read more on that here: http://www.storagereview.com/barracuda_backup_890_review
Copy was also noted by Gartner as a “stand out” feature, which is a luxury to have in our back pocket having built our own secure file sync & share platform. Barracuda Backup’s Integration with Copy enables the restoration of files and folders from a backup to folders on Copy. This allows administrators to securely and quickly post important recovered data for access by remote users.
While LiveBoot and Copy are differentiators for us, Barracuda Backup has some other really convenient features that our customers are taking advantage of as well. Features like unlimited cloud storage, offsite vaulting and centralized management all help provide customers with everything they need for backup and recovery in one easy-to-use solution. Feel free to swing by our product features page to learn more about what Barracuda Backup has to offer: https://www.barracuda.com/products/backup/features#SUB
Michael Hughes, Barracuda’s Channel Chief and SVP of Worldwide sales is a rare bird. So rare in fact that out of 271 channel chiefs named by CRN this year, Hughes was named to their 2014 Channel Chiefs: 20 to Watch list. According to CRN, this list recognizes an elite subset of channel executives who are poised to make their mark on their channel organizations and on the industry at large this year. I recently caught a glimpse of Hughes soaring through the office, so naturally I interrupted his flow to ask him the following questions about Barracuda’s five-star channel program. In typical fashion, he was happy to talk about Barracuda’s channel — here’s what he had to say:
After great success in the channel and as a company in 2013 through the IPO, various award victories and continued channel growth, how does Barracuda continue to improve its channel program in 2014?
We are focused on two things: enabling our existing partners with programs, sales tools, campaigns and training to help them engage customers in new ways, and finding solution providers that want to build businesses in new, fast areas like storage, application delivery and network security by solving customer issues with solutions like Barracuda Load Balancer ADC, Copy file sync & share service and Barracuda Firewall. We know there is significantly more opportunity in the data protection space where we need to build awareness around our backup and archiving capabilities. By enabling and recruiting, we can continue to build significant business for our partners.