Cyber security and cloud company Acronis has formed a new technology partnership with Arsenal Football Club.
The Gunners’ data and analysis of both their own performances and those of opposing teams will be protected by the Swiss-Singaporean company led by CEO Serguei Beloussov.
As well as protecting data, applications and systems such as the club’s Microsoft OneDrive and Office 365 accounts, Acronis also will provide secure storage of every first-team and academy training session recorded at the club’s training ground in Colney – 8 TB of data a year, the equivalent of 875 matches.
Acronis already serves teams competing in Formula One and Formula E.
“At the highest level of competition, data is a critical asset. The teams that understand its importance partner with Acronis to optimise their data management,” said Acronis president John Zanni.
“Arsenal FC has been a leader in data use, which is why we are proud to be partnering with them.
“It shows that Acronis’ technology is perfectly suited to high-pressure, digitally intensive environments – even those that are always on the road.
“We are confident this partnership will benefit Arsenal, Acronis, and all our partners and customers.”
The partnership will run for three years and entitles Acronis to LED signage around the pitch at every home Premier League, Emirates FA Cup and Carabao Cup match.
Acronis will also have presence on Arsenal interview backdrops and access to Arsenal first-team players and legends to support Acronis’ aim to increase brand awareness globally.
Arsenal’s chief commercial officer Vinai Venkatesham said: “Acronis are world leaders in data backup services and their advanced technology will ensure the club’s data is safe and secure.
“We look forward to working with Acronis and supporting them in their business growth plans.”
All Acronis solutions come with an integrated anti-ransomware defence, which means that data protected by Acronis will also be safe from cyber-attacks.
Based on artificial intelligence, Acronis Active Protection actively monitors systems in real time for suspicious and malicious behaviour, enabling it to automatically detect and stop attacks.
Its self-defence capabilities also keep cybercriminals from disrupting the backup software or altering contents of its protected files.