• Sat. Mar 25th, 2023

INTERVIEW with Peter French on Acronis; Nigeria Operations, 20-Years of Global Innovation


Mar 13, 2023
  • Acronis has seen over 250% year-over-year (YoY) revenue growth in Nigeria, a recent statistic highlights a 1616% increase in the number of data breaches in this region during Q3 of 2022

Peter French is the General Manager, MEA & South Asia at Acronis; a company that develops on-premises and cloud software with unique integration of backup, disaster recovery, cybersecurity, and endpoint management solutions. 

He is a technologist, entrepreneur and tinkerer at heart who comfortably inhabits both the technology and business worlds. As a senior leader in the backup and cyber protection industry, his success rests on his ability to grow an ecosystem based on meaningful, long-term relationships.

A problem-solver who thrives under high pressure, Peter is passionate about using technology creatively to keep us connected, improve systems and the way we do things.

In this interview, Peter, a certified Level 2 CrossFit coach, speaks to Acronis operations in Nigeria, cybersecurity trends, data centre and sundry issues in the industry:

Peter French Acronis
Peter French (GM at Acronis)

How will you describe year 2022 for Acronis?

2022 was an exceptional year of accomplishment and growth for Acronis. Globally, we experienced a 53% YoY total cloud annual recurring revenue (ARR) and 59% YoY cloud service provider ARR. We’ve continued pushing for innovation in our roster of cyber protection solutions, with 2022 releasing over 60 new technical advances. More locally, in Africa, Acronis has seen significant growth in 2022. In Nigeria alone, we have increased our partner base 10-fold.

Acronis’ office

Our partners are the heart of our business and across the globe, we’re excited to report 3,500 new global service provider signups over the past year.

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With over 3.5 million protected workloads, over the past year, our cyber protection solution stopped over 100 million cyberattacks. 2022 marked the most successful year in Acronis history, with a new funding round of $250 million that brought the total value of our company to $3.5 billion.

Acronis launched a data centre early last year, what is the acceptance rating of the data centre?

As a result of our Nigerian launch in 2022, we are witnessing an increase in MSP participation and rapid adoption of our advanced cyber protection portfolio.

Additionally, our presence helps expand the cloud market in Nigeria. We seek out data centres of the highest quality globally to ensure our customers have the best possible experience.

Nigeria remained biggest market on the Africa continent, what is Acronis outlook for 2023 having test the market in 2022?

While Acronis has seen over 250% year-over-year (YoY) revenue growth in Nigeria, a recent statistic highlights a 1616% increase in the number of data breaches in this region during Q3 of 2022.

As a cyber protection company, we are excited to enter 2023 on such a strong foundation and look forward to even greater growth results in the Nigerian market.

There is presently a proliferation of data centre in Nigeria, what make Acronis data centre unique from others?


Acronis is actively expanding our presence in existing Cyber Cloud data center’s all over the world. By operating within these data centres, Acronis can introduce our comprehensive cyber protection solutions to Nigerian organizations of all sizes, including consumers looking to preserve and protect their most critical files.

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Our presence in local Cyber Cloud data centres allows for much faster and more reliable access to data. Local access to data centres eliminates third parties and potential delays, which maximizes our customers’ performance and provides more reliable access to data. Globally, we have expanded our data centre network to over 50, and in our selection process we look for SOC certified entities, with most being ISO 27001 certified.

Acronis operations and services are all independently ISO 27001 certified as well, ensuring that industry-level safety practices are implemented as we handle sensitive customer data. Additionally, Acronis meets or exceeds all GDPR requirements on a worldwide basis.

There is a projection of $6trillion loss to cybersecurity within and outside Nigeria by 2030, as a cyber protection company, what can be done to avert this or reduce it? 

At Acronis, we recognize the need to eliminate needless complexity in cyber protection, so we deliver a simplified, single-agent platform for MSPs to protect customers.

Our integrated solution not only reduces complexity but also reduces costs and risks with the ability to free up resources and time for our partners, while closing potential security gaps.

Another vital facet to reduce losses posed by cybersecurity threats in today’s cyber threat landscape is proactive grassroots-level education and training.

By teaching and practicing responsible cyber awareness skills, intelligent security habits can be adopted and utilized by all parties. Similar to how someone might strive to improve their health and fitness by cultivating knowledgeable habits, digital hygiene can be trained and honed.

Acronis Cyber backup
Cyber backup

Acronis refers to this as being “#CyberFit”. No one is exempt from this, from a child using home devices, to a professional working in a complex IT environment. Our software is built, tested, distributed, licensed, and stored in Switzerland, where we’ve always employed robust security processes and protocols that protect the information for Acronis and our customers. We are continuously pushing for new innovations to keep up with the developing threat landscape and as more companies and individuals become interconnected, we will continue to innovate to keep all data, apps, and systems secure.

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Acronis has been doing business in Nigeria, how much of local capacity are you leveraging to penetrate the market?

As a Swiss company with a worldwide presence, we strive to think global and act local. At the start of 2022 we had zero local presence in Nigeria. Fast forward a few months and we now have two distributors and over 10 employees in Nigeria.  We’ve also expanded their reach to help service businesses in the African region.

Acronis office
Acronis’ office

We look forward to further expansion into this region. In 2023 we celebrate 20-years of continued innovation from Acronis. We’re excited to see even more opportunistic growth and expansion into Africa and invite interested service providers to reach out to learn more about our partner program.



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