Schaffhausen, Switzerland, June 17, 2021 – Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection and Team Qhubeka NextHash, Africa’s UCI WorldTour cycling team today announced the Official Cyber Protection Partnership which will be supported by Pan-European cloud services distributor, Resello. Through this partnership, Acronis and Resello will provide Team Qhubeka NextHashwith award-winning cyber protection technology.
I am because we are
“As a cycling team at the pinnacle of the sport we are a high-performance sporting organisation, but it’s our unique purpose that sets us apart as we race to change lives with bicycles.
“As an organization that races across the globe over 250 days a year we are constantly in motion; and by working together with Acronis and their distribution partner Resello, we have a great shared opportunity to showcase the ultimate in integrated data protection and cybersecurity solutions.
“Our team is underpinned by the philosophy of Ubuntu – I am because we are – and this valued partnership is yet another opportunity to highlight the platform that our team is able to provide in making a meaningful, positive, impact in the world,” said Douglas Ryder, founder of Team Qhubeka NextHash.
As one of only 19 UCI WorldTour teams, Team Qhubeka NextHash participates in all grand tours and classics, including the Tour de France starting at the end of June. The team recently celebrated its most successful Giro d’Italia ever, claiming three stage victories. The current European champion Giacomo Nizzolo won his first-ever grand tour stage in Verona, debutant Mauro Schmid produced a major shock in claiming the Strade Bianche-inspired stage that finished in Montalcino and Victor Campenaerts, the current world hour record holder, completed the hattrick for the team scoring his maiden grand tour stage win from the breakaway on stage 15.
Ronan McCurtin, Acronis VP Europe, Turkey and Israel, said: “Professional cycling is a high-performance sport where the whole team has to work together to maximize results such as the victories achieved during the Giro d’Italia, just as cyber protection requires an integrated solution to provide superior protection. That is why we are very excited to welcome Resello as our latest Acronis #CyberFit Cloud Distribution Partner. We are proud to support Team Qhubeka NextHash to achieve success together.”
Racing for more that just wins
As Africa’s only UCI WorldTour team, Team Qhubeka NextHash races for something greater than just victories. Their long-standing partnership with the Qhubeka Charity and its #BicyclesChangeLives campaign ensures people in Africa move forward with the help of a bicycle, improving access to schools, clinics and jobs. Moving forward Qhubeka and Acronis will also further collaborate on providing schoolchildren in South Africa with bicycles through the Acronis Cyber Foundation Schools Initiative.
“As a cloud services distributor we are very excited to work together with Team Qhubeka NextHash and Acronis to progress and achieve wins together. Resello’s mission is to make “as-a-service” easy to understand, manage and sell. The more successful our partners are, the more successful we are. I guess in that sense we follow the same Ubuntu philosophy as Team Qhubeka NextHash ,” said Harald Nuij, Managing Director at Resello. “Qhubeka NextHash uses their service course in The Netherlands as their base of operations from which they support their riders challenging for wins and achieving victories all over Europe. Similarly, as a Pan-European cloud services distributor, we support partners and their customers all over Europe in achieving success with data protection and cybersecurity solutions such as Acronis Cyber Cloud,” Harald Nuij added.
Integrated cybersecurity solutions
As part of the Acronis #CyberFit Sports partnership Resello will provide Team Qhubeka NextHash with the award-winning Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud. This unique machine intelligence (MI) powered solution integrates data protection with cybersecurity, which helps prevent cyberattacks. Acronis Cyber Protect uniquely combines automation and integration, ensuring the prevention, detection, response, recovery, and analysis needed to safeguard all workloads while streamlining protection efforts. Acronis technology is designed to address the safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security (SAPAS) challenges of modern organizations at the highest levels of business and competitive sport.
“We have enjoyed a great partnership with Acronis for many years now, and we look forward to seeing what victories come next for Team Qhubeka NextHash,” concluded Harald Nuij, Managing Director at Resello.