Archive for 2008

LanSchool v7.2 Now Supports Thin Client Computing

LanSchool Technologies LLC, a leading provider of classroom management software, announced today that LanSchool v7.2 is available.

LanSchool v7.2 has several exciting new features such as student testing, the ability to Mute sound on student computers and a password protected “secure” mode. Even more importantly, LanSchool is available to schools and businesses using thin client technology. Microsoft’s Terminal Services, Citrix and NComputing thin client platforms are all supported.

“LanSchool v7.2 is a significant release that increases the LanSchool feature set, improves the accesibility of several key features and broadens the supported platforms to thin clients.” said Dana Doggett, president of LanSchool. “Schools are implementing thin clients to reduce hardware and desktop management costs. With rising energy prices, businesses are installing thin client platforms to reduce travel costs by providing remote access capabilties for training.”

Grading tests takes up a significant amount of time for teachers, generally after work hours. LanSchool’s new testing feature allows teachers to create 100 question tests. The tests are administered through LanSchool, where a real-time view of the students’ progress is displayed. The test is automatically graded and can be exported to a .csv file saving a teacher’s valuable time.

Muting is a simple, yet powerful feature that allows teachers to mute the sound on student computers, improving the learning environment in the classroom.

LanSchool v7.2 improves usability when blanking screens by allowing the teacher to change the blanking screens message on-the-fly. Keystrokes can now be monitored in real-time and LanSchool can be optionally installed in secure mode, which requires a password to access the LanSchool console.

Pricing and Availability

LanSchool v7.2 is a free upgrade for customers that purchased LanSchool v7.1 during the past year. Educational pricing starts at USD$299 for classrooms with less than 10 computers and USD$599 for larger classrooms. Volume discounts, competitive upgrades, K-12 school and district site licenses are available.

About LanSchool Technologies

LanSchool Technologies, LLC, is a leading provider of classroom management solutions for the education market. LanSchool, for over 20 years, has enabled tens of thousands of teachers to easily remove distractions such as the Internet, Instant Messaging, E-mail and Games from the classroom. LanSchool is headquartered in Orem, Utah, with customers and resellers across the world.

Acronis Recovery For Microsoft Exchange Ships; Offers Blazing Fast Backups & Recoveries For Mission-Critical Mail Servers

Burlington, Massachusetts September 30, 2008

Acronis, Inc. , a provider of affordable, scalable storage management and disaster recovery software, today announced the availability of Acronis Recovery for Microsoft Exchange, a backup and recovery software program specifically designed to provide fast, cost-effective and flexible options for protecting Microsoft Exchange installations.


Acronis Recovery for Microsoft Exchange extends the company’s proven backup and disaster recovery protection to Microsoft Exchange servers running on the enterprise-class operating system. Designed primarily with speed and secure backups in mind, Acronis Recovery for Microsoft Exchange gives IT administrators the ability to keep the all-important lifeblood of any business — e-mail — in perfect working order. A version the product Acronis Recovery for Microsoft Exchange also is available for Microsoft Small Business Server.

“There is one common thread that unites every business in the world — small or large — and that is the absolute need for e-mail to work, all the time. A company that cannot communicate with its partners and customers won’t be in business very long,” said Alain Gentilhomme, vice president of product management of Acronis. “All of our software products are built for fast recovery, but Acronis Recovery for Microsoft Exchange acknowledges the absolute importance of e-mail in any company and has features that are specifically designed to make restoring an Exchange server fast and painless.”

“Acronis Recovery for Exchange is a very intuitive and user-friendly product that every email admin must own,” said Eric Houser, senior network engineer at Parallel Technologies Inc. of Dublin, OH. “It includes useful features such as the guided disaster recovery plan creator that walks anyone with any experience level through restoring the Exchange system, as well as a wizard that determines the best backup strategy for your environment. A quick and easy restore process adds to the host of features that makes this product a requirement for anyone using Exchange.”

“We see an increasing focus on not only recovery of user data but also system level recovery of the server configuration, system state and application,” said Laura DuBois, Research Director of Storage Software at IDC.   “Acronis enables recovery of both. The Acronis Recovery for Microsoft Exchange product offers not only granular recovery of individual messages but also priority-based recovery of the Exchange service itself. For some environments, near instant recovery of the messaging service is essential to ongoing business operations while recovery of older message data can occur over a rolling window.”

Flexibility=Fast Recovery

Not all failures are created equal. That means that the restoration procedure for a particular problem in an Exchange database will vary depending on what caused the problem. With Acronis Recovery for Microsoft Exchange, IT administrators can:

  • recover specific email messages or mailboxes using a granular (brick-level) restore
  • restore to the point of failure, which means not having to completely re-install Exchange
  • recover to a specific point in time, to a last known working state

Restorations are faster and the backup files are smaller due to Acronis’ ability to back up and restore individual emails, files, folders and mailboxes and not the entire Exchange application.

In the event of a hardware failure, customers can use the software in conjunction with Acronis True Image Echo backup software with Universal Restore to do a bare-metal restore to a completely different piece of hardware and have the Exchange Server back in service very quickly.

Features include:

  • Active Restore: Full Microsoft Exchange Server functionality for users in seconds, while the system is still being restored
  • Near continuous data protection: Continuously back up transactions to enable the complete restoration of Microsoft Exchange Server databases with minimum data loss
  • Automatic dial-tone recovery: Restore e-mail service more quickly to users (providing them with a basic “dial tone”) and then restore users’ previous data as it becomes available
  • Hot Backup: Backup while the Microsoft Exchange service is online and serving clients, allowing for 24/7 availability
  • Restore e-mail from database-level backup
  • The Backup Strategy Assistant: Create a Disaster Recovery Plan for any environment, delivering step-by-step instructions for recovery. Following the wizard’s instruction, anyone can schedule backup jobs and restore a system rapidly, be they an experienced database administrator or not
  • Centralized management: Provides a single point for the entire infrastructure, making it easy to manage and track backup and recovery activities
  • Intuitive, wizard-driven GUI and command-line interface: Guides users through the scheduling process and reduces the possibility for errors; also offers full command-line interface for scripting
  • High performance and speeds: Due to the ability to restore data (mailboxes, public folders or individual e-mails) from a database-level backup, rather than time-consuming brick-level backups
  • Bare-metal restore: Restore a whole production server (operating system and all databases, configuration files, and data) on an unconfigured system from a bootable CD or by PXE
  • Windows Server 2008 support

 


About Acronis

Acronis is a global provider of leading backup, disaster recovery, and secure file sharing and file access solutions. Founded in 2002 Acronis has established itself as a fast-growing international company with more than 700 employees in 18 countries and partners in almost every country in the world. Acronis provides complete, efficient and reliable backup solutions for desktop, server, virtual and cloud environments as well as leading file sharing and sync solutions for mobile devices.

Acronis knows backup. The proof is in the more than 50 advanced backup and recovery technologies developed to date. Over 4.5 million consumers, small and medium businesses and service providers employ Acronis products to protect their critical data.

The company’s flagship product Acronis Backup & Recovery delivers sophisticated technology solutions packaged in an easy-to-use way that allows smaller companies to address their new enterprise-level requirements. Enterprises also use Acronis solutions to address their point disaster recovery, migration and end-point backup needs.

Acronis® and the Acronis logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Acronis International GmbH in the United States and/or other countries.

Acronis To Add Support For Microsoft Hyper-V

Burlington, MassachusettsSeptember 4, 2008

Acronis, Inc. , a provider of affordable, scalable storage management and disaster recovery software, today announced that its Acronis True Image disk imaging and backup software for businesses will add support for Microsoft Hyper-V technology to provide those users with full disaster recovery for both physical and virtual servers.


With Acronis True Image, an entire server can be recovered within minutes to either an existing system, a new system with different hardware, or to a virtual server. Acronis True Image also helps increase hardware utilization for better datacenter return on investment by backing up both physical and virtual computers.

At the outset, Acronis True Image Echo products run in Hyper-V virtual machines and will be able to create archives of them. These archives will be converted to Virtual Server (.vhd) format, which are fully compatible with Hyper-V. For virtual-to-virtual migration, users running VMware ESX Server can install an Acronis True Image program into the virtual machine, create a backup image, convert it to a .vhd, create a diskless VMin Hyper-V, and then import the .vhd file into Hyper-V.

The company is developing native support for Hyper-V for its Acronis True Image product family, which includes Acronis True Image Echo Enterprise Server, Acronis True Image Virtual Edition, Acronis True Image Server for Windows, Acronis True Image Server for Microsoft Small Business Server, and Acronis True Image Echo Workstation, as well as Acronis Universal Restore for each of these products. Acronis Universal Restore is an add-on module for customers that require the ability to recover server images to dissimilar hardware, regardless of the operating system or installed components. With Acronis True Image Virtual Edition, there is no limit on the number of virtual servers that customers can back up.

“Adoption of Microsoft’s Hyper-V technology is expected to increase dramatically, so it is important for us to support this important new technology in the market,” said Walter Scott, CEO of Acronis. “As a Microsoft partner, we’ve had excellent cooperation to expedite the process of building support into our software, which is great news for our mutual customers.”

There will be no additional charge for the Hyper-V added support. Acronis has yet to announce the date when users will be able to download the software update.


About Acronis

Acronis is a global provider of leading backup, disaster recovery, and secure file sharing and file access solutions. Founded in 2002 Acronis has established itself as a fast-growing international company with more than 700 employees in 18 countries and partners in almost every country in the world. Acronis provides complete, efficient and reliable backup solutions for desktop, server, virtual and cloud environments as well as leading file sharing and sync solutions for mobile devices.

Acronis knows backup. The proof is in the more than 50 advanced backup and recovery technologies developed to date. Over 4.5 million consumers, small and medium businesses and service providers employ Acronis products to protect their critical data.

The company’s flagship product Acronis Backup & Recovery delivers sophisticated technology solutions packaged in an easy-to-use way that allows smaller companies to address their new enterprise-level requirements. Enterprises also use Acronis solutions to address their point disaster recovery, migration and end-point backup needs.

Acronis® and the Acronis logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Acronis International GmbH in the United States and/or other countries.

Back up and Restore Virtual Servers for as Little as $3 per VM

Acronis True Image Virtual Edition Establishes New Disaster Recovery Price/Performance Point

Burlington, Massachusetts June 9, 2008

Acronis, Inc.  is a provider of affordable, scalable storage management and disaster recovery software, today released Acronis True Image Virtual Edition. A full-functioned, cost-effective, and scalable solution for IT organizations that need to backup, restore or test more than four virtual servers – it is available now for $2,599 per physical server. The more virtual machines created on a host, the lower the price/VM for enterprise-class disaster recovery protection.


Acronis True Image Virtual Edition provides the capability for an IT organization to backup and restore from five or more virtual machines on a single, physical server for one price. There is no limit or additional charges for backing up and restoring new virtual machines. Whether an organization is backing up five or 500 virtual machines, as long as they all reside on the same physical server, the cost remains the same.

Many competing products charge a licensing fee for each operating system, processor, or virtual server. As a result, it can become extremely expensive for an organization to build, test, migrate and manage a virtual machine infrastructure.

“Organizations frequently struggle with accurately predicting software costs and successfully auditing licensing compliance for applications running in virtual environments,” said Chris Wolf, senior analyst with Burton Group. “Vendors that offer flexible licensing terms which allow organizations to run unlimited virtual instances of an application per physical server instance, or offer the option to license per virtual machine when few application instances are needed, clearly understand the management challenges faced by their end users. Vendors that demonstrate awareness of virtualization’s nuances through both their technology and licensing policies should be strongly considered over those that do not offer comparable solutions.”

“Common sense tells us there’s a better way to license software than charging the customer every time they create a new virtual machine,” said Walter Scott, CEO of Acronis. “Straightforward pricing based on the number of physical servers is easily understood and can be budgeted and measured. Virtual Edition delivers leading disk-imaging price/performance to IT organizations requiring disaster recovery protection in a high volume virtual machine environment.”


About Acronis

Acronis is a global provider of leading backup, disaster recovery, and secure file sharing and file access solutions. Founded in 2002 Acronis has established itself as a fast-growing international company with more than 700 employees in 18 countries and partners in almost every country in the world. Acronis provides complete, efficient and reliable backup solutions for desktop, server, virtual and cloud environments as well as leading file sharing and sync solutions for mobile devices.

Acronis knows backup. The proof is in the more than 50 advanced backup and recovery technologies developed to date. Over 4.5 million consumers, small and medium businesses and service providers employ Acronis products to protect their critical data.

The company’s flagship product Acronis Backup & Recovery delivers sophisticated technology solutions packaged in an easy-to-use way that allows smaller companies to address their new enterprise-level requirements. Enterprises also use Acronis solutions to address their point disaster recovery, migration and end-point backup needs.

Acronis® and the Acronis logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Acronis International GmbH in the United States and/or other countries.

Acronis® delivers Small Business Server Data Protection for virtual, physical computers

Acronis True Image for Microsoft Small Business Server™ Purpose-built and Attractively Priced

BURLINGTON, Mass., May 14, 2008 — Acronis, Inc. , a provider of affordable, scalable storage management and disaster recovery software, today announced Acronis True Image for Microsoft Small Business Server, an application that enables IT managers in small businesses running Microsoft SBS to backup and restore both physical and virtual servers. Acronis will market its Small Business Server backup application bundled with Acronis Universal Restore, a program that allows users to restore an image to entirely different hardware.

Acronis True Image for Microsoft Small Business Server, the latest addition to Acronis’ portfolio of business-class backup and recovery, migration and virtualization products, is designed specifically for small businesses that might not have full-time IT staff. In order to ensure a successful implementation and customer experience, the first year of Acronis Maintenance and Priority Phone Support is required. This service provides 24×7 access to support personnel who can advise users on backup and disaster recovery best practices, as well as fixing problems when they occur.

The combination of Acronis True Image with Microsoft Windows Small Business Server delivers a powerful disaster recovery and system migration tool that is simple to use, fast, security-centric, reliable and very affordable.

Utilizing the Acronis Virtual Live Data Format to separate hard disk contents from the underlying file format and platform dependency, Acronis True Image creates a transportable image, independent of the hardware platform that can be restored directly to and from any virtual or physical environment.

“We use Acronis True Image on all our customers’ servers and require that they install it on each server,” said Scott Hart, president of 3L Partners Corp., a Dana Point, CA-based Internet solutions company and systems integrator that specializes in the SMB market. “It comes down to an expeditious recovery and a more comfortable recovery on the technician. You can actually take the image from the bad server, mount in on another piece of hardware and boot. Your users will be able to logon and start using their network quickly. When you need a rock solid, simple to use, disaster recovery solution, we have found Acronis True Image to be our tool of choice.”

“Although Acronis does not offer consulting services, we recognize that small business owners might not have full-time IT staff to create backup and disaster recovery plans,” said Walter Scott, CEO of Acronis. “For that reason, Acronis is making its support team accessible to advise in preparing best practices plans. Acronis wants its Priority Maintenance and Support team to be more than just a break-fix organization; it’s a small business’ partner that can provide a transfer of technology information and augment the services of a value-added reseller.”

About Acronis

Acronis is a global provider of leading backup, disaster recovery, and secure file sharing and file access solutions. Founded in 2002 Acronis has established itself as a fast-growing international company with more than 700 employees in 18 countries and partners in almost every country in the world. Acronis provides complete, efficient and reliable backup solutions for desktop, server, virtual and cloud environments as well as leading file sharing and sync solutions for mobile devices.

Acronis knows backup. The proof is in the more than 50 advanced backup and recovery technologies developed to date. Over 4.5 million consumers, small and medium businesses and service providers employ Acronis products to protect their critical data.

The company’s flagship product Acronis Backup & Recovery delivers sophisticated technology solutions packaged in an easy-to-use way that allows smaller companies to address their new enterprise-level requirements. Enterprises also use Acronis solutions to address their point disaster recovery, migration and end-point backup needs.

Acronis® and the Acronis logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Acronis International GmbH in the United States and/or other countries.

LanSchool v7.1 improves teacher control through USB Limiting and Keystroke Monitoring

LanSchool Technologies LLC, a leading provider of classroom management software, announced that LanSchool v7.1 is now available.

“Over the past year LanSchool v7.0 won several awards as the best classroom management software. LanSchool v7.1 builds on that success by adding several key new features, improving performance and usability”, said Dana Doggett, president of LanSchool.

Teachers love the control that LanSchool gives them over the classroom. USB Drive blocking and keystroke/application monitoring are two new features that take that control to the next level. Teachers can turn off access to student USB drives without affecting other USB devices. Application and keystroke monitoring saves a history of application usage and gives teachers unprecedented access to everything a student types on their keyboard.

LanSchool is known worldwide for having a clean, simple interface that is easy to learn. LanSchool v7.1 improves usability in the thumbnail view by allowing teachers to arrange the high-color thumbnails to represent the classroom layout. An additional small thumbnail size allows over 80 computers to be seen on a 15″ screen.

Several other performance and feature enhancements were added in the areas of wireless reliability, installation, voting, limiting the Internet and student questions. LanSchool v7.1 manages computer-based classrooms, wireless laptop carts and 1:1 laptop/tablet schools.

Pricing and Availability
LanSchool v7.1 is a free upgrade for customers that purchased LanSchool v7.0 over the past year. Educational pricing starts at USD$299 for classrooms with less than 10 computers and USD$599 for larger classrooms. Volume discounts, competitive upgrades, K-12 school and district site licenses are available.

About LanSchool Technologies
LanSchool Technologies, LLC, is a leading provider of classroom management solutions for the education market. LanSchool, for the past 20 years, has enabled tens of thousands of teachers to easily remove distractions such as the Internet, Instant Messaging, E-mail and Games from the classroom. LanSchool is headquartered in Orem, Utah, with customers and resellers across the world.

Acronis protects corporate e-mail systems from disaster, data loss

BURLINGTON, Mass., April 28, 2008 — Acronis, Inc. , today announced Acronis Recovery for MS Exchange, a backup and recovery software program specifically designed to quickly and cost-effectively restores damaged Microsoft Exchange installations to working order. It the latest in a family of backup and recovery software purpose-built for databases.

Acronis Recovery for MS Exchange is based on the company’s proven backup and disaster recovery software, but is specifically designed to meet the needs of IT managers looking for a Microsoft Exchange-specific backup program. It enables customers to restore Microsoft Exchange to working order back to the point of failure without having to completely re-install Exchange. Instead, this one-step process returns an Exchange database to the last known good state just before failure.

Further, restorations are faster and the backup files are smaller due to Acronis’ ability to back up and restore individual emails, files, folders and mailboxes and not the entire Exchange application.

Microsoft Exchange mailbox servers contain storage groups, logs, mailboxes, public folders, mails, and other components that structure the data. With Acronis Recovery for MS Exchange, restoring e-mail data, be it individual e-mails, mailboxes or the entire database, can be done from any kind of backup, including database and brick-level.

In the event of a hardware failure, customers can use the software in conjunction with Acronis True Image Echo backup software with Universal Restore to do a bare-metal restore to a completely different piece of hardware and have the Exchange Server back in service very quickly.

“E-mail is the lifeblood for most businesses, and Microsoft Exchange is the heart of most corporate e-mail systems today,” said Walter Scott, CEO of Acronis. “If something happens to the Exchange server, the first priority is getting e-mail back up and running as quickly as possible. Acronis Recovery for MS Exchange drastically reduces disaster recovery time from hours to minutes. A purpose-built backup product such as this helps small- to mid-size businesses create a disaster recovery program that delivers a high level of protection and provides tools to ensure business continuity.”

Features include:

  • Hot Backup – Backup can be performed while the Microsoft Exchange service in online and serving clients, allowing for 24/7 availability
  • Restore E-mail from Database-level backup – Customer can restore specific mails from database level backup
  • The Backup Strategy Assistant – Creates a Disaster Recovery Plan for any environment, delivering step-by-step instructions for recovery. Following the wizard’s instruction, anyone can schedule backup jobs and restore a system rapidly, be they an experienced database administrator or not
  • Centralized Management – The Management Console provides a single point for the entire infrastructure, making it easy to manage and track backup and recovery activities
  • Intuitive, wizard-driven GUI – Guides users through the scheduling process and reduces the possibility for errors
  • FTP capability for storing backups on any FTP server, worldwide
  • Customizable compression rates – Reduces the amount of data to store and transfer, leading to direct cost savings in infrastructure costs and labor
  • High performance and speeds due to the ability to restore data (mailboxes, public folders or individual e-mails) from a database-level backup, rather than time-consuming brick-level backups
  • Resource Management – Enables CPU and bandwidth throttling to allocate resources during the backup process to ensure users remain productive
  • Bare-metal Restore – Bare-metal restore feature provides ability to restore a whole production server (operating system and all databases, configuration files, and data) on an unconfigured system from a bootable CD or by PXE

About Acronis

Acronis is a global provider of leading backup, disaster recovery, and secure file sharing and file access solutions. Founded in 2002 Acronis has established itself as a fast-growing international company with more than 700 employees in 18 countries and partners in almost every country in the world. Acronis provides complete, efficient and reliable backup solutions for desktop, server, virtual and cloud environments as well as leading file sharing and sync solutions for mobile devices.

Acronis knows backup. The proof is in the more than 50 advanced backup and recovery technologies developed to date. Over 4.5 million consumers, small and medium businesses and service providers employ Acronis products to protect their critical data.

The company’s flagship product Acronis Backup & Recovery delivers sophisticated technology solutions packaged in an easy-to-use way that allows smaller companies to address their new enterprise-level requirements. Enterprises also use Acronis solutions to address their point disaster recovery, migration and end-point backup needs.

Acronis® and the Acronis logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Acronis International GmbH in the United States and/or other countries.

Acronis Snap Deploy® 3.0 for rapid deployment of PC configurations now shipping

BURLINGTON, Mass., April 9, 2008 — Acronis, Inc., a provider of affordable, scalable storage management and disaster recovery software, today announced the general availability of Acronis Snap Deploy 3.0, which enables IT managers to quickly and easily configure and deploy multiple computers simultaneously.

Acronis Snap Deploy 3.0 provides a hassle-free experience for businesses adding new computers. Instead of configuring each individual machine and then installing the applications, customers use the software to quickly install a standard, identical image — including the operating system and all applications — on every machine.

“Since launching the beta of Acronis Snap Deploy 3.0 last month, we received praise for the time-saving, straightforward process it affords IT professionals,” said Walter Scott, CEO of Acronis. “Companies of all sizes can ensure that employees are up and running in minutes with a new system, rather than hours or days. Users find this product particularly useful in applications where system configurations are standardizes, such as in the education and government markets, as well as for sales and general office applications.”

About Acronis Snap Deploy 3.0

Image configurations created by Acronis Snap Deploy can be installed from an optical disk or multicast simultaneously to tens or hundreds of computers over a local area network. With the separately licensed Acronis Universal Deploy add-on, IT managers can configure new systems with different hardware and still use the original saved image. Device drivers and the Hardware Abstraction Layer can be automatically or manually selected as needed to ensure proper booting of the computer. The product is available in workstation and for server versions.

New features in Version 3.0 include:

  • Wake-on-LAN allows remote boot of shut down computers even if they are not located in one network with Acronis Deploy Server;
  • Deployment scheduling enables flexible deployment planning;
  • A centralized management console provides the ability to create and manage deployment tasks from one location;
  • Full Microsoft Windows Server 2008 support ensures compatibility with the latest Microsoft technologies;
  • Flexible licensing for both workstations and servers;
  • Custom deployment enables authorized end-users to self-deploy systems by choosing a pre-configured deployment task from the network boot menu;
  • Preinstalled environment (PE) support (WinPE 2.0/BartPE) permits automatic deployment and script execution under PE, including a PXE media builder;
  • Full security ensures MAC filtering, the ability to password-protect an image, and prevents unauthorized execution of the Acronis bootable components

 


About Acronis

Acronis is a global provider of leading backup, disaster recovery, and secure file sharing and file access solutions. Founded in 2002 Acronis has established itself as a fast-growing international company with more than 700 employees in 18 countries and partners in almost every country in the world. Acronis provides complete, efficient and reliable backup solutions for desktop, server, virtual and cloud environments as well as leading file sharing and sync solutions for mobile devices.

Acronis knows backup. The proof is in the more than 50 advanced backup and recovery technologies developed to date. Over 4.5 million consumers, small and medium businesses and service providers employ Acronis products to protect their critical data.

The company’s flagship product Acronis Backup & Recovery delivers sophisticated technology solutions packaged in an easy-to-use way that allows smaller companies to address their new enterprise-level requirements. Enterprises also use Acronis solutions to address their point disaster recovery, migration and end-point backup needs.

Acronis® and the Acronis logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Acronis International GmbH in the United States and/or other countries.

LanSchool Recognized as a 2008 CODiE Awards Finalist

LanSchool Technologies LLC, a leading provider of classroom management software, is proud to announce that LanSchool v7.0 was recognized as a finalist for the 2008 CODiE Awards in the Best Course/Classroom Management Solution category.

Established in 1986, the Codie Awards celebrate outstanding achievement and vision in the software, digital information and education technology industries. Over 250 judges from the trade press, consulting, educators, IT specialists and other knowledgeable, but neutral, experts have reviewed all of the products entered. The Finalists were chosen from more than 1,000 nominations submitted by more than 600 companies.

“Competition is tough this year and that makes selection as a Codie Finalist a real achievement,” said Ken Wash, SIIA president. “All the companies on this year’s list should feel justifiably proud of their recognition.”
Dana Doggett, founder and president of LanSchool said, “This has been an amazing year for LanSchool. Late last year LanSchool v7.0 was recognized as a T&L Award Winner and now as a CODiE finalist. We couldn’t ask for anything more!”

Ben Cahoon, vice president of LanSchool added, “Both techs and teachers want a classroom management solution that works as advertised. Building software that actually delivers on simplicity and ease-of-use is harder than it looks. We’re thrilled to be recognized by SIIA and hope that LanSchool v7.0 can make a significant difference to real teachers in real classrooms across the world.”

Pricing and Availability
LanSchool v7.0 educational pricing starts at USD$299 for classrooms with less than 10 computers and USD$599 for all other classrooms. Competitive upgrades, K-12 school site licenses and volume discounts are also available.

About LanSchool Technologies
LanSchool Technologies, LLC, is a leading provider of classroom management solutions for the education market. LanSchool, for the past 20 years, has enabled tens of thousands of teachers to easily remove distractions such as the Internet, Instant Messaging, E-mail and Games from the classroom. LanSchool is headquartered in Orem, Utah, with customers and resellers across the world.

Acronis® native file format supported by VMware Converter

VMware Converter Supports Acronis´ .TIB Format

BURLINGTON, Mass., January 15, 2008 — Acronis, Inc. , today announced that organizations running virtualization software from VMware can now convert physical systems into virtual machines for backup and recovery using VMware Converter and the Acronis® True Image Echo family of disk imaging and backup software.

Support in VMware environments for Acronis True Image files means the system migration effort is simplified because existing Acronis image files can be easily converted directly into a virtual machine. Acronis True Image 9.x image (.TIB) files are supported by VMware Converter, which converts Microsoft Windows-based physical machines and third-party image formats to VMware virtual machines. It also converts virtual machines between VMware platforms.

“Our relationship with VMware continues to benefit our mutual customers,” said Walter Scott, CEO of Acronis. “When it comes to backup and restoration of their systems, IT managers do not want to think about what is physical and what is virtual. They just want to protect and migrate their data seamlessly between the two, which is enabled by Acronis True Image and VMware Converter.”


About Acronis

Acronis is a global provider of leading backup, disaster recovery, and secure file sharing and file access solutions. Founded in 2002 Acronis has established itself as a fast-growing international company with more than 700 employees in 18 countries and partners in almost every country in the world. Acronis provides complete, efficient and reliable backup solutions for desktop, server, virtual and cloud environments as well as leading file sharing and sync solutions for mobile devices.

Acronis knows backup. The proof is in the more than 50 advanced backup and recovery technologies developed to date. Over 4.5 million consumers, small and medium businesses and service providers employ Acronis products to protect their critical data.

The company’s flagship product Acronis Backup & Recovery delivers sophisticated technology solutions packaged in an easy-to-use way that allows smaller companies to address their new enterprise-level requirements. Enterprises also use Acronis solutions to address their point disaster recovery, migration and end-point backup needs.

Acronis® and the Acronis logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Acronis International GmbH in the United States and/or other countries.