Archive for January, 2009

Acronis True Image Echo Now Provides Backup and Recovery for Every Major Virtualization Platform

Acronis®, Inc.  announced today that its corporate Acronis True Image backup and disaster recovery software for servers and workstations now supports virtual machines and file formats from Citrix XenServer. Acronis True Image Echo enables IT managers to move, manage and maintain both physical and virtual servers using a single application. With this announcement, the software now supports every major virtualization platform, including VMware, Microsoft, Parallels and Citrix/Xen.

Among the other added features in this latest release are dual destination and integration with Acronis Recovery for Microsoft Exchange.

Dual destination – Customers can back up a server image to two locations, including remote sites via local disk or network store, or the Acronis Secure Zone™.

Acronis Recovery for Microsoft Exchange Integration – backup and recovery software specifically designed for Microsoft Exchange Server can now access Exchange-specific functions from within the Acronis True Image Echo Management Console.

“Virtualization will continue to grow in importance and gain wider use in 2009 as IT managers are already deploying multiple virtualization platforms and the different software required for each,” said Jason Donahue, CEO of Acronis. “This latest update to Acronis True Image is agnostic toward virtualization technology and allows IT personnel to choose the platforms that make the most sense for their needs, and use Acronis across the board to keep all that data safe.”

“Gartner research indicates that seventy percent of all organizations are deploying some level of server virtualization and all but a few firms are actively investigating it*,” said Dave Russell, research vice president, Servers & Storage, Gartner. “It will be critical for IT managers to consider the management of virtualization, thus evaluating applications that are agnostic and offer flexibility to support their future planning and infrastructure needs.”

* Gartner User Survey Analysis: Storage Management Software Usage Driven by Replication, Deduplication and Virtualization, September 2008

About Acronis True Image Echo

Acronis True Image integrates seamlessly with all Windows- and Linux-based servers, regardless of whether those servers are physical or virtual.

Utilizing the Acronis Virtual Live Data Format to separate hard disk contents from the underlying file format and platform dependency, the software creates a transportable image, independent of the hardware platform that can be restored directly to and from any virtual or physical environment. This is accomplished in conjunction with Acronis Universal Restore, an add-on module to Acronis True Image Echo.

Other features include:

  • “Restore file and folders without full path” option
  • Command line tool for Acronis Backup Server to export information stored in Backup Server about backups file names, locations and computer to an XML file
  • “Run Acronis Recovery for MS Exchange Bare-metal Restore after data recovery” capability added
  • Discovery of computers in Group Server can now be restricted to user-defined network ranges


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 v7.2 Classroom Management Software Now Supports both Windows and Apple Mac Students

LanSchool Technologies LLC, a leading provider of classroom management software, announced at Macworld that LanSchool v7.2 will support Apple Macs as students on January 26th, 2009.

With this new feature, LanSchool becomes one of the first classroom management vendors to support both PC and Macs as students. Most school districts have a mixture of both PCs and Macs in their schools. Now teachers and administrators will be able to monitor, demonstrate skills and remove distractions from students using both PCs and/or Macs from the same console.

“Over the past year the requests from districts wanting one classroom management solution for both platforms increased significantly.” said Ben Cahoon, Vice President of LanSchool. “Supporting both PCs and Macs will help teachers and administrators as they strive to improve the learning environment in their computer-based classrooms.”

The Mac student is compatible with both PowerPC and Intel hardware. The supported operating systems are v10.4 and v10.5. The console is currently only available on Windows. However, the console will run under Parallels or VMWare on the Mac. A native Mac console will be available mid 2009 that will manage both PCs and Macs.

Most of the LanSchool features currently available on the PC student are available on the Mac. The only features that are not available are Voting, Testing and Allowing/Blocking specified websites. These features will be available soon.

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.