Archive for June, 2010

Acronis launches new disk management and partitioning solution

Acronis® Disk Director® 11 Home brings together popular disk management functions, partition recovery tools, and boot disk manager in one user-friendly package

Woburn, Mass., June 15, 2010 – Acronis, a provider of easy-to-use backup, recovery and security solutions for physical, virtual and cloud environments, today announced the next generation of its disk management product, Acronis® Disk Director® 11 Home, designed to help home PC users organize their hard drives for better performance and data safety.

Acronis Disk Director 11 Home, the first in a line of new disk management tools to be launched from Acronis, puts powerful disk management tools in the hands of home users who can simply and safely carry out tasks like resizing, splitting and merging volumes.

The latest version of the product adds new features including:

  • Dynamic Disk support – enables volumes to be spread across multiple physical disks
  • The ability to add or manage mirror volumes, which helps make basic or simple volumes fault-tolerant in just one action by adding a mirror
  • Supports very large disks and allows creation of volumes over 2TB
  • The capability to clone a disk to a replacement hard disk without having to reinstall operating systems and applications
  • New user interface simplifies operations on disks and partitions
  • The new version also provides support for Windows 7 and 64-bit

In addition, it allows multiple operating systems to be installed on a single PC— keeping your system up-to-date with the latest Windows operating system while having the ability to run legacy applications on older operating systems.

Acronis Disk Director 11 Home can also be used to expand the capabilities of Acronis’ popular Acronis True Image Home 2010 backup and recovery product – use Acronis Disk Director 11 Home to create two partitions on a PC, one for data and one for applications. Acronis True Image Home 2010 then only needs to back up the changes in the data partition, eliminating the need to back up the system partition again until you install new applications or apply new patches.

“This new version enhances many favorites found in previous releases of Acronis Disk Director while adding new features, like Windows 7 support, Dynamic Disk support and disk cloning to a replacement hard drive. Acronis Disk Director 11 Home is not only more valuable to the advanced user, but because it is easy to use, it’s made these features more accessible to relative novices who can now take on tasks they once would have left to professionals,” said Jason Donahue, Acronis CEO.

“The new UI is probably the cleanest and easiest interface to work with,” writes beta tester Hal Abernethy from Salem, VA.  “All options are at hand and self-explanatory Excellent design on the interface!”

Acronis Disk Director 11 Home runs on PCs equipped with a Windows-supported operating system (Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7), supporting FAT 16, FAT 32, NTFS, Ext2, Ext3, Reiser FS3 and Linux SWAP file systems.

Acronis Disk Director 11 Home is priced at $49.99. Corporate versions of the solution for workstations and servers are scheduled to follow later this year. For business customers purchasing Acronis Disk Director Suite 10 after June 15, 2010, Acronis is offering a free upgrade to Acronis Disk Director 11 Advanced Workstation until the product is released.  The same is true for those purchasing Acronis Disk Director Server 10 after June 15, 2010 can also take advantage of a free upgrade to Acronis Disk Director 11 Advanced Server until the product is released.

 


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.

Kerio Control 7 Raises the Bar For Network Security Management

New UTM from Kerio Technologies Offers Strong Protection from Evolving Internet Threats 

Kerio Technologies today unveils the latest evolution of its gateway security product line, Kerio Control. Building upon Kerio WinRoute Firewall’s 13-year heritage, the new UTM server solution and software appliance offers network administrators complete network security and a wealth of tools to manage user access and optimize performance. Equipped with an embedded IDS/IPS engine, Kerio Control provides comprehensive management of rapidly evolving security threats.

Front and center in the new product are its Intrusion Detection and Prevention capabilities (IDS/IPS). Based on industry standard Snort technology, Kerio Control’s IDS/IPS classifies and stops attacks against servers, applications, clients and infrastructure components. An integrated three-level threat rating system allows a graduated response to each incident based on the severity of the threat. The signature database used for traffic analysis is enhanced by the included IP blacklists.

“At Triton, we have always been extremely happy with the Kerio’s straightforward user interface, easy VPN, and detailed reporting,” says David Denchik, President of Triton Technical, a premier IT consulting firm and a Kerio Certified Partner from Seattle, WA. “The new Kerio Control introduces both IDS and MAC address filtering which are both welcome additions that will enable us to meet client requirements without purchasing separate hardware or software. We are particularly excited about Kerio’s implementation of IDS and the ease of support of having this feature integrated in one solution.”

Kerio Control comes with a fresh new Web Administration console, raising the standard for manageability of security and UTM products. The Web Administration has the look and feel of a true desktop application, making the enforcement of sophisticated network policies a snap for most IT administrators, a startling difference compared to the management tools of other UTM appliances.

Kerio StaR, the cornerstone data analytics component of Kerio Control, interprets and displays network activity in a variety of comprehensive views, to assist in identifying security threats, traffic patterns, and performance bottlenecks. Just like the new Web Administration, Kerio StaR is accessible from any browser, giving managers instant insight into the web behavior of every single employee or user in their network. The database-driven Kerio StaR gives administrators useful trend reports based on historic data, allowing them to view and inspect changing usage patterns and take swift action on any emerging network abuse.

Kerio Technologies is transitioning to new anti-virus and anti-malware technology partner, Sophos. Kerio Control 7 is the first Kerio product to ship with an embedded high-performance Sophos anti-virus engine that provides the option to scan to all inbound and outbound web, email and FTP traffic for malware. While Kerio Control provides numerous plug-ins for other commercial and open-source anti-virus products, Sophos is a recommended option for every customer installation of the new UTM as it provides a seamless experience and painless setup.

ICSA labs certified as a Corporate Firewall, Kerio Control provides both network and application layer security. Kerio Control puts special focus on the client-to-server VPN, providing an unparalleled choice of VPN clients for all major platforms – Mac, Windows, and Linux. Kerio VPN Client works with practically any combination of operating system versions, giving modern organizations tremendous flexibility in the way they deploy VPN to their users.

“Kerio Control 7 is the elaborate execution of a very simple idea – a gateway security product that provides seemingly endless options, yet all are very easy to implement,” says Scott Schreiman, CEO of Kerio Technologies Inc.

Whether deploying as a hardened Linux software appliance or a certified Windows application, Kerio Control can run on 32-bit and 64-bit server or workstation systems. The Kerio Control 7 software appliance can turn any PC into a dedicated UTM appliance using the ISO image, while the specially designed virtual appliance for VMware can be easily imported into existing virtual environments to maximize ROI on existing IT equipment.

The Kerio Control server license starts at USD$255 and includes 5 users, with 5-user packs starting at just USD$120. Unlike most competitors, Kerio has no added fees for VPN clients.

Kerio Control is available for download immediately with a 30 day unrestricted evaluation period.

About Kerio Technologies, Inc.
Innovating in Internet security since 1997, Kerio Technologies, Inc. provides Internet messaging and firewall software for small to medium-sized businesses and organizations worldwide. Kerio is headquartered in San Jose, California, and has offices in New York, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic and Russia. Kerio is a member of CalConnect, a calendaring and scheduling consortium; a premier member of the Apple Developer Connection; and a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. Kerio has more than 4,400 business partners in 108 countries. Technology partners include Sophos, eSoft, and Notify Technology Corporation.