Archive for 2011

Kerio Launches Connect 7.3, a Complete, Platform Agnostic, and Mobile Aware Messaging Server

An Alternative Email Solution to Microsoft Exchange and Google Apps, Kerio Connect 7.3 Provides Flexibility to the Midsize Organizations

Kerio Technologies, Inc. today announced Kerio Connect 7.3, the latest release of its messaging and collaboration server that provides email, contacts and calendar management to more than 50,000 organizations worldwide. With deployment options for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, VMware and Parallels, Kerio Connect is ready to run in virtually any in-house or private cloud customer environment.

“Kerio Connect 7.3 is designed for the messaging needs and IT budgets of organizations with 50-500 employees,” said Scott Schreiman, CEO Kerio Technologies. “We’ve built Kerio Connect as a superior alternative to Microsoft Exchange and Google Mail for these types of organizations.”

Kerio Connect 7.3 is an alternative that gives organizations everything they need for secure business communication. Not only does the product give employees the freedom to access their email via any smartphone or email program they want, but it allows businesses to choose where they are most comfortable storing their email.

New features of Kerio Connect 7.3 include:

Ready for iOS 5
Simplifies and speeds up the setup of iOS devices with a new Configuration Profile for easy set-up of Mail, Contacts and Calendars. Those using iOS 5 with the new iPhone 4S or iPad will take advantage of new calendaring, task synchronization and encryption features.

Kerio Outlook Connector for 64-bit Microsoft Outlook
Users who prefer Microsoft Outlook as their default email and calendar client can confidently use 64-bit versions of both Outlook and Microsoft Office with the new Kerio Outlook Connector.

Encrypted email simplified
Kerio Connect has greatly simplified the process of sending encrypted email from desktop email clients or smartphones. Users no longer need to exchange public encryption keys to send an encrypted or digitally signed email.

“Kerio has introduced significant new performance and set-up enhancements in Connect 7.3 that should appeal to both Mac and Windows shops,” said Kevin Klein, founder and CEO, 318 Inc., a Santa Monica, California-based technology solutions company and a Kerio Preferred Partner. “318 works with both Exchange and Gmail and finds Kerio Connect to be a breeze to maintain. It has significantly lower licensing costs than Exchange and better deployment options than Google.”

Kerio Connect 7.3 comes with built-in anti-spam, backup, and archiving and available integrated ant-virus. Kerio Connect starts at USD$450 for five users, additional users start at USD$24.

About Kerio Technologies, Inc.
Innovating in Internet security since 1997, Kerio Technologies, Inc. provides unified communications, collaboration and security solutions 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, Australia, and Russia. Kerio is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, a member of CalConnect, a calendaring and scheduling consortium, and a member of the Mac Developer Program. Kerio has more than 5,000 channel partners who support more than 50,000 customers in 108 countries. Technology partners include Sophos, zvelo, VMware, Parallels and Notify Technology Corporation

Acronis to snap up disk image deployment market

A migration and deployment tool for PCs, servers and virtual machines

Woburn, MA, 3 November, 2011 – Acronis, a leading provider of easy-to-use disaster recovery and data protection solutions for physical, virtual and cloud environments, today announced the availability of Acronis Snap Deploy® 4, the latest version of Acronis’ automated solution for deployment of data and systems to multiple PCs, virtual machines and servers.

Acronis Snap Deploy 4® assists IT administrators and lab managers within organizations, such as educational institutions and training departments, to copy exact images of data and systems (including the operating system, applications and files) and move it from one device to another.

Organizations operate a mix of PCs, servers and operating systems, which drives up the cost of management, including the cost of deployment. Acronis Snap Deploy 4® enables IT departments to standardize and control their infrastructure by deploying a standard master image, and reduce costs and time by automating deployment.

Common business scenarios like the on-boarding of new employees or students, computer-based training exercises in lab or classroom environments, and company mergers and acquisitions necessitate the deployment of a master image across new environments. In addition, a refresh of an organization’s hardware and applications, as well as server consolidation or a data center relocation, can require an easy-to-use solution to transfer data.

The solution is based on Acronis’ patented disk imaging technology and takes a snapshot of an entire operating system, its applications, and data, creating a master image that can be installed onto multiple machines. The centrally managed solution can be deployed for the benefit of new machines, or to reimage an existing machine back to a master image.

“Deployment can be a repetitive and painful task for many organizations. Take for instance a University which must prepare the same environment across thousands of machines for the start of each semester. To undertake this through manual installation is extremely time consuming and can be error prone. We’ve got thousands of customers worldwide using Acronis Snap Deploy®– many of which have more than halved the time taken to carry out mass deployment,” explains Izzy Azeri, GM for Acronis Americas.

This latest version includes the ability to customize configuration settings on a per machine basis, such as setting a unique IP address. Support for virtual machines has also been enhanced with the ability to deploy directly from VHD files.

Key features:

  • Per-machine customization
  • Hands-free mass deployment with centralized management and automation
  • Hardware-independent Images – Acronis Universal Deploy® allows deployment to dissimilar hardware
  • Flexible scheduling options

 


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 and VMTurbo Deliver Backup & Intelligent VM Monitoring in Single View

Combination of  Acronis® vmProtect™ 6 with VMTurbo Community Edition delivers Fast Backup & Recovery With Real-Time Monitoring Of Virtual Environments

VMworld, Las Vegas, NV., August 30, 2011 — VMTurbo, a leading provider of intelligent workload management software to assure application performance, and Acronis, a leading provider of easy-to-use disaster recovery and data protection solutions for physical, virtual and cloud environments, today announced a new technology partnership that brings together  virtualization monitoring and high performance backup and recovery for  VMware® vSphere™ environments. The recently announced Acronis® vmProtect™ 6 integrates its fast, easy to use backup and recovery with real time monitoring and reporting from  VMTurbo Community Edition, which is freely available from VMTurbo.

The joint solution combines fast, affordable, simple backup and recovery with real time monitoring and alerting that allows administrators to:

  • Monitor both system performance and backup performance from a single dashboard;
  • Accurately monitor backup and system performance in real time, enabling immediate response to failure alerts in order to maintain high performance levels;
  • Provide early warnings of failures within vStorage, minimizing the risk of data loss.

“Acronis has chosen to partner with VMTurbo to give customers a wider view into the overall performance of their VMware environment,” said Izzy Azeri, general manager and senior vice president, Americas at Acronis. “The ability to share information between the products in a single dashboard increases the awareness of potential failures, allowing administrators to act before they reach crisis. VMTurbo Community Edition offers a premium enhancement to Acronis vmProtect 6 customers at no extra cost.”

“With an offer that combines VM backup and recovery with monitoring, Acronis and VMTurbo are giving organizations a more comprehensive approach to securing their VMware environments,” said N. Louis Shipley, president and CEO of VMTurbo. “It’s an intelligent data protection approach tailor-made for sophisticated virtual environments where visibility into backup performance can help identify and prevent issues far in advance of a data loss disaster.”

Acronis vmProtect 6 is a fast, affordable backup, migration and disaster recovery solution, optimized for the growing number of businesses moving to a VMware virtualized server environment.  Backup and recovery of multiple virtual machines can be performed through simple a web-based interface that allows remote management, even on a smartphone, simplifying management and reporting tasks.

VMTurbo provides a holistic view of your virtual infrastructure, and it delivers detailed action plans that optimize workload placement and resource allocation.  The Community Edition provides an important step towards improving the virtualized data center’s performance and efficiency through Infrastructure Monitoring, Problem Detection, Performance and Capacity Reporting, and Capacity Alerts.

 


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 Revolutionizes Bandwidth Management with Kerio Control 7.2

Kerio Control Adds New Simplified Quality of Service to its Unified Threat Management Appliance

Kerio Technologies, Inc. today announced Kerio Control 7.2, the latest release of its award-winning Unified Threat Management (UTM) firewall appliance that protects small and medium businesses from invasive and crippling corporate network threats. Kerio Control 7.2 brings unprecedented simplicity to the difficult task of configuring and fine-tuning quality of service (QoS) and bandwidth management. This is critical, because IT managers continue to struggle in their ongoing fight for optimized and controlled network performance, especially in high-traffic or blended data/voice networks.

The key to any organization fully utilizing the robust IT security features available today is the ease in which policies, rules and modifications can be implemented. Security policies become lax when it is a major ordeal for companies to make changes to meet the needs of a continuously evolving IT network and user-base. To ease this pain, Kerio Control 7.2 includes QoS management integrated in a simple Web-based interface. Compared to competitive products, Kerio’s approach to QoS is among the easiest to implement and maintain.

Kerio Control 7.2 gives IT administrators the ability to reserve bandwidth for mission-critical business communications such as VoIP, Web conferencing and email. Administrators are in control; they can act as the network “traffic cop” to prioritize important data packets, while keeping lower-priority applications like streaming YouTube videos from slowing down network performance. This is true QoS the Kerio way, it is as simple as clicking a few boxes on the Web-based GUI to reserve, restrict and prioritize bandwidth, either for specific apps or, alternatively, for specific users.

“Applying QoS rules for my users is straightforward and powerful with Kerio Control,” said Brent Ruggles, IT Manager, Grafton County, NH. “I have power users who would be very upset if they had to wait when performing tasks like uploading files to remote servers. To meet their needs, I can create a traffic policy rule for their web activity and then create a QoS rule based on that traffic policy and reserve the throughput needed. The process is amazingly simple, but effective, and it saves me a ton of phone calls from my users.”

Kerio Control 7.2 is ideally suited for small and medium organizations that demand the most advanced network protection, traffic analysis, and user-based reporting. New features include:

• Apple Open Directory – A new option for central user management in Kerio Control and expands the existing choices for user management, which includes Microsoft Active Directory for Windows Server-based networks. IT Administrators can now maintain a single user directory for their network in their Mac or heterogeneous (Windows and Mac) work environments.

• Network traffic statistics and reporting – New tools for tracking and reporting specific types of Internet use for each user on the network. This information is crucial in ensuring that time spent on the Internet is productive and doesn’t expose the organization to security risks.

• Ready for VoIP traffic – SIP VoIP traffic is a top priority for many small businesses, and Kerio Control 7.2 is optimized to work in harmony with Kerio Operator 1.1. It comes preconfigured to reserve enough bandwidth to ensure clear voice communication.

“Kerio Control 7.2 makes it as simple as checking a box to ensure critical applications like voice communications are never interrupted.” said Scott Schreiman, CEO, Kerio Technologies. “A phone system based on VoIP, because of its affordability, is a great solution for small businesses, but it’s absolutely critical that any company who adopts VoIP have a network policy in place so they have bandwidth to support 100 percent uptime.”

Kerio Control UTM is available in a wide range of form factors, including a hardware firewall appliance, bootable ISO software appliance, virtual appliance for VMware or Parallels, or Windows Server software. This provides an unparalleled choice for any administrator to evaluate and choose the right evaluation or deployment option for their network.

The Kerio Control software server license starts at USD$255  and includes 5 users. Additional users are $24 each. Hardware appliance pricing starts at USD$1,500  for the entry-level Kerio Control Box 1110 with 20 users, which includes Sophos gateway antivirus and Kerio Web Filter. Unlike most competitors, Kerio includes VPN clients for all users in the price. Kerio’s VPN client is available for Windows, Linux and Mac.

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 unified communications, collaboration and security solutions 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, Australia, and Russia. Kerio is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, a member of CalConnect, a calendaring and scheduling consortium, and a member of the Mac Developer Program. Kerio has more than 5,000 channel partners who support more than 50,000 customers in 108 countries. Technology partners include Sophos, zvelo, VMware, Parallels and Notify Technology Corporation.

Acronis launches simple, fast backup and disaster recovery for VMware

Acronis vmProtect 6 drives down the cost of protecting VMware virtual servers

Las Vegas, NV, 29 August 2011 – Today, at VMworld 2011 (stand #921), Acronis, a leading provider of disaster recovery and data protection solutions for physical, virtual and cloud environments, launched a fast and simple to use backup and disaster recovery solution for VMware customers.

Acronis® vmProtectTM6 has been engineered exclusively for VMware® vSphereTMservers (v4.0, 4.1 or later) using ESX and ESXi hypervisors. It provides businesses with a simple-to-deploy, easy-to-manage disaster recovery solution for agentless backup and quick recovery of their VMware virtual environments.

Priced at $499 per CPU, and with unlimited P2V (physical to virtual) migrations, Acronis vmProtect 6 represents an affordable backup, migration and disaster recovery solution for the growing number of businesses moving to a VMware virtualized server environment.

With an install-to-start backup time of approximately five minutes1, Acronis vmProtect 6 can recover a virtual machine directly from a backup image, without having to do a full restore, and actual recovery times can take less than a minute. Independent tests show it to be three times faster than the leading competitor to install and start to backup VMware vSphere virtual servers.1

Acronis vmProtect 6 can be installed as a virtual appliance, eliminating the need to purchase any additional hardware and minimizing memory consumption and management overhead. The backup process itself also becomes a quick and easy task. A web-based interface allows remote management, even on a smartphone, simplifying management and reporting tasks.

Acronis vmProtect 6 offers both image and file-level recovery options, which allows users to restore precisely the data that is needed. The granular nature of the application makes it possible to select individual volumes to back up and, for even faster backups, users can analyse the file system to avoid backing up unused blocks and exclude individual files and folders such as temporary or page files.

Data deduplication and compression capabilities are included for free with Acronis vmProtect 6 and these further reduce the time taken to back up and recover as well as cutting storage costs. In addition, for added security, backups can be encrypted using industry-standard 256 bit AES algorithms.

“Protecting the virtual infrastructure isn’t as easy as it seems at first glance,” commented Arun Taneja, founding analyst at The Taneja Group. “At virtual infrastructure scale, every second in a backup counts, and every CPU cycle consumed by a virtual appliance means one more chance of interrupting compute.”

Jason Donahue, CEO at Acronis said: “Protecting VMware servers should be neither complex nor costly. By using a solution that speaks directly to VMware requirements, businesses can accelerate their virtualization adoption. IT managers need never question the status, availability or recovery time of their virtual data again.”

“Protecting your VMware vSphere machines has never been this easy. I like the simplicity of this product and I think it is a great choice for smaller organizations. This is the easiest, most intuitive way to backup your virtual machines. It’s a high performance solution for backup and recovery for VMware users,” said Kurtis Berger, Information Technology Manager, Provider Advantage NW, Inc., a beta tester of the product.

 


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 True Image Home 2012 brings file synchronization to backup and recovery

Comprehensive software goes beyond PC protection for a better computing experience

Woburn, MA, 16 August 2011 — Backup and recovery specialist Acronis, is today launching Acronis® True ImageHome 2012, the latest version of its multi award-winning consumer software. In a move that promises to shake up the market, Acronis is the first  to combine online backup, local backup and file synchronization in one product, not only protecting home PCs but also giving home users easy access to their digital lives, wherever they are, whenever they want.

Acronis True Image Home 2012 brings together Acronis’ established, easy to use, disk imaging backup and recovery technology with file synchronization. The software allows home users to sync their files no matter where they are stored – PC, USBs, NAS, as well as in the cloud via Acronis® True Image™ Online. If a change is made in one location, it is automatically updated in others, meaning home users can access their most up-to-date data anywhere, any time. Consumers can also share data securely with their family and friends.

Until now, file synchronization technology has been found in dedicated file sync products but not in disk imaging backup products, which is used to capture an entire PC, including the operating system, applications and files for fast and reliable recovery. Acronis True Image Home 2012 offers all these technologies in one easy-to-use solution.

The file sync is as simple as setting up a folder (akin to My Documents) and placing data in that folder. The information is automatically transferred and available between the different locations that the user wants to access. Home users can also choose to sync their data securely with family and friends with Acronis True Image Home 2012 installed on their PCs and laptops. Synchronization is easy via a home network or over the internet.

“Since 2002, we’ve been trusted by home users worldwide to protect their most valuable information. We’ve built a strong user base that provides us with excellent feedback to further enhance our products,” explains Jason Donahue, CEO of Acronis. “With the new version, we’ve thought beyond traditional backup features, to really give people an easier computing experience. People have spent years saving their files to flash drives or emailing themselves the latest version of their documents and it’s messy and ineffective. Our latest developments will enable home users to take that extra leap, from hoping you have the latest version, to knowing that you do.”

“The product is very simple to install, very fast, responsive and is really easy to use,” said beta tester Phil Coats. “I found that the ‘Get Started Tutorials’ were easy to understand. Logging also gets a big thumbs up!”

Other new or improved features in the product include:

  • New: Extended support large disks (2TB+)
  • Improved: Acronis® Nonstop Backup™ now compatible with NAS, plus better optimized network load
  • Improved: Enhanced NAS support
  • Improved: Enhanced GUI

 


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 Named Top Technology Innovator of 2011

Leading Desktop and Classroom Management Software Company Selected by Government Computer News as a 2011 Best of FOSE Award Winner

LanSchool Technologies, the leading provider of cross-platform classroom management software, today announced that it has been recognized by The Government Computer News (GCN) as a Best of FOSE winner in the Desktop Software category for its LanSchool 7.6 software. Twelve companies were recognized for their outstanding products among those exhibiting during the 2011 FOSE show.

“LanSchool has seen tremendous demand from training departments within government agencies seeking to improve their classroom instruction,” said Dana Doggett, founder of LanSchool. “This award validates our commitment to providing superior technology to the government sector as we expand beyond our K-12 roots to embrace other markets.”

LanSchool 7.6 gives an instructor the tools to be successful in today’s digital classrooms. Instructors love LanSchool because it gives them the ability to remove distractions, prevent inappropriate use, demonstrate skills, collaborate, monitor and assess student progress. Among its users are the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Jobs Corp, the Army and the Bay Area Transit System in San Francisco.

“We’re excited to see the response and win this award at FOSE ,” said Ben Cahoon, Vice President at LanSchool. “Government agencies are learning that classroom management is really about teaching, engaging and assessing students rather than just monitoring them.”

The Government Computer News 2011 Best of FOSE Award winners were recognized at an award ceremony held during the show. The winners were selected following a rigorous review by GCN writers, editors and researchers and cover a wide range of technology innovations including state-of-the-art notebooks and pocket-sized scanners. A full list of winners can be found on the GCN website.

About LanSchool Technologies, LLC

LanSchool Technologies is a leading provider of classroom and device management solutions for K12, higher education, government and corporate training markets. For 25 years, LanSchool has enabled tens of thousands of teachers, professors and trainers to improve the learning in their classrooms. Headquartered in Orem, Utah, LanSchool has customers and resellers located across the world.

About FOSE

The FOSE Conference serves the federal, state and local government technology market as well as the broader international and commercial technology community as a forum for bridging ideas and innovations between the public and private sector. Now in its thirty-fifth year, FOSE is the most comprehensive government information technology event in the country.

Kerio Announces Kerio Operator 1.1, an Easy-to-Use and Secure IP PBX Phone System for Small Businesses

Kerio Operator 1.1 Helps SMBs Manage Voice Communications with Advanced Phone Services Typically Associated with Enterprise Organizations

Small businesses need to control telephony costs, and that means moving away from expensive traditional PBX phone systems. However, in doing so, they can’t sacrifice the ease-of-use, advanced features, or security capabilities that are essential for business communications. With that in mind, Kerio Technologies announced a new version of its IP PBX (VoIP) solution for small and medium businesses.

Kerio Operator 1.1 is secure, flexible and can be set-up and deployed within a few minutes. The system improves voice communications, controls telephony costs, and lets users stay connected anywhere, while remaining simple for both the employee and the IT administrator. Kerio Operator 1.1 utilizes the industry-standard SIP VoIP protocol, is compatible with any IP Phone and SIP provider, and will auto-configure with many popular phones.

The key to Kerio Operator 1.1’s simplicity for administrators is the intuitive web-based GUI, which has advanced drag and drop capabilities for interface configuration, contextual help, and a configuration assistant. As with other Kerio products, the system can be configured and managed remotely from within an Internet browser.

VoIP has long been plagued by fears that those with malicious intent can exploit the technology and make very expensive calls before being detected. To address this concern, Kerio has incorporated enhanced security mechanisms into Kerio Operator 1.1, including dynamic protection against password guessing and the ability to monitor and address abnormal use of any extension within the system.

“IP PBX is a huge opportunity for VARs to grow their businesses,” said Scott Schreiman, CEO Kerio Technologies. “We have worked with the IT channel for years, and our mission is to help them understand that providing voice solutions to their clients is actually very similar to the messaging, security and storage solutions they already provide.”

The traditional PBX telephony industry is outdated, and IT resellers are better equipped to incorporate voice into their messaging portfolio. Kerio Operator can be configured and managed remotely by VARs. Thus, end customers will no longer have to pay for expensive onsite visits every time they need to adjust their phone system.

“As a Kerio Preferred Partner focused on providing our clients with top-notch service and support, Kerio’s ease of use for both the provider as well as the end-user has always been appreciated. With the release of Kerio Operator 1.1, they’ve once again taken what was once a complicated and unfriendly technology and made it available to the masses,” said Sam Bergin, owner, MacSERV. “When you think of ease of use and simplicity in a product, you generally expect to have to sacrifice advanced features and support. With Kerio Operator, you get the advanced feature set of Asterisk and the very functional and well-respected admin and user interfaces Kerio is known for.”

Kerio Operator 1.1 is available as both a software appliance or hardware box. Additional key features include:

• SIP password guessing protection – Enhances safety by blocking an IP after a specified number of login attempts, thus protecting the system from misuse and preventing unauthorized persons from gaining access.

• Detection of anomalous behavior – The IT administrator can set “rules” for normal call routines to monitor behavior of the phone system. He is automatically alerted when calls are made outside of these rules (such as extensive international calls) and can address the situation quickly.

• Email and voicemail integration – Integration with Kerio Connect allows users to access, listen or delete voicemails through their email inbox.

• Auto-provisioning – Automatic “plug-and-play” phone setup eliminates the hassle of configuring new phones to the network. Many popular phones are supported, including Cisco, Linksys, Snom and now Polycom.

• Auto-attendant – Meet the new receptionist who can speak almost any language and works 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Caller will always get a response to their call and can easily navigate through the attendant menus or by directly dialing the extension or name of the called person.

• Personal Ring Groups – One extension can be assigned to multiple phones. Incoming calls will ring on an office desktop phone, smartphone and softphone client installed in your computer so calls are never missed.

• Improved NAT Support – Enables businesses to securely deploy Kerio Operator 1.1 in the public network with phones behind a firewall, or conversely, position Kerio Operator 1.1 on the private network and have some of the phones on the Internet.

Kerio Operator 1.1 is available as a software appliance, with its own security-hardened operating system, as well as a VMware virtual appliance allowing for rapid production or evaluation deployment on standard PC hardware. Kerio’s standalone hardware appliance, the Kerio Operator Box, is available in select countries and comes in two models: the slim desktop Kerio Operator Box 1210, which handles up to 40 concurrent calls, and the 1U rack-mountable Kerio Operator Box 3210, which supports up to 150 concurrent calls. Kerio Operator Box 3210 can be built-to-order with a Digium TE122 T1/E1 or Digium B410 Euro ISDN hardware expansion card.

Kerio Operator 1.1 pricing starts at USD$600 for a 5-user server license. The Kerio Operator Box 1210 with a 20-user license is priced at USD$2,000 and the 3210 with a 40-user license is priced at USD$3,000 . Additional user licenses are at USD$24 each.

About Kerio Technologies, Inc.
Innovating in Internet security since 1997, Kerio Technologies, Inc. provides unified communications, collaboration and security solutions 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, Australia, and Russia. Kerio is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, a member of CalConnect, a calendaring and scheduling consortium, and a member of the Mac Developer Program. Kerio has more than 5,000 channel partners who support more than 50,000 customers in 108 countries. Technology partners include Sophos, zvelo, VMware, Parallels and Notify Technology Corporation.

Acronis helps put VMware virtualization in easy reach of the channel

Acronis Brings Affordable, Simple Virtualization Together in a New Campaign

To Help Small Business Owners Access the Benefits of Virtual Computing

WOBURN, MA, June 28, 2011 – Acronis, a leading provider of easy-to-use disaster recovery and data protection solutions for physical, virtual and cloud environments today announced that it has made it easier for channel partners to penetrate the small business virtualization market. In a campaign through joint channel partners, Acronis will offer incentives and marketing promotions to target small businesses wishing to migrate their data to virtualized environments.

According to a recent survey by Acronis1, adoption of virtualization among small and mid-sized businesses is expected to increase by 50% this year. This represents a huge opportunity which Acronis and VMware are addressing through an expanding network of channel partners with go-to-market initiatives. Acronis is also offering increased margins of up to 30% for VMware projects and is looking to aggressively enlist more VMware resellers.

Acronis® Backup & Recovery™ 10 Virtual Edition protects over 100,000 virtual machines across thousands of customers worldwide. In addition to backup and disaster recovery, the powerful, unlimited migration capabilities have allowed businesses of all sizes to seamlessly move nearly 1,000,000 servers between physical, virtual and cloud environments.  The latest version of this solution, Acronis® Backup & RecoveryTM 11, shipped on June 21, 2011. Together with the industry-leading VMware virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions, including VMware vSphere®, this new campaign brings Acronis and VMware solutions to channel partners who have not yet taken advantage of these solutions, as well as bringing additional benefits to existing resellers.

“Small business customers will benefit from a virtualization solution that includes VMware software and Acronis. Migration is one of the first areas a small business will tackle and the unlimited physical to virtual conversions provided by Acronis give you a lot of flexibility,” said Jason Schuerhoff from Sublime Solutions, a reseller for both VMware and Acronis. “With Acronis and VMware marketing their solutions together, it will be easier for us to reach and serve this growing market. Sublime Solutions have already seen great traction with VMware solutions and Acronis amongst our small business customers, these new financial incentives will make it easier for us to win new business.”

“Small businesses are rapidly embracing virtualization as they look for ways to manage their IT infrastructure and critical business information in a cost-effective way,” said Doug Smith, vice president, Global Partner Strategy and Operations, VMware. “Many still need help understanding an efficient way to achieve cost savings and protect their data. VMware has partnered with Acronis to provide small business customers the tools, products and expertise needed to adopt virtualization and move along on the journey to cloud computing.”

“Every company needs high availability and disaster recovery capabilities, no matter how large or small,” said David Junca, vice president sales and channels Americas for Acronis. “Acronis has award winning technology that has served the small business market for almost a decade and VMware has an industry-leading virtualization solution proven in thousands of organizations worldwide. By creating a dedicated campaign, we have built a financially attractive proposition that can accelerate our channel partners’ business.”

 


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 Announces Acquisition by Stoneware

Classroom management software to enter the era of private cloud computing

LanSchool Technologies, the leading provider of cross-platform classroom management software, today announced at ISTE 2011, an acquisition by Stoneware, Inc. Stoneware allows organizations to create their own private cloud and virtual web desktop to access it. By combining forces with Stoneware, LanSchool will be able to provide customers just-in-time management in a BYOD or 1:1 environment. Together, LanSchool and Stoneware will be able to bring the power of cloud computing directly into the classroom.

“Increasingly, schools want to empower students to bring their own mobile computing devices to class,” said Dana Doggett, President and Founder of LanSchool. “With greater device management from LanSchool and the ability to create private cloud networks by Stoneware, the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement in education can now rapidly get underway.”

LanSchool has led the way in education for classroom management, giving teachers a way to capitalize on the technology that their institutions have put into their teaching environments. Stoneware has spent a decade enabling the delivery of educational applications and services though a web browser. As a combined solution, students can enter a classroom with their own device, instantly join the class network and have their device managed by LanSchool.

Stoneware’s webNetwork private/hybrid cloud solution focuses on web-based delivery of data center resources. Windows, web, and hosted web applications can be securely delivered through a desktop capable of running on any device with a browser. Stoneware’s cloud technology has been deployed in over 400 customer data centers with more than 4 million users, many in the K12 space.

“Stoneware understands the value of classroom management, and LanSchool is the de facto winner in that market,” said, Rick German, CEO of Stoneware, Inc. “With this acquisition, we will be able to revolutionize the 21st century classroom and deliver a consistent learning experience from the client to the cloud.”

LanSchool will be run as a wholly owned subsidiary of Stoneware. Stoneware will support existing LanSchool customers and plans to invest and enhance LanSchool’s products and offerings.

About LanSchool Technologies, LLC

Headquartered in Orem, Utah, LanSchool Technologies is a leading provider of classroom management solutions for K12, higher education, government and corporate training markets. For 25 years, LanSchool has enabled tens of thousands of teachers, professors and trainers to improve the learning in their classrooms.

About Stoneware

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Stoneware is a privately held corporation providing innovative software that enables organizations to deploy their own private cloud and the virtual web desktop to access it.