Archive for June, 2011

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.

LanSchool and Microsoft Team Up on Windows Multipoint Server 2011

Software icon selected LanSchool to Contribute Core Technologies for WMS solution.

LanSchool Technologies the leading provider of cross-platform classroom management software, today announced at ISTE 2011 that it has integrated its industry leading LanSchool v7.6 Software with Microsoft’s new Windows Multipoint Server (WMS) Console. By joining forces on development, LanSchool and Microsoft are delivering greater computing power along with powerful teaching solutions in the classroom, all at a significantly lower Total Cost of Acquisition and Ownership.

“We consider LanSchool to have broad expertise in the area of classroom management,” said Chris Phillips, General Manager, Windows Server Solutions Group. ”They are a strong partner, and contributed core technologies to the release of Windows MultiPoint Server 2011.”

LanSchool has delivered leading classroom management capability, for the most part one computer at a time. Now with WMS, multiple students can share the power of one computer at the same time. LanSchool manages this new environment with the same adeptness and ability as it does when each student has his or her own dedicated computer to work on.

“LanSchool is committed to making learning a more personal and impactful experience,” said Dana Doggett, President and Founder of LanSchool. “By working with Microsoft, we are helping to empower teachers to better enhance their teaching ability and engage their students in the classroom.”

With Windows Multipoint Server 2011, one host computer can be shared by multiple students at the same time, enabling schools to save 66% by lowering costs of hardware, energy and maintenance. With fewer physical computers to manage, the classroom becomes easier to manage and support by the tech coordinators from a single location.

About LanSchool Technologies, LLC

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 environment in their classrooms. Headquartered in Orem, Utah, LanSchool has customers and resellers located across the world.

LanSchool Announces LanSchool v7.6

New version enables teachers to improve learning with students using Linux, Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 and Vernier LabQuest devices

LanSchool Technologies, the leading provider of cross-platform classroom management software, today announced at ISTE 2011, LanSchool 7.6, the latest version of its popular software for helping teachers manage the technology in their classrooms. LanSchool 7.6 adds support for Ubuntu Linux, Windows Mulitpoint Server 2011 and the Vernier LabQuest science device , further helping teachers teach using technology and keeping students on task and away from digital distractions.

“Schools have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars filling their classrooms with technology in an effort to help teachers become better educators and students become better learners,” said Dana Doggett, President and Founder of LanSchool. “With LanSchool 7.6, teachers can feel confident that students are engaged and on task.”

Teachers in a computer-equipped class struggle getting through to students who are playing games, texting friends, shopping, hacking, Facebooking, or even downloading inappropriate content or cyber-bullying. With LanSchool 7.6, teachers can effortlessly manage this environment.

Specifically the new software version allows teachers to:

  • Automated SIS Class List Import Import class lists from any student information system that can export .csv files.
  • Send/Collect Directories Transfer files to computers in the classroom, including the ability to send and collect directories.
  • Blank Screens before Login Blank students’ screens and even show the teacher’s screen before the students actually log in to their computers.
  • ScreenFeed Watch student monitors scroll by one-by-one.
  • Testing Management Add students who arrive late to tests and administer a wide range of test types, including the new capability to administer secure essay (blue book) exams.

In addition, LanSchool has added greater support for technologies that are making their way into the 21st century classrooms.

WMS Support Windows Multipoint Server (WMS) enables one host computer to be shared by multiple students at the same time. This in turn enables schools to save 66% on the costs of hardware, energy and maintenance and making the classroom easier to manage with fewer computers to worry about.

Linux Support A lot of school classrooms are moving towards the use of Linux devices. With the addition of Linux support, LanSchool 7.6 can now manage Linux, Windows, Mac, thin clients and iPads simultaneously in a truly heterogeneous classroom environment.

Vernier Support Teachers can now manage the Vernier LabQuest device, a scientific probe for diagnostics, in the classroom.

“When I use LanSchool and Vernier’s Logger Pro software with my seventh grade students, they cheer out loud. I give the students a data-collection challenge and project the entire classroom’s graphs as they collect scientific data in real time. My students get excited, ask questions of other students about their data, and learn from each other,” said Glen Westbroek, science teacher and recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. “The combination of LanSchool and Vernier creates a truly collaborative science classroom. The announcement that LanSchool is now compatible with LabQuest will open the door of scientific collaboration to thousands of students across the country.”

About LanSchool Technologies, LLC

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 learning in their classrooms. Headquartered in Orem, Utah, LanSchool has customers and resellers located across the world.

Acronis ships Acronis® Backup & Recovery™ 11

New product family for integrated disaster recovery and data protection

Woburn, MA, June 21, 2011 – Acronis, a leading provider of easy-to-use disaster recovery and data protection solutions for physical, virtual and cloud environments, today announced the general availability of Acronis® Backup & Recovery™ 11. The new product which allows organizations to simplify their disaster recovery and data protection needs is now available to purchase from Acronis channel partners.

Built upon Acronis’ established disk imaging technology, the business product family provides the market’s first affordable solution for integrated disaster recovery and data protection in one. Acronis® Backup & RecoveryTM 11 offers both a data-centric and a system-centric view of physical and virtual machines as well as providing secure offsite storage; this allows IT managers to simplify their operations from one unified platform, therefore saving costs.

“Acronis Backup & Recovery 11 is a step ahead when it comes to integrated backup, disaster recovery and data protection. Combining these in one platform and one solution opens new ways to implement policies and disaster recovery strategies across our organization,” said Sven Dreyfeldt, Siemens IT Solutions and Services GmbH.

“File-level backup and recovery on its own is an incomplete strategy when it comes to meeting today’s stringent recovery time objectives (RTOs) for complete system recovery,” says Lauren Whitehouse, senior analyst at ESG. “Solidifying solutions for bare metal recovery and file-level protection together makes sense in order to allow for more complete and robust disaster recovery and data protection strategies for small to medium sized businesses.”

Key new features include:

  • Disaster Recovery and Data Protection in one solution
    • System-centric approach to restore all data, files, applications and operating systems through disk imaging technology for fast restoration
    • Data-centric approach allowing IT managers to recover, manage and search for individual files from a backup no matter where they’re located in the backup file archive
  • Support for physical, virtual and cloud environments
    • One of the few solutions available where IT managers can back up both physical and virtual environments, plus with Acronis Backup & Recovery 11 Online, files and full system images can be stored securely in the cloud
  • New Virtualisation features
    • Acronis Backup & Recovery 11 Virtual Edition supports an unlimited number of migrations to and from the host machine
    • Place an agent into the virtual machine and manage it exactly as you would manage a physical machine; and/or use a single host-based agent for VMware® vSphereTM or Microsoft® Hyper-VTM to manage all virtual machines on a host at once
    • Simultaneous backups of virtual machines reduce virtual backup windows
  • Ease of management
    • Disaster Recovery Plans provide step-by-step instructions enabling even non-IT personnel to recover systems

 


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.