Archive for August, 2011

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.