Archive for 2012

Stoneware Announces the Immediate Availability of LanSchool 7.7.2

LanSchool classroom management now supports Windows 8, and remains committed to cross-platform support.

Stoneware, the leader in Unified Cloud computing, announced the immediate availability of LanSchool 7.7.2. This release includes many new features but remains simple, reliable and easy-to-use, as teachers and tech coordinators have come to expect. LanSchool v7.7.2 now includes Windows 8 support, as well as improved iOS and Linux support.

With this release, LanSchool can manage students running Windows 8 in both Metro and Desktop interfaces, making it one of the first Classroom management solutions to have that capability.

“Adding Windows 8 support, as well as improving iOS and Linux support shows our continued commitment to maintaining a strong cross-platform solution.” said Rick German, CEO of Stoneware. “We understand that most computer environments contain a variety of devices and operating systems, and we support that by allowing our customers to purchase just one license to use on all platforms.”

Improved iPhone and iPad Features

LanSchool 7.7.2 contains a number of enhancements to the iOS Student app to allow iPads and iPhones to participate in Distance Teaching. Other improvements include iPhone 5 support, the ability to load class lists, and support for testing on iPads, iPhones and iPods.

  • Group Chat

    LanSchool now includes the ability for a teacher to start and maintain a group chat. This aids with collaboration among students.

  • Ubuntu 12 Support

    LanSchool 7.7.2 contains Ubuntu 12 support, making our most popular features available on this Linux platform.

Pricing and Availability

LanSchool 7.7.2. is a free upgrade for customers under a current maintenance agreement. LanSchool educational pricing starts at USD$599 per classroom. Volume and educational discounts are available for the product.

About Stoneware

Headquartered in Indianapolis and established in 2000, Stoneware is the leading manufacturer of Unified Cloud computing and Classroom Management software. Stoneware’s webNetwork software platform enables organizations to create a Unified Cloud, which delivers private cloud, public cloud and local device resources through a common webDesktop with a single password. LanSchool Classroom Management software is an award-winning product that helps teachers monitor their classes, remove distractions, and teach and assess student progress in a computer-based classroom.

Acronis leads Backup & Recovery for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization with immediate support for new version launched today

Acronis Enables Easy and Secure Migration to Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.1 With Certified Data Protection Solution

Woburn,MADecember5,2012– Acronis, a leading provider of data availability, accessibility and protection solutions for physical, virtual and cloud environments, announced today that Acronis Backup & Recovery® supports Red Hat® Enterprise Virtualization 3.1 to enable seamless data management in Red Hat virtual environments. This integration between Acronis’ Unified Platform and Red Hat’s Enterprise Virtualization’s API provides a comprehensive data protection solution for Red Hat customers, with the ability to move data rapidly between different environments and ensureable business continuity through a single pane of glass.

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.1, a comprehensivelete open source data center virtualization solution for servers and desktops, delivers true business agility and continuity for critical Linux workloads at enormous scale and expands its capabilities today with the availability of its latest 3.1 release. With Acronis Backup & Recovery Virtual Edition for RHEVRed Hat Enterprise Virtualization, organizations with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.1 environments can centrally manage data protection and recovery tasks in a single management console with unlimited P2V and V2V migrations.

Quru, a 2012 Red Hat UK Premier Partner of the Year, assists customers in lowering their virtualization costs while maintaining the performance and availability of business critical workloads.  Managing Director, Roland Whitehead commented, “Our customers appreciate the ability to add Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization to existing virtualization environments, knowing that their systems can be efficiently migrated and their workloads are protected before they even start.  The relationship between Acronis and Red Hat has made this a seamless process.”

Bonham’s Auctioneers, a customer of Quru, has already achieved better efficiency using Acronis and Red Hat solutions together. “By deploying Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization with Acronis Backup & Recovery we were able to significantly lower the cost, compared to the previous proprietary virtualization. This has enabled us to enjoy higher levels of service up-time while reducing the cost to our business,” said Malcolm Barber, Group CEO, Bonham’s Auctioneers.

“Enterprises choosing Red Hat’s industry- leading solutions need a comprehensive approach to data protection in these environments,” said Acronis CEO and President Alex Pinchev. “Through our continued collaborationpartnership with Red Hat, the enterprise now has a complete infrastructure solution, providing them with the levels of data access and availability necessary in today’s demanding IT landscape. As of December 2012, Acronis Backup & Recovery Virtual Edition for RHEVRed Hat Enterprise Virtualization was the most downloaded app from the Red Hat Marketplace in 2012, demonstrating the need and popularity of the integrated approach.”

This integration enables new capabilities including remote installation of Acronis agents on Linux machines, as well as the automatic discovery of Red Hat virtual machines in the Acronis management server. Furthermore, it adds the ability for Red Hat customers to access additional Acronis Backup and Recovery functionality ‘on demand,’ as their environment changes. This makes it easier for organizations to manage their entire infrastructure through a single interface while maintaining a high level of business continuity.

“Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization takes a big step forward today with our 3.1 release,” said Chuck Dubuque, senior manager, Product Marketing, Red Hat Virtualization Infrastructure.  “Our collaboration with Acronis to bring further capabilities to enterprises’ virtualized infrastructures continues to evolve as we enhance our platform and we’re excited that Acronis is supporting our 3.1 release and technologies today at launch.”

Acronis Backup and Recovery is a single solution that supports Windows and Linux Servers and all major virtualization solutions including VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.1.

 


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 Now Delivers Near-Instant Recovery Of Vmware Vsphere Virtual Machines

Latest update to Acronis vmProtect introduces faster, cost effective, complete disaster recovery from cloud or any storage location

VMworld – Barcelona, Spain, October 9, 2012 – Acronis, a leading provider of disaster recovery and data protection solutions for physical, virtual and cloud environments, today announced that it has significantly reduced the time required to recover virtual machines in VMware® virtual environments with the introduction of vmFlashBack™, a new feature included in the latest release of Acronis® vmProtect™. In addition, Acronis has made a secure cloud backup strategy more achievable with the inclusion of multi-destination staging.

The new vmFlashBack™ feature reduces downtime by offering a fast, simple restore option that accelerates recovery times. This new technology copies only those data blocks that have changed, allowing for recovery times of up to 100 times faster than previously achievable.

According to research conducted at VMworld San Francisco 2012, almost 70 percent of VMware® ESX(i) users have already, or are planning to back up their machines to the cloud*. To address this demand, Acronis has added disk-to-disk-to-cloud staging in this latest release of Acronis® vmProtect™. Administrators can now better protect data and machines by saving backup files to multiple locations – including off-premise private clouds through Acronis Online cloud.

This automated process in Acronis vmProtect allows for different schedules at different destinations, without user intervention, to more efficiently meet policy compliance and optimize the use of available bandwidth. Combined with the ability to remotely recover files from a cloud backup location through a web-based interface, Acronis vmProtect can offer the “anywhere-access” benefit of a cloud-based backup strategy to enterprises of all sizes.

“Virtual environments are at risk,” commented Dmitri Joukovski, vice president of product management at Acronis. “As the use of virtual environments to support business critical applications, and cloud-based models for delivery and collaboration expands, more businesses are playing roulette with their critical data. Acronis can support the accelerated pace of change within organizations, with the most comprehensive host and server protection for VMware environments. ”

International Paris-based fashion house Gerald Darel, recently chose Acronis vmProtect as a comprehensive virtual backup and recovery solution after a rigorous testing process. Samuel Chemouni, technical director at Gerard Darel explained: “During the testing of Acronis vmProtect, we found that the backup process only took a few clicks and was completed in less than five minutes. This was without any prior training of the team or any contact with Acronis for support. Compared to its competitors, Acronis vmProtect proved to be the easiest to use, the fastest for recovery and the most efficient solution.”

At $599 per CPU, and with unlimited seamless migration of workloads between virtual and physical environments, Acronis® vmProtect™ 8 represents a comprehensive host and machine backup, data migration and disaster recovery solution for the expanding number of businesses moving to a VMware® vSphere™ environment. Customers who have purchased Acronis® vmProtect™ 7 with maintenance are entitled to a free upgrade to Acronis® vmProtect™ 8.

*Survey of attendees at VMworld San Francisco, 2012 conducted Aug 26-28, 2012 by Acronis. Sample size of in person and online respondents = 279.

 


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 Brings Fast, Flexible and Efficient Disaster Recovery and Data Protection For Diverse Environments in New Release of Advanced Unified Platform

Latest Release of Acronis Backup & Recovery® Eases Cloud Backup Adoption, Increases Enterprise Application Support And Reduces TCO and Management Burden

Woburn, MA, September 5, 2012 – Acronis, a leading provider of disaster recovery and data protection solutions for physical, virtual and cloud environments, today announced an advanced, flexible unified platform for data protection and disaster recovery with its latest release of Acronis Backup & Recovery®. Acronis’ innovative unified platform can grow and develop with the dynamic needs of enterprise networks, while reducing total cost of ownership (TCO) and delivering a faster, more efficient and comprehensive data protection strategy.

The advanced unified platform of Acronis Backup & Recovery® enables customers to purchase licenses for only the agents and application support they need today, with the ability to access more functionality ‘on demand’ as their environment changes. This can dramatically reduce the management burden of procuring, learning and integrating additional products as networks evolve, thereby reducing time and cost with one solution that can be managed across physical, virtual and cloud environments.

“The fast pace of change within a corporate environment is introducing new challenges for disaster recovery,” said Dave Russell, research vice president, Gartner. “Big Data, storage virtualization, cloud-based backup and a continued reliance on tape and disk means that IT organizations need to respond quickly to user demands for system and data availability. Moving systems and data securely between multiple platforms without extended disruption to employee productivity is a mandatory requirement today.”

Acronis is also addressing the increased adoption of cloud infrastructure for storage optimization by introducing disk-to-disk-to-cloud staging into its unified backup and recovery platform. Automated disk-to-disk to-cloud backup shortens the backup window for live physical and virtual machines and simplifies management of both destinations. With Acronis Backup & Recovery, IT administrators can now get the benefits of both local and cloud backup in a comprehensive, unified experience.

“We launched Acronis Backup & Recovery in June 2011 as a single solution for hybrid enterprise environments,” commented Dmitri Joukovski, vice president of product management for Acronis. “Today, the volume and velocity of corporate content creation and mobile computing adoption are introducing new data challenges for IT organizations, and, as a result, uncomplicated and flexible solutions for data protection and storage optimization across multiple environments are in demand. The integrated, yet modular approach of Acronis can give IT organizations the confidence that whatever network development they may face tomorrow, easy access and availability of their protected data, no matter where it resides, can be achieved.”

The new functionality upgrade also includes granular recovery for Microsoft® Exchange  and the option to buy support for Microsoft® Exchange Server, in addition to the support for Active Directory®, SQL Server® and SharePoint® applications relied on by enterprises worldwide, that are already included within the Acronis Backup & Recovery® unified platform.

Acronis Backup & Recovery is a unified platform from which an organization can centrally manage data protection and disaster recovery tasks for physical, virtual and cloud environments from a single management console, and move data between environments quickly and easily. This can offer a dramatic reduction in management overhead and TCO, as the platform can manage Windows® and Linux, and all major hypervisors including Red Hat® Enterprise Virtualization, VMware® vSphere™, Windows® Hyper-V™, Citrix® and Parallels®, and integrates with Acronis Cloud storage in one installation. By using same technology in all environments, Acronis is one of the few vendors who enable the recovery of machines to dissimilar hardware, and between physical and virtual environments.

 


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.

True Image 2013 by Acronis Brings the Power of the Cloud to Home Users

Woburn, MA August 28, 2012 — Announced today, True Image 2013 by Acronis®, the newest version of its award winning disk-based backup product, now includes easy web-based access to files and folders stored in the Acronis cloud. To get immediate access to their important files even when not using a PC or laptop, users can download a free App, available from the App Store(sm) or Google Play onto their iOS or Android mobile device. This latest version of True Image 2013 by Acronis also includes support for the Microsoft® Windows 8 operating system due to be released this fall.

Leveraging ten years of innovation in disk imaging technology, Acronis has expanded the limitations of traditional backup products by adding enhanced file synchronization and file sharing that allows users to access the most recent version of a file, whether it is on a PC, USBs or NAS, or the Acronis cloud. If a change is made in one location, it is automatically updated in other locations where the Acronis software is installed. With a subscription to Acronis True Image Online, users are also able to share files with others directly from Windows Explorer or via an application on a mobile device, either publicly or privately.

“Last year we pushed the market forward by introducing file synchronization to disk-based backup and recovery,” commented Dmitri Joukovski, vice president of product management at Acronis. “That feature was very popular amongst our users, and now we have enhanced it and expanded the capabilities through mobile device enablement. Our customers are early adopters of technology and appreciate the innovation and mobility that Acronis is bringing to their networks. Our customers know that they always have access to their most up-to-date file versions – whatever happens, whenever and wherever they are.”

True Image 2013 by Acronis is designed to be easy to install and easy to use for the general user, but also offers features for those who have more advanced needs. It provides system and file level backup including incremental and differential backups, virtual hard disk support and, with the True Image 2013 by Acronis Plus Pack, the ability to recover operating systems to dissimilar hardware.

The standard features to simplify and speed up backup and recovery times include:

  • Acronis® Non Stop Backup™:  Automated incremental backups
  • Acronis® Startup Recovery Manager®:  F11 re-boot, even if the operating system has failed
  • Acronis® SecureZone®: secure partition to store a disk backup file on a system drive.
  • Time Explorer: See screenshots of exactly how a system looked at the moment of backup for trouble shootingAcronis Extended Capacity Manager: works with 2+TB drives – even if the operating system doesn’t.Govt Standard encryption: Keep files secure with 128, 192 and 256-bit encryption support
  • Set&Forget™:  Configure the backup schedule and automate protection
  • Acronis Try&Decide®: Immediately roll back to previous settings if a user doesn’t want to accept a change
  • Acronis Universal Restore™:  Available in Plus Pack option – restore an operating system to dissimilar hardware.

 


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 Operator 2.0 Helps Integrate IP Telephony With CRM Systems

The Award-Winning IP PBX Phone System Alleviates the Headaches of Traditional Telephony

Kerio Technologies today announced Kerio Operator 2.0, the most advanced version of its IP PBX phone system to date. As the convergence between old-world telephony and the IT network has progressed, Kerio continues to add more functionality so that organizations can get more value and performance out of their VoIP system.

For example, Kerio Operator 2.0 features access to the Asterisk Manager Interface (AMI). The open API allows 3rd party applications, like customer relationship management (CRM) systems and desktop-based dialers, to be integrated with Kerio Operator. CRM integration means sales professionals can dial their customers directly within their CRM interface, and their calls are automatically logged within the system.

“As an IT solutions provider with quite a few clients and potential customers, I need to make a lot of phone calls each day,” said Walter Huff, owner, Huff Technologies, a Kerio Preferred Partner in Jacksonville, Florida. “Kerio Operator 2.0, with its CRM integration tools, really speeds up that process and helps me get in touch with more leads.”

Kerio Operator 2.0 is available as a software appliance, with its own security-hardened operating system for deployments on custom hardware. Additionally, it comes in two hardware appliance configurations for customers who prefer rapid deployment. Additional new features include:

  • Call Parking – Allows a user to put a call on hold at one telephone set and continue the conversation from any other telephone handset.
  • Improved Extension Handling – If the same extension number is used on a desk phone and a smartphone, Kerio Operator can still provide each device with its own settings and they can be a members of ring group, call queues, or a call pickup room.
  • 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, Polycom, Snom and Yealink/Well.

“There is no debate that IP Voice installations are on the rise, and the old complicated PBX is going the way of the dinosaur,” said Scott Schreiman, CEO, Kerio Technologies. “What we are seeing as the market becomes more mature are IP voice solutions that offer specialized features for specific markets. In Kerio Operator 2.0, we have made the system very compatible with the sales guy who lives in a program like Salesforce or SugarCRM.”

Kerio Operator’s straightforward pricing is USD$30  per user. The Kerio Operator Box 1210 hardware appliance is priced at USD$900 and the Kerio Operator Box 3210 is USD$1,400.

About Kerio Technologies, Inc.
Innovating in Internet security since 1997, Kerio Technologies, Inc. provides unified collaboration, communications and security solutions for businesses and organizations worldwide that prefer a simple approach to IT. 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 more than 108 countries. Technology partners include Sophos, zvelo, VMware, Parallels and Notify Technology Corporation.

Stoneware Products Earn Finalist Honors at 27th Annual SIIA CODiE Awards

LanSchool recognized in Best Classroom Management System Category; webNetwork honored in Best Cloud Application/Service Category.

Stoneware, Inc., the leading provider of web-based IT delivery solutions, announced today that its products, LanSchool and webNetwork, are finalist in the prestigious 27th Annual Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards. LanSchool is honored in the Best Classroom Management System Category, while webNetwork is honored in the Best Cloud Application/Service Category.

The SIIA CODiE Awards recognize excellence in the business software, digital content, and education technology industries. All nominated products and services receive a thorough review from seasoned industry experts who can identify strengths and give significant insights for improvements. In 27 years, SIIA has recognized more than 1,000 companies for achieving greatness in industries that expect innovative thinking and demand market validation.

“Stoneware is proud to be recognized by the SIIA,” said Rick German, CEO of Stoneware. “Having two products honored as finalists validates our cloud vision, and spurs our continued efforts to deliver the best possible solutions to our customers.”

Stoneware’s unified cloud platform allows users to access files, applications and reports that exist on local devices, public and private clouds. With Stoneware’s webNetwork, IT can retain security and control while providing users with quick, single sign-on access to resources and the freedom to choose their own device. More than 10,000 corporations and schools trust Stoneware to make their users happy, simplify IT and decrease technology costs in their organizations.

Stoneware’s LanSchool software manages and monitors school computing environments and is known worldwide for improving learning in 21st century classrooms.

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 Stoneware

Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Indianapolis, privately held Stoneware Corporation created the first web-based IT delivery platform. Stoneware enables IT to create a Unified Cloud, delivering secure, browser-based access to files, applications and services residing in the public cloud, private cloud or on any device. In 2011, Stoneware acquired LanSchool Technologies, the premier provider of classroom management and monitoring software since 1986. LanSchool’s award-winning technology is known worldwide for being reliable, simple and easy-to-use.

Kerio Control 7.3 Gets Organizations Ready to Transition to IPv6

Kerio’s Latest Unified Threat Management Firewall Provides Comprehensive Network Security and Intelligence

Kerio Technologies today began assisting organizations with the upcoming transition from IPv4 to IPv6. As the Internet community phases in the new protocol, Kerio Control 7.3, a comprehensive UTM security appliance, will allow organizations to securely test IPv6 traffic over their corporate networks.

Kerio Control 7.3’s automatic support for IPv6 means that in a few clicks, it becomes an IPv6 router for the network. It currently acts as a stateful firewall for IPv6 traffic, and will soon add IPS, antivirus, web filtering, bandwidth management, and Kerio StaR reporting support for IPv6 traffic so organizations can be ready when the ISPs are.

“The time is now to start with IPv6. Things like the continued growth of the cloud have created a fresh demand for IP addresses and it is always a good idea to begin testing technology that you will eventually have to support,” said James Gudeli, vice president of business development, Kerio Technologies. “For Kerio, our IPv6 support will continue to grow and Kerio Control 7.3 will enable those interested in expanding the use of and testing IPv6 to do so securely.”

Although most ISPs don’t yet support IPv6 without VPN tunneling, they’ll eventually have to. The move is not only inevitable, but an opportunity for solution providers to advise their clients on the transition.

“Kerio Control 7.3 will allow us to be at the forefront of the IPv6 discussion and have our clients well prepared,” said David Anderson, owner, Tomotechi, a Kerio Preferred Partner located in Houston, TX. “The question I often hear about IPv6 is ‘Where do I start?’ and I think Kerio is offering a logical and secure answer to the question.”

Kerio Control 7.3 is ideal for organizations that demand robust network protection, traffic analysis, and user-based reporting. In addition to IPv6 support, additional new features include full Web administration via the iPad, emailed Kerio StaR (statistics and reporting) reports and daily IPS blacklists updates.

Kerio Control UTM is available in a wide range of form factors, including a hardware firewall appliance, bootable ISO firewall software appliance, virtual appliance for VMware or Parallels, or Windows Server software.

The Kerio Control software server license starts at USD$265  and includes 5 users. Additional users are USD$26 each. Hardware appliance pricing starts at USD$1,000  for the entry-level Kerio Control Box 1110 with 5 users, which includes Sophos gateway antivirus and Kerio Web Filter. 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.

Kerio Launches Kerio Operator 1.2, Making IP Voice a Seamless Part of the IT Infrastructure

Kerio Operator’s Tight Integration with Other Kerio Products makes it a Robust and Secure Communications System for Small and Midsize Organizations

Kerio Technologies today announced the newest version of its award-winning IP PBX phone system. Kerio Operator 1.2 allows small and midsize organizations improve communication, reduce telephony costs, and stay connected anywhere, while providing ease of use for the user and the IT administrator. Organizations that deploy Kerio Operator eliminate the need to have an expensive telephony agent on standby to make simple adjustments to the phone network. The enhanced version is built on the industry-standard SIP VoIP protocol and Asterisk 1.8, the software behind Kerio Operator’s innovative new capabilities.

“With Kerio Operator 1.2, we have found the balance between functionality and simplicity by delivering a product that offers the essential voice features that are critical for business while not overwhelming customers with an over complicated system,” said Scott Schreiman. “Because of its integration and similarity to other Kerio products, our channel will find it easy to deploy Kerio Operator for clients who are looking for an economical way to upgrade their phone system.”

Kerio Operator 1.2 now supports the Digium TDM410 card with FXO modules to connect to analog phone lines. So, organizations can take advantage of the advanced IP PBX features of Kerio Operator internally, and connect to the outside world the old-fashioned way.

Kerio Operator 1.2 works in harmony with the bandwidth management capabilities of Kerio Control, which comes preconfigured to reserve enough bandwidth for SIP voice traffic to ensure clear voice communication. Kerio Operator also integrates with Kerio Connect, allowing users to access, listen or delete voicemails through their email inbox.

“As a long-time provider of the Kerio Connect messaging server, moving to a Kerio voice product was a natural next step for us,” said Tom Bridge, owner, Technolutionary, a Kerio Preferred Partner in the Washington DC metro area. “Voice and email are more aligned than people might realize, and our familiarity with Connect allows us to easily configure Kerio Operator and give our clients a powerful phone system that they may have thought was only available to enterprise type companies for a very competitive price.”

Kerio Operator 1.2 is available as a software appliance, with its own security-hardened operating system, a VMware virtual appliance allowing for rapid deployment in production or evaluation environments on standard PC hardware, and in two hardware appliance configurations available in some markets. Additional new features include:

• Call pickup – Allows users to answer an incoming call that is ringing on someone else’s phone by dialing a special code, even across office “zones.” They just need to know the extension number.

• Busy Lamp Field (BLF) support – Particularly useful for receptionists, BLF alerts the user, via an LED light, whether a particular extension is available, busy or there is a call ringing.

• 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, Polycom and Snom.

Kerio Operator 1.2 pricing starts at USD$150 for a 5-user server license. The Kerio Operator Box 1210 hardware appliance, which includes a 5-user license, is priced at USD$900  and the Kerio Operator Box 3210 with a 5-user license is USD$1,400. Additional user licenses are at USD$30 each, sold in 5-user bundles.

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.