Archive for February, 2013

Acronis Addresses Major Risks of Mac in the Enterprise through Expanded Data Protection Architecture

Enterprises Can Seamlessly Integrate and Protect Mac Data, Avert Compliance Risks and Maintain the User Experience

Woburn, Mass. – February 27, 2013 Acronis today announced a backup and data protection reference architecture to enable the seamless and secure integration of data from the Apple® Mac®, in the enterprise. The new solution, based on ExtremeZ-IP® and Acronis Backup & Recovery®, eliminates the business continuity and compliance risks of Mac use without disrupting the user or administrator experience. Mac integration is an important step in Acronis’ move beyond traditional backup and disaster recovery to encompass a broader strategy for secure data availability, accessibility and protection.

Mac use within the enterprise is growing at an extraordinary rate as executives and workers alike expect the freedom to choose their preferred workstation and operating system. However, if Mac files are not protected and available within the enterprise, they will introduce IT management headaches and increased financial and legal risk profiles. Acronis addresses this technology gap by utilizing proven technologies, including those enabled by its recent acquisition of GroupLogic, to integrate Mac backups into the corporate data protection strategy.

Acronis’ new architecture utilizes ExtremeZ-IP to seamlessly integrate Mac files into typical IT environments powered by Windows® servers and Active Directory®. It then enables the OS X® backup tool Time Machine® to send Mac archives to a corporate file server, protected by Active Directory access rights. Backups from multiple clients are stored in a single server without the risk of compromising access rules. Acronis Backup & Recovery then centrally protects the Time Machine vaults within the enterprise infrastructure with the flexibility to store files to disk, SAN, tape or the cloud.

“Macs are a reality in the enterprise, and IT organizations must have workable solutions to avoid the serious legal and financial risks presented by unprotected Mac data,” said Dmitri Joukovski, Acronis vice president of product management. “Our architecture allows IT to finally say ‘yes’ to Macs with confidence, providing them with seamless integration of Mac files into existing data protection policies, processes and technologies – all without any negative impact on the end user or administrator. Regardless of where data originates, IT must ensure it is available, accessible and protected, making Mac file integration absolutely essential.”


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 Drives Industry Forward with Expansion of Data Protection Platform for Hybrid Environments

Acronis’ Progressive Strategy Meets Changing Enterprise Architecture Demands for New Data Protection Technologies

Woburn, Mass. – February 27, 2013 Recognizing a serious shift in enterprise needs for data protection, Acronis today announced that it has expanded beyond the traditional backup and disaster recovery market to encompass a broader strategy for delivering secure data availability, accessibility and protection. The widespread adoption of virtualization and cloud computing, alongside tablets, smartphones and the Apple® Mac® within businesses significantly increases the risk of data loss and leakage, which cannot be prevented with conventional approaches using outdated technologies from legacy vendors. With its focus on the protection and movement of data, regardless of platform or environment, Acronis is presenting further expansion of its comprehensive platform to address this risk, easily, simply, and reliably for organizations of all sizes.

In 2012, Acronis’ virtualization data protection business grew by nearly 60 percent worldwide. This, alongside Acronis’ continued cloud business growth, is strong evidence of the demand for a more innovative, comprehensive platform that eliminates IT complexity and allows companies to establish one set of data protection policies, using one technology, across all environments. The increase in hybrid IT environments require new approaches to solve the data protection and availability problems these complex environments create.

“Companies are adopting new technologies faster than they can plan effective data protection strategies. Yet IT is responsible for data protection across all technologies and environments. After all, data can only be utilized if it can be securely accessed, protected and available regardless of platform or environment, tablet or smartphone,” said Alex Pinchev, president and CEO, Acronis. “Acronis is delivering a comprehensive platform strategy that allows customers’ to more simply and reliably mitigate the risk to data in today’s world, in ways no legacy vendor can. By keeping data at the center of our development effort, we focus on removing the constraints of hybrid environments by enabling the secure, protected movement of data while reducing risks of data loss and leakage.”

The most recent developments include a new seamless architecture that enables organizations to integrate protection for data created on an Apple® Mac® platform, which was also announced today, as well as the extension of the Acronis Unified Platform to include new plugins for data-intensive applications such as Microsoft® SQL Server™ which are increasingly moving to virtual environments.

“We see the forces of Big Data, virtualization, cloud and the growing population of workers with three or more disparate devices changing the landscape of data protection forever,” commented Laura DuBois, program vice president for the Storage practice at IDC. “Our research shows that with the next wave of virtualization users will increasingly embrace multiple hypervisors in their environments. Organizations will be facing an increasingly complex management and security burden.”

From the initial imaging product development in 2002, Acronis has always focused on the protection of data, regardless of platform or environment, enabling seamless movement and greater efficiency. The imaging technology central to Acronis innovation enables the granular availability of every object, file, machine or system – regardless of location. Acronis’ Unified Platform, which supports all major hypervisors, has been on the market for nearly two years and is proven in thousands of networks worldwide. These latest extensions will bring greater flexibility to an organizations’ ability to move, access and protect critical data.

 


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 Extends Granular Recovery of Applications to Physical and Virtual Environments

Acronis Makes Virtual Environments Safer and More Available, Enabling Intelligent Reliable Recovery for Microsoft SQL Server and SharePoint. 

Woburn, Mass. – February 27, 2013 With more organizations moving large critical databases to virtual environments, Acronis today announced that it is adding support for Microsoft® SQL Server® and Microsoft® SharePoint® to its award winning Acronis Backup & Recovery® Unified Platform for virtual and physical environments. The new modules are the latest extension of the Acronis platform to support the most popular data-intensive applications, reducing the complexity and time taken to restore applications and their critical data in every environment.

The patent-pending Single Pass Backup combines two backups in one, eliminating the need for separate strategies for the protection of applications and reducing time required for the operation.  By leveraging Acronis’ in depth understanding of storage and file systems, the new modules are ‘application aware’ when both backing up and restoring, making it possible to find and restore only the files or objects required from the application, in seconds.  This is a particular advantage when working in a virtual environment  as traditional backup and recovery solutions must restore an entire VM before an individual file or object can be found.

“Two of the unintended consequences of greater production server virtualization are the increase in complexity and greater demand for the availability of critical data,” commented Dmitri Joukovski, vice president of product management for Acronis. “The real focus for maintaining protection and availability of critical applications should be on ease of restore. Whether it is an individual email, a single file or an entire database, these can now been quickly located and recovered through a one step, one administrator process without the need for specialized tools or knowledge.”

The technology offers increased flexibility that can enable organizations to achieve the aggressive RPO and RTO measures demanded for applications – even those on virtual machines. The Single Pass backup and one process restore enables instances and databases, as well as individual files and folders to be restored. Acronis Backup & Recovery ® supports Microsoft® Hyper-V™, VMware vSphere®, Red Hat® Enterprise Virtualization, Citrix® XenServer® and Parallels® Server BareMetal hypervisors, and physical Windows® and Linux servers, which allows data to be moved securely and seamlessly between every environment of choice. This enables the recovery of any machine or file to any other available machine, reproducing an identical configuration and environment is not required for a fast recovery

By adding Microsoft® SharePoint® and SQL Server® to its existing support for Microsoft® Active Directory® and Microsoft Exchange, Acronis is simplifying the complexity of data protection and availability for applications in every environment.

 


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.