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Acronis Introduces the First Full-Fledged Personal Backup Solution to Protect Apple® Mac® Users

Acronis’ Market-Leading Dual Protection Full System Image Backup Solution Now Available for both Mac® and Windows® Computers

Woburn, Mass. – June 24, 2014 – Acronis, the global leader in new generation data protection, today announced the availability of Acronis® True Image for Mac®, the only full system image backup solution offering dual protection for Mac computers. The new solution is the first to offer MacBook® users complete protection when they travel away from their locally attached storage, and provides dual protection to all Mac Users. With this new product, Acronis brings its award-winning and market-leading personal backup and recovery technology to the Apple® Mac® environment and extends its secure and complete new generation data protection from Windows to OS X® users.

Dual protection is a must have protection which empowers users to back up and store their data both locally and in the Acronis cloud, offering them peace of mind that their digital life is protected and accessible anytime, anywhere. Unlike other solutions, Acronis True Image for Mac provides a complete copy of the entire system, applications, user data and settings which are backed up locally and online, ensuring efficient and reliable recovery in case of a system issue, malfunction or hard drive failure.

Also exclusive to Acronis True Image for Mac is its ability to back up and restore a Parallels Desktop virtual machine in its active state, ensuring that users can easily recover their whole system exactly as it was with all Windows applications, documents and settings restored.

“The new Acronis True Image for Mac brings a new level of support and data protection to Parallels Desktop 9 users who are running Windows environments on Macs “, said Birger Steen, CEO of Parallels.

“With 51% of American households using Mac operating systems, we’ve been working towards providing our Windows PC market-leading solution to Apple Mac users offering them the same level of complete protection for their digital lives at home and in the Acronis cloud. We are tremendously excited to announce this offering today”, said Nat Maple, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Global Consumer Business, Acronis. “With Acronis True Image for Mac, we’ve established Acronis as the de facto leading provider of full system image backups with dual protection for Apple Macs users.”

Acronis True Image for Mac Features:

●      Full system Image backup and recovery, both locally and to the Acronis cloud

●      Recovery of a complete Mac image or just the specific files or folders you require

●      Advanced Parallels Desktop support, backup and recover Parallels machines in their active state

●      Smart backup scheduling including automatic backups

●      Personal Key Encryption for improved privacy of data

●      Recovery media creation

●      Versioning and incremental backups

●      A unique but familiar user interface specifically designed for Mac OS X Users

Acronis True Image for Mac can be customized for each individual user’s needs, including allowing the user to decide where their data is stored, locally and/or to the Acronis cloud. Acronis True Image for Mac has the unique ability to backup Windows virtual machines running in Parallels Desktop, even when the virtual machine is running, ensuring a complete backup of all data. Acronis True Image for Mac is designed for any Mac computer running OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 or Mavericks 10.9

Acronis True Image for Mac also detects Time Capsule as an optional storage destination and combines the benefits of both solutions.

With this new product launch, the Acronis AnyData Engine provides full data protection to Mac computers from any disaster by ensuring a safe and automatic Mac restoration if needed.


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 Launches Disk Director 12, Bringing Data Manipulation and Disk Management to the Next Level

New Disk Management Tool Is the Latest in Acronis’ Technology Evolution, Powering the New Generation of Data Protection

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Woburn, MA – May 27, 2014 — Acronis, the global leader in new generation data protection, today announced the release of Acronis Disk Director 12, the latest version of its leading disk management and data manipulation product. Acronis Disk Director is a key product in the Acronis family of advanced industry-leading data management and backup solutions, and leverages technical advances powered by the Acronis AnyData Engine.

Acronis Disk Director 12 is the latest in the long evolution of the company’s Disk Director family and reflects Acronis’ continued commitment to powering the new generation of data protection technology. It provides a host of features to help computer users organize their hard drives for superior performance and protects and secures users’ data via multiple volumes on a single drive. The Acronis AnyData Engine ensures that users have the greatest confidence, flexibility and access to their data, regardless of which Windows version is in use.

“Since it first hit the market 13 years ago, Acronis Disk Director has been a leading disk management tool and has remained a must-have for technical users who want the most complete disk partitioning and data manipulation solution available,” said Nat Maple, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Global Consumer Business, Acronis. “But data protection needs have evolved dramatically over the last decade. With most computers now shipping with one large single partition hard drive, the most basic form of data protection available is to create different logical partitions for the operating system and your personal data, protecting your data in the case of an issue or infection of the operating system. With a deep technological investment, Acronis Disk Director 12 has evolved to meet today’s market needs and operating system demands. With it, users can confidently manage their hard drives without the risk of data loss and can be assured that they have the most complete disk management and data manipulation solution on the market today.”

Acronis Disk Director 12’s core library support was developed by Acronis Labs, the company’s $10 million high-tech R&D center launched by Acronis CEO Serguei Beloussov in 2013 and dedicated to producing New Generation Data Protection technologies. Users are armed with a complete and sophisticated set of tools to manage their information easily and safely, with the ability to partition, format, manipulate, clone, install, share, convert, boot, span, merge, split, resize, copy and move data or disk partitions without losing anything. This enables users to securely divide their hard disk drive into multiple partitions to maximize device usage efficiency.

Key features of the Acronis Disk Director 12 solution include:

·       Partition Management. To maximize disk use, users can merge, split, resize, copy, and move partitions without losing data. Users can also quickly reorganize a hard drive’s structure.

·       Extended Windows support – New! Support for the latest versions of Windows (8 and 8.1), as well as earlier versions, including XP. Customers can also download and use the latest versions of Microsoft tools through the support of Windows Preinstallation Environment 5.0, and can access the latest Microsoft tools, like Windows Assessment or Deployment kits for Windows 8 or 8.1.

·       Across-the-board PC support – New! Support for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI)-based computers, extending support beyond BIOS-based PCs and ensuring full functionality regardless of PC type, which enables all Windows users to access Acronis Disk Director 12. Users can create Acronis bootable media (Linux-based or Windows PE-based) and boot into a recovery environment on a UEFI-based machine.

·       Improved Recovery Capabilities with Acronis Recovery Expert tool included.In the event of a hardware or software failure, users can recover from a partition on the hard drive or create a disk that can bring the system back. Acronis Recovery Expert is an easy-to-use tool that lets users recover volumes on a basic MBR disk that have been accidentally deleted or damaged.


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.

STONEWARE Announces the Immediate Availability of LanSchool 7.8 with Google Chromebook Support and Assessment Mode

Indianapolis, IN – April 25, 2014 – Stoneware, Inc., the leader in classroom management software, announces the immediate availability of LanSchool 7.8.  The release several new enhancements and important bug fixes, many of which were heavily requested by current and prospective customers.

Two highly anticipated features of LanSchool 7.8 are Google Chromebook support, as well as a brand new Assessment Mode.  Riding the wave of momentum caused by the increasingly popular Chromebook platform, LanSchool now offers teachers the ability to monitor and collaborate with these devices, just as they already can with PCs, Macs, Thin Clients, iOS and Android devices.

“Our commitment to support Education is reflected by our decision to add Chromebook support,” said Rick German, CEO of Stoneware, Inc.  “We continue to add platforms to our list of supported devices because we know that technology is constantly evolving, and we want teachers to have confidence in knowing they can use LanSchool across all platforms.”

A brand new assessment mode has been added to LanSchool to assist schools with their Common Core online testing needs.  Schools using LanSchool’s assessment mode will be able to lock down both student and proctor devices to ensure compliance with online testing requirements.  In addition, the audit log feature will track and record the state of the device when it is in testing mode.

Other new features in LanSchool 7.8 include:

  • Windows 8.1 support
  • Auto Update through the LanSchool Connection Service
    • The LanSchool Connection Service can now update all Windows and Apple-Mac students to the same version of LanSchool software.
  • SSID Limiting
    • The Network tampering feature of LanSchool has been enhanced to include wireless network management forcing students to connect to approved Wi-Fi networks.
  • New Universal iOS Teacher Assistant application for iPhone and iPad
  • Chrome Limiting on Mac

Pricing and Availability LanSchool 7.8. is a free upgrade for customers under a current maintenance agreement. LanSchool educational pricing starts at USD$20 per device. Site licenses, volume and educational discounts are available.

About Stoneware

Established in 2000 and acquired by Lenovo in 2012, Stoneware delivers workspace and classroom management software that gives people the freedom and flexibility to work more productively. Stoneware’s webNetwork™ software creates a unified workspace where workers can access cloud apps, native applications and legacy systems from any device, regardless of where they are located. Stoneware’s LanSchool™ classroom management software enhances the learning experience by enabling instructors to easily manage classroom technology and monitor student involvement. Despite today’s complex technology environments, Stoneware gives users a single view of their diverse resources while providing IT with central oversight.

Introducing Acronis Access: The First Solution to Comprehensively Address Enterprise-Level Needs for Mobile File Access, Synching and Sharing

New Product Allows Employees to Conveniently Work and Collaborate From Anywhere and on Any Device, While Providing IT the Level of Security and Control They Need

Arlington, VA. – March 4, 2014 – Today Acronis®, a global data protection company, announced Acronis Access, the first solution to turn any mobile device into a true business platform by integrating both mobile content management (MCM) and controlled file sync and sharing. Acronis Access is designed with a special focus on enterprise IT departments, especially those in highly regulated industries. It allows IT to maintain security and control, and comply with regulations, while enabling employees to easily and efficiently access and share corporate content with internal and external constituents.

“Acronis Access has revolutionized mobility with our clients,” said J David Hester, PhD, Solutions architect at LCG Systems. “The federal IT departments we work with had no sanctioned way in which to collaborate with external researchers. Using Acronis activEcho® provided us with all the necessary tools to manage, monitor and secure our data and meet NIST compliance standards, and before Acronis mobilEcho®, we had no simple way for our end users to access internal network resources on their iPads® and iPhones®. Acronis Access unites both functionalities and gives IT departments everything they need: support for two-factor authentication, access to their network home directories, shared folders and collaboration. In addition, with Acronis Access, they can now map to network shares without the cumbersome need of requesting centralized or local support.”

Acronis Access is powered by Acronis AnyData Technology and is on-premise, so enterprise IT knows exactly where their company’s data is. It also allows IT to give their employees the functionality they want, so they can remain productive in a controlled and secure environment. End-users can access content from file servers, NAS and SharePoint®, as well as their own desktops/laptops, and share files with people inside and outside their organization.

“Many employees today use personal smartphones and tablets to access sensitive corporate information, even if their organization doesn’t permit a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy,” said Terri McClure, Senior Analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. “With this growing trend, mobile device management (MDM) doesn’t go far enough. It isn’t about controlling the employee’s devices; it is about managing and securing corporate content. That is why companies need solutions like Acronis Access for Mobile Content Management. It gives IT more granular control of sensitive corporate information to ensure compliance, control and security for IT managers.”

Acronis Access delivers a number of key features, including:

  • On-premise deployment to provide IT with complete control
  • Active Directory integration, which makes authentication, provisioning and user management seamless
  • Military-grade, FIPS 140-2 certified encryption module and CAC/PIV authentication
  • The Acronis Policy Engine, which provides granular management capabilities to create security policies and ensures control and compliance, with more than 50 security and user permission policies available
  • Allows IT departments to easily manage and scale their environments
  • In-app editing and creation capability, to allow employees to edit Office documents and annotate PDFs within the secure Access sandbox, eliminating data leakage and improving productivity
  • An easy and intuitive UI to make it simple and natural for users, with virtually no training

An audit log that gives IT the visibility to see what users are doing, including which documents they access and share with others.“The age of one size fits all is over. People have more choices than ever, so it’s crucial that IT departments give employees products they’ll actually want to use and the flexibility to use the device of their choice,” said Anders Lofgren, VP of product management at Acronis. “Acronis Access provides a user-friendly UI and seamless integration with Active Directory®, so both users and IT are happy. Plus the audit log gives IT the oversight necessary to ensure security and compliance.”


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 Introduces New Generation Data Protection Technology for Virtual, Physical, and Cloud Environments

Acronis Revolutionizes Data Protection with AnyDataTechnology; Introduces Best-in-Class Products Without the Complexity and Overhead of Legacy Platforms

Woburn, MA – February 24, 2014 – Today Acronis® announced the launch of a new generation of data protection for virtual, physical and cloud environments.  Powered by AnyData technology, Acronis’ new generation data protection offers easy, complete and safe backup, disaster recovery and secure access for all data, across every environment, in any location.

“Customers are grappling with unabated data growth and the increasing adoption of virtualization, cloud and mobile platforms” said Robert Amatruda, research director, data protection and recovery at IDC. “To protect their critical data for a wide array of applications in physical, virtual or cloud environments, businesses need to consider a flexible yet comprehensive solution, such as Acronis with AnyData Technology.”

Acronis AnyData technology, developed over 10 years, enables cost-effective products which seamlessly integrate and allow a company’s data protection capabilities to grow along with the company.  Before Acronis AnyData technology, organizations using old generation data protection had to choose between affordable but incomplete point products, and feature-rich but highly complex and expensive platforms.  Now, Acronis offers a new approach that delivers the best of both worlds – best-in-class individual products that seamlessly and easily work together to offer complete data protection.

The user interface and management features for products based on AnyData technology provide great flexibility while reducing training costs and eliminating compatibility issues. They offer twice the performance using 50% of the resources for workloads of any type, in any virtual or physical environment, at any location across clouds, data centers or remote offices. Even if a company’s storage environment might grow and become more complex, its data protection strategy remains simple and comprehensive.

“Data protection is more important today than ever before. Since losing business critical data is not an option, organizations are acutely aware of the need to protect their data,” said Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Acronis. “Our mission is to be the leading provider of easy, complete and safe new generation data protection solutions.  With AnyData technology and our updated suite of products, we have redefined best-in-class for backup, disaster recovery, and secure access.”

More than 300 Acronis developers and the R&D team at Acronis Labs created AnyData technology. This team invented a deep portfolio of more than 50 patents, and has used its extensive expertise in backup, virtualization and storage to deliver the first easy-to-use and comprehensive data protection solution that deserves the name Any by supporting:

  • Any protection: data backup, bare metal restore, migration, and system deployment
  • Any device: servers and workstations
  • Any server: virtual and physical
  • Any OS environment: Windows® and Linux®
  • Any file system: NTFS, ReFS, FAT16/32, Ext2/3/4, ReiserFS3, XFS, JFS and more
  • Any virtual environment: VMware®, Hyper-V®, XenServer®, Red Hat® Enterprise Virtualization, Parallels, and others
  • Any migration: V2V, V2P, P2V, P2P
  • Any application: Exchange, SQL Server®, SharePoint®, and Active Directory®
  • Any location: cloud, on-premise, and remote offices

Additionally, Acronis repackaged its offerings to reduce complexity and add more value for customers. Popular features such as universal restore, de-duplication, and granular application support are now part of the base products.

“A significant amount of time was invested by our technical team to identify a single source backup and disaster recovery solution, which we were confident could fulfill both our current and future requirements.  Acronis has the features to support all aspects of our business — our virtual server environment, cloud-based options for remote locations and deduplication services to reduce overall storage consumption. With Acronis, we have been able to greatly enhanced our disaster recovery procedures.” Michael Moore, Vice President, EFC Systems, Inc.

“Acronis’ new data protection product suite with AnyData technology is a big step forward,” Jason Schuerhoff, Sublime Solution, VP of Sales.  “The combination of ease of use, value and advanced features for virtual, physical and cloud environments is exactly what our customers want.”

AnyData technology uniquely and efficiently captures, stores, recovers and accesses data across workload types, combined with a breakthrough approach for simplifying and unifying management.  Core technologies include:

  • Disk and VM image capture – Efficiently captures all data giving users the choice of full, incremental or differential backup.
  • Active Recovery –Tracks operating system I/O requests and restores blocks when the OS needs them, continuing to restore other blocks in the background. This allows booting a machine and starting applications long before a restore is complete.
  • Unified Back-up Format – High efficiency algorithms reduce storage, IO and CPU requirement and enable unified, fast, easy and granular access to multiple versions of files, applications and systems across all workloads.
  • Single-pass block-level data management – Eliminates the need for multiple agents and dramatically increases speed and efficiency.

Together, these technologies create a lean architecture in which individual affordable products snap together to create one unified data protection solution.  This allows organizations to only buy what they need – without the unnecessary complexity and upfront investment of a platform.

 


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.