Monday, 07 March 2016 23:48

Acronis: New versions of its business backup solutions have landed

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Acronis says its new versions of Acronis Backup Solutions for business deliver easy, complete and affordable data protection for businesses, MSPs, telcos, hosters and resellers with ’best-ever performance and reliability.’

Hybrid cloud data protection company Acronis has announced new releases of its Acronis Backup and Acronis Backup Advanced solutions, and its Acronis Backup Cloud solution.

Billed as being ‘ideal for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), the new Acronis Backup solutions combine higher performance, quality and reliability with new features that make the buying and upgrade process seamless and easy, including a simple step up to the future Acronis Backup 12 solution.’

Quoting the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), Acronis notes that ‘data backup and recovery consistently rank among the top IT priorities for organisations of all sizes, but especially for mid-sized organisations.’

At the same time, Acronis reminds us that ‘today’s businesses face new challenges when it comes to data protection, including huge increases in data volume, man-made and natural disasters, and cyber-threats.’

Jason Buffington, Principal Analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group is quoted stating: “As workloads continue to grow and diversify, businesses need to be looking for ways to simplify their data protection while reducing costs and increasing their agility.

“Companies should be preparing for the future by taking a wider view of data protection right now, by implementing solutions that deliver broader support across a constantly growing mix of platforms to be protected, each with their own data and business criticality.”

So, what’s new in version 11.7 of Acronis Backup and Acronis Backup Advanced?

Acronis says its ‘Acronis Backup’ solutions provide fast, one-click recovery of individual files, application data, or a complete system — all from a single backup.

Acronis Backup and Acronis Backup Advanced 11.7 are said to be the ‘best-performing releases to date and prepare both existing and new customers for a seamless move to version 12.’

Acronis Backup supports five to 50 employees and one to five servers. Meanwhile, Acronis Backup Advanced supports 50 to 1,000 employees and five to 100 servers.

Here are the benefits that Acronis ascribes to the new 11.7 versions:

  • New Subscription Licensing: Simple and flexible options protect an SMB’s entire data centre without upfront capital expenses.
  • Improved Performance and Reduced Storage Costs: Variable block de-duplication adds the ability to store 24 times more data with the same amount of RAM, reducing overall storage costs. Customers will also achieve quicker recovery time objectives (RTOs) and lower downtime costs with up to 40% faster recovery from de-duplicated storage.
  • Faster Backup with Expanded Storage Support: Enables backup of network file system (NFS) shared folders and delivers improved backup to NFS-based Network Attached Storage (NAS), SMB/CIFS, FTP and SFTP.
  • Extended Operating System Support: Complete support for Microsoft Exchange 2016, Microsoft Windows 10, Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Tech Preview 4, VMware vSphere 6, Linux kernel up to 4.4, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.x.

And what’s new in Acronis Backup Cloud, version 5?

Acronis says that you can ‘get a preview of the Acronis Backup 12 experience with the new Acronis Backup Cloud version 5.’

Acronis Backup Cloud is billed as an affordable, secure, and highly scalable hybrid cloud backup service that makes it easy for SMBs to manage protecting devices no matter where they are located or where the business wants the backup stored – either locally, in the cloud or both.

We’re also told that ‘Acronis Backup Cloud 5 is based upon a cloud architecture and designed to fit any service provider technology environment and business model.’

Acronis ascribes the new version of Acronis Backup Cloud provides the following benefits:

  • Automated service management tools: Enables service providers to better manage consumption, quotas and backup alerts, resulting in time-savings and increased revenues.
  • Self-service backup monitoring: Provides greater control of the backup process for end users, including viewing of backup progress and the ability to protect machines with a single click after the agent installation.
  • Centralised dashboard: allows end users to view alerts and conduct audits from a single location and management console.

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Steve Goh, Vice President and GM of Sales, APAC & EMM Acronis said: “Our latest Acronis Backup solutions have been pushed to the limit when it comes to testing, performance, and reliability – it’s our most solid backup release ever.

“We’ve also responded to customer feedback by making everything easier, including a simplified buying process with subscription pricing and seamless upgrades to new solutions that will keep our partners and end users prepared for whatever future challenges lie ahead.”

Availability

Versions 11.7 of Acronis Backup and Acronis Backup Advanced are available now. Version 5.0 of Acronis Backup Cloud will be available later in March 2016.

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