MRG-Effitas - Acronis Test

For the second time in two weeks, an independent lab acknowledged Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation as the best backup solution, in part due to the cutting-edge feature that actively protects against ransomware — Acronis Active Protection™.

Why is an active approach to ransomware protection really necessary? Because just having a backup is no longer enough. In order to protect your data, you have to have multiple copies in multiple places, and they need to be protected against cyber-attacks. You have to be vigilant against the data-encrypting ransomware ghosts lingering just around the corner, looking for sneaky ways to chomp on your data like this is a real-world game of Pac-Man.

Acronis Backup 12 Advanced Dashboards

Acronis Backup 12 Advanced dashboard provides a number of customizable, dynamic widgets that give an overview of your backup infrastructure and backed-up devices.

Best Home Backup Software

MRG Effitas tested eight popular backup solutions for ransomware protection capabilities, performance, usability, and user experience. Who has the best technology?

Weekly Tech Roundup — April 24

Technology News

New malware botnets, Ransomware as a Service campaigns, and financial breaches littered the technological landscape last week. But that doesn’t mean the world of tech isn’t going to fight back. Find out what’s being done to combat these emerging threats, and what you can do to protect your data in the meantime in our weekly tech roundup.

Connect Mac to Windows File Server

Anyone who has worked in a mixed Mac/Windows shop knows that the two environments have significant compatibility issues. With Acronis Access Connect, organizations can quickly install a simple solution that eliminates these stubborn incompatibility problems, enabling Mac users to exist harmoniously and work productively in a Windows-based environment. Apple Spotlight search works properly. Problems with file naming, file access permissions, network printing, unreliable file transfers, and slow server performance disappear. 
 

Backup for Large Environments

The IT environments grow at a faster pace than the companies they serve. A decade ago, a company with 30 employees would have had half a dozen servers, a couple of dozens of PCs, and that’s it. Nowadays, there may be:

  • Few old physical servers still housing important data and applications
  • Virtual hosts, holding couple dozen virtual machines (VMs), with different applications, and even different hypervisors
  • 35+ PCs and laptops — including some Macs
  • 20-30 VMs in the cloud – in Microsoft Azure, Amazon EC2, Google, or other IaaS cloud
  • Applications and data in the cloud – most probably Microsoft Office 365
  • Few dozen corporate mobile devices – tablets, phones

All of these devices contain important company data, and need to be backed up – and your existing backup solution may not be able to support all of these, or easily scale along with your hybrid IT evolution. What should you do?

In a world where the scourge of ransomware threatens more and more data, it’s of primary importance to protect your data and backups at every step. That’s why the AV-Test Institute examined the threat protection capabilities of popular backup solutions.

Benjamin Franklin once famously observed “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” If he lived today, he might have added “data loss” to that list, since the need to safeguard our data is an everyday part of our tech-infused lives.

Given how digitized today’s tax system is, protecting our tax records is critical. Even the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agrees a backup should be a top priority.

Weekly Tech Roundup — April 17

Coffee Blockchain

The good guys had some wins this week, making the digital world a little bit safer. But it seems the world needs balance—new threats popping up in the place of old ones. Luckily, the innovations weren’t all bad (have you heard about a company that is trying to transform the global coffee supply chain with blockchain?) What tech headlines did you miss last week?

It’s not often that one product so completely dominates the rest in a number of important performance measurements. Yet the AV-TEST Institute, an international and independent research lab specializing in IT security and malware research, showed that Acronis True Image is up to 10 times faster than its competition! But before examining those juicy findings, let’s talk about how the institute ranked its ease of use.