Top Five Qualities of a Good Backup Solution for Windows Server 2016

The time has come, and you are ready to migrate to Windows Server 2016. As part of your migration process, you will back up your old server, and then perform an upgrade according to Microsoft recommendations. Good plan, no doubt – but there is one question – will your backup solution cope with your plan? Does it actually support the new Windows Server?

Unfortunately, a number of backup solution vendors are lagging behind when it comes to supporting the latest versions of operating systems. If your company has an enterprise agreement with Microsoft, you may be under increased pressure to upgrade as soon as possible, especially if Microsoft is planning apply the Modern Lifecycle Policy to the Windows Server product line that you use.

Weekly Tech Roundup: December 5

Weekly Tech Roundup: December 5

December is here, and alongside online shopping and holiday music, the new month is bringing with it a whole new round of big tech headlines. From new tactics in cybercrime, to ambiguous privacy laws, it can seem like the IT world is getting darker by the minute. But with these stories, also come stories of innovation, emerging trends, and futuristic exploration. And luckily, we’ve searched through these headlines, getting you the tech news we know you want to read.

5 Myths of Oracle Database Backup

5 Myths of Oracle Database Backup

Oracle Database is one of the most popular business database servers. In fact, it topped the database popularity charts for few years in a row, according to DB-Engines.com. Millions of companies store their most critical data – ERP, CRM, finance databases – in Oracle Database servers and systems. Given the importance of these systems, it’s no wonder there are a lot of opinions and myths about protecting Oracle Databases, and here are the top five:

1. RMAN is the only way to back up Oracle DB

Oracle Database “purists” will insist that only the vendor’s tool can properly and reliably back up the database. While RMAN (Recovery Manager) is undoubtedly a reliable and proven option, it is not the only way. Backup software vendors, including Acronis, worked for years to ensure that the most popular database can be protected by centralized company-wide backup solutions. In addition, Oracle Database supports multiple operating system frameworks, like Microsoft VSS (Volume Shadow Copy Service), ensuring that system-wide disk snapshots contain consistent state of the database.

What is Ransomware?

What is Ransomware

If you don’t know what ransomware is, read on. You’re in danger of losing all of the files on your computer. Ransomware is a small piece of criminal software that highjacks your computer by encrypting your files, denying you access to them, and then demands online payment for their release. It’s one of the most shameless forms of cyber extortion, and in some cases, actual blackmail.

The threat is very real. If you use email, browse websites, spend time on social networks, connect to local networks (at work, at home, or in public spaces), or use removable USB drives, whether on a desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet, you are always a click or two away from a ransomware infiltration. Don’t be a victim. Outsmart cyber-criminals with a few simple steps. It’s easy, but only if you know what to look for.

A Day With Toro Rosso in Moscow

Only for a day, but what a day! Acronis invited Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Team Principal Franz Tost and driver Daniil Kvyat to visit Moscow and spend a day with fans, media, and students. If you weren’t there, here is a short summary of what you missed.

A Recipe for Thanksgiving Data Protection

Happy Thanksgiving Americans!  And happy start of holiday seasons to all around the world! 

Remember, when all of those new computers and digital photo and video devices you are giving and getting for gifts mix with holiday travel, you are going to need some protection.  Protection for your data and protection for your devices.  Here are nine things to keep in mind:

Acronis Backup 12 Closer Look — Mac Backup

Having spent more than quarter of a century in IT I have to admit that I am not a Mac user. Like many others, I have other Apple products, but I never used a Mac for a long period of time. My fingers are wired to use a 104-key PC keyboard, not the 78/109 keys of a Mac. I don’t have an idea what the “Command” key is, or what it does.

For sure, I am not alone. It’s no surprise that many other IT departments try to avoid doing anything on a Mac. They even go as far as “We do not support Macs” statement I’ve heard so often in many companies.

Weekly Tech Roundup — November 21

With a news cycle that is constantly churning out content, it might seem impossible to stay up-to-date. Whether you’re wondering about the emerging innovations in blockchain technology, the increasing deviousness of ransomware infections, or the secrecy of major tech corporations—we’ve got you covered.

What did you miss in tech this week?

WestCoast Racing: A Season in Review and Plans for 2017

For the second time this season, Acronis got involved in the TCR International Series, sponsoring Mikhail Grachev, a promising driver from the Swedish team WestCoast Racing, who is chasing his fifth victory this season here at Macau, during the Macau Grand Prix weekend.

We spoke to James Nixon, WestCoast Racing Team Manager about the team’s involvement in the series, Grachev’s performance, and plans for the next season.

Mikhail Grachev in Macau: Data Helps to Achieve Better Results

For the second time this season, Acronis is supporting the TCR International Series’ driver Mikhail Grachev, who is racing for WestCoast in Macau this weekend. We asked Mikhail what he thinks about the race and partnership with Acronis.

Mikhail, could you give us some insight into the last race in Malaysia, and what are your plans for Macau?

I qualified 3rd in Malaysia but we had some issues during the final race. The problem was that we made some mistakes in the car setup and my car wasn’t right for the changed conditions on the track. It affected my chances finishing the race.