Recently, we wrote about how data protection vendors force you to choose between an on-premises solution and a software-as-a-service solution. In one of our recent blog posts, we compared how choosing a backup solution should be just like choosing a car. If you want a vehicle that is good for commuting but can also accommodate off-road activities, you should buy a vehicle that does both. Fortunately, the automobile industry offers many types and models of cars to accommodate every consumer’s need. The car industry is flexible. Unfortunately, the majority of vendors in the data protection industry are not.

Today, many of these vendors want to dictate the backup infrastructure that you should use. Some claim that on-premises software is the right answer. Others force you into a backup-as-a-service alternative. Ugh...

Acronis True Image 2017 is changing the way we think about personal backup. New features like wireless mobile backup to local computers, incremental Facebook backup, and remote backup management meet the growing protection needs for personal and family data protection.

“I’ve used Acronis for over a decade, and Acronis True Image 2017 is the most fully featured, consumer-oriented imaging release yet. I love it, use it frequently, and would be lost without it. It’s a great time saver when a restore is necessary, and a source of great comfort. I know the backup is there even if I don’t need it at the moment. Kudos to the teams who developed this superior software.”  – Gerald W. B., Beta User

“How do I do this?”

How many times have ask yourself this question when using software such as Microsoft® Word or PowerPoint® or any application for that matter? We all ask this question at one point or another — especially when we use new software.

If you are creating an email or developing a spreadsheet, spending time to figure out how use the software is an inconvenience. However, if you are recovering a critical server, the last thing you can afford to do is spend time figuring out how to use the software and the user interface - by this time it's probably already too late.

With backup and data protection, this is more than just an inconvenience. When your server is down and your data is inaccessible, every minute counts because every minute is costing your company money. In addition, if you have to open the user guide or call support for help, minutes can turn to hours.

We recently had the biggest launch in our company’s history with the new releases of Acronis Backup 12 and Acronis Backup Cloud.

Did you know that we also brought our first monitoring product to market? We call it Acronis Monitoring Service - it's a brand new product and it’s available now!

Acronis Monitoring Service is a SaaS-based monitoring tool for cloud and on-premises infrastructures. It combines true ease-of-deployment and a robust feature set for server, network and web services monitoring, alerting, and data presentation. You can learn more about the product and try it for free here.

The last day to get a free upgrade to Microsoft Windows 10 is this Friday, July 29. After that, the cheapest option will be to buy a full version of Windows 10 Home for $119.

There are still many people who are hesitant to upgrade to Windows 10, as the new version of Windows brings a completely different user experience. Some people are afraid to upgrade, expecting issues with the current programs they currently have installed and use on a daily basis. Now, it seems that they are being forced to make a choice – either upgrade now for free or take more time to think about it and pay for Windows 10 in the future.

Last week, we launched the latest product built on our new hybrid cloud architecture – Acronis Backup 12. It’s the fastest, most complete, most beautifully designed backup solution ever – and unlike anything the market has seen before.

The launch was a huge success. In my 16 years as a marketer, this is the smoothest launch I have ever experienced. Our CEO’s focus on building a team that is responsive, alert, detail oriented, makes decisions and never gives up has led to near flawless execution across all disciplines, resulting in a great product for our partners and customers that now leads the market.

Cloud services and social media are inseparable from the lives of many of us. We share what is important and even not so important. We upload pictures and videos about our life events every day.

Many people who have used social media long enough have learned to trust that their posts are there, and they can always find them. People using public blog services have gotten used to having their content there all the time. But even the most reputable brands like Google can fail you – as it did for artist Dennis Cooper, whose blog and 14 years of work disappeared one day. Not that the problem is unique to Google’s Blogger service: hardware can fail, a virus may strike, or, in most of the cases, humans make mistakes. Sadly, many simply trust cloud services so much, that they keep their data only in one place, solely relying on the service of their choice.

If you haven’t followed the news for the past few days, you may be wondering why lots people are wandering around with their phones in front of them with happy smiles on their faces.

The rest of us know about Pokémon Go.

Finally, playing a game on your phone is combined with walking around wherever you are to learn some interesting facts about historic sites – a popular and now realized version of augmented reality.

However, walking around while looking into your phone can be precarious not just for you, but also to your phone.

Just today I saw two people accidentally drop their phones while playing Pokémon Go!

If you or your child drops and breaks a phone in a careless move capturing Pikachu, or if something ends up erasing data you really want, you could lose contacts, pictures, videos and more. The potential injuries and loss will not be virtual! 

Suffering from Brexititis?

Uncertain whether your data is secure, if you’re really in control?

You’re not alone.

Although the long-term impact of Britain’s departure from the European Union remains unclear, many of our customers and partners are concerned over the effect it will have on the security of their data, both in terms of protection and location.

This FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) is causing many businesses to place projects and investments on hold. Many are already re-evaluating their IT infrastructures, including the location of their data center, in light of recent changes to data protection laws.

As a global company with over 40% of revenues generated in Europe, Acronis is committed to providing data safety, privacy and security, combined with control and transparency for all its partners and customers.

We guarantee:

You, as an IT professional, always want everything to happen according to plan. You want to arrive at your desk in the morning, have your coffee, do your job and have everything go along smoothly. When you design a project, you strive to avoid complications, limitations, hurdles, and hassles.

If you are like most human beings, you crave control. Defined as “the belief that one has the ability to make a difference in the course or the consequences of some event or experience; often helpful in dealing with stress”, control helps you deal with anxiety — and in many circumstances — avoid it altogether.

Being in control is also important when you plan improvements to your IT infrastructure. You are the one that should make decisions based on your experience and business needs, not based on restrictions and limitations of software, hardware, or services.