Backup

Acronis Backup 12 Now Protects Microsoft Office 365 and VMware vSphere 6.5

We are excited to announce the addition of Microsoft Office 365 backup functionality and support for VMware vSphere 6.5 to the world’s fastest and most complete small business backup solution, Acronis Backup 12. It’s the update you’ve been waiting for! Find out how it can help you protect your valuable data.

Acronis Backup Cloud 7.0 Is Here!

We are excited to announce the release of Acronis Backup Cloud 7.0. The latest update of this powerful hybrid cloud backup solution for service providers brings innovative new features, integration with ConnectWise Manage, and many other improvements.

How to find out if your computer is protected against ransomware

Ransomware is on the hunt for your precious photos and important documents. Is your computer protected? Are you sure that your protection actually works? There is an easy way to check. Find out how!

A Series of Unfortunate Backup Events

Gitlab.com is a very popular Software as Service (SaaS) platform for software developers. Recently, they suffered a series of unfortunate events due to incomplete backup practices that resulted in customer data loss and service down time. They are back up and running now (minus some essential client data) and there are a few important lessons we can learn from their backup approach and resulting experience.

Most Popular Articles in 2016

During this year we kept our readers informed about the latest products, innovation, and best practices in backup, data storage, cyber security, and data protection in general. We also talked a lot about our partnership with Scudeira Toro Rosso Formula 1 team. Here are some of our most read articles.

How Do You Create the World’s Fastest Backup

According to the latest findings by an independent testing lab, Acronis Backup 12 is up to two times faster than the leading competitor, as well as the other well-known vendor. So how does one vendor create a solution that is so much faster than others in creating backups and performing recoveries? It’s a simple three-ingredient recipe.

Step 1: Technologies and Innovations

First, you need to invent a good amount of high-quality technologies – like live disk imaging backup, recovery to dissimilar hardware, Acronis Instant Restore™, and so on. Don’t forget to apply for and get 100+ data protection technology patents. Remember the quality – innovative data protection know-how can be extremely complex, yet have to be delivered to customers via an easy-to-use interface.

Disaster at the Devil's Tower

Disaster at the Devil's Tower

“Never update your system on Friday, 13th or on Halloween”. I knew the rule, I remembered it – but decided to ignore. I went ahead and began updating a few systems on October 31. I started the procedure late and with the last-minute requests and unruly users, my day has got away. I knew the update would go late into the night.

The sun was already down, and a light rain mixed with the wind created a gloomy atmosphere outside. Dark shadows mixed with swaying trees were not for the faint of heart. Then, the sky suddenly lit up as if it was in the middle of the day! It was so unusual that I dropped everything and ran outside.

It was a dark and stormy afternoon. IT administrator John was shaking, nervously traversing the dark corridors of his normally familiar office. He’s trembling in the sight of moving shadows, squeaking office doors and abnormally pale, almost ghoulish faces inside dark rooms of various company departments and offices.

He was in a rush to help Jane with her innocuous problem – “My PC does not work!” – that she just reported. To John, it sounded just like hundreds of other IT issues that he has resolved over his illustrious IT admin career.

But, Jane’s face was pale and she looked scared. And, that’s not even what really concerned John. It was the huge FBI logo on Jane’s PC screen, next to a timer counting down, and something about paying money that got John’s attention.

According to a recent Enterprise Strategy Group study, only 8% of organizations have virtualized the majority of servers that could be. Another study from Techaisle shows that only 60% of servers were virtualized in 2014, and while the figure is expected to rise, total virtualization is nowhere in sight. The same study also noted some of the major challenges of virtualization, including costs and management complexity.

Data is the lifeline of your organization. You, as an IT system administrator, know this perfectly well through the daily trials and tribulations babysitting your IT systems, through the pain and suffering of getting things back up and running when they go down. Because of this you know that backing up everything you manage is essential – and maybe you even learned this hard way.

So, what do you do?

First, you select a complete and reliable backup solution, and provision it in your environment. However, when you get to the settings of your backup policy, you are stumped by the simple question: “Where do you want to back up to?”

“Hold on. Where do I want to back up?” you ask yourself. The software gives you multiple options – disk, network, cloud, tape – but which one is the best?

Well, it can be tricky – as there is no absolute best option. For example: