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Cowan Insurance Group Standardizes on Acronis True Image Server

September 22, 2004, South San Francisco, CA — Acronis, Inc., the technological leader in storage management software, announced that the Cowan Insurance Group (Cowan) of Waterloo, Ont., Canada, has standardized on Acronis True Image Server 8.0 for Windows and Server 8.0 for Linux, the latest version of Acronis' award-winning disk imaging, disaster recovery and bare-metal backup and restore utility.

The software allows for real-time image creation, which not only reduces creation time, it also drastically reduces server restoration in a disaster recovery situation. This provides a larger window for recovery procedures and gets employees up and running in hours — not days.

"Cowan required a backup and disaster recovery approach that would have no performance impact to our production systems," explained David Thomson, VP Information Technology, Cowan Insurance Group. "Any backup operation that affected the system performance would have adversely affected our ability to assist clients and business partners. We need access to our databases in a timely manner. Acronis provided us with a solution that should help reduce our storage and data management costs while enabling us to respond more quickly to changing business needs."

"While Acronis True Image Server was originally conceived as a solution for the small to midsize business market, the fit with Cowan demonstrates its flexibility in large enterprises that require point-in-time backups of databases," said Max Tsypliaev, president of Acronis Inc. "Ensuring data availability and maintaining peak system performance were the company's key requirements, and Acronis True Image Server met their needs."

In addition to backup and disaster recovery capabilities, Acronis True Image Server also allows Cowan to clone server drives. This is invaluable when expanding a server farm quickly with the minimum of configuration time.

Cowan began the rollout of Acronis True Image Server in August.

About Cowan Insurance Group

Cowan Insurance Group (Cowan) was founded in 1927 and has grown to be an organization with more than 400 employees. Through our family of companies, Frank Cowan Company, Cowan Insurance Brokers, and Cowan Wright Beauchamp we provide insurance and risk management products and services, as well as help employers meet their pension, retirement and group benefits requirements across Canada. For additional information, please visit or contact Lynne Short at

About Acronis, Inc.

Acronis offers storage management solutions that are technically advanced for mission-critical applications but easy to use. The company provides disaster recovery, backup and restore, partitioning, boot management, privacy, data migration, and other storage management products for enterprises, corporations and consumers of any qualification. Acronis has offices in the Unites States, Europe and Asia and sells its products through retail outlets, resellers and on the Web. For additional information, please visit or contact Director of Marketing Benedicte Clementz at

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