No Rest for the Wicked! Mobility Goes Global, MobileIron and Other Good Stuff!

We’ve had a couple of busy weeks in mobility. We had two regional launches of mobilEcho and activEcho – one in Munich, Germany and the other one in Tokyo, Japan. Both of these speak to the global nature of the customer problems we are trying to solve with our mobilEcho and activEcho solutions – how do mobile workers safely access corporate content on their mobile devices, how do employees securely share and collaborate and files, and how do they get access to all their files across all their devices? This is what we do! Said more simply, we provide every time, everywhere access, sharing and syncing of the critical data that drives your enterprise. And, like I said, these are universal problems that cut across almost all vertical markets and job roles.

Technology Spotlight: Single-Pass Backup

Acronis has recently released  another module for Acronis Backup & Recovery Advanced Platform, a module to support Microsoft SQL Server backup. From now on, the previous version of Microsoft SQL backup application has retired, and the SQL support has moved into the Acronis Backup & Recovery platform solution.

It may not seem like a big deal, but it is an important step for us at Acronis. In fact, this module is the first one built on the entirely new framework called single-pass backup.

Today’s countless mobile devices present tangible opportunities to drive measurable and substantial value for the enterprise. Field service workers, executives on the go, sales reps, and project managers all have a need for mobile access to email, applications, enterprise data and files. There’s no question that the advent of the iPad, iPhone and other mobile devices brings substantial benefits to the enterprise. However, these benefits also come with new security risks that enterprise IT departments must be ever vigilant about, lest critical data be compromised.

In addition to escalating mobile device use, the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend in the workplace continues to grow. While this trend is an incredible boon for employee satisfaction, as well as enterprise productivity and IT-cost savings when it comes to hardware, service and support, it presents additional challenges on top of those inherent to mobile devices.

Many would agree that two copies are better than one. But redundancy has its cost, too. And then you have management overheads for two backup destinations and uncertainty of your recovery success rate with tape, disk or cloud. Sounds like a puzzle to solve. The key to efficient backup strategy with guaranteed outcome is to clearly define which goal you meet with each type of backup, and combine the two in the right way. Hybrid is not just about two copies, software vendors or service providers. It’s about making a smart – and budget-friendly – decision about your entire backup and recovery plan.

Incredible Innovation at Acronis

Usually, I do not write about technology. I much prefer to speak about the application of technology to solve problems. But, let me start April by telling a story about an amazing technological innovation here at Acronis.

Our chief engineer, Sam Stolichnaya, was working hard at improving our deduplication technology. For years, he had been working on a recursive compression technology where you could compress files, and then compress that, and again and again until you had a result thousands of times smaller than the original. While this worked very well, it used up a lot of memory, so it was not a good general solution. Dedupe could be.

Acronis already supplies a dedupe module that seamlessly installs into our platform and saves storage by finding duplicate information and only storing it once. Anyway, Sam and another engineer, Peter Pshenichnaya, were discussing

Virtualization: It comes with enormous opportunities for organizations of all sizes. On the other hand, it serves up a number of intense challenges. Among these challenges is the increased risk of data loss and massive outage.

Don’t fret. You can manage these challenges, head on. You just need to find the right solution – ideally, one that includes these seven elements:

1. Cross-vendor choice and flexibility. When you choose a backup and recovery solution, you may not want to be locked into a single vendor. Maybe you would prefer affordable cross-hypervisor data migration, backup and disaster recovery – executed across disparate systems, different sites and multiple vendors. Single and multiple vendor solutions can both work – the key is picking a solution that gives you a choice.

 

In a relatively short period of time, the enterprise mobility landscape has transformed from a world where a privileged circle of Blackberry users enjoyed access to their email and calendars, to an environment where the entire corporate population can take advantage of mobile access to a wide array of enterprise resources. Many of these employees are even providing their own smartphones or tablets, and are paying for their monthly service. Allowing these devices to be used to streamline tasks and enhance productivity is to the advantage of everyone.

 

Linux Backup Doesn’t Have to be Retro

Linux backup is stuck in the 90s. And like most long-term Linux users, I didn't realize that - until I started to work for a software company that performs backup and recovery and saw the alternative. At first glance, the backup software situation for Linux actually looks comfortable: Most Linux distributions include a number of Open Source backup solutions, either included in the core OS or available as an add-on. Also, many commercial backup vendors do support backup of Linux machines, so there is plenty of choice. 

In practice, however, it turns out that most of the simple free tools that are included in the distributions are not exceptionally user friendly. The tools in this category, such as Duplicity (with its several UI frontends), FWBackups or BackupPC are relatively easy to set up, and reliably get the job done to back up a user's files. But when it comes to browsing the backup and restoring the data, things often get ugly. Also, their

Thanks to Hybrid Cloud Solutions

Hurricanes in Vermont. Earthquakes in Washington, D.C. Tornados in Missouri. Natural disasters seem to be all over the news lately. Would your firm be able to recover in a reasonable amount of time and resume operations?

Many risks exist – even for firms far away from earthquake fault lines, tornado alleys and hurricane zones. Consider the risk of water damage. Every law firm is at risk from broken pipes, too much rain or even a sink overflowing on the floor above you. There’s nothing to stop a flood. As some experts point out, “Water always wins.”

Backups and Business Continuity: Cavemen Were on to Something

The idea of a “backup” has been in place since man first started cherishing things that they valued. A smart caveman that loved a certain spear probably made an attempt to reproduce that in case it was to break. Since then we have changed a little, and there have been carbon copies, punch card backups, tape backups, etc. And for as long as electronic backups have been around, there have been relatively few major revolutions. Okay, sure, you can argue tapes, replication, virtualization, cloud and Big Data have all made people think about how they will back up the hybrid technologies. And every time a Sandy-like storm or major incident occurs, there’s always a sense of heightened awareness around backups and business continuity. But awareness doesn’t restore the data. I always love to hear about the people (and subsequent companies) that know that if they suffer a major data loss, they would be dead in the water, but still don’t change their habits after close calls.