Cloud

Three Major Cloud Adoption Trends for 2017

Next year’s developments in the cloud space will create unprecedented opportunities for service providers and SMB customers. Service providers will be able to grow their business by packaging and reselling ISV hosted services through existing channel ecosystems, without any capital investment. This will also open new opportunities for SMBs, who will continue replacing in-house IT infrastructure with cloud-based services, taking advantage of the Opex model of service consumption.

Back Up Your Carousel of Nostalgia: Don Draper Would Approve

My dad had the coolest Nikkormat film camera and lenses. He shot vacations and family events almost exclusively on 35mm color slides. He taught me about f-stops and depth of field and Super 8 movies. Our basement darkroom reeked of stop bath and always had black-and-white prints hanging to dry. We even had a separate circuit for the red safelight.

Service Providers: Fight Ransomware, Become a Superhero to Your Customers

We’ve spend the last few weeks examining various aspects of ransomware, a type of malware that encrypts computer hard drives and demands an online ransom of hundreds or thousands of dollars for the decryption key, without which users can never access their files again. In both its effectiveness and its astonishingly rapid proliferation, it represents a unique new threat both to consumers and businesses. Its ease of use by low-skilled criminals, highly-leveraged distribution model, and versatility at defeating a range of endpoint security measures is unprecedented in the history of malware. By denying access to critical applications, a ransomware attack can cost a business tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars, damage the brand, and even (when hospitals and public safety organizations are the victims) put lives at risk.

Building a Private Cloud for Backup Storage

Managed backup and data storage is a hot business in today’s highly-connected data-heavy environment. According to the Spiceworks State of IT 2016 spending report, managed backup and storage services is one of the top business investments, brandishing up to 13% of total budget allocation. Acronis Backup Cloud is designed for resellers and service providers to address this opportunity directly, with a hybrid cloud backup service that protects your customers’ data wherever it may reside.

Despite the popularity of cloud services, one of the biggest questions facing businesses today is “Where exactly in the cloud is my data stored?”

Are you aware what is ransomware? Imagine you are an IT administrator at a small company of 30 people or so. You juggle hardware, software, the network – and even phone systems and the occasional electrical failure or power outage on any given day. So, when your CEO calls you and says, “I cannot open my sales forecast file,” you rush into action. You check your CEO’s PC and find that the file is somehow corrupted. Then you notice a small red icon at the bottom corner of the desktop with a prompt reading: “Your files have been encrypted. Pay $500 for a decryption key within 10 days or your data will be deleted — click here for payment instructions.”

 

Five Questions to Ask Your Disaster Recovery Service Provider

You’ve done your research, and you’ve looked at different options for disaster recovery (DR). You discarded tapes as slow and unreliable, colo active hosting as too expensive for your budget, appliance-based recovery as too close to your primary systems and therefore prone to the same disaster, and “doing it yourself”… oh, forget about it with your limited IT resources. Ultimately, you determined that cloud is the answer.  While cloud could have been considered a novelty only several years ago, today it is quickly becoming the main stream of disaster recovery. In fact, there are multiple options even within what may seem to be a fairly narrow segment. How do you choose the one that’s right for you? What questions do you ask? What answers should you look for? How do you identify a professional-grade solution? 

Want these answers? Keep on reading…

Acronis is pleased to announce that Ingram Micro has added the Acronis Backup Cloud solution to its Cloud Marketplace. As more and more companies deploy turnkey cloud services to simplify their data protection, resellers struggle to maintain these new revenue streams due to the resource intensive nature of provisioning, billing and managing their cloud services. Now, Acronis and Ingram partners have access to the ideal solution for maintaining their Cloud services business.

Faster, better, cheaper are the driving pillars that have enabled smartphones to control our lives, make drones a commodity, and bring self-driving cars to the horizon.  However, almost all of these great breakthroughs have downsides.

The same holds true for “Cloud”. It can mean many different things to different people, and the channel is no exception. For many managed service providers, cloud backup is the easiest and fastest way to elevate existing customers to cloud and grow customer base and establish significant incremental revenues.

Safely Migrating Server Workloads

By Frank Jablonski

Most businesses have physical servers, virtual machines, or a combination of both supporting production operations.  These organizations also have a variety of production workloads such as Microsoft® Exchange for email, SharePoint® for collaboration and content management, and various vendor-supplied or internally-developed applications running SQL database servers.  Workloads such as these are your company’s lifeblood, and many times, you need to migrate these workloads to different hardware or virtual machines (VMs).

The Power of Professional Data Protection

Welcome to the new Acronis.com blog! Experts from Acronis and the IT industry will regularly publish a series of posts examining important topics in data protection and secure file sharing and synchronization. The power and importance of professional protection will be a recurring theme for future business and technical discussions about secure mobility, cloud, backup, and disaster recovery in real-world hybrid environments. At Acronis, we often talk a lot about our holistic approach to intuitive, secure products. This series will explore why they’re important and what professional-grade capabilities mean to people in their personal and business lives, telling their stories of protection and recovery.