Cloud

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.

Shadow IT: Healthcare Industry Scourge or Opportunity for Growth?

In May this year, two New York City hospitals — New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center — were slammed with a whopping $4.8 million fine from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the biggest HIPAA fine in U.S. history. The hospitals were fined for failing to protect patient information under HIPAA privacy laws due to an incident in 2010 when the electronic health data of 6,800 patients were made public on the Internet. According to the HHS investigation, the incident unfolded because a Columbia faculty member attempted to deactivate a personally owned service that was connected to the hospital's network where the patient data resided. 

What Apple's Deeper Mobile, Desktop Integration Means for IT: Weekly Roundup

Apple took the consumer and business worlds by storm this week with updates to its mobile and desktop operating systems. For enterprise IT, the changes could mean new strategies are needed to protect company data from falling into the wrong hands. New features, such as Continuity, enable users to start tasks on one device (like their Mac laptop at the office) and pick it back up from another device (like their iPhone or iPad). For IT pros, change will require security and data protection strategies. Here's a look at the latest mobile and data protection news from around the Web this week: 

Cloud Vendor Buyer's Guide: 4 Ways to Make the Choice a Breeze

A dedicated IT team can help a small business scale and grow quickly, but it's not a luxury all SMBs can afford. But the ever-present threat of a computer crash or other data disasters mean that businesses can't afford not to invest in some kind of IT solution. For many, this means outsourcing at least a portion of IT infrastructure to cloud and other third-party vendors. 

Selecting a reliable cloud provider can be complicated, even for the most tech-savvy buyer. For starters, keep it simple. “Complexity in any mechanism — not just in IT — means too many components working together with a lot of potential tension or incompatibility,” says Sam Roguine, engineering director at Acronis. Here are four basic guidelines to keep in mind when choosing a cloud solution:  

The End of Windows XP and Putting People Before Technology: Weekly Roundup

Windows XP's fate is sealed. On April 8, Microsoft will discontinue support and updates to the more than decade-old operating system. The deadline is no secret, but that doesn't mean businesses are ready for life beyond XP. More than 95 percent of ATMs in the U.S., for example, still run on the soon-to-expire OS, highlighting the data protection and security hurdles businesses must deal with. Here's a look at what the experts around the web have to say about XP's final days and other data-related IT challenges: 

IT Pros: To Protect Against 'Bit Rot,' Ask Cloud Vendors the Right Questions

Decay is a fact of life that applies to digital bits and bytes, as well as those leftovers in the shared company kitchen. When it comes to data, that decay, or "bit rot," can threaten the piles of business-critical information that IT departments increasingly trust cloud vendors to manage, store and protect. How can IT pros determine whether their cloud vendors will adequately protect data? It starts by asking the right questions.

VMware’s acquisition this week of AirWatch is the latest example of the fuzzy distinction between mobility and the cloud. And that's not the half of it. It's harder than ever to determine where personal data ends and work data begins — or what boundary will fall next.  

Here's a look at this week's stories on on the blurred lines between mobility and the cloud, what IT buyers expect from cloud investments, how to craft that perfect BYOD policy and more: 

1. What the VMware’s / AirWatch Acquisition Means for Mobility