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…

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.

What to Do When Your Cloud Service is Disrupted

Every IT pro knows the soul-crushing feeling following the simple statement, “We apologize for the service disruption..." When cloud services that your organization relies on go down, chaos can ensue. Take for instance the Adobe Creative Cloud outage in May that took down the interactive edition of the UK-based newspaper, the Daily Mail. For one of Britain's most popular newspapers, failure is not an option. 

Data Is Everything: 8 Noble Truths

To help organizations better understand the challenges of backup, disaster recovery and secure access, Acronis has created the "8 Noble Truths" of data protection. To view all 8 Noble Truths, please download the whitepaper. This is the first post in an eight-part series to help you protect your data:

Do you know what the most important asset is for your business? Perhaps it's the people who lead the business, make the product or service or sell it? Or perhaps a specialized piece of machinery that makes the product?

What's in Store for the Future of Your Data?

While we are creating mountains of online data at an extraordinary rate, not much thought is being given to the future of that data. For example, says Nat Maple, senior vice president and general manager at Acronis, consider that by 2032, it's not farfetched to predict that a United States presidential candidate will have a Facebook page that chronicles his entire adolescence. While this raises questions about privacy and the desire to protect potentially embarrassing online broadcasts, it also highlights the amount of insight we can gain in the future from the data we are creating now.

By the Numbers: Solving the Olympic IT Puzzle

Snowboarders and figure skaters aren't the only ones who have put in their hours at the Sochi Olympics. An army of IT pros bearing titles such as "Head of Major Events" have been working for seven years to tackle one of the most complex IT jobs in the world. So, what does it take to manage and secure Olympic-caliber infrastructure? 

Consider what Atos, the French company responsible for overseeing the entire IT infrastructure in Sochi, has been up against:

3 Simple Tips to Prepare for a New Year of Data

It’s time for a new year and a fresh start. In 2014, why not resolve to take better care of your data? As you begin to use any new devices you may have received for the holidays and continue to depend on your old ones, how you store and protect your data is important. Follow these three tips and tricks from Acronis to extend your devices’ lifecycles and get the most out of your technology.

1. Back It Up

A 9-Step New Year’s Data Detox

This time of year, everyone’s starting to think about how to shed the extra baggage incurred by drinking too much eggnog and eating too much pie. But there’s another area prone to bloat that we should all be thinking about targeting: our devices.

While a juice cleanse might leave you glowing, and a personal trainer might help you finally get those six-pack abs, a data detox could help you start the new year organized, secure and at peace with your files. Here’s how to do a 9-step data detox:

1. Put Folders to Good Use

The Top 5 Ways to Keep Your Data Safe

Every year we create more data than the year before. If you can believe it, 90 percent of the data in the world today was created in the last two years alone. IBM has estimated that our current daily creation rate is 2.5 quintillion bytes of data. IDC projects that the digital universe will reach 40 zettabytes (ZB) by 2020, which is 50 times larger than the digital universe at the beginning of 2010.

Difficult Made Simple: BYOD

In this modern computing world with multitudes of various trends and innovations, we sometimes find ourselves lost in between new technologies, terminologies and words.Why do we tend to make things more difficult than they have to be? That was my thought when I started a set of blog posts describing the new computing trends in a simple way. Here is another trend that I would like to simplify – Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).

BYOD is a policy permitting employees to bring personally-owned mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets or laptops, to their workplace to use for business purposes. By 2017 Gartner predicts that half of all companies will actually require employees to use their mobile devices for work.

Let’s start with the quick analogy to simplify the BYOD concept: