data center

SaaS backup: Lessons from OVHcloud’s data center fire

In the wee hours of Wednesday, March 10, 2021, a fire destroyed or damaged four major data centers operated by OVHcloud, the French company that is Europe’s largest operator of cloud infrastructure.

The conflagration in Strasbourg in Eastern France took down millions of websites across Europe and Africa, including government agency portals, banks, retailers, news websites, and an estimated 2% of the entire .FR country domain. Despite a quick response, 100 local firefighters were neither able to contain the blaze nor identify its cause.

Acronis Cyber Infrastructure 4.5: Introducing new updates

Data has become the world’s most valuable resource, and is at the core of everyday operations for nearly every business. Organizations and service providers are always looking for ways to improve the efficiency and reliability of their data centers — and to meet the shifting needs of their userbase with minimal expense.

Today, we’re announcing a significant update to Acronis Cyber Infrastructure that will introduce new capabilities and performance enhancements, improving manageability while strengthening the security and availability of business-critical data.

Acronis named Visionary in Gartner MQ 2020

There is nothing quite like third-party validation from one of the world’s most prestigious market research firms. That’s why we’re honored to be named to the Visionary quadrant in the Gartner 2020 Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions, especially after being positioned as a Niche vendor in 2019 and 2015.

The recently published report from Gartner highlights Acronis’ strong industry focus, including enterprise-grade cyber protection solutions for the automotive, healthcare, energy, and government verticals. Acronis was also recognized for its extensive product localization efforts since its products and documentation are available in 25 languages, the most among all vendors evaluated in the research.

Acronis Cyber Infrastructure 3.5 now generally available

Organizations and service providers looking to improve the performance, manageability, and availability to their data center may be interested to learn that Acronis launched Acronis Cyber Infrastructure version 3.5 is now generally available (GA).  

If you aren’t already familiar with it, Acronis Cyber Infrastructure is our easy-to-use, reliable, scalable, and cost-efficient software-defined universal storage solution. I know that feels like a long description, but the product offers so many great benefits that it’s challenging to provide a short description.

Let’s take a look at this flexible software-defined infrastructure solution, which is a great foundation for building out a data center.

Innovate or Die: Key takeaways from the edge at Gartner’s Infrastructure and Operations Conference 2019

One of the highlights of Gartner’s recent Infrastructure and Operations Conference 2019 was the opening keynote. If I had to sum up what Gartner’s three expert presenters covered in three words they would be: “Innovate or die.”

Frankly, this is no big shock. Gartner (as well as IDC and Forrester) have been preaching about digital transformation for years – decades even. However, it is the accelerating pace of change that had everyone at IOCS 2019 really beating this “war drum” even louder and harder.

Acronis Earns on the Gartner 2019 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Datacenter Backup and Recovery Solutions

Acronis was honored to be featured in this year’s Gartner 2019 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Datacenter Backup and Recovery Solutions.

Admittedly, we were disappointed to see our position on the quadrant – especially given our unique vision and successful practical execution of fusing cybersecurity with backup in order to establish a new standard of comprehensive protection: Cyber Protection.

Then again, visionaries and innovators rarely fit existing metrics – instead we influence the standards that drive the future of their industries.

Let’s take a moment to examine Acronis’ position in the Enterprise Backup and Recovery sector.

Healing Data Centers with Bare-Metal Recovery

Phew. The worst is over. You have identified, caught and dealt with the virus that threw you and your bosses out of the comfort zone for days. You have shut down all the affected servers – the data center is safe.


Like a soldier returning from a mission, you are dreaming of a peaceful rebuilding of everything that was lost. However, that is not what your bosses, your colleagues, and your company demand. They need the data center and all applications back. For them, the downtime is not over. Not yet.


So what do you do? You sigh and prepare for a long routine – install operating systems on each server, service packs, updates, drivers, applications, application updates, settings, etc. You know it will take many long hours, if not days to complete – and with number of affected servers, you are facing an uphill battle. You pray for luck that everything goes smoothly, and you do not have to restart from scratch any of the servers.

What IT Leaders Can Learn from Facebook's Extreme Data Center Test

Just because a system and its data are backed up doesn't mean the underlying data protection methods will work if something goes wrong. To find out, IT must verify that the systems are in place and function correctly. Facebook recently took that advice to the extreme by shutting down one of its data centers to test how the infrastructure and systems would perform. 

"This is tens of megawatts of power that basically we turned off for an entire day to test how our systems were going to actually respond," Jay Parikh, global head of engineering at Facebook, said at the @Scale Conference in San Francisco. 

The team's motivation for performing the tests was to learn to embrace failure and to react and recovery quickly, Parikh said. 

Exposing the Specter of ‘Shadow IT’

These days, consumers are bringing their own devices — and their own apps — to work. Sure, the consumerization of IT is not a new threat, but it’s one that many companies still struggle to contain.

While there are benefits to employees using tools they know and like, experts caution about the security and data protection downsides. Tech Page One writer Scott Koegler offers seven tips to control the “Shadow IT” menace, including:  

Data Creation All-Time High for World Cup 2014: Weekly Roundup

The World Cup kicked off this week with with a bang, promising more digital data creation than any other soccer event to date. Just a snapshot of World Cup data creation includes millions of social media updates from fans, 2,500 hours of camera recordings and a satellite network handling up to 100 megabits per second as viewers streaming the games online all over the world. Information about World Cup data creation and more in this week's roundup: