Data storage

Acronis True Image Makes TopTenReviews

Earlier this year, TopTenReviews.com rated Acronis True Image a 9.9 out of 10 in their annual Data Backup Software Review. TopTenReviews verdict was, “Acronis True Image is among the top backup software options because it is simple to use and has a full range of backup and recovery tools.” Here, TopTenReviews discusses why Acronis True Image rated so highly and what organizations should keep in mind when selecting a data backup software solution. 

How Acronis True Image made TopTenReviews.com

Data Breach Costs Rhode Island Hospital

Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island (WIH) agreed to pay $150,000 in a settlement with the Massachusetts attorney general's office on Wednesday following a massive data breach that included the loss of personal information of nearly 12,000 Massachusetts-based patients. 

The case began in April 2012 when the hospital realized it was missing 19 unencrypted backup tapes from two of its prenatal centers (one in Rhode Island and the other in New Bedford, Mass.). According to the Associated Press, the tapes contained ultrasound images, patient names, and, in some cases, social security numbers.

When Choosing a Data Protection Technology, Remember: Flexibility Matters

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 seventh post in an eight-part series to help you protect your data:

IT departments are contending with several seismic shifts, including the rapid adoption of mobile, cloud and virtualization technologies in the workplace. But the consumerization trend, perhaps more than any other, highlights the desire among employees to use simple and flexible tools to do their work.

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. 

Data Protection Is Truly About Fast, Reliable Recovery: 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 sixth post in an eight-part series to help you protect your data:

Fighting Ransomware with Data Backup: Weekly Roundup

Data loss has many culprits, from ransomware attacks carried out by hackers bent on extorting money to outdated IT systems and human error. But companies have several strategies at their disposal to limit — and even prevent — the damage caused by data loss. Here's a look at recent developments in data loss prevention, and other data protection stories you may have missed this week:  

How Backup Can Help Fight Against DDOS Attacks 

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: 

Why Backup Deserves More Than One Day A Year: Weekly Roundup

Backing up your data one day a year just won't cut it. Too many things can go wrong — and fast — and once unprotected data is gone, it's likely gone forever. Solutions such as image backup and deduplication are just two ways that IT pros and average Joes can quickly and efficiently ensure their data is backed up and accessible when they need it. Here are a few data recovery and disaster planning tips and tricks from around the web this week: 

World Backup Day: 24 Hours Just Isn't Enough

What The 'Internet of Things' Means For Big Data Storage

The rise of connected devices, from refrigerators to thermostats and even medical devices, has created an interesting data debacle: How should users collect, monitor and store the loads of data their devices now create? Here, Joel Berman, Acronis fellow and longtime IT professional, explains the data storage implications of the "Internet of Things," why a one-size-fits-all backup policy doesn't work, and how to manage the stream of data from connected devices. 

Quantum Data Memory and the Not-So-Distant Future of Data Storage

From email to social media, mobile apps and more, people are interacting digitally more than ever these days. And that means ever-more data that's created, processed, stored and backed up, with new research predicting a 4,300 percent increase in data generation by 2020. Storage solutions, from the first magnetic drum memory to modern cloud technologies, have advanced to keep pace with increases in sheer volume and demands for speedier access to the data people create every day. But what happens when people produce more data than they're able to store?