Hybrid Backup

Acronis partners with Google Cloud

Have you ever sat in a restaurant trying to decide between two desserts and said to yourself “I wish I could get both”? It’s not that you’re greedy or gluttonous: you just want the best finish for your meal.

For businesses exploring where they should store their digital assets, choosing the right cloud solution is a bigger decision than what to eat. It’s important to have a choice in how you store and access data, in order that you meet the unique needs of your business and how that data is used.

With its new partnership with Google Cloud, Acronis is ensuring companies of all sizes not only get the choice they want, but they can decide what flavor it is.

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.

Why Backing Up Half of Your Hybrid Physical and Virtual Environment is Not Enough!

According to a recent Enterprise Strategy Group study, only 8% of organizations have virtualized the majority of servers that could be. Another study from Techaisle shows that only 60% of servers were virtualized in 2014, and while the figure is expected to rise, total virtualization is nowhere in sight. The same study also noted some of the major challenges of virtualization, including costs and management complexity.

Many would agree that two copies are better than one. But redundancy has its cost, too. And then you have management overheads for two backup destinations and uncertainty of your recovery success rate with tape, disk or cloud. Sounds like a puzzle to solve. The key to efficient backup strategy with guaranteed outcome is to clearly define which goal you meet with each type of backup, and combine the two in the right way. Hybrid is not just about two copies, software vendors or service providers. It’s about making a smart – and budget-friendly – decision about your entire backup and recovery plan.