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December release of Acronis Cyber Cloud empowers MSPs

For IT service providers, the challenge of ensuring clients are protected has never been more acute than in 2020. That’s why Acronis has spent the past 12 months helping you deliver cyber protection to your clients in an easy, efficient, and secure way.

This year, we introduced monthly releases for the Acronis Cyber Cloud platform, delivered more partner enablement by launching the Acronis #CyberFit Academy, and opened more data centers across the globe to ensure availability, access, and data sovereignty.

But the year isn’t over yet and we have one more release of Acronis Cyber Cloud coming that will help you further protect your clients and their data.

Acronis Cyber Cloud Update: Helping MSPs deliver easy, efficient and secure solutions to clients

Being a service provider isn’t easy; we get it. That’s one of the reasons why Acronis looks for innovative ways to help you simplify your processes so that you can deliver cyber protection to your clients in an easy, efficient, and secure way.

One thing we never want to do is put your clients’ security at risk, which is why we recently moved to monthly releases for the Acronis Cyber Cloud. This approach ensures they are always protected from the latest cyberthreats – while giving you access to high-demand features and functionalities that help you better protect your clients.

In the latest release, we introduce new features and changes to our pricing, licensing, and editions to make it even easier for you to deliver cyber protection to your clients.

Acronis Cyber Cloud - July updates

Acronis has moved away from big, version-based launches of the Acronis Cyber Cloud platform, and switched to a new cadence of monthly updates to the MSP services platform. Since the 9.0 release, when Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud was introduced, there have already been two product updates —July’s release is the third. These rapid improvements brought a number of highly demanded cyber protection features to help you successfully adjust your clients to working remotely without sacrificing their protection.

Going forward, we’ll have smaller but more frequent releases. This approach will simplify and speed up the adoption of new capabilities — each release will have fewer changes, making it easier to learn and implement. The shortened planning and development cycle will enable us to quickly address changes in the current work environment, so we can deliver the most demanded features and innovations in Acronis products every month.

MSPs managing cash through a crisis

In the managed service provider (MSP) channel, Forrester tells us that about 25% of service providers are running at break-even, even during great economic times. That means that now, more than ever, it’s critical to be managing cash well. But crisis cash management is different than day-to-day management when profits are high and cash flow is steady.

The fundamentals of managing your business don’t change during a crisis regardless of what causes that crisis. Whether the cause is a natural disaster, ransomware attack, keyman illness, or a pandemic-induced recession like COVID-19, there are real, practical, and effective ways to respond to ensure the survival of your business in the short and long term.

The Secret Shortcut to a Disaster Recovery as a Service Offering

Implementing a disaster recovery (DR) program used to be hard – from getting space in a co-location data center, to redeploying depreciated hardware, to dealing with dedicated black-box hardware. Through the magic of the cloud and sophisticated software that integrates backup and orchestrates failovers to cloud-based recovery machines for production, a DR offering has now become the simplest way to increase revenues and deepen client relationships.

Enabling a fully-functional managed disaster recovery as a service program, leveraging existing client backup data, can be as easy as the flip of a switch.

Demystifying the CARES Act for MSPs

MSPs can benefit from CARES Act aid

The U.S. Government pulled together the largest economic stimulus package in our nation’s history and they did it in one week. This is an incredible accomplishment and a testament to our country’s ability to work together when faced with a crisis the likes of which we have not seen before.

Acronis' Amy Luby just spoke to the CEO of Lendio, Brock Blake, and two MSP business owners, Amy Babinchak and Lori Tisinai, about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, who it is for, and what the best strategies are for accessing those funds. Brock explained who’s eligible for the CARES Act and how Lendio is making it easy for small business owners to apply for and find the right banks.

World Cyber Protection Week Survey Reveals Most IT Pros Back up Their Data – But Still Can’t Sleep at Night

As we near the end of World Cyber Protection Week – a natural (and necessary) extension of World Backup Day – we’re zero-ing in on what our 2020 survey of IT pros worldwide revealed when it comes to their experiences with data loss and protection today. We wanted to know their current thinking about and approach to keeping data and systems safe, accessible, private, authentic, and secure (SAPAS) today. And the results are revealing for our service provider partners too, shedding light on what their clients are particularly concerned with – and investing in – when it comes to protection today.

Here’s a quick look at how these pros approach data protection, what’s keeping them up at night given the current threat landscape, and what can be done so they can rest easier.

Virtual conference for MSPs on cyber protection

We all know “Knowledge is power.” For organizations, that means keeping up with the latest protection strategies, security technologies, and cyberthreats – because their revenue depends on it. When it comes to delivering IT services, the stakes are even higher because service providers have to deliver the IT solutions that keep their clients in business.

Unfortunately, whether the limitation comes from budget, staff or time constraints, or an unexpected global health threat like the novel coronavirus Covid-19, there’s always something that blocks access to the information that can optimize your work and help grow your business.

That changes with our no-fee, no-travel Acronis Cyber Protection Virtual Conference, which features an eye-catching group of IT leaders and seasoned service providers who share practical, actionable insights – and explain why they believe cyber protection is the way forward.

Decisions, Decisions: How MSPs Can Use Third-Party Reports When Considering Ransomware Solutions

A valuable aid in determining whether legacy data protection and cybersecurity solutions are effective against modern cyberthreats is to leverage independent third-party research. These parties measure the actual performance and protection of competing solutions.

These studies can be vital, providing the kind of unvarnished, professional analysis that most MSPs, VARs and IT pros cannot do on their own – helping them determine whether or not the vendor they use (or are considering) will protect data against today’s threat landscape.

Acronis Cyber Cloud 8.0

To stay competitive and grow today, service providers need to ensure all customers stay #CyberFit. But with everything from insider threats to ransomware and cryptojacking on the rise, not to mention the impact recent data breaches have had – from financial and compliance-related penalties to reputational damage – service providers need the right support to ensure that task is easy and enables growth opportunities.

That’s why each new version of Acronis Cyber Cloud improves two things: partner cyber protection capabilities – enhancing some or all of the Five Vectors of Cyber Protection; and partner delivery of cyber protection services to end customers – making managing cyber protection day-to-day easier, more efficient and even more secure.

Acronis Cyber Cloud 8.0 is no exception. Here’s a preview of some key enhancements coming via the solution’s core service offerings.