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Acronis releases latest Data Cloud offering down under

26 Nov 2018

Acronis, a provider of cyber protection and hybrid cloud solutions, has updated its Data Cloud platform and made available a complete cloud-to-cloud Microsoft Office 365 protection, disaster recovery orchestration, enhanced ransomware protection, and a blockchain-powered data notarisation in Australia and New Zealand.

Among service providers, Acronis Data Cloud is already known for supporting native integration with the most popular hosting automation platforms, professional services automation (PSA) systems, and remote monitoring and management (RMM) tools, and offers comprehensive service monitoring and reporting.

The platform enables service providers to easily take the new services to the market through their existing client management infrastructure.

With this update, Acronis also incorporates the previously announced integration with Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure Cloud Services.

Through this native integration, service providers will be able to send backups to Google Cloud Storage and Microsoft Azure Storage without requiring complicated configurations or agreement processing.

“First time in Australia, with local Australian cloud storage, we have a solution that’s easy to use. Australian and New Zealand businesses embrace Acronis technology because it significantly reduces the complexity of protecting data,” says Acronis A/NZ general manager Neil Moraji.

“Acronis Data Cloud is an easy and efficient way to back up computers, virtual machines, mobile devices, and Microsoft Office 365 accounts from a single web-based interface. The benefits are clear, and it makes it easy for service providers to sell.”

Acronis Data Cloud has become easier to use, more secure and more effective. The latest update brings significant reliability and performance improvements and the following new features:

  • Complete Microsoft Office 365 protection - Cloud-to-cloud backup for Exchange Online, OneDrive for Business, and SharePoint Online. Backups are performed directly between Microsoft and one of Acronis’ secure cloud data centres. Service providers are able to select the specific country and location of the data centre. Users can also search their backup to find and recover individual files or messages.

  • Disaster recovery orchestration - This release simplifies and automates complex Disaster Recovery plans with runbooks. The new runbooks feature simplifies and speeds up the failover of multiple machines to a cloud recovery site. It ensures systems are recovered in the correct order to preserve the interdependencies of applications on different machines.

  • Acronis Active Protection’s enhanced ransomware detection - Acronis Active Protection monitors for malicious activity, stops questionable behaviours, and automatically recovers damaged files. This release introduces improved machine-learning technology to better recognize known and unknown threats and reduce false positives. The new version also protects network shares and removable devices.

  • Acronis Notary Cloud - A new service is introduced in this release, adding to the existing Acronis Backup Cloud, Acronis Disaster Recovery Cloud, and Acronis Files Cloud. Acronis Notary Cloud is a blockchain-based service for file notarization, e-signing and data verification. The service creates a unique digital fingerprint for files and stores it in a public blockchain ledger, enabling independent validation of a file’s authenticity and existence at a specified point in time.

  • Physical Data Shipping - Users can now perform the initial backup seeding faster by saving the first backup to a local hard drive on the customer’s premises and then shipping it to an Acronis data centre. The data is fully encrypted to prevent unauthorized access during the transfer.

The latest version of Acronis Data Cloud is available through Rhipe, Synnex, Ingram Micro in Australia and Exeed in New Zealand.

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