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  • 19 November 2018 15:18

Acronis Brings New Version of Acronis Data Cloud to Australia and New Zealand, Makes Cyber Protection Easier and More Secure

The new Acronis Data Cloud 7.8 offers simple integration with public cloud services, easy backup of Microsoft Office 365 workloads, and enhanced disaster recovery orchestration.

Sydney, 19 November 2018 — Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection and hybrid cloud solutions currently celebrating its 15-year anniversary, today announced a major update to the Acronis Data Cloud platform and the availability of complete cloud-to-cloud Microsoft Office 365 protection, disaster recovery orchestration, enhanced ransomware protection, and a blockchain-powered data notarization in Australia.

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 today’s update, Acronis also incorporates the previously announced integration with Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure Cloud Services, which follows Acronis’ strategy to protect all data, applications, and systems, while giving users complete control and flexibility over their protected data. 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. 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,” said Neil Morarji, General Manager of Acronis ANZ.

Improvements and new features

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 behaviour, 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.

SAPAS – The five vectors of cyber protection

With every enhancement, Acronis looks to address the five vectors of cyber protection — safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security (SAPAS) — which ensures Acronis Backup Cloud is an easy, efficient, and secure solution suitable for service providers and customers of any size.

Today’s update is no exception. Customer data is even safer and more accessible with the new Acronis Disaster Recovery Cloud features, cloud-to-cloud protection of Microsoft Office 365 workloads, and integration of the Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure storage options. The addition of Acronis Notary Cloud ensures users can easily verify the authenticity of their data. Plus the enhanced functionality of Acronis Active Protection increases the security of their data, apps and systems.

Availability in Australia and New Zealand

The latest version of Acronis Data Cloud is available through rhipe, Synnex, Ingram Micro in Australia and Exeed in New Zealand. Acronis invites partners to contact their local distributors to request the latest datasheets, battlecards, and email templates to assist them with the rollout.

Warren Nolan, Chief Commercial Officer at rhipe: “As APACs leading platform for pay as you go (PAYG) cloud licensing subscriptions, we are always looking to provide our partners with the best solutions and products from leading providers. The Acronis DR cloud will deliver world class data protection and disaster recovery for virtual, physical, mobile and cloud environments. This will enable our partners to diversify their cloud portfolio and increase their share of wallet. However, we’re more than just licensing, we help IT services partners grow through our unique solutions, enablement and marketing including our world class, easy-to-use partner portal that supports provisioning and the transitioning of licenses within seconds.”

Michael Tea, General Manager at Synnex: “We are seeing 800 percent growth in our cloud revenues, where large volumes of Service Providers are entrusting their Cloud business with Synnex. Feedback from our Service Partners is that the Synnex Cloud Platform is easy to use and reduces operational overheads for our partners around provisioning, billing, finance and service management. We are launching Data Cloud with Acronis in the same Synnex Partner Platform, which is currently processing in excess of 10,000 transactions per month in consumption and subscriptions services. Acronis Data Cloud represents excellent opportunities for all our Service Partners to leverage monthly billing models, which is in line with our Synnex Technology as a Service (TaaS) program.”

Lee Welch, Director – Cloud Services ANZ at Ingram Micro Cloud: “Considering that backup and disaster recovery is a core need for many companies in the evolving data protection landscape, the latest release of Acronis Data Cloud offers great revenue opportunities for our channel partners. Ingram Micros’ cloud marketplace is the easiest way for resellers to price, purchase, provision, and support these services from a single dashboard. Ingram Micros was the first distributor to take Acronis to the market and we’re committed to developing our relationship even further.”

Desmond Ling, Director at Exeed: “We have a passion for winning and a desire to help partners grow their business. We are a value-add distributor with great expertise on the products. Service providers come to Exeed because they know that we partner with the best in breed brands and that they can get quality support every time they need it. As we’re expanding our cloud offering, the release of Acronis Data Cloud 7.8 is very timely. It’s one of the most comprehensive cloud-based cyber protection product sets on the market. Our service providers and their customers will love it.”

About Acronis

Acronis sets the standard for cyber protection and hybrid cloud storage through its innovative backupanti-ransomwaredisaster recoverystorage, and enterprise file sync and share solutions. Enhanced by AI-based Active Protection technologyblockchain-based authentication and a unique hybrid-cloud architecture, Acronis protects all data in any environment, including physical, virtual, cloud, mobile workloads and applications. Founded in Singapore in 2003, today the company is trusted by more than 5 million consumers and 500,000 businesses worldwide, including 79 of the top 100 most valuable brands.

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