Many of you may know that a couple of weeks ago Gartner published its first-ever magic quadrant report on Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). In case you missed it, Acronis is challenging the leaders in this space, and Gartner ranked us highest among the Challengers on our Ability to Execute.

But what does it really mean to you as a customer or future customer of Acronis?

All 14 players included in the Gartner Magic Quadrant are qualified vendors that have no doubt earned their placement in the report. With that said, each vendor offering differs in the way it approaches disaster recovery, the features it delivers, and the resources it allocates to the solution – all of which ultimately impact the actual solution delivered to customers.

So, the question is: How does Acronis differentiate, and where does Acronis fit in this landscape of disaster recovery solutions in the cloud?

In today’s blog, I’d like to step away from the technical aspects of disaster recovery and focus on the human impact. With that in mind, I’d like to introduce you to one of my favorite books on the subject of predictability and inevitability: The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.

 

The book describes Black Swan events as unexpected and unpredictable. However, a person or organization can plan for negative events, and by doing so strengthen their ability to respond, as well as exploit positive events. Taleb contends in his book that people in general — and specifically within companies and enterprises — are very vulnerable to hazardous Black Swan events and can be exposed to high losses if unprepared.

 

Not if, but when!

 

In today’s business world, we need to justify every dollar that we spend, lowering costs, and delivering a return on investment on everything we do. Nowhere is this more true than in IT, where Big Data, Mobility and BYOD are changing the way we work across the globe, requiring companies to an IT depratments to invest and change to remain competitive.

Consider the following facts:

  1. More data is being generated, copied, moved, stored and kept for longer periods of time than ever before
     
  2. Demands for storage keep growing dramatically, but in general, budgets don’t follow the same curve, and don’t increase in the same proportion to keep up

Research shows that even during the recession of 2008-2009, businesses experienced an approximately 40-percent annual increase in storage demand. Now, as the economy is back on track, that growth rate is closer to 60%.

Hi, I am Mark Jameson, the General Manager of Disaster Recovery Business at Acronis.  I am a business person, not a marketing person.  So why have I decided to write a blog? Well, today I felt compelled to share my thoughts with you because something important has happened.

Since its launch on May 28, 2003, Windows Server 2003 has become the backbone of many data center operations. More than twenty million servers worldwide still use Windows Server 2003. According to W3Techs, 25 percent of the Windows-based web servers still run IIS 6.0, running on Windows Server 2003. Now after 12 years, Microsoft has said it will discontinue Windows Server 2003 support on July 14, 2015.

In 2014 alone, Microsoft released 67 security bulletins for Windows Server 2003, deeming 27 of them ‘critical’. As with Windows XP, governments and large corporations can pay Microsoft millions of dollars for out-of-band support. If your organization cannot afford the high cost of extended support, it is time to move away from Windows Server 2003. There are six reasons why you should migrate from Windows Server 2003:

The Enterprise Mobility Management Market will grow from $3,169.0 Million in 2014 to $15,224.1 Million by 2019 according to a new market research report, "Enterprise Mobility Management Market by Solution (Mobile Device Management, Mobile Content Management, Mobile Application Management), by Services (Maintenance & Support, Professional Services) - Global Forecast to 2019", published by MarketsandMarkets,.

With that in mind, I’d like to focus on one of our key Mobile Device Management (MDM) partners, MobileIron, and how Acronis Access Advanced, as a leading Mobile Content Management (MCM), brings true business value to the MobileIron AppConnect platform when they work together.

So what’s MDM without MCM?

Acronis has just released a new backup service - Acronis Backup Service.

It solves business data protection challenges with a complete and easy-to-manage service that backs up any data from any source and recovers to any destination or system.

This unique new offering introduces a revolutionary approach to the backup and data protection tasks. It helps organizations:

WORLD BACKUP DAY: The Right Stuff!

Here is a quick recap of the important points we made in our first four articles - also illustrated into our latest video:

Whether you’re looking to put a mobility management solution in place for the first time, considering changing providers, or just looking for additional capabilities, there are many aspects to consider when choosing a mobility solution provider. As your usage of mobile technologies matures, you’ll likely move towards more specialized use cases and requirements that are topics for future discussion. Today we will review 5 general questions to ask when assessing the offerings of mobility solution providers.

Do you provide an MDM or EMM solution?

Companies, big and small, that heavily rely on IT, know very well that backup is not a luxury but a requirement. Whether it is your internal documents, or customer-facing marketing information, or fast-changing transactional data – it needs to be protected. Losing data is a disaster by itself, and can cause even more disastrous consequences if it is not restored in reasonable time.

An analogy to help illustrate the issue would be to imagine if the IT was your car that enables your business, and your data were the wheels. If your car has a flat tire, you can replace a wheel with a spare from the trunk (i.e., restore your data from the backup). That assumes the rest of your car is fine and can run. Assuming your spare tire is exactly the same as your primary (and not a mini-spare), you can use them interchangeably.