Companies of all sizes are facing the demand of two popular employee trends – the want to use personal devices at work and the desire to work remotely. These trends are prompting many employers to implement mobility features that will embrace data across any and every device within their organizations. 
While mobility is a game changer regarding real-time collaboration and productivity for companies of all sizes, SMBs are at a disadvantage with budget limitations and often limited to no on-site IT departments. 

Safely Migrating Server Workloads

By Frank Jablonski

Most businesses have physical servers, virtual machines, or a combination of both supporting production operations.  These organizations also have a variety of production workloads such as Microsoft® Exchange for email, SharePoint® for collaboration and content management, and various vendor-supplied or internally-developed applications running SQL database servers.  Workloads such as these are your company’s lifeblood, and many times, you need to migrate these workloads to different hardware or virtual machines (VMs).

Not too long ago (even 5 or 10 years seems an eternity) life was easy. Most of us were tied to our desks. The ones that were not, like sales people, would carry boxes with printed materials and price lists in the trunks of their cars. Remote workers would dial in and connect via VPN to access their file servers.

Things are different now. Mobility is changing the way we do business. We work wherever we are, at the office, at home, on a plane, at a client’s site, out in the field. We are mobile. We use mobile devices. And all companies, large and small, benefit from this new scenario. Competitive organizations empower their users with mobility solutions maximizing their productivity to drive better service, improve customer satisfaction, and ultimately increase revenue and profitability.

Data protection is becoming increasingly important and valuable to organizations. As some recent highly publicized news events demonstrated, companies without adequate data protection can seriously harm their reputation, competitiveness, and financial results. The introduction of mobile devices and the need to access data from these devices introduces a new set of challenges for the company and its IT department. Acronis Access Advanced is the solution.

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Welcome to the new Acronis.com blog! Experts from Acronis and the IT industry will regularly publish a series of posts examining important topics in data protection and secure file sharing and synchronization. The power and importance of professional protection will be a recurring theme for future business and technical discussions about secure mobility, cloud, backup, and disaster recovery in real-world hybrid environments. At Acronis, we often talk a lot about our holistic approach to intuitive, secure products. This series will explore why they’re important and what professional-grade capabilities mean to people in their personal and business lives, telling their stories of protection and recovery.

For years Acronis has brought customers anytime, anywhere access to their data. Now we’ve expanded that anytime, anywhere commitment to Acronis Partners with the launch of the Acronis Academy eLearning Platform, a learning management system (LMS) designed to provide Acronis Partner staff with sales and technical training.

The Acronis Academy eLearning Platform is built around you: your schedule, and your pace. Whenever you have a spare 15 minutes, the training is available and flexible to fit your schedule. Our smart system allows training participants to come and go without losing their progress—enabling Acronis Partners to complete the training at their own pace. Think of it like catching up with your favorite show: on-demand when you’re ready, no matter your schedule or time zone.

The cloud hype has blurred the lines between cloud storage and cloud backup. Many providers like it that way because it gives them a broader appeal in capturing potential customers. But clouding up cloud definitions confuses the market. In reality they are very different solutions for different business challenges.

What is cloud storage?

Cloud storage, like Dropbox, Google Drive, Apple’s iCloud and Microsoft’s SkyDrive, is a great way to easy share files. The main goal of cloud storage is to store files online to be accessible, and to work with, from any device anywhere. You can compare it with a cloud based USB flash drive.

Mobile technology has enabled small businesses to flourish over the past few years, but also generated a new set of cybersecurity risks. As small businesses do more and more business online with cloud services that sorely lack sufficient security protocols, they become ideal targets to hackers. Inc. described the problem thus: “To the hacker, that translates into reams of sensitive data behind a door with an easy lock to pick.”

Acronis provides an answer for secure data mobility for small businesses: Acronis Access 7. With Acronis Access 7, small businesses can grant their team access to important files and documents from any device wherever they are while providing an unparalleled level of security. Key features include:

nScaled joined Spiceworks three months ago. Cool crowd, great discussions, and good spirit of competition between vendors. Acronis, of course, has been there much longer and has a very strong following. It’s interesting to observe the two different audiences – backup, and disaster recovery. But are they really so far apart? This is what I’ve been thinking when I saw a question posted by Mary – and felt that this is my opportunity to connect the two crowds, and perhaps explain how close they are.

The question was: Business Continuity vs. Data Backup: Which Are You Offering?

Excellent question. There is a lot of confusion out there re. what is BC (business continuity), and what’s the relationship between backup, DR (disaster recofery), etc… Let me answer – we are the leading DR vendor, so we know “at least something” about it :-)

So, nScaled has been acquired by Acronis, the backup company. I am sure you know that already (and if you don’t just check our page!) Great synergy together – after all, backup is key part of DR.
We’ve been busy, meeting and understanding the new organization, building the roadmap and integrating the technology, studying each other’s sales and marketing, and doing everything else companies do when they merge (kind of like people, minus sales and marketing). And sometimes, with all this routine work, the most amazing things can be lost or go un-noticed… But not today.