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Acronis rolls out major update to its enterprise backup solution

Acronis is rolling out a major update to its enterprise backup solution—Acronis Backup, by extending its scalability, adding physical data shipping, improved user experience, support for more languages, etc.

Acronis Backup 12.5 Update 4, the latest update, brings several new features to the customers. First, they will be able to send encrypted backups of all the data to an Acronis data center on a hard drive.

Second, the number of devices that can be managed from a single management server has been increased. Customers can now manage up to 8,000 devices using an easy-to-use web interface and save on infrastructure resources.

Third, the company has improved the active protection in its backup solution. It can now detect crypto-mining malware and protect network folders mapped as local drives.

Fourth, customers can now convert backup files into VM files, which they can run on VMware Workstation and Microsoft Hyper-V.

Fifth, there is a new comment feature that can be used to organize devices by adding comments to protected machines, and then group or filter them using keywords.

Sixth, Acronis Backup now also has a new Performance and backup window for setting up backup window settings easily and reduce the impact on running systems.

Seventh, the latest release will add support for more operating systems and hypervisors. These include:

  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2019
  • Windows Server 2019 with Hyper-V
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2019
  • VMware vSphere 6.7 update 1
  • Citrix XenServer 7.6
  • RHEL 7.6
  • Ubuntu 18.10
  • Fedora 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
  • Debian 9.5, 9.6
  • Windows XP SP1 (x64), SP2 (x64), (x86)

Lastly, the company has added seven new languages to the user interface (UI). These include Bulgarian, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Serbian, Malay, and Indonesian.

Also read: 97% of enterprises perform data backup at least once a year: Acronis’ World Backup Day survey

“This is by far the largest Acronis Backup update to date. We listened to our users and brought the features that they requested. Acronis Backup is the most secure backup in the market, which is why it is trusted by more than 500,000 businesses worldwide,” said Patrick Hurley, Vice President & General Manager, Americas at Acronis.

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Cisco to begin Early Field Trials of AVE to extend ACI to Microsoft Azure, AWS and Google

Cisco had recently announced its plans of extending Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) – its Software Defined Networking (SDN) solution, to the public cloud – Microsoft Azure, AWS and Google.

This will allow quick innovation and digital transformation as enterprises will get to access ACI anywhere along with the flexibility of running their applications across their private and chosen public cloud, while maintaining constant network policies along complete multi-cloud domain.

ACI helps in reducing data center complexities by providing hardware and software capabilities jointly via one environment. Approximately 4,000 customers of Cisco are currently using ACI platform.

In the wake of this development, Cisco made another announcement of commencing Early Field Trials (EFT) of its ACI Virtual Edge (AVE), Cisco’s next generation Application Virtual Switch (AVS) for the ACI environments. AVE is independent of hypervisor and offers seamless policy control across a number of hypervisors, with its basic version targeted for VMware ESXi.

Frank Palumbo, Senior Vice President, Global Data Center & Enterprise Networking Sales announced this development in his blog post. He said, “We are on schedule to ship by the end of this year.”

He added, “Cisco understands the burden of operational change. We have designed the ACI Virtual Edge for an easy transition with minimal operational disruption. Current customers can continue to use the AVS and move to the AVE at their convenience. We will continue support for the AVS to alleviate customer concern. With this solution, customers can maintain their existing policies and operational procedures.”

With traditional hardware based switches and routers quickly fading away, Cisco has been continuously trying to position itself as a software vendor. This year, the company experienced a dip in its switching revenue by approximately 9% YoY in fiscal 4Q17, that cover almost half of its revenue.

Cisco seems to be in the initial transition stages of moving to the software and subscription revenue business model and so this dip is expected when the companies switch business models. The recent announcements are the proof that the tech giant is focusing on innovation that can create long term business value.

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Solar VPS Selects Digital Realty For SolarSystem™ Node In Dallas, Texas

Solar VPS has announced the expansion of its internally developed Windows and Linux VPS Cloud Hosting software, the SolarSystemTM. The expansion of the SolarSystemTM to Dallas, TX marks the company’s first partnership with Digital Realty, a global data center leader. The partnership with Digital Realty at their Dallas, TX location is the first node in a series which will see additional Solar VPS SolarSystem™ nodes established in Phoenix, AZ and Miami, FL.

The new Dallas Solar VPS node hypervisors are comprised of next generation hexa-core Intel E5 Processors with 256GB of RAM each allowing for additional burst and growth. The new node utilizes a fully redundant 10GB network and operates a NetAPP Base SAS Storage platform for all storage needs. This new Dallas, TX SolarSystem node is built upon the same architecture as its sister Solar VPS node that was deployed in Clifton, NJ in January of 2013.

Digital Realty is the right data center partner for the SolarSystem™ solution. The selection of Digital Realty as our partner was based on their proven track record as an industry leader in data center uptime and customer service as it mirrors the Solar VPS company philosophy. – Salvatore Poliandro, Director of Data Center Operations,Solar VPS.

Solar VPS Director of Data Center Operations, Salvatore Poliandro, said, “Digital Realty is the right data center partner for the SolarSystem™ solution. The selection of Digital Realty as our partner was based on their proven track record as an industry leader in data center uptime and customer service as it mirrors the Solar VPS company philosophy. The SolarSystem™ nodes are the fastest nodes available in the industry and are built on proven, reliable technology offered at affordable rates. We are proud to be pushing the industry forward with a solution designed for IT professionals and small businesses.”

When asked about their new partnership with Solar VPS, Andrew Schaap, Vice President of Sales at Digital Realty, commented, “The demand for Software as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service is driving significant growth in companies like Solar VPS. We are pleased to be the data center provider for the SolarSystem™ offering as the Solar VPS business continues to expand.”

Built to be highly scalable and fully affordable, the new Dallas SolarSystem location will empower the Cloud Hosting needs of IT professionals, Web Hosting ninjas and small to medium sized businesses looking for a leg up in our Internet-centric economy. From the Dallas location, SolarSystem™ is primed to fuel the Cloud Hosting needs of existing and potential hosting clients located across the US and Central America.

In business since 2005, Solar VPS has clients in more than 90 countries across the globe. The company is a recognized leader in the Cloud Hosting community, offering 24/7 support, redundant network connectivity and is backed by FortressITX technology. Providing the best Cloud VPS Hosting experience available, Solar VPS is perfect for growing ecommerce websites, bloggers and IT professionals.