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Agents of Change: Acronis

Jack Loo | Jan. 24, 2013
Singapore’s IDA unveiled its Infocomm Technology Roadmap outlining nine technology trends that will shape the future. We asked various enterprise IT heavyweights for their perspectives on the Roadmap, and next up, we have disaster recovery and data protection specialist Acronis.

The offsite cloud backups were also retained as part of expanded disaster recovery operations for all of the companies IT resources. The backups that were done on-premise used Acronis Backup & Recovery multi-destination backup capability to implement a disk-to-disk-to-tape strategy for the aggregate on-premise and remote office backups and a disk-to-disk-to-cloud strategy for the on-premise as well as aggregated on-premise/remote office backups.

This provided a flexible means to recover from disk or tape in the event of a non-destructive disaster, or from the cloud in the event that a more severe, destructive disaster, such as a flood or earthquake disabled the central data centre.

Comms of the future

Blackberry is likely going to take a final nosedive from enterprise dominance, giving rise to Apple and Android and necessitating a seamless and secure way of integrating many different platforms into the enterprise network, while at the same time BYOD, smartphone growth and the exponential adoption of tablets in business and at home will continue to grow.

Mobile devices are the ultimate hybrid consumer/corporate usage devices. So we think BYOD will become more of the norm, but that is predicated on IT departments being able to provide key business capabilities to their users, whether it's on corporate liable or employee liable devices. For example, securely accessing corporate file resources that may reside on Windows servers, NAS devices or SharePoint - how does IT provide a simple solution for their end-users while providing necessary security and management?

Security issues were big for Dropbox users in 2012, and we hear all the time from companies that want to solve their "Dropbox problem." Now that is not to say that Dropbox isn't good for consumers, but for many enterprises, especially those in regulated industries, they need a secure file sharing solution that protects an organisation's critical assets. What is needed is a solution with consumer-grade simplicity and enterprise-grade security and management-and 2013 will see an increase in enterprise syncing solutions as Dropbox begins to recede its presence back to the consumer market, where it belongs.

We have recently acquired secure enterprise file access, sharing and syncing software company GroupLogic to help organisations keep their dynamic data accessible and available at all times, on any platform, from creation to storage.

The acquisition of GroupLogic is a significant component of Acronis' vision to address new market demands for data availability, accessibility and protection against the rise in enterprise mobility, the volume and velocity of content creation, user driven collaboration tools and rising storage costs.

The growth of big data, the drive for greater collaboration and the rise in mobile working have introduced new devices and unsecure file sharing practices into the enterprise. Confidential corporate content is regularly leaving the network on iPads, smartphones or via a public cloud. 


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