Acronis has announced a major update to the Acronis Data Cloud platform. The Acronis Data Cloud 7.8 update introduces complete cloud-to-cloud Microsoft Office 365 protection, disaster recovery orchestration, enhanced ransomware protection, and a blockchain-powered data notarization and e-signature solution for service providers.
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. Managed service providers (MSPs) will be able to leverage Google and Azure data centers with just a click under their existing Acronis contract. The integration will improve the ability of partners and customers to choose the storage and provider they prefer, while simplifying contract maintenance for smaller MSPs.
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 centers. Service providers are able to select the specific country and location of the data center / centre. With Acronis Backup Cloud, 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 center. The data is fully encrypted to prevent unauthorized access during the transfer.