Acronis Backup 12

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Company: Acronis, Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Company Description: Acronis sets the standard for hybrid cloud data protection through its backup, disaster recovery, and secure file sync and share solutions. Powered by the Acronis AnyData Engine and set apart by its image technology, Acronis delivers easy, complete and affordable data protection of all files, applications and operating systems across any environment—virtual, physical, cloud and mobile.
Nomination Category: New Product & Service Categories - Software
Nomination Sub Category: New Product or Service of the Year - Software - Cloud Storage & Backup Solution

Nomination Title: Acronis Backup 12

Tell the story about this nominated product or service (up to 650 words). Describe its function, features, benefits, and performance to date:

Acronis Backup 12 is the world’s fastest and easiest data protection solution for small businesses. Complete and easy to manage, Acronis protects all customer data across 16 platforms — anytime, anywhere — with backups that are two times faster than the closest competitor and extraordinary 15-second RTOs. And, Acronis Backup simplifies the management of data protection, reduces IT manual efforts, and improves efficiency with innovative features that automate data protection, including agentless and agent-based backups and flexible granular, bare-metal and dissimilar hardware recovery options.

Other Acronis-only key features include:

-Cloud Convergence — Converges cloud and on-premise backup and recovery into one offering, protecting all the data in small business IT environments using a zero-installation, unified, touch-friendly web management console.

-Cloud Workloads — Backs up on-premise physical and virtual systems, Microsoft Azure VMs, and Amazon EC2 instances for complete protection of entire IT infrastructures.

-PCs, Mac, and Mobile Devices — Backs up Microsoft Windows PCs and tablets, Mac computers, iPad, iPhone, and Android devices, protecting every user.

-Virtual Host Backup — Backs up VMware ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V hosts (not just VMs) and recovers them to dissimilar hardware for complete protection of virtual infrastructures.

-Granular Recovery — Recover files, folders, databases, mailboxes, emails, and SharePoint documents, reducing IT workloads and improving productivity.

-Data Control —Gives customers complete control over the location of their data, systems, and backups so they always know where their company data is, even when stored in the cloud.

Acronis Backup 12 provides SSL encryption of management channels and in-transit and at-rest military grade AES-256 encryption to protect data from unauthorized access. Acronis Cloud storage is located in extremely secure and reliable data centers around the globe, which are certified according to SSAE16, ISAE 3402, PCI DSS, ISO9001 and ISO27001 to support compliance and corporate requirements. Acronis Backup also includes alerts and e-mail notifications for major events on the centralized web console so administrators always stay informed.

Other features that ensure reliability and security include:

-VMware to VMware Replication — Replicate entire VMs for quick disaster recovery in secondary locations including failover, failback, sandbox testing, and WAN optimization.

-Password Protection — Irreversibly protect backups with passwords and encryption to enhance privacy and avoid data loss.

-Built-in Backup Replication — Automatically copy backups to secondary locations to implement a resilient data protection strategy.

-Acronis Universal Restore — Recover Windows and Linux system backups to any dissimilar hardware.

-Patented Disk-Imaging Technology — Enjoy time-tested technology, invented and patented by Acronis, which creates reliable, complete images of entire systems.

-Backup Validation — Verify backup images and provide additional resilience by reading the entire file and comparing control checksums.

-Innovative Technologies — Acronis Backup 12 includes more than 100 patented features, offering the most innovative hybrid cloud data protection for an entire business.

The following lists the key benefits of Acronis Backup 12:

•Hybrid protection and flexible recovery options, including bare-metal restore, reduce recovery time by an average of 50% and overtime hours by up to 15%.

•Advanced compression reduces backup data volumes by up to 50%, optimizing backup speed and reducing storage requirements and costs.

•Centralized management and unified control policies reduce IT management time by up to 80%.

•Acronis’ disk-imaging technology, backup exception lists, incremental and differential backups, and compression reduce long-term storage costs by up to 66%.

•With support for 16 distinct platforms, Acronis Backup 12 protects all data as per an organization’s internal requirements and industry compliance regulations.

•Using its mobile-enabled, web-based, centralized management console — even on a tablet — Acronis Backup 12 installs in three clicks, requiring zero-to-minimal training.

•As an organization’s business grows, it can expand data protection while preserving its original investment.

•Acronis Backup 12 eliminates single point of failure; backups and all other operations are executed on the workloads, without dependency on the central components.

Acronis Backup 12 has been well-accepted by the marketplace, delivering over 40% growth in adoption in 2016.

In bullet-list form, briefly summarize up to ten (10) of the chief features and benefits of the nominated product or service.

1. Web console
-Manage on-premises and cloud
-Back up physical, virtual, cloud
-Protect all data in 16 platforms

2. Cloud
-Protect Office 365, Azure, Amazon
-Store to and manage from Acronis Cloud
-Ensure safe cloud transition (78% of companies use cloud)

3. End-users
-Back up PC/Mac
-Protect iPhone/iPad/Android
-Safeguard mobile workforce (>70% of workforce will be mobile by 2020)

4. Recovery
-Restore to dissimilar hardware
-Recover Windows, Linux
-Move UEFI, BIOS, x32, x64
-Migrate anywhere easily to support an agile infrastructure

5. Instant Restore
-Run backup as a VM
-Restore Windows & Linux
-Use VMware & Hyper-V
-Get 15-second RTO to meet ever-growing demand for faster recovery

6. Control
-Control your backup
-Control your infrastructure
-Control your cloud
-Control your data; your business depends on it