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What to Look For Next Week at VMworld

Next week marks the start of VMworld 2014, what's sure to be a whirlwind look at the latest and greatest in cloud and virtualization software. IT pros in attendance can expect to learn where the virtualization leader is headed and its vision for virtually managed data centers, among other topics. Here are some wishlist news that the InfoWorld team hopes to see:

  1. Private cloud software and a package that combines public cloud and on-premises software
  2. Encourage mainstream adoption of SDN offerings
  3. Easy integration of virtualization for data storage
  4. Focus on mobile
  5. Secure data center information using the hypervisor

The Acronis team will be on hand all week. Be sure to stop by booth #1904 to talk all things data protection! 

Read more at InfoWorld

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Safeguarding Data During Virtual Migration

According to a recent SpiceWorks report, three-quarters of businesses surveyed already use virtual machines. But for those yet to make the leap, what are the virtualization issues to look out for? And as all IT pros know, the landscape is constantly shifting and new solutions come up all the time. As IT infrastructure becomes increasingly divided among physical, virtual and cloud solutions, how can IT managers ensure their systems are working optimally and data is protected across multiple platforms?

Here, Sam Roguine, director of product marketing at Acronis, talks about the common pitfalls of migration to a virtual environment and how to make sure company data stays safe throughout the journey:

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What to Consider for Hypervisor Backup: The Configuration and the Data

As more companies invest in virtual machines, IT pros are presented with the need to integrate these virtualization environments into the data protection plan. The trouble is that while the data is usually backed up, often the hypervisor configuration is forgotten.

“It’s not enough to only back up the virtual machine, just like it’s not enough to only back up files or databases on a physical server,” says Sam Roguine, Asia-Pacific engineering director at Acronis. “Every piece of data must be backed up, and the hypervisor is no exception.”

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Introducing 'Backup for Dummies': Download Your Free Copy Today

In our data-driven world, data is quickly becoming one of a company's most valuable assets. And with Big Data getting bigger and more complex every day, data protection is a bigger, more complex job than ever for IT — and the stakes are higher. 

According to research from IDC and Acronis, increased data volume and complexity are the two biggest data protection challenges for SMB IT departments. 

“Companies have protected their data ever since carbon copies were stored in bonded warehouses, but times have changed. The techniques for protecting information and recovering from disastrous data loss have also changed,” writes Joel Berman, Acronis fellow, in the newly released “Backup for Dummies.” 

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Data Protection Officer: A New Standard Title in IT?

If new EU data protection legislation becomes law as expected, companies that do business in Europe will soon need to recruit for a new senior-level IT job: Data Protection Officer.

The legislation, and the mandated new role, is the latest development in EU officials' increasing focus on data protection and privacy regulations. Any company that does business in Europe or that handles data for European consumers would need to comply or risk stiff, seven-figure fines.

The “data protection officer” (DPO) role would be largely independent, reporting directly to a company's senior management, according to Network World. Primary responsibilities would include: 

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Acronis Named Finalist for Dr. Dobb's 2014 Jolt Award

When we first brought Acronis True Image to market about a decade ago, our goal was simple: to help Windows users everywhere protect their data. Over the years, we’ve found one industry in particular that’s especially vulnerable to data loss is software development, a massive global industry for which data loss can quickly spell the end of a businesses. Thanks to our dedicated and global team committed to developing products that keep data safe, Acronis True Image has proven brilliantly suited to meet the demands of just about every industry thrown our way, including software developers.

What The U.S. Consulate Database Crash Teaches Companies About Data Protection

Most travelers trying to get U.S. travel papers processed during the past couple of weeks know about the U.S. consulate database crash that impacted 200,000 or more visa-seekers worldwide. The culprit, a simple software patch, caused the U.S. State Department’s central passport and visa system to crash on July 19. While the data was backed up, the system was not, causing visa processing to grind to a halt during the slow recovery process. 

There's a data protection lesson from this situation that all companies can learn from: Quick, reliable recovery depends on backup strategies that protect all company data, including configuration data and application code. 

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In a BYOx Environment, IT’s Focus Shifts From Devices to Data

Data protection, though never simple, used to be a lot easier for IT pros when that data was locked behind a firewall or backed up on tape. But the exponential growth in the amount of data that businesses generate in cloud, virtual, mobile and other environments has made the task harder for IT. According to research from IDC and Acronis, larger data volumes and increased complexity are the two biggest data protection challenges facing SMB IT departments.

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What to Do When Your Cloud Service is Disrupted

Every IT pro knows the soul-crushing feeling following the simple statement, “We apologize for the service disruption..." When cloud services that your organization relies on go down, chaos can ensue. Take for instance the Adobe Creative Cloud outage in May that took down the interactive edition of the UK-based newspaper, the Daily Mail. For one of Britain's most popular newspapers, failure is not an option. 

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Cyber Gang Attacks Remind Internet Users to Back Up Data

News broke yesterday that a Russian cyber gang has amassed the largest amount of stolen Internet credentials. Milwaukee-based Hold Security uncovered the stolen records, which include as many as 1.2 billion username and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses. The credentials came from 420,000 websites, including household names, and small Internet sites around the world. 

“Hackers did not just target U.S. companies, they targeted any website they could get, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to very small websites,” Alex Holden, founder and chief information security officer of Hold Security, tells the New York Times. “And most of these sites are still vulnerable.”