Spring World 2017

Conference & Exhibit

Attend The #1 BC/DR Event!

Bonus Journal

Volume 29, Issue 5

Full Contents Now Available!

Jon Seals

Jon Seals

AUSTIN, Texas — Caringo today announced the FileFly® Secondary Storage Platform, a complete solution that solves the issues associated with Microsoft® Windows® Servers bloated with infrequently accessed unstructured data.

Organizations no longer need to waste budget by expanding or upgrading Windows Servers or waste resources evaluating what data is or isn’t useful. They can now maintain their existing servers and seamlessly add intelligent data transfer to a limitless tier of scale-out secondary storage at a quarter of the cost. In addition, primary storage is optimized, disk I/O is reduced and storage silos are consolidated. The FileFly Secondary Storage Platform is ideal for remote office consolidation, enabling collaboration and significantly simplifying data protection.

The solution, powered by FileFly 2.0 and Caringo Swarm, utilizes policies based on file attributes and access patterns to determine what data can be moved. Data transfer is automated and transparent to users, applications and processes. Once on the secondary tier, data is continuously protected and files transparently migrate back to primary storage upon access, leaving workflows and applications unaffected.

“Companies wanting to consolidate all of their corporate assets to a centralized location face issues with determining what data sets they should move from Windows Servers,” said Marc Staimer, President of Dragon Slayer Consulting. “With Caringo, companies can automate the data transfer process between primary and secondary tiers based on access and use patterns—without disruption to their current workflow.”

Caringo’s Secondary Storage Platform includes the latest version of the award-winning FileFly with support for Windows Distributed File System Replication (DFSR) and Resilient File System (ReFS).

Additional FileFly features:
• Tier files based on policies
• Generate advanced support notifications
• Collaborate across remote branch offices
• Aggregate files centrally from remote servers
• Access files transparently with no application changes

The Caringo FileFly Secondary Storage Platform is offered as a hardware or software appliance, including premium remote installation and training.

The Caringo FileFly Secondary Storage Platform is the subject of Caringo’s BrightTALK webinar February 7 at 4 p.m. EST. Glen Olsen, Caringo Product Manager, will walk attendees through the powerful data protection enhancements of the latest version of the FileFly Secondary Storage Platform solution. Interested parties may register for free at https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/13173/241593 to participate. A recorded version will also be available after the conclusion of the event.

Follow Caringo
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/caringo-inc-
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CaringoStorage

About Caringo
Founded in 2005, Caringo is committed to helping customers unlock the value of their data and solve issues associated with data protection, management, organization and search at massive scale. Caringo’s flagship product, Swarm, eliminates the need to migrate data into disparate solutions for long-term preservation, delivery and analysis—radically reducing total cost of ownership. Today, Caringo Swarm Cloud and Object Storage Platform is the foundation for simple, bulletproof, limitless storage solutions for Texas Tech University Systems, NEP, the Department of Defense, the Brazilian Federal Court System, City of Austin, Telefónica, British Telecom, Ask.com, Johns Hopkins University and hundreds more worldwide. Visit http://www.caringo.com to learn more.

New capabilities enable comprehensive approach to detect, respond and recover against attacks


SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Druva, the leader in cloud data protection and information management, today announced new monitoring and detection capabilities designed to proactively alert organizations to suspicious data activities triggered by potentially malicious threats. With these new enhancements, Druva's data protection platform now offers enterprises a comprehensive solution to manage business data threats, like ransomware, from detection to recovery.

Ransomware is one of the most pressing security issues facing today's enterprises and one of the highest priorities for IT to address. The U.S. Department of Justice has reported that an average of 4,000 ransomware attacks occur in the United States each day. As the proliferation of ransomware continues, enterprises must contain and mitigate attacks with data management and information governance strategies that bring greater visibility into data anomalies.

"Ransomware is one of the most insidious threats to private and business data to date, and even if a victim decides to pay, there's no guarantee they'll actually get the data back," said Steven Hill, Senior Storage Analyst for 451 Research. "The smart solution for minimizing the impact of ransomware is a data protection model that combines granular file recovery capabilities with a mechanism for identifying and reporting suspicious behaviors on protected endpoints as soon as possible. This holds true for the vast majority of both accidental and malicious causes of data loss."

These new enhancements continually assess the unique characteristics of file changes and their types -- assessing abnormal deletions, unusual file modifications and updates, and identifying atypically large numbers of file creations, all of which can be indicative of a malicious event. In the case of such event, Druva will also pinpoint the last safest snapshot to recover from so enterprises can recover their data with the highest degree of confidence. In doing so, and alerting IT when such an event occurs, businesses are better equipped to minimize the potential risk to the organization that can range from data loss to financial impact in fines, sanctions or damaged reputation. Combined with a full suite of data protection capabilities, Druva enables customers to better detect, respond and recover from events that could be potentially catastrophic.

"Druva has a unique spot in the enterprise information management space. We manage the lifecycle of the data, and we are well positioned to provide enterprises with insights that nobody else can offer. From the prediction of a problem, to the detection of a specific issue, and then recovery of the complete set of data, Druva ensures complete protection," said Jaspreet Singh, CEO of Druva. "Customers can bank on Druva for data protection with unmatched anomaly detection and complete recovery capabilities."

Enhanced features include:

  • Automated alerts and insights: Druva alerts IT administrators when unusual data activity occurs across desktops, laptops, mobile devices and cloud applications, giving them the ability to quickly remediate and prevent potential security threats.
  • Anomaly detection overview: A comprehensive set of trending charts and visualizations that track data activity and quickly identify catalysts of unusual behavior within data.
  • Transparent view into data: Access to granular per-user details such as file name, path, type, etc. to understand specifically what files are potentially at risk.
  • Foolproof recovery: Easily identify the last known good snapshot and recover the entire data set or individual files as needed.

These enhanced features will be available within the next 60 days to all Druva customers. To learn more visit http://www.druva.com/anomaly-detection.


About Druva

Druva is the leader in cloud data protection and information management, leveraging the public cloud to offer a single pane of glass to protect, preserve and discover information -- dramatically increasing the availability and visibility of business critical information, while reducing the risk, cost and complexity of managing and protecting it.

Druva's award-winning solutions intelligently collect data, and unify backup, disaster recovery, archival and governance capabilities onto a single, optimized data set. As the industry's fastest growing data protection provider, Druva is trusted by over 4,000 global organizations and protects over 25 PB of data. Learn more at http://www.druva.com/anomaly-detection and join the conversation at twitter.com/druvainc.


The new technology extends the number of supported platforms to 16, making Acronis Backup 12 the most complete data protection solution available to small businesses today


Acronis, a global leader in hybrid-cloud data protection and storage, today announced the addition of Microsoft Office 365 backup functionality to the world’s fastest and most complete small business backup solution, Acronis Backup 12, enabling businesses to protect all data, local and in the cloud, with a single solution, single configuration, and a single interface.

Acronis Backup 12 has been well-accepted, delivering over 40% growth in adoption in 2016. In keeping with Acronis’ Cloud-First strategy, Acronis Backup 12 adds new Microsoft Office 365 backup features that have been available in Acronis Backup Cloud solution since July. Acronis has seen significant adoption of the features that enabled Cloud Service Providers to protect their customers’ Microsoft Office 365 environments.

Microsoft Office 365 services deliver unprecedented flexibility and scalability, changing the way small businesses manage their email infrastructure. Acronis provides additional backup by enabling protection of cloud workloads with Acronis Backup 12, giving businesses full control over the protected data, and allowing them to keep it locally or in the cloud for long-term access or archiving purposes.

Small and midsize businesses worry about control, worry about security, and worry about cost. Tying things together in a comprehensive way gets harder as firms grow and data protection becomes an ever bigger chore. Acronis has data control as a key product capability and SMBs will appreciate the ability to coordinate and manage diverse data,” said Ray Boggs, Vice President, Small and Medium Business Research at IDC.

According to the latest Data Protection Cloud Strategies report produced by Enterprise Strategy Group, nearly three-quarters of the surveyed businesses intended to protect their public cloud data in a location other than their production environment’s cloud, realizing that an interruption or problem in the cloud can potentially take away not only the production data, but also the backups. 44 percent of the respondents said they move data to a different cloud for speed and convenience, and 29 percent said they prefer keeping a copy of their cloud data in-house.


Microsoft Office 365 backup

Acronis Backup 12 provides easy protection for Microsoft Office 365 with:

  • Automatic backup of Microsoft Office 365 emails, including contacts, calendars, tasks, and attachments;

  • Ability to store backup data locally or in the cloud, for long-term access or archiving purposes;

  • Preview, browsing and searching capabilities of the backup content;

  • Ability to recover individual and shared mailboxes to the original or an alternative location;

  • Ability to recover and deliver individual items by email without restoring the entire backup;

  • Acronis Active Protection™ against ransomware: protecting user devices and data by blocking the attacks and instantly restoring affected data (will be available in the next update).


Support for VMware vSphere 6.5 and other improvements

This update also introduces support for VMware vSphere 6.5 — agentless and agent-based VM and ESXi host backup, support of VMware CBT, Acronis Instant Recovery™, Acronis vmFlashback™, Replication with WAN optimization, and other technical and performance improvements.


Complete protection of all data

Acronis Backup 12 offers protection for more than just Microsoft Office 365 or VMware vSphere 6.5 workloads. In fact, Acronis Backup 12 is the single solution that protects all data, in all locations and in any environment. It is designed to enable businesses to remain in control of their data even when transitioning to the cloud or managing their hybrid cloud infrastructure. (Full feature set is available at http://www.acronis.com/en-us/business/backup/ ).

  • All virtual Environments: best-in-class backup and recovery of virtual machines and hosts;

  • All cloud: easy backup and recovery of Microsoft Azure VMs, Amazon EC instances and Microsoft Office 365 mailboxes;

  • All physical: Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac servers and workstations, also iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.

  • All applications: Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, SharePoint, Active Directory, and much more.

Today small businesses depend more on Microsoft cloud-based services to run their businesses. But cloud data also needs to be protected and available to ensure business continuity. Microsoft Office 365 email backup extends the functionality of Acronis Backup 12, offering complete protection of the entire digital image of a small business,” said Serguei Beloussov, founder and CEO of Acronis.

We’re pleased to see Acronis’ commitment to Microsoft,” said Rob Howard, director, Microsoft Office 365 Ecosystem. “By extending the benefits of Acronis Backup to Microsoft Office 365, Acronis is helping provide our mutual customers with a robust and easy-to-use experience.”


Pricing and Availability

Acronis Backup Office 365 Subscription Licenses are available online and from local distributors. The monthly price per mailbox ranges between $1.67 and $3.33 depending on geography, volume and the subscription term. For more details, please visit http://www.acronis.com/en-us/business/backup/


About Acronis

Acronis sets the standard for hybrid cloud data protection through its backup, disaster recovery, storage, 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. Founded in 2003, Acronis protects the data of over 5 million consumers and 500,000 businesses in over 145 countries. With more than 100 patents, Acronis products have been named best product of the year, and cover a range of features, including migration, cloning and replication. Today, Acronis solutions are available worldwide through a global network of service providers, distributors and cloud resellers.

For additional information, please visit www.acronis.com

Machine learning, if you have not already met it, is the capability of a machine (a software application) to modify its rules and algorithms according to new data.

In other words, the machine that learns is one that independently adapts to changes to produce reliable decisions and results now and into the future.

Machine learning is not as new as some other advances in computing, but is coming to the fore, now that technology is available to process very large amounts of varied data (big data) very fast.



In the past two weeks, we’ve seen Uber’s CEO respond to public criticism by stepping down from President Trump’s advisory council; Starbucks garner public support and condemnation after promising to hire 10,000 refugees; and tech giants including Google, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft rally together to oppose the President’s recent immigration ban. In the past month, we also saw SeaWorld finally curtail its killer whale shows in California after prolonged public pressure, and artificial intelligence experts continue the contentious debate on driverless car morality.  

Executives are making very complicated moral decisions in the face of increasingly difficult situations in order to protect themselves, their stakeholders, and their brands. For anyone involved in business ethics, corporate behavior, risk management, and compliance, the world is getting more challenging and more fascinating all the time.

In our latest governance, risk, and compliance report, GRC Vision 2017-2022: Customer Demands Escalate As Regulators Falter, we examine the most critical trends that will transform risk and compliance roles over the next five years, many of which are playing out in the public eye every day: