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Q&A: Demands of Big Data

Zafar Anjum | Oct. 1, 2013
Make no mistake, Big Data is coming to our region and soon. You can feel it just by looking at hard disk drive sizes, says CEO of Acronis, Serguei Beloussov.

Cloud, mobility, big data--have these technologies affected your business? If yes, how deeply?

Mobilily had a profound impact on the corporate world, mobile devices become virtually ubiquitous across all industries and roles - sales, marketing, finance, legal, customer support, R&D, etc. In a very short time, mobile devices, such as the iPad, iPhone and Android devices, have become as engrained in the culture of corporations as the laptop.

Corporations want to make mobile devices productive tools for their business and employees. And the ability to securely access, create and edit corporate content and files, while keeping track of where exactly these key digital assets are stored and used is becoming a key to any business in any industry. Employees' daily lives revolve around content - Word docs, spreadsheets, PowerPoints and other content. It's part of everyday business activities, communications and interactions. It is integral to today's business world.

As an innovative company, Acronis is very sensitive to new trends. Last year, we acquired GroupLogic, a leader in Enterprise Mobility and Data Sharing business. Now GroupLogic became a separate business unit in Acronis, providing file access, synchronisation and sharing from any PC, Mac or mobile device anywhere, with the security and manageability required by Enterprise IT. Our solutions are fully integrated with Active Directory, following the existing permissions and allowing for new sophisticated rules governing on-premise and off-premise usage of the content.

The products we offer to the market include mobilEcho, activEcho and ExtremeZ-IP. Last week, we launched a new version of our mobilEcho product - mobilEcho 4.5, which includes free, in-app secure Office Document editing and turns iOS and Android mobile devices into secure, compliant and controlled mobile offices, increasing data security and workplace productivity. 

Cloud is another big buzzword nowadays. Both consumer and corporate clients have raised the demand for cloud-based backup and recovery solutions. At VMWorld conference in San Francisco last month, Acronis launched two products, both related to cloud. One is Acronis Backup and Recovery for vCloud, enabling enterprises and service providers of any size to empower VMware® vCloud with self-service backup and recovery. The key distinguishing feature is delegation of authority from vCloud administrators to tenants, enabling them to eliminate downtime and protect their virtual machines in public, private and hybrid clouds. We have used Service Provider Market expertise of our sister company where I'm Chairman of the board and Co-Founder Parallels, to bring Acronis' innovative technology to service providers, who can now build a complete infrastructure-as-a-service offering using VMware vCloud Director.

Another launch was our Consumer product, Acronis True Image 2014. It is the first product in the market to introduce full system cloud backup for personal use. With Acronis True Image 2014, we provide 5GB of free secure Acronis Cloud Storage to our consumer clients and complete peace of mind that comes with knowing that not just some of their files but whole system is automatically kept stored away safely. 


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