SOURCE: Acronis, Inc.

March 06, 2008 09:00 ET

Acronis Offers Small Businesses Tips for Dealing With New Tech Realities

BURLINGTON, MA--(Marketwire - March 6, 2008) - Small businesses that are considering making investments in technology in the next 12 months should heed a few recommendations when it comes to disaster recovery, security and preparedness, says Acronis®, Inc. (http://www.acronis.com), maker of easy-to-use disaster recovery software.

"For many small businesses, technology is a gray area," said Walter Scott, CEO of Acronis. "Without on-site tech support, many business owners and decision makers are desperately trying to determine which technology trends are real and which ones aren't worth their effort at this point in time. Here is an overview of what to keep in mind this year."

What Small Businesses Should Consider for IT in 2008

--  Microsoft Vista:  Microsoft launched this latest desktop operating
    system in 2007 and many business users are still trying to determine what
    to do with it. "Vista, despite all of its improvements, still has some
    hardware and software issues," Scott said. "Many businesses are waiting for
    Vista Service Pack 1 or until their next hardware upgrade cycle. If your
    current systems are working fine, stand pat; there is no urgent need to
    upgrade. Regardless of the desktop OS you use -- Vista or XP -- keep
    current versions of Windows up-to-date with the latest updates and
    patches."
    
--  Collaboration:  From telecommuters to road warriors, distributed
    workforces seem to be the norm rather than the exception. Therefore the
    need for collaboration technologies is greater than ever. "There are a
    number of great solutions to the collaboration problem including wikis,
    remote access software and web conferencing tools," said Scott. "Even
    something as simple as shared group calendars helps keep far-flung teams
    rowing in the same direction."
    
--  Web 2.0/SaaS:  Software-as-a-Service, or SaaS, and Web 2.0 are both
    terms used by the IT industry to illustrate how software and Web-based
    applications are taking center stage, upending the current standard of
    software residing on in-house servers and desktops. Hosted software
    services, such as Salesforce.com and Web-based mail, can provide immediate
    ROI and add the collaborative elements. According to Scott: "Accessing your
    applications though a browser means you can work anywhere, anytime, from
    any computer. It also makes for easier computer upgrades at the office
    since fewer applications will have to be re-loaded and updated."
    
--  New hardware:  New technology products are constantly being released.
    Before taking the plunge, consider the compatibility of new devices with
    the others already in place. "Hardware companies come out with new versions
    several times a year, so look for the ones with all of capabilities you
    require first, then pay attention to how scalable the device is with an eye
    on when it inevitably changes again in another 6-12 months," advises Scott.
    "That way, your short-term investment will still be useful for a few
    years."
    
--  Backup and recovery:  Whatever technology a business chooses to
    implement, IT decision makers would be wise to have a fail-safe backup and
    disaster recovery solution in place -- in advance. The best approach allows
    users to transfer all of their files and programs easily onto a new
    device -- be it the same hardware or entirely different hardware -- in
    a single step, not file by file:  a so-called "image backup." Ideally,
    these are regularly scheduled backups, or done just before installing
    new software for instance, so there is always a recent version to
    restore if anything should happen.
    

"Small business executives don't need to be well-versed in obscure terminology or be expert in every technology discipline to make intelligent IT decisions," concluded Scott. "All that is necessary is a clear view of what business objective they are trying to accomplish. There are any number of IT professionals able to assist in decision-making and implementation including local resellers, system integrators and managed service providers (MSPs) among them."

About Acronis® True Image Echo™ Workstation

With Acronis True Image, users can create an exact duplicate image of the live disk drives on servers or workstations, including the operating system, all configuration files, programs, updates, databases and data. The image can be saved to internal or external disk drives (including USB 2.0 and FireWire), networked drives (NAS, SAN), RAID controllers, writable CD or DVD, SCSI tape drives, or even FTP servers. The ability to create transportable images that can be restored universally to dissimilar hardware is also possible through Acronis Universal Restore. The image can be used for any number of purposes, including disaster recovery, data backup, disk cloning, and migration to virtual machine environments.

Special Offer

For a limited time, Acronis True Image Echo Workstation with Universal Restore is available for $89.99, a 20% discount off the list price for the combo. This special offer can be found at: http://www.acronis.com/promo/ATICWandAUR/backup-and-restore-001.html.

About Acronis

Acronis is a global provider of storage management software that enables corporations and individuals to move, manage and maintain digital assets. Acronis sells innovative solutions for disaster recovery, server consolidation and virtualization migration, which allow users to maintain business continuity and reduce downtime in computing environments. Acronis software products are sold in more than 180 countries and are available in 13 languages. For additional information, please visit www.acronis.com or contact media@acronis.com.

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