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Acer America Corp. is a computer manufacturer of business and consumer PCs, notebooks, ultrabooks, projectors, servers, and storage products.


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February 7, 2017 |

Acronis Backup 12 Gets Enhanced Office 365 and vSphere Features

A new update released today gains the ability to restore individual Office 365 email messages, as well as new support for VMware’s recently released vSphere 6.5.

Acronis International GmbH has shipped an updated edition of its Acronis Backup 12 solution with enhanced support for data in Microsoft Office 365 and VMware vSphere environments.

The added functionality enables businesses and the MSPs who serve them to restore individual Office 365 emails, contacts, calendars, and attachments to their original mailbox or an alternate one, and to perform “send-as-email” recoveries in which restored items arrive as attachments in new emails.†Administrators can now search Office 365 backups by subject, recipient, and other fields as well, and preview protected emails before recovering them from directly within the Acronis Backup 12 online management console.

“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 Acronis CEO Serguei Beloussov in a press statement.

Acronis, whose U.S. headquarters are in Burlington, Mass.,†has also added support for both virtual servers and machines based on vSphere 6.5, the latest edition of VMware’s market leading virtualization platform. VMware shipped that product last November.

The new features announced today supplement capabilities available in the original version of Acronis Backup 12, which reached market last July. That product supported older editions of vSphere, and could recover entire Office 365 mailboxes, whether individual or shared.

The latest Backup 12 additions are part of a larger effort on Acronis’s part to turn that product into a single solution capable of protecting all of an SMBs on-premises, off-premises, and virtualized data. In addition to Office 365 and vSphere, the system also backs up servers and workstations running Windows, Linux, or Mac OS; iOS- and Android-based mobile devices; and Microsoft Azure virtual machines, as well as Microsoft’s Exchange, SQL Server, SharePoint, and Active Directory products and Amazon Web Services EC2 deployments.

Acronis says that a future update of Backup 12 will also include Acronis Active Protection, an anti-ransomware technology designed to block attacks as they happen and restore impacted data immediately. Timing on that update has not been disclosed.

Pricing for the Office 365 backup functionality in Acronis Backup 12 runs from $1.67 to $3.33 per mailbox, depending on geography, volume, and subscription length.

Acronis Backup Cloud, a separate solution that’s designed to help cloud service providers protect data for their customers, has had Office 365 backup and restore capabilities similar to those introduced today since July. Acronis has more recently added a file sync and share solution to its family of BDR offerings as well.

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