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Acronis Adds Advanced File Sync and Share Pack to Cyber Protect Cloud

The optional add-on, which features blockchain-based file notarization and electronic signature functionality, is designed to help organizations deliver secure online file sharing to work-from-home users. By Rich Freeman

Acronis has added an advanced file sync and share pack to its Cyber Protect Cloud solution.

The rollout is the latest step in a process the vendor kicked off in March when it rolled its Cyber Backup Cloud, Cyber Disaster Recovery Cloud, Cyber Files Cloud, and Cyber Notary Cloud solutions into a single offering called Cyber Protect Cloud with an all-new “freemium” licensing model. 

Under that new scheme, users can utilize an extensive menu of security and data protection features at no cost, beyond storage expenses, and add more sophisticated capabilities by purchasing mix-and-match “advanced packs” for security, backup, disaster recovery, and management. An advanced email security pack debuted in June as well.

Businesses need file sync and share software more than ever, according to Acronis, now that remote work has become a permanent part of the business landscape. Indeed, 56% of U.S. employees were working from home to avoid catching or spreading COVID-19 as of March, according to Gallup, and 44% prefer it. According to IDC, moreover, 83% of employers plan to provide more remote work opportunities than they did before the pandemic. Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud with Advanced File Sync and Share is designed to help those employers enable online file sharing securely, according to Acronis Board Advisor and CRO Jan-Jaap Jager.

“Every survey and trend indicates remote work is here to stay, so MSPs need a way to keep client employees productive and safe when accessing and sharing valuable company data,” he said in a media statement. “Unlike traditional file sharing solutions that are not built for service providers, Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud with Advanced File Sync and Share delivers a secure work collaboration service that empowers MSPs with multi-tiering and multi-tenancy. And since it’s integrated with our full range of backup, cybersecurity, and endpoint protection management, partners can deliver it all through a single management console.”

Cyber Protect Cloud’s Advanced File Sync and Share pack includes file notarization technology designed to verify that files are in their original, unaltered state, as well as drag-and-drop electronic signature functionality. Both features draw on the Ethereum cryptocurrency’s blockchain to provide what Acronis calls an “immutable audit trail.”

Also new to Cyber Protect Cloud, which Acronis updates monthly, are integrations with the ConnectWise Command RMM system, the VMware Cloud Director service delivery platform, the Jamf Pro management solution for Apple devices, Ingram Micro’s recently introduced CloudBlue PSA, and the Matrix42 unified endpoint management platform.

Additional enhancements announced today include proactive notifications when users recover or download backed-up Microsoft 365 data; a new “restore operator” role that lets designated users recover data on behalf of clients or users even if they don’t have access rights to those files; and easier restoration of pictures and videos on devices running version 2.3.0 of the Android operating system. Administrators can now view, select, delete, or restore mobile backup slices for Android 2.3.0 as well.

Acronis, which named a new CEO earlier this month, is one of several vendors, along with Datto and OpenText, developing “cyber resilience” suites that combine security and BDR in tightly woven bundles. 

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