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Acronis Bundles Office 365 Backup into Acronis 12

Acronis is refreshing its comprehensive backup suite, Acronis Backup 12, with support for Microsoft Office 365 backups and some new VMware-related functionality.

The Office 365 backup is the main element of the new release and addresses a market opening that backup and recovery vendors have been scrambling over one another to fill. In fact, Acronis itself released a point solution addressing Office 365 backups in its Acronis Backup Cloud product in July as part of a cloud-first approach to product releases.

The new release brings the full power of the Acronis Backup solution for small businesses to Office 365, says Frank Jablonski, vice president of global product marketing and communications at Acronis.

"The key point here is that everything is being done from one solution for you," Jablonski says of the Acronis hybrid cloud architecture for managing and executing backups, synchronization and archiving on more than a dozen platforms, spanning most Microsoft technologies, some Linux, Macs, iOS and Android devices and several cloud providers. Bringing the technology into the Acronis Backup 12 solution means organizations can now manage their Office 365 backups to other clouds or to on-premise targets from the same Web-based console where they run all their other backup management tasks.

Functions that Acronis Backup 12 provides for Office 365 include the ability to back up e-mails, contacts, calendars, tasks and attachments; choose local or cloud backup targets; bring Office 365 files into compliance with organizational archiving policies; preview, browse and search Office 365 content; recover mailboxes to the original or an alternative location; and recover individual e-mails by delivering them as an e-mail.

Jablonski said heuristic, anti-ransomware protection will be added to the Office 365 backup capabilities later this half.

Also in the refresh of Acronis Backup 12, the company added support for VMware vSphere 6.5, among other VMware-related improvements.

Posted by Scott Bekker on February 08, 2017 at 9:57 AM


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