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Acronis enhances secure storage solution with an eye to edge performance

Acronis has updated its software-defined Cyber Infrastructure secure storage solution, with a focus on improving performance for edge workloads.

Acronis Cyber Infrastructure 4.0 features some 350 new capabilities and enhancements, according to the vendor announcement. The aim is to assist partners and end users to improve the performance and manageability of their infrastructure while keeping data secure and available.

“Erasure coding improves writing performance and latency for hybrid and all flash tiers up to 50%. Similarly, enhancements to storage networking have increased the performance of multi-thread workloads – with random reads improving up to 40%,” Acronis says.

The storage and backup solutions vendor says about 31% of companies could be reporting daily cyberattacks, with 50% targeted at least once a week, potentially causing them to face costly downtime and direct financial losses.

According to Acronis, too many IT teams and managed service providers (MSPs) rely on “a patchwork” of legacy solutions which is costly and complicated to maintain while still leaving gaps in their defences.

Its Cyber Infrastructure 4.0 storage solution is meant as a “fast and universal” building block that can be rolled out across standard hardware to benefit software-defined datacentres and edge workloads. The scaleable offering combines block, file and object storage workloads with compute and software-defined network capabilities.

The company anticipates that it will appeal to many organisations that require improved security, availability and performance across their infrastructures while maintaining accessibility and privacy for data, applications and systems.

What’s new

Acronis’ announcement highlights version 4.0‘s flexible reconfiguration of cluster networking, including an automated procedure for changing the configuration of network roles or IP addresses in the cluster.

In addition, S3 geo-replication is more secure and can be clustered on the user/bucket level and there’s improved monitoring for S3 and NFS services. IOPS and bandwidth storage limits can be specified.

Users can enable the access log via Amazon S3 API and get detailed information about the objects in their buckets.

Data availability is improved by spreading storage data across new failure domains – room, row, and rack – which defines which services might go down together, according to Acronis.

Read the full release notes.

Sign up for the summit 19-21 Oct

Acronis is holding an online summit in October — Cybersecurity Month.

On 19-21 October, Acronis and partners will discuss the year to come and how to help organisations address infrastructure and security challenges.

Participants in the online event are tipped to include Steve Newmark, president of Roush Fenway Racing. Over time, the car racing business has evolved from “guys under the cars with hammers and wrenches to an army of engineers operating in a sea of data and simulations”, he says in the Acronis blog showcasing the speakers.

“Our most valuable asset is our data and the protection of its integrity is key, especially in our rapidly moving and highly competitive environment where so many of our decisions are simulation-based through these various inputs of data,” Newmark says. “With so much of our workforce working remotely and the amount of data being shared, protecting the integrity of our data is a key concern.”

Click here to register for the Acronis Global Cyber Summit 2020 – online from 19-21 October.

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