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Enhancing Cyber Protection and Performance for Workloads at the Edge

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Acronis has released Acronis Cyber Infrastructure 4.0, a significant update to the company’s software-defined infrastructure solution. Featuring more than 350 new capabilities and enhancements, the update helps Acronis partners and end users improve the performance and manageability of their infrastructure while strengthening the security and availability of their data.

With 31% of companies reporting daily cyberattacks and half (50%) being targeted at least once a week, organisations can face costly downtime and direct financial losses. Yet too many IT teams and managed service providers (MSPs) still rely on a patchwork of legacy solutions, which is expensive, time-consuming, and complicated to maintain – and the lack of solution integration still leaves gaps in the defences.

As a scale-out, cost-efficient, multi-purpose, and storage solution for cyber protection, Acronis Cyber Infrastructure is a fast and universal building-block for any software-defined data centre or edge workload. It uses any industry-standard hardware and combines block, file, and object storage workloads with compute and software-defined network capabilities.

“Given the speed of business today, organisations require security, immediate availability, and reliable performance from their infrastructure,” said Serguei “SB” Beloussov, Acronis Founder and Executive Officer. “In delivering on our vision of comprehensive cyber protection, integrating Acronis Cyber Infrastructure is a critical component for many of our customers and partners, which is why the enhancements we’ve made as part of this update are so vital.”

Among the performance-enhancing changes, 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%.

The new update also ensures the safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security (SAPAS) of an organisation’s data, applications, and systems.

What’s New in Acronis Cyber Infrastructure 4.0 ? 

Improved manageability 

  • Flexible reconfiguration of cluster networking is available with an automated procedure that allows changes to the configuration of network roles or IP addresses in the cluster.
  • Customise S3 geo-replication on the user/bucket level.
  • Improved monitoring for S3 and NFS services.
  • Set storage limits for IOPS and bandwidth for protected workloads and secure stable storage performance.

Heightened availability 

  • Increase data availability by spreading storage data among new failure domains: room, row, and rack. A failure domain defines a scope within which services might go down together.

Enhanced security  

  • Management of access to S3 geo-replication is available for buckets with access control lists.
  • Users can enable the access log via Amazon S3 API and get detailed information about the objects in their buckets.

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