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Acronis Access provides mobile IT file sharing and syncing

Acronis introduced Acronis Access, a new solution for file sharing and secure syncing of mobile devices with file servers and computers. Acronis Access enables content to be accessed from file servers, NAS, SharePoint, and personal devices, and shared with internal and external constituents. The system does not use cloud services, and is located on site.

Acronis Access gives IT control over tablets and phones. IT integrates devices with Active Directory for authentication and provisioning as well as managing devices. It also supports Smart Card authentication (CAC/PIV) used by the US military and supports FIPS 140-2 encryption used by US government agencies. A feature of the software is the Acronis Policy Engine that provides granular management capabilities, with more than 50 security and user permission policies available to enable control and compliance.

The Acronis Access mobile app (shown above) enables users to browse for files and edit Office documents and PDF files, which are securely sandboxed within the app itself.

The new software combines and expands upon the functionality of two former products, activEcho, which provided secure syncing of mobile devices and computers, and mobilEcho, which gave mobile devices access to content on internal file servers. The company described the merger of the two:

Acronis Access unites both functionalities and gives IT departments everything they need: support for two-factor authentication, access to their network home directories, shared folders and collaboration. In addition, with Acronis Access, they can now map to network shares without the cumbersome need of requesting centralized or local support.

The Acronis Access software consists of a server and client software. The server runs on Windows Server 2003 / 2008 / 2012. Client software is available for iOS devices (v. 4.3 and later), Android devices (v. 2.2 and later), OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and later, and Windows XP SP3 through Windows 8.

Acronis also offers ExtremeZ-IP, an AFP server for Mac clients that runs on Windows servers. With ExtremeZ-IP, Macs don't need to use SMB to connect with Windows servers.