Seamless file access across Apple, Android and Windows with Acronis

  • Support now for mobile workers to access files on any device
  • Minimal or no end-user training required, worry-free IT depts
Seamless file access across Apple, Android and Windows with Acronis

DATA protection Acronis has unveiled Acronis Access Connect, formerly ExtremeZ-IP, the latest version of its file and print sharing solution for both SMBs (small and medium businesses) and enterprises.
With this new release, Acronis Access Connect adds broad support for mobile workers to securely access files using iOS, Android, and Windows phones and tablets, the company said in a statement.
This combined support across the range of PC, Mac and mobile platforms lets employees keep using their devices, while enabling IT departments to deliver a seamless, scalable, and problem-free file server access and print sharing experience for users, it claimed.
Mobile workers can now access their work files wherever they need them, using the Access Connect mobile clients for iOS, Android and Windows mobile devices. Minimal or no end-user training is required for mobile users, especially those familiar with Mac and Windows file sharing environments, Acronis said.
For IT managers and professionals, Acronis Access Connect eliminates SMB protocol bugs, performance issues and compatibility problems related to integrating Macs into Windows environments, reducing help desk calls by as much as 70%.
Acronis Access Connect installs in a matter of minutes on Windows servers, delivering immediate time-to-value for IT administrators and support personnel.
The solution allows employees to be more productive when working with files on their PCs, Macs and mobile devices – whenever and wherever they choose, Acronis said.
Mac use at tipping point
As bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies continue to transform the way employees work worldwide, Macs in the workplace are becoming more common, Acronis said.
In fact, a 2014 survey of 376 IT professionals conducted by Dimensional Research found that user preference is the top reason given by IT administrators for supporting Macs.
The survey also found that 66% of businesses are already using Macs today, and more than 70% officially support Macs as a company endpoint.
While many employees clearly prefer Macs, there are challenges from an IT perspective when it comes to file sharing, including compatibility, search performance issues, and a poor user experience, Acronis said.
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