Acronis has come a long way since the initial introduction of its backup software many years ago. It now protects over 5 Exabyte of data for over 500,000 business customers and over 5 million consumer customers, 40 percent of whom are in Europe, 40 percent in the Americas, and 20 percent in AMEA. Acronis’ latest offering covers an incredibly wide range of solutions for those interested in traditional on-site data protection with modern features to those interested in backup, disaster recovery, and monitoring as services.
Acronis Backup 12 is the flagship product and it backs up a wide variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, and MacOS servers, desktops, and laptops, as well as phones and tablets running iOS, Android, or Windows. It has full support for vSphere and Hyper-V, as well as the usual applications, including Exchange, SQL Server, and Sharepoint. Users can recover individual files and mailboxes, as well as entire physical and virtual servers through its instant recovery feature. Customers can send their backups to disk, tape, or the cloud. There is little that is running in today’s data centers that Acronis Backup 12 would not be able to protect.
Acronis is also expanding beyond its support for the traditional data center to include protection for data and servers in the cloud. Acronis 12 can protect any VM running in Azure or Amazon Web Services, as well as protect mailboxes and documents stored in Office365. (It does not yet support Google Apps, but Acronis is looking into that for a future release.) Customers can also use Azure or Amazon as a backup destination for backups of a physical data center or the cloud.
Acronis Backup continuously replicates backups into the recovery destination as often as every five minutes. Since the data is already there and in a format usable for an instant recovery, users can use Instant Recovery to recover within seconds any physical machine or virtual machine, either locally in the customer’s favorite hypervisor or in the cloud using an Azure or Amazon VM.
Three New Acronis Cloud Services
Customers can purchase Acronis backup 12 through a typical license software agreement, or they can use it as a backup as a service. Acronis is also offering as a cloud service the software defined storage that they use internally, and are calling it Acronis Cloud Storage. Finally, Acronis is offering the Acronis Monitoring Service, which is well beyond the typical backup monitoring service. It includes monitoring all of your environment, including the health of your servers, storage, network, and backups. Acronis offered few details about the Acronis Cloud Storage and Acronis Monitoring services, focusing mainly on Acronis Backup and Acronis Backup Cloud. All of the services are available through licensed service providers.
Acronis appears to be a blend of the traditional backup model that tries to protect a wide variety of platforms, and the new backup model that supports features such as instant recovery and cloud recovery. This is very different than many newer backup products that only protect Windows, VMware, or hyper-V. This model should be very interesting to companies that have strong virtualization and cloud deployments, but also have plenty of physical servers as well.