Feeds

Acronis grabs virtual servers by their backups

'We're in the moving business'

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

Data protection specialist Acronis has jumped on the virtualization bandwagon with a product aimed at handling data backups for physical and virtual servers.

The company has built on its True Image product line with True Image Echo. The software performs backup and recovery tasks for most of the major virtualization platforms, including VMware, Microsoft, SWsoft and Parallels. Support for XenSource should arrive by the first quarter of next year, said Ed Harnish, VP of marketing at Acronis, which is when the product will move out of today's beta form to production code.

There are a number of virtual server backup tools on the market, but Acronis claims it has an edge over rivals, courtesy of its experience in the backup game and by doing things such as incremental backups that save disk space.

For the unfamiliar, Acronis has more than three million customers - most of them running the company's flagship True Image 10 Home consumer backup and recovery product. According to Harnish, Acronis picks up about 25,000 new customers per month, and 20,000 of those purchases come from True Image Home.

Later this month, Acronis will ship True Image 11 Home for $49.99 with new features such as a "try and decide" tool that lets you do things like open an email from SweetLover@notavirus.com in a protected, temporary space without subjecting your hard drive to the payload. There's a more complete list of features here.

With True Image Echo, however, we're talking more about the data center.

The software wraps virtual servers in the Acronis Virtual Live Data Format, which lets an administrator move images between virtual and physical servers. Beyond moving images around, the software provides all the expected administrative tools for doing things such as event instigated backups or booting up a recovered image from the network - across all of the major virtualization platforms.

"We have done backup and recovery for a long time," Harnish said. "Basically, we are in the moving business. Whether that happens to be moving an image from a physical server to a virtual server or a USB stick or a disk drive, that's what we do. And we do it with very tight compression, so that it's all very efficient to move data from one place to the other."

True Image Echo will start at $3,495 per socket. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet
Microsoft will move its own IT to the cloud to avoid $200m server bill
Oracle reveals 32-core, 10 BEEELLION-transistor SPARC M7
New chip scales to 1024 cores, 8192 threads 64 TB RAM, at speeds over 3.6GHz
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
Object storage bods Exablox: RAID is dead, baby. RAID is dead
Bring your own disks to its object appliances
Nimble's latest mutants GORGE themselves on unlucky forerunners
Crossing Sandy Bridges without stopping for breath
A beheading in EMC's ViPR lair? Software's big cheese to advise CEO
Changes amid rivalry in the storage snake pit
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.