Acronis Backup Room for Improvement

Pieter Sadie
Information Technology Manager at PAV Telecoms

Over the years they seem to have changed the interface to be more of a graphical interface and they have omitted the ability to use the interface using a keyboard only. When you are in a data center environment and you don't have a mouse with you, or for some reason the mouse is not working and you need to restore, it is extremely difficult/impossible. 

If you don't have a mouse, there seems to be no way to move between the icons. In the old days it was compulsory to design software interfaces that were compatible with both the keyboard and mouse. You could press 'Alt-R' for restore and 'Alt-B' for backup, or something like that. Those functions have been removed from the product and it's very frustrating.

Another one feature I would like to see added is an agent to back up MySQL databases as well. They've got an agent to back up Microsoft SQL, but there is not an agent to back up MySQL databases.

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Presales (Enterprise Solutions Architect) at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

They do a lot of maintenance. In the span of six months, maintenance is done at least twice and you are told that it is coming up, with apologies for the inconvenience. It's a distraction, and it interferes with the backup schedule. Also, it can happen at a time where some critical systems are required to recover.

I would like documentation or a video demonstration on how to restore active databases. At this point, it can restore pictures and common files, but we want to be able to support all kinds of customers so backing up and restoring active databases are important.

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Project and Services Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

It would be better if they made it easier to obtain images for laptops and desktops. It isn't easy right now to have many different types of desktop computers. This is because Microsoft is changing a lot of things in Windows 10.

Sometimes the computers don't work well, and you need a lot of time to recover the users' information. It's also difficult to get the users' laptops to work with this because Windows can crash in some models, and it takes time to recover all the information.

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Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

One of my clients is using version 11.7, which I feel has quite a few bugs and is not easy to work with. I always recommend that my clients upgrade to version 12.5. It is much more stable and better than the older version.

When an error occurs, the information is not always easy to understand and these messages should be made more clear. Because our system is not connected to the internet, we cannot use the incorporated links to the knowledge base.

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IT Manager at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

For some customers, it doesn't just depend on the type of product that you use, but on the infrastructure of the customer as well. Some customers don't have the potential or the infrastructure to support a cloud-based solution as a backup. That's why he had to go to on-premises and use a hybrid solution, which is why using SolarWind for our customers.

So for smaller companies, it's a little more challenging to maintain. But it's hard to say because you could have a very small company, but they have the potential of moving everything using a cloud infrastructure because they have the local infrastructure ready to support that kind of service. But another company may not have the infrastructure to support that kind of service. There are many factors for what kind of services are good for one customer and not good for another one, including the speed of data transfer that the customer can allow. That will determine if you're going to use a backup cloud solution versus a hybrid solution.

Actually, with Acronis, you can back up almost everything that you need to back up, including the engine database. So I don't see what else we could add to that solution for improvement.

When I look from the customer's perspective, everything is there. What could be good is just to have a simple package that could be appropriate for small companies who don't have the requirements for using the cloud solution. Maybe they could just have something a little more on-premises that could allow Acronis to do the customer's backup and then bring it to the cloud. That could be something that Acronis could try because everything now seems to be going to the cloud.

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Mahmoud Al Baik
Technical Supervisor at Index IT

The problems that we face are often related to the customer's network, although sometimes there are problems with the software, such as an error in the configuration. There is no perfect product.

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Nigel Hobden
Director at Random Group Ltd

I'll be completely honest, it's a very annoying product.

The whole product structure is confusing. You can actually get to do what you want to do. But Acronis seems to have a singular ability to make things difficult.

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Technical Product Manager for IT Managed Services at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees

The solution is on-premises and therefore is not very scalable. 

The solution already covers all of the requirements I need. I don't recall missing a feature or capability.

The solution could use a single sign-on integration that can default to the admin dashboard. Right now, it's only username and password. If you had had an additional two-factor authentication, this would be beneficial for me.

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Albert Simon
Co-Owner at Angels Dtp

When I first started using Acronis, I found it a little bit confusing when it came to the configuration.

Sometimes I have a problem where my settings need to be reset. However, I have been using it for so long that I know what I have to do it fix them.

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Viraj Bhujbal
Technical Presales - Server & Storage at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

They can include something called a backup appliance. Although Acronis is a software-driven company, it would be good for customers to have some kind of backup appliance on top of a lightweight operating system. This will also reduce the cost. Currently, the customers have to buy the hardware in addition to the operating system, which increases the overhead in terms of procurement.

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Director of Global Architect at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

I feel like this product a little bit locked in the past.

This is not a feature-rich solution.

I would like to see a more SaaS-based solution, perhaps more cloud-centric. Essentially, keeping in lock-step with the other companies out there doing platform (PaaS) or software (SaaS) as a service, solutions.

We would like a more cutting edge, cloud-based DR solution that uses, for example, compression algorithms to make sure that backups run faster.

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Solution Consultant at HGC Global Communications Limited

We're based in Hong Kong and I think if Acronis could provide local support and some local consultants that would be an improvement. I've just carried out the trial on the solution and actually there is no technical support available for this product. There is also minimal documentation available and if that could be improved it would make a big difference. 

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Sharif Shaikh
Senior Operation Executive at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The biggest problem that we have is when the antivirus is installed, the whole machine runs very slowly and some of the machines hang. We had installed it on 500 machines, but when our customer started having issues, we uninstalled it. It seems that it is not able to work on the servers.

Our customers were disappointed with this product and discontinued the service.

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Elmira Iravani
Network Administrator at Hanatech

I would like to have more hardware space. It would make it better. I would like to have two more terabytes. 

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Director at NVIT

The backing up of virtual machines in VMware and Nutanix needs better integration and the performance of the solution needs improvement.

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