We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"It actually does its job very well and has interesting capabilities, but it has the most awful interface."
"This is a full software so deployment time is very quick."
"The web-based interface makes it easy to use."
"One of the features I have found most valuable is the restore point - it gives us what we need at the time we need it. The important thing is that the backup for Acronis doesn't depend as much on the device."
"The most valuable feature is that you can do a bare-metal restore even with dissimilar hardware."
"It's always stable. It's very good, useful, and user-friendly."
"The most valuable feature is the fact that it backs up my systems transparently in the background, and I'm not even conscious of it."
"It has simple buying options and deployments. You can buy on-cloud, on-premises, or hybrid solutions. Acronis Backup is very easy to deploy. It also does not consume much hardware. The administrator's tasks are very simple. It is very user friendly, and it also has good security features with low-level encryption and data encryption."
"Its Critical Server Insurance feature for protecting physical and virtual servers, including Windows, Linux, VMware, and Hyper-V is mandatory for me and it makes me happy. If I had a backup solution that didn't do that, it would not be a backup solution and would not be any good."
"The feature I find most valuable is the backup configuration, particularly in Google Workspace. It's pretty much the same as for Office 365, but it shows you a list of the mailbox or account holders in an organization. If you want to back somebody up, it's literally just a checkbox to choose that individual. It's super simple to say, "I want to back up these mailboxes, but I will leave these other people, who are temporary, unchecked." I can't make a mistake."
"The most valuable feature is disaster recovery, where we have the ability to boot up VMs quickly in a disaster."
"The most valuable feature is the ability to boot locally, as well as in Infrascale's cloud. This means that we can either do on-site failover or failover to their cloud."
"The recovery of data is the most valuable feature. The software backup, which is just a program that gets installed on a server, can back up to the cloud. You can install that on a server or PC, and that will simply back up a user's files and folders. If it is installed on the server, we just back up the relevant data. Recovering that, if there has been a malicious attack on a business or anything like that, has been invaluable in the past. The good features about that are obviously, if the physical hardware has a problem, then we can utilize the appliance, turn on the virtual machine, and carry on running the business while we put the hardware back and correct the issue."
"The overall ease of use and ease of management of the solution using the Infrascale dashboard is excellent. I'd rate it 10 out of 10 because the dashboard is very simple to use. For someone with a technical background, it's a wonderful piece of software to be using in a cloud environment. But if you're not technical, then it might be a problem. It could be confusing for non-technical people. If you don't know what you're doing, you could kind of screw it up. Any human with two brain cells can do it. It's like anything else. So, once you train a human, they're good. Anybody can do it. Anybody with a competent brain can use it and go with a little bit of technical skill. It might be confusing in the beginning, but once you're trained up and you've used it a little bit, like anything else in your life, it'll be easy. They'll come as normal."
"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."
"No technical support and minimal documentation."
"When an error occurs, the information is not always easy to understand and these messages should be made more clear."
"For smaller companies it's a little more challenging to maintain."
"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."
"I would like to have more hardware space. It would make it better. I would like to have two more terabytes."
"When I first started using Acronis, I found it a little bit confusing when it came to the configuration."
"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."
"They set me up as a vendor, not as a client. So sometimes I end up in the wrong portal and I'm doing vendor things instead of client things, and I didn't realize that right away. Once I figured it out I just changed my favorites on my desktop to go to the client-side."
"The barrier to entry should be smaller. Their ICB (Infrascale Cloud Backup) requires a minimum of one terabyte and the IBDR (Infrascale Backup & Disaster Recovery) requires one terabyte. It would be better if they could do 500 gigabytes. I don't always want to purchase terabytes at a time, although those are different products than what we've been talking about."
"The pricing model that they recently changed to is a little bit complicated, and the biggest area for improvement is a better way of figuring out how to price it."
"Having options to replicate between their data centers, once the data is offsite, would be an improvement that they could make."
"When you are ordering hardware appliances, they have to be delivered from America. In the past, hard drives on the appliance have been simple SSD drives that are installed. However, they don't have a local supply for the SSD drives in the UK. They have to be exported from the US, arrive, and then I have to go and install them. Then, they will rebuild it from their side of things. However, I could order that same SSD drive online and get it the next day. So, I have to wait days for things to come when I could get the exact same drive the next day in the UK, if I wanted to. That causes a bit of a problem. I don't know how many businesses they have in the UK, but I do think that having to import stuff from the US is a time-consuming problem. If there was a holding in the UK, then we wouldn't have that delay in time."
"They can always make the GUI a little bit nicer, the interface level a bit better. There's always room for improvement."
"The pricing is comparable to the newest solution available on the market, Altaro."
"The cost of updates is less than $100 USD yearly."
"It is very cost-effective for the SMB segment, especially for start-ups and smaller environments. It is cost-effective for on-premises and on-cloud deployments in such environments."
"This is an affordable product and fits within our customers' budgets."
"Licensing fees are billed annually and there are no extra charges."
"The price of the solution is expensive and could be reduced a little."
"You pay for what you use in the cloud. If you don't start the virtual machine in the cloud, you only pay for the information stored there. But when you start the virtual machine, another pricing model is activated."
"We have a Cyber Cloud backup license and we have on-premises storage. Both can be useful for our customers."
"You get unlimited clients and buy a bucket of space. In addition to the standard fees there were setup fees."
"It's only in the cloud and there are no extra fees. You just pay for your storage, for the space that you need to use. As an MSP, you can allocate space to clients as you need to."
"The licensing is based on how much data you have plus what appliances you need."
"The pricing is fair, and they are interested in working with MSPs as part of their market."
"The appliances have different prices because of storage, size, and memory. For example, the older machines support more virtual machines, whereas the new one only supports one virtual machine. As we have purchased the later appliances, they have probably been a little bit more expensive because they have to be good enough to keep the business running if the physical server goes down. We learned our lesson from the one that went down when we tried to run products and it wasn't quick enough."
Acronis Backup 12.5 is the world’s easiest and fastest backup solution for all your data, whether it is located on-premises, in remote systems, in private and public clouds, or on mobile devices. With enhanced backup validation and blockchain-based authentication of your backups with Acronis Notary, Acronis Backup 12.5 is the most reliable backup solution on the market today.
Available in Standard and Advanced editions, Acronis Backup 12.5 protects data on 21 platforms. With active protection from ransomware, 15-second Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs), and backups that are two times faster than the closest competitor, it is easiest to-use, fastest, most secure and complete backup solution available today.
Acronis Backup simplifies the management of data protection and reduces IT manual efforts with innovative features that automate data protection. These features include a zero-installation, unified touch-friendly web-based console to manage backup and recovery of all workloads and data, agentless and agent-based backups; and flexible granular, bare-metal, and dissimilar hardware recovery options.
Infrascale is an enterprise-grade disaster recovery solution that provides rapid failover to a second site with the flexibility to boot from the appliance or cloud. Delivered as a physical or virtual appliance and includes DR software – it’s DR, your way.
With the average cost of downtime ranging from $8,000 for small business and $700,000 for enterprises, it has become mission critical for CIOs and CEOs to re-evaluate their application and site failover capabilities. Infrascale minimizes the risk of downtime at a price that will make your CFO smile.
Infrascale allows IT to stop buying and managing disparate hardware and software to solve their DR and backup needs. An administrative dashboard, accessible from any browser or device, makes it easy to recover mission critical applications and systems with push-button simplicity.
Acronis Backup is ranked 9th in Backup and Recovery Software with 19 reviews while Infrascale Backup & Disaster Recovery is ranked 28th in Backup and Recovery Software with 6 reviews. Acronis Backup is rated 8.4, while Infrascale Backup & Disaster Recovery is rated 9.4. The top reviewer of Acronis Backup writes "A stable and scalable backup solution with superior image restoring capabilities". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Infrascale Backup & Disaster Recovery writes "If the physical hardware has a problem, then we can utilize this appliance, turn on the virtual machine, and carry on running the business while correcting the issue". Acronis Backup is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Veritas Backup Exec, Veeam Backup for Office 365, Commvault and Veritas NetBackup, whereas Infrascale Backup & Disaster Recovery is most compared with Datto Cloud Continuity, Veeam Backup & Replication, Veeam ONE, Zerto and Veritas Backup Exec. See our Acronis Backup vs. Infrascale Backup & Disaster Recovery report.
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