If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Acronis Backup, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
I would recommend it, but warn people new to it, to be aware that they might well be a bit frustrated at first. I would rate Acronis Backup an eight out of ten. It's one of those products that probably needs an overhaul because it's kind of evolved over time and sometimes when you evolve things, you end up in a hole. It's probably about time for them to sit back and realize that they've made all this functionality and made all these changes so they should go back. Also, managing the product is difficult. As a partner, it's difficult to manage our end-user clients because there's no single dashboard where we can go and see our clients and manage them individually. You have to set up an individual setup for each client, which is a bit frustrating. I would like to see improvements for people that are probably doing an MSP type of approach, managed service providers so that they had a much simpler way to view their end-user situations.
Because this solution is not feature-rich, we have looked at other solutions. My advice for somebody who wants to implement this solution is to make sure that they understand the requirements. This includes the RTO (Recovery Time Objective) and the RPO (Recovery Point Objective). Based on the requirements, find the solution that is going to fit best for what they really want to invest in. I would rate this solution a six out of ten.
it's better to search for a solution from among the top vendors. Acronis is one of them. In any environment you need a backup solution and protection for disaster recovery. You need to use a solution to back up your servers and Active Directory, etc. Acronis is quite a good solution for that. The most important criteria when selecting a vendor are the vendor's reputation and the quality of the solution.
My most important criterion when selecting a vendor is the usual: pricing. I rate this solution at eight out of 10. I don't think any backup solution is perfect, so I think eight is a fair rating for it. Make sure you are looking for objectives for your backup. There are less expensive solutions out there. You really have to weigh what your backup objectives are in the first place.