Acronis Debuts Backup and Recovery 10 Product Line

Acronis announces the next generation of disaster recovery products aimed at cost-conscious businesses, the Backup & Recovery 10 line of software products.

Storage management software provider Acronis announced the next generation of its backup and recovery products, the Backup & Recovery 10 line of products, designed to help SMBs back up and restore any Microsoft- or Linux-based servers or workstations to their full operating state prior to any failure.

This comprises the entire hard disk, including operating system, individual applications, updates, settings and data.

The company claims Backup & Recovery 10 will help midmarket companies save time and money by using a complete disk-imaging backup and restore product that captures the OS, applications and data in minutes. Backup & Recovery 10 is immediately available directly from Acronis, partners and on the Web. Pricing ranges from $74 to $2,400 and includes the first year of Acronis Advantage Premium support and maintenance with each license.

"Acronis has expanded its market focus to better address the needs of large organizations while continuing to deliver unprecedented features and functions for small and medium-size companies," said company President and CEO Jason Donahue. "Acronis is rebranding the entire product line to reinforce that Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 delivers significantly more capability than our already successful Acronis True Image family. At the same time, Acronis remains the industry's easiest-to-use backup and recovery application."

In addition, Backup & Recovery 10 delivers a deduplication (eliminating duplicate or redundant information) option that Acronis said helps IT departments make better use of their storage and network infrastructure. The option provides file- and block-level software deduplication capability for workstations and servers and is priced per machine, rather than by storage capacity or number of CPUs. The price per license for Backup & Recovery 10 Deduplication is $250.

In May, the company published the results of a survey of 6,091 home users in North America, which found that 64 percent of users back up their hard drives just every two to three months or less frequently. The survey also found that fully 81 percent of users had to reinstall their computer operating system and software applications and that data loss comes with a significant loss of time, with 48 percent reporting that the reinstallation process took more than 4 hours.

Dave Russell, research vice president for research firm Gartner, said IT buyers today are demanding that backup and recovery solutions deliver the value that comes from greater efficiency, manageability and scalability. "The common denominator is that organizations, regardless of size, are striving to maximize the impact of their technology initiatives," he said. "They will require such important features as using one product for both virtual and physical backup, data deduplication for faster and more efficient backups, and the ability to manage every backup process from a single console."