Acronis says this new product will 'help organisations simplify their disaster recovery and data protection needs across physical, virtual and cloud environments by providing its established disk imaging technology fully integrated with purpose-built data protection and backup features such as catalogue and search.'
In essence, Acronis says it has delivered the technological solutions it identified that SMBs needed from its most recent 'Acronis Global Disaster Recovery Index' from October 2010, in which it surveyed 3000 IT managers from 13 countries.
Acronis has done this by integrating 'disaster recovery and data protection' technologies into a single product, something that was traditionally delivered as two separate software solutions.
The company says it is the 'first to announce a product that provides the two elements of file-based backup and system-level recovery in a single, affordable and easy-to-use product', with the benefits being that organisations can now 'reduce complexity as well as software maintenance and management costs'.
Boasting a new modular design that lets SMBs easily scale up their backup and disaster recovery requirements as IT infrastructures go larger, more servers are added and cloud technologies are taken advantage of, Acronis Backup & Recovery 11 (B&R 11) lives up to its 'PVC' moniker of looking after physical, virtual and cloud environments.
As research shows that many companies use 'two or three solutions' for disaster recovery and data protection needs, Acronis says its 'unified' B&R 11 platform will provide a 'data-centric view independent of the backup archive, allowing users to control their data wherever it is held, be that in a physical, virtual or a cloud world.'
For 'all environments', B&R 11 delivers new data protection capabilities featuring 'catalogue and search', improved disaster recovery scenarios that give you a 'step-by-step plan to make recovery easy', new staging and multi-destination technology designed to 'reduce long term storage costs with staging and add redundancy with multi-destination backups to tape, disk and cloud', improved support for tape drives and tape libraries and an improved GUI interface for 'simplified workflows'.
For the 'physical' world, new features include a new ability to 'restore and migrate to dissimilar hardware for Linux environments' and an improved deduplication performance.
For 'virtual environments', the new features include 'simultaneous backups of multiple virtual machines for VMware ESX(i) and Microsoft Hyper-V - allowing increased performance for backups of virtual environments', a new single agent for 'multiple VMware ESX(i) hosts' which 'increases efficiency and simplifies management of backups for VMware vSphere configurations', a new 'LAN free backup' option that reduces CPU and network consumption and new support for 'Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) - for Microsoft Hyper-V environments'.
For the 'cloud', B&R 11 promises new increased capacity options that were based on 'customer demand for storage space', leading Acronis to increase its online backup capacity., with 'flat pricing structure for the cloud rather than pricing per gigabyte' - something says also differentiates Acronis from its competitors.
For the B&R 11 Online for Workstation version, storage space has been double to a 'maximum of 500GB', B&R 11 Online for Server sees storage space increased by 50% to 1.5TB, and B&R 11 Online for Virtual Machines seeing storage space doubled to 4TB.
So, now that we know B&R 11's new features, what does Acronis and Gartner have to say, what will B&R 11 cost and when will it be available?
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