A headline feature of Acronis vmProtect 8 is the new vmFlashBack feature that accelerates recovery by only copying the data blocks that have changed (much as backup operations can be accelerated by only copying block that have changed since the previous backup).
This allows recovery to be performed up to 100 times faster, company officials claimed.
Also new in vmProtect 8 is support for saving backup files to multiple destinations, optionally including off-premises private clouds.
vmProtect 8 can apply different schedules to different backup destinations.
A survey of attendees at VMworld San Francisco 2012 conducted by Acronis found that around two-thirds of ESX(i) users are either already using cloud backup for virtual machines or are planning to do so.
"Virtual environments are at risk," said Dmitri Joukovski, vice president of product management at Acronis.
"As the use of virtual environments to support business critical applications, and cloud-based models for delivery and collaboration expands, more businesses are playing roulette with their critical data.
vmProtect 8 starts at $649. Upgrades are free for version 7 licensees on maintenance contracts, but otherwise cost $436.21.