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Likelihood to Recommend

Acronis Backup

It's excellent if you work with critical data that you cannot afford to lose. You would need above average knowledge of PC's to install, set it up and have it running though - or you need your IT team to do it for you. If you are a user without above average IT knowledge or an IT team to back you up, I would recommend looking for an alternative. I also wouldn't recommend it for personal use i.e if you need a back up for your photos, movies etc. Simply because there are cheaper options that will do that job well.
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Ansible

Ansible works well if you can rely on having rock solid SSH connectivity. It also works well with the instances that you're configurations are relatively disposable. As Ansible makes changes as it processes the playbook, it is possible for changes to be made halfway down the playbook and then a failure to put the instance in an in-between state where it's neither the before state or after state. Rather it's somewhere in between.
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Pros

  • Image backup and restore are very quick
  • Recover files and folders directly from File Explorer
  • Easy and Quick Installation
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  • Easy creation of YAML PlayBook (configuration ) file
  • Easy and fast deployment
  • Save unnecessary onsite travel cost
  • Secure SSH connection
  • Ready to use built in many useful modules
  • Use Python for modules
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Cons

  • Partial backup solution, still requires bring-your-own-media
  • Full image backups take longer than incremental-based solutions
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  • There is no "official" Windows support for a host machine. Some of our team is on Windows, so this is a major drawback.
  • Some of the community-maintained packages break dependencies, requiring us to toggle a "verbose" flag in Ansible to dive into the details of what failed.
  • A recent update to Ansible itself broke on the LTS version of Ubuntu we were using. As older versions of Ansible had been purged from the package manager, we had to switch to a different installation routine entirely (using Python and pip) to restore to an active, reliable state.
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Likelihood to Renew

Acronis Backup9.1
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We have renewed our subscription over the course of a few years now. We used to use Backup Exec and it was tedious and difficult to obtain our backups when needed. Acronis just fits our environment style and the way we prefer to do business and use our third party software.
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Usability

Acronis Backup8.2
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I give it a rating of 9 do to its ease of usability. It's ease of understanding how to setup - form - fit - and function. I have no sorrows when having to login to the console in order to setup a new backup schedule or retrieve and recover lost data.
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Support

Acronis Backup8.2
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We have only had to contact support a hand full of times. The reason for this 9 out of 10 is do to how quickly and cooperative they have been on the rare occasion we needed to chat with them about our small questions or queries with potential issues do to the nature of our business.
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Implementation

Acronis Backup9.1
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I don't have any real key 'insights' per say except that it wasn't difficult at all, and do not be afraid to dabble in its tools and settings. It is quite intuitive with built in common sense. I cannot say enough good things about our companies experience when using this backup software.
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Alternatives Considered

Acronis is the best software only solution. Veeam has many flavors and does a superb (and more scalable) job of backing up data and replicating it offsite. Backup Exec is the oldest big player and has not done a lot to keep up with the competitors. Carbonite is a cloud-backup solution that does a good job but primarily pipes data offsite versus retain in-house.
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SaltStack's syntax and configuration felt a little too much like "black magic" for reliability. Several third-party packages were referenced by name only and either hid or obfuscated how they installed their dependencies (or were targeting only one distribution of Linux and failing to disclose incompatibilities with others). Ansible is far more flexible and the community package support is far superior.
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Scalability

Acronis Backup7.7
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For the majority of smaller companies, this solution is the best fit. If a company begins to have numerous servers and a large amount of data, this solution may no longer be the best fit.
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Return on Investment

  • We have found that this was a much more cost-effective solution than our Symantec platform. The fact we could purchase a single VM 'host' license meant that we could back up every VM on that host - irrespective of how many VMs there were.
  • The backup management can now be administered centrally - this allows easy remote access from technicians from anywhere within our business.
  • Separate and distinct users can also be configured to add a much needed security layer to the backup management process. This was lacking in the previous Symantec model we had.
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  • It allowed my small team (part of a medium-sized company) to take on server architecture endeavors that we would have avoided if we only had Chef of Puppet, simply because the time from start to finish with Ansible is much more rapid.
  • Many of our apps have short lifecycles. It's nice to have a provisioning script that doesn't require a large investment when your application's lifecycle is short.
  • Having no agent greatly simplifies things. You can run scripts from any machine, or even from a development machine.
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Pricing Details

Acronis Backup

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Ansible

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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