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Likelihood to Recommend

Acronis Backup

I actually think that it works great for most scenarios.
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Data Domain

Best suited for backup target, that's what it was designed for. The ingestion rate is very high, data exfil not so much. Doesn't work very well as a NAS (though functionally, that's what it is). It's very good at block-level deduplication of disparate types of data.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Data Center Backup

Acronis Backup
Data Domain
8.1
Universal recovery
Acronis Backup
Data Domain
10.0
Live recovery
Acronis Backup
Data Domain
6.5
Recovery verification
Acronis Backup
Data Domain
5.6
Business application protection
Acronis Backup
Data Domain
7.7
Multiple backup destinations
Acronis Backup
Data Domain
9.5
Incremental backup identification
Acronis Backup
Data Domain
5.6
Backup to the cloud
Acronis Backup
Data Domain
10.0
Deduplication and file compression
Acronis Backup
Data Domain
10.0
Snapshots
Acronis Backup
Data Domain
8.6
Flexible deployment
Acronis Backup
Data Domain
7.1
Management dashboard
Acronis Backup
Data Domain
7.5
Platform support
Acronis Backup
Data Domain
8.0
Retention options
Acronis Backup
Data Domain
8.0
Encryption
Acronis Backup
Data Domain
9.5

Pros

  • Acronis backup allows you to set up several backups at once to different locations for redundancy.
  • It allows you to easily search the local network to find backup locations.
  • It allows you to set up several different time frames for backups ie: weekly, monthly, daily etc
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  • High data ingestion rate. For inline dedupe, these devices can ingest a saturated Gigabit Ethernet line, plus a FibreChannel from an AS/400.
  • High reliability. In ten years of having at least two units and ingesting 1.5 to 2TB/night of backups, we've replaced maybe three disk drives.
  • Scalability. Dedupe ratios are very good (11:1 for us for all data), and the DD2500 models allow addition of disk trays to expand capacity.
  • Ease of use. Management interface is good, the free Data Domain Management Center Appliance is even better.
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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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  • Dedupe ratios on a per-folder or per-CIFS share basis would be nice, we can only see the ratio per partition (MTree). So it's not possible to see what ratio we get from Tivoli data vs vRanger data, for instance, because they're in the same MTree.
  • The VTL option seems inordinately expensive given it's only software. We held off a long time because of the cost, and only went down that road because the IBM iSeries is inherently unable to do a DR recovery from disk only.
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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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Data Domain10.0
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DD has performed flawlessly for almost 10 years as our backup/recovery storage with offsite replication. Given its track record and great support from EMC, we're unlikely to look elsewhere any time soon.
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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

We had in place a Symantec Backup Exec (2014) solution in place - this was running on a physical device with an attached tape library. This would be perfect for a smaller company needing cost-effective off-site storage.
But for us, this had a number of limitations:
1) User accountability - all user's actions within the backup system were untraceable as everything was complete as the generic user
2) Our estate had moved to a mainly virtual platform and installing agents onto each VM was not cost effective
3) Offsite replication was not an easy setup on the Symantec version we had
Acronis offered us a competitive price if we showed we were replacing a competitor's product to reinforce the business decision.
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We looked at new tape libraries, mostly. At the time, Data Domain was pretty much the only game in town besides Exagrid, and I had previous experience with DD at a former job.
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Scalability

Acronis Backup7.7
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I've yet to run into any issues adding or increasing my demands with Acronis.
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Return on Investment

  • Acronis has already saved me a ton of downtime especially with employees that work in the office. We had our server just up and crash over a weekend and could not get it back on-line. Went and got new hard drives and took the Acronis bootable CD and were able to restore the server onto the new drives from the external backup drive in a matter of hours instead of days and with no loss of business information or files, everything ran as smooth as it did with no hiccups before the crash.
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  • We were able to avoid upgrading/replacing a very expensive tape library. ROI was break-even the first year.
  • We cut almost one man-hour per day in tape-handling duties.
  • Restore of large data sets (an entire GroupWise post office, for instance) was cut from 15 hours to 15 minutes.
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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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Data Domain

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