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Acronis Backup

Top Rated
72 Ratings

Acronis Backup

Top Rated
72 Ratings
Score 7.9 out of 101

SQL Safe Backup

2 Ratings
Score 9.4 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Acronis Backup

I actually think that it works great for most scenarios.
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SQL Safe Backup

SQL Safe is appropriate and well-suited for any backup scenario. Having used SQL Safe, I probably wouldn't want to manage a set of servers in the future without it. If you only have a couple of SQL servers, it might not be worth the spend as there are well-maintained free options that are very functional (though they do require more technical knowledge). But I can't think of a scenario where SQL Safe wouldn't be appropriate.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Data Center Backup

Acronis Backup
SQL Safe Backup
9.4
Live recovery
Acronis Backup
SQL Safe Backup
10.0
Recovery verification
Acronis Backup
SQL Safe Backup
10.0
Multiple backup destinations
Acronis Backup
SQL Safe Backup
10.0
Incremental backup identification
Acronis Backup
SQL Safe Backup
10.0
Backup to the cloud
Acronis Backup
SQL Safe Backup
8.0
Deduplication and file compression
Acronis Backup
SQL Safe Backup
10.0
Flexible deployment
Acronis Backup
SQL Safe Backup
8.0
Management dashboard
Acronis Backup
SQL Safe Backup
10.0
Platform support
Acronis Backup
SQL Safe Backup
8.0
Retention options
Acronis Backup
SQL Safe Backup
9.0
Encryption
Acronis Backup
SQL Safe Backup
10.0

Pros

  • User-friendly interface makes it easy to manage.
  • Easy to restore files/systems.
  • Acronis supports mobile devices such as Android and Apple.
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  • Rather than having to copy scripts between SQL servers when you create a new instance, all I have to do is design a policy that predetermines backup location, what to back up, the schedule, encryption settings, etc and then simply assign instances to it as they come and go. And if I need to pause backups to troubleshoot something I simply go to the policy and disable it. SQL Safe handles the rest. Policy-based management of SQL backups is the way to go.
  • Any good DBA knows that backing up data is important, but that isn't what we're paid to do. We are paid to RESTORE data when needed. And unless you're 100% certain that you can restore any database to an acceptable point in time, then you should rethink your strategy. SQL Safe makes it easy to not only backup the data, but restore it. In addition to vanilla restores, which are amazingly simplified, you can also do test restores without affecting the production load, and even schedule restores to a development (or other) server to keep a test environment refreshed with current data.
  • If there are failed events, not only does SQL Safe let you know, it provides a very easy way to retry the missed or failed backups. Making sure your environment is okay is a simple as opening the SQL Safe management console and making sure all of the lights are green.
  • I probably know more about SQL backups than most and can easily manage a set of SQL servers without this tool. But it makes it so darn easy! I would venture to say that even people that know nothing about SQL (general sys admins, small business owners, etc) could learn to use this tool without having to know much about SQL or how backups/restores work. The interface is powerful, but very simple to learn.
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Cons

  • The UI can be hard to navigate for new users
  • Acronis sometimes does not show progress during a clone so it's hard to tell the status
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  • When you're adding a new SQL server, sometimes the install from the management server to the SQL server will fail. I'm guessing this happens because of some version difference in Windows components or similar. Not a huge deal because you can just copy the agent to the SQL server and install it there, but considering how easy everything else is, I would expect this to be a little more fluid.
  • I ran into a situation where part of our business decided to move their servers to a third-party data center. When they took away a SQL server that I was managing with SQL Safe, anything having to do with that policy took forever. Click. Wait 10 minutes. Window reacts. I'm guessing this is because the Management Console is trying super hard to contact the server in question, but I wish it handled losing a server better than it does.
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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

The others fail, I will only use and recommend Acronis.
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SQL Safe is the first managed backup solution I've used. Before SQL Safe I used SQL's native backup mechanism and scheduling. And as an extension of that I used Ola Hallengren's SQL Server Maintenance Solution (which is a set of scripts that take amazing advantage of SQL's native capabilities). However whenever changes were needed (moving backups to new storage, adding/removing a server), it just took a long time because I had to touch each server. With SQL Safe, I can seriously change the backup location of every server I have by changing one policy setting. Likewise, I can quickly add or remove a server from being backed up with a few simple clicks.
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Scalability

Acronis Backup7.2
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Does the job. Covers large and small scopes. It is nice to know that as our company expands, there are multiple software options available to support our backup needs and to possible make the expansion easier trough being able to view multiple servers through one station. We have yet to scale what we have set but communication with Acronis support has made us confident that it will be simple.
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Return on Investment

  • Reasonable price. Many backup companies require that you 'rent' the software rather than purchase outright. I purchased mine. Easy to configure. The only software that solves my problem and is easy to work with.
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  • SQL Safe allows me to spend less time managing my DR plan and still maintain confidence that my backups and restores are solid. Saving my time means saving money.
  • SQL Safe does an amazing job at backup compression over and above SQL's native compression. SQL backups are probably our single largest consumer of network drive space. Any product that helps reduce my network footprint, saves money.
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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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SQL Safe Backup

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