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Acronis Backup Cloud

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Score 7.5 out of 101

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Acronis Backup Cloud

Acronis Backup Cloud is suited for backing up Windows Servers. Downtime is greatly decreased by using their virtualization options. You will need a Hyper-V enabled computer to virtualize, though, but this can be one of your general-use workstations. A Windows 10 Pro machine with 16 GB of RAM would do it for you.Or, if you have Macs that need to be backed up, you can do that as well. You can grab either full volume images, or files/folders.I can't really think of a scenario that you would not want Acronis Backup Cloud, except pre-Server 2012 OS's, since virtualization isn't supported on those older systems.
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Amazon S3

If you're looking to host a wide array of assets, including large images, then S3 is your best bet. It is challenging to get used to initially as the web interface isn't the most intuitive to a beginner but if you're hosting for multiple products, it is worth it. Also makes integration with other AWS products easy.
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Pros

  • Quick Virtualization. Acronis can virtualize most systems and get you back up in 15-30 minutes.
  • Encryption of Backups. You own the encryption key, and Acronis doesn't - so not even Acronis employees can get into your cloud data. Encryption meets all HIPAA requirements for data protection.
  • Easy to resell. You can create accounts for individuals outside of the company to allow them access to their backup console. It's very easy to set up, and clients are happy with how easy it is to use.
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  • The storage is fast
  • There are flexible storage options for even cheaper long term storage
  • "Client" access accounts can be created that look nice to give clients access to their own storage which is stored on my account.
  • The Amazon CLI API makes automating reliable backups possible on Windows Servers. Other consumer based services such as dropbox won't run as a "service" and need the user logged in so isn't appropriate for a database server.
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Cons

  • The fact Acronis is an OS client base backup, which leads to more backup failures. Although most issues can be corrected with restarting services.
  • Recovering backups from the cloud(internet) is a lot slower then acessing local backups.
  • The backup error reports are not detailed enough to help administrators fix issues.
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  • Amazon has it's own JSON format for granular account control and is difficult to implement. There have been improvements to moving that towards a GUI based control system but not all of the features are there yet.
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Acronis Backup Cloud9.1
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The cost savings we realized from moving to this software has us hooked - it does everything we need it to do on a very high level (virtualization, for example) and is very low cost for us.
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Alternatives Considered

I believe Acronis has the easiest interface to control backups and restores. The backup solution that didn't work the best for us was Symantec Backup. The other backup solutions (Unitrends, Barracuda,and Veeam) have similar backup features as Acronis and are recommended. Uniterends backup is more advanced and can be complicated not for organizations without IT staff.
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As most of our work loads and the under laying platforms are build on EMR, Spark and AWS Lambda, we did not find HDFS a suitable solution to have all of our data in. HDFS was very costly as we had to maintain data nodes only for the sole purpose of maintaining the extra storage for replication even when we did not need the extra compute power.
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Return on Investment

  • It's been a great investment especially knowing our data is protected.
  • We no longer worry about upgrade storage hardware or devices.
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  • The data we store in AWS S3 is shared with lot of other AWS account users and the requester pays for the data transfer and we need not worry about the costs to move our data to other accounts.
  • The data in AWS S3 acts as a centralized storage system where in most of our web, mobile and platform API's and applications access the same data without the need to replicate it and with very low latencies.
  • Our algorithm models have been evolved and are at a better place now as the training models have been prepared on the data in S3.
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Acronis Backup Cloud

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Free Trial
Yes
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Amazon S3

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