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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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Veritas Backup Exec

My rating would have been higher a few years ago, but nagging problems, primarily noticed since the switch back to Veritas, has increased my dissatisfaction. It is still a solid product for the SMB market. It is a wide variety of options that will fit into just about any scenario that you can think of. Licensing complexity continues to be a issue. It offers solid performance, reasonably good support and a decent interface once you are used to it
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Feature Rating Comparison

Data Center Backup

Acronis Backup Cloud
Veritas Backup Exec
7.4
Universal recovery
Acronis Backup Cloud
Veritas Backup Exec
7.5
Live recovery
Acronis Backup Cloud
Veritas Backup Exec
7.5
Recovery verification
Acronis Backup Cloud
Veritas Backup Exec
7.6
Business application protection
Acronis Backup Cloud
Veritas Backup Exec
7.7
Multiple backup destinations
Acronis Backup Cloud
Veritas Backup Exec
7.4
Incremental backup identification
Acronis Backup Cloud
Veritas Backup Exec
8.1
Backup to the cloud
Acronis Backup Cloud
Veritas Backup Exec
6.6
Deduplication and file compression
Acronis Backup Cloud
Veritas Backup Exec
6.3
Snapshots
Acronis Backup Cloud
Veritas Backup Exec
6.5
Flexible deployment
Acronis Backup Cloud
Veritas Backup Exec
7.0
Management dashboard
Acronis Backup Cloud
Veritas Backup Exec
6.9
Platform support
Acronis Backup Cloud
Veritas Backup Exec
8.1
Retention options
Acronis Backup Cloud
Veritas Backup Exec
8.1
Encryption
Acronis Backup Cloud
Veritas Backup Exec
8.2

Pros

  • Full image and bare-metal recovery backups for any physical or virtual server.
  • Physical to virtual and other tools built-in to make conversions / recoveries easier and more efficient.
  • Ability to spin up servers on the fly from recovery media.
  • Options to backup on premise as well as offsite to Acronis cloud.
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  • Manage agent based backups - It is easy to schedule and monitor backups. Verifying backups is done for all jobs. Backup performance is excellent.
  • Provide a wide ranging contingent of backup options - Despite providing a dizzying array of backup options, it is easy to schedule individual or recurring jobs.
  • Integrates well with our Active Directory - Restoring even individual Active Directory objects is possible.
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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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  • Big area is now time to do a restore and since it is also limited by tape drive they could work on speeding up this process
  • Would like to see a more user friendly dashboard setup for SBE
  • Could add some more options to current setup like reporting and trouble shooting for issues with backups!
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Likelihood to Renew

Acronis Backup Cloud9.1
Based on 1 answer
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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Veritas Backup Exec7.3
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I would have given it a 10 but my organization doesn't currently use Symantec
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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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Symantec does have a leg up on the competitors if cost isn't a factor for a customer. However, even Symantec's price point is pretty compatible.
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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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  • Once the backup strategy is correctly set, almost no time is required to take care of the backup. So that amount of time can be used for other tasks.
  • The quality of Backup Exec to backup data and restore data (all of them or pieces of them) helped us to have IT department certified ISO9001.
  • Some contacts at Symantec support service were not good (no real solution provided, the contact person was never the same for multiple contact of a same support ticket, so a lot of time was wasted).
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Pricing Details

Acronis Backup Cloud

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

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