Overall Satisfaction with Acronis Backup & Recovery
We use Acronis to perform daily incremental backups of the various workstations within the office to a central server and then use it to perform a weekly backup of the server to off site storage for redundancy. We schedule the backups to run after hours to reduce the impact on the workstations, server, and network/internet bandwidth from impeding work. This allows for peace of mind in that if something does go wrong, a file is deleted/overwritten, or something more catastrophic happens we will likely be able to recover the data or at least a recent version with little loss.
- Scheduled Backups
- CPU/Network Priority settings
- Easy to use interface
- Ability to browse within backup images and specifically within the various increments
- Disk Clone Utility for upgrading/replacing drives in a system regardless of the size of Disk A to Disk B
- Lower overall system impact
- Increased performance browsing within/copying large amounts of data from an image
- Better licensing options
- The software has aided more than once in a total recovery of workstations preventing hours of manual recovery and installation.
- The included tools such as the drive cloning made transitioning to smaller SSDs from HDDs a snap because we didn't have to make an image to then restore the image - the tool allowed the clone to the smaller drive since it had adequate free space and properly resized the partitions.
- More than once the software has run into errors during its schedule but given no notification of error and when just glancing at the logs everything appears fine by the Green color and not showing Red like it usually does in the event of a failure.
- Norton Ghost
I find Acronis works much more efficiently than Norton/Symantec equivalent software and is much more stable. The software also has more options while creating the backup/restore tasks that allow you to set a higher customization. Norton does have the ability to deploy over the network, but I do believe other versions of Acronis have this functionality as well - just not backup and recovery specifically.
It works very well in most any environment, though with its current pricing/licensing structure it is best suited for home use, or small/medium business use. A large to enterprise sized business might find the cost to be a bit too high in terms of ROI. Home use licenses are probably the best value in a lot of ways considering most home computers have 0 redundancy and thus failure usually means 100% loss of information. Many businesses usually have at least SOME layer of redundancy such as RAID 1 data arrays for server storage but this still adds an additional and affordable workstation backup option on top of that redundancy to aid in recovery.