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Acronis Backup Advanced for VMware
Complete backup and recovery for VMware environments

Acronis Backup Advanced for VMware

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Overview:

VMware Backup and Data Recovery

Protect your entire VMware environment with complete backups, flexible storage, and ultra-fast data recovery—all managed from one easy-to-use dashboard.

Keeping virtual data safe can be a complex undertaking that demands smart, efficient solutions that simplify rather than complicate critical tasks. Keep it simple with Acronis Backup Advanced—the fastest, most efficient way to protect multiple VMware systems easily:

Complete VMware Backups

Acronis Backup Advanced leverages patented disk imaging, agent-based and agentless backups and seamless VMware integration to capture your entire setup quickly and easily.

Application Support

Acronis Backup Advanced includes the ability to protect application data for Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, Active Directory, and SharePoint running on VMware VMs.

Hybrid Protection

For complete peace of mind, Acronis Backup Advanced can create and send multiple backup copies to both local storage and the Acronis cloud—without any additional steps!

Affordable Complete Protection

Acronis Backup Advanced reduces costs of your VMware data protection, as it is licensed per physical ESX(i) host. It includes entire functionality - there are no tiers, no add-ons, and no hidden costs of per-socket licensing models.

Fast, Flexible Recovery

Acronis Backup Advanced's near-instant recovery technology allows you to restore individual files, application data, or an entire VM—all from the same backup! You can also flexibly restore data to its original location or to an entirely new one (even a completely different hypervisor platform).

Acronis Backup Advanced's flexible modular architecture allows you to expand data protection at any time. Start with your immediate VMware needs, then, as your business grows, simply protect new physical servers, virtual systems, and workstations—without having to install a whole new backup environment!

Acronis AnyData Engine

The Acronis AnyData Engine provides complete protection across devices, operating systems, virtual environments, applications, and storage locations. Powered by the Acronis AnyData Engine, Acronis Backup Advanced is a complete data protection platform with a unified user interface, backup policies, and easy-to-use centralized management.

Features:

Universal Restore

Universal Restore

Included with all Acronis backup solutions, this unique data recovery technology gives you the convenient ability to instantly restore backups to any machine, regardless of platform. Now you can restore files, configurations, applications, or an entire system to the same hardware, to different hardware, or to a virtual server—all with a few simple clicks!

Specialized Backup for VMware

Specialized VMware Backup

Acronis Backup Advanced includes deep integration with VMware vStorage API for Data Protection (VADP) and takes advantage of Change Block Tracking (CBT) to reduce the volume of backup data, ensuring that your VM backups are always fast and successful.

vCenter Integration

vCenter Integration

With complete vCenter integration, Acronis Backup Advanced uses the VMware API to identify all the VMs on your ESX(i) server. You can select all VMs, groups of VMs, or individual VMs for backup. You can also find and recover individual VMs in minutes.

Agentless VM Backup

Agentless and Agent-based VM Backups

Acronis Backup Advanced provides ultimate flexibility in backing up VMware environments. Agentless VM backups eliminate the need to install an agent on each VM, reducing resource usage and management complexity. You can also use agent-based backups to protect Virtual Machines that use Physical RDM disks, independent disks, and/or guest-initiated iSCSI.

Agent-Based VM Backup

Protecting Virtual Machines with Physical RDM, Independent Disks and Guest-Initiated iSCSI

If you use physical RDM, independent disks or guest-initiated iSCSI in your VMware environment, you will need a backup agent to properly protect your data. Unlike VM-only backup solutions, Acronis Backup Advanced supports these configurations threough a backup agent that identifies and backs up data stored in RDM configurations on your SAN LUNs, in your independent (both persistent and non-persistent) and your guest-initiated iSCSI volumes.

Efficient Incremental Backups

Efficient Incremental Backups

Incremental backups identify just the changes made since the last backup significantly reducing backup time and impact on your network and backup storage.

Recover a server as a VM

Recover a server as a VM

Acronis Backup Advanced makes it easy for you to quickly recover any physical or virtual server backup as a VM, or simply clone a backup as a VM for development/testing.

Direct to Tape Backups

Direct to Tape Backups

Unlike other VMware backup products, Acronis Backup Advanced lets you back up to and recover directly from tape drives, autoloaders and tape libraries. In fact, you can copy or stage your backups to up to 4 additional locations - disk, tape, or cloud, maximizing your recovery options and data resilience.

Direct to Tape Backups

Application Support

In addition to protecting your VMs, Acronis Backup Advanced also includes application-specific support of Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, SharePoint, and Active Directory data. This ensures data consistency and easy, granular recovery of individual items (such as files, emails, and documents).

Direct Performance Management
Ensure optimal VM performance during backups. Acronis Backup Advanced enables you to control your environment by balancing backups of VMs across an ESX(i) server. Acronis also provides bandwidth and disk-write speed throttling to ensure system performance during backups.

Virtual Application (vApp) Support
Comprehensive backups can capture and recover entire vApps (including their configurations).

Modular Architecture
Acronis Backup Advanced's flexible modular architecture allows you to expand data protection at any time. Start with your immediate VMware needs, then, as your business grows, simply protect new physical servers, virtual systems, and workstations—without having to install a whole new backup environment!

Disaster Recovery
In the event of a hardware failure or natural disaster, Acronis’ patented disk imaging approach ensures the fastest bare-metal restore! Recover an entire server in minutes, minimizing expensive downtime.

Centralized Management/Reporting
Acronis Backup Advanced includes a centralized management and reporting console. Manage and report on all backup operations for all physical and virtual machines, and applications from a single dashboard.

AnyData Technology:

Powering the New Generation of Data Protection.
Any Data, Any Environment, Any Location, Any Device

The Acronis AnyData Engine provides complete protection across devices, operating systems, virtual environments, applications, and storage locations. Powered by the Acronis AnyData Engine, Acronis Backup Advanced is a complete data protection platform with a unified user interface, backup policies, and easy-to-use centralized management.

Revolutionizing Modern Data Protection

Fueled by over 100 patents, the Acronis AnyData Engine is a set of deep and powerful New Generation Data Protection technologies that capture, store, recover, control and access data in virtual, physical, cloud and mobile environments.

Powers

Powers

easy, complete and safe backup, disaster recovery and secure access solutions

Delivers

Delivers

best-in-class individual products optimized for your most important workloads that seamlessly blend into a total solution

Protects

Protects

any data, across any environment, in any location


Easy, Complete, Safe Data Protection

Breakthrough AnyData technology means you no longer have to choose between powerful and affordable.  Acronis solutions powered by the AnyData Engine are lean, modular, secure and scalable.  Image-based backups quickly capture and store all data in a universal backup format allowing recovery to any hardware or virtual machine.  The advanced policy engine ensures secure access and compliance.  With the Acronis AnyData Engine, buy only what you need, get everything you want, and easily evolve with your business.

Key Features:


Complete and Flexible New Generation Data Protection

Complete and Flexible New Generation Data Protection

  • Any Protection: Data Backup, Bare Metal Restore, Migration, System Deployment
  • Any Devices: Servers and Workstations
  • Any Servers: Physical and Virtual
  • Any OS Environments: Windows and Linux
  • Any File System: NTFS, ReFS, FAT16/32, Ext2/3/4, ReiserFS3, XFS, JFS and more
  • Any Virtual Environments: VMware, Hyper-V, XenServer, RHEV, Parallels & more
  • Any Migration: V2V, V2P, P2V, P2P
  • Any Applications: MS Exchange, MS SQL Server, SharePoint, Active Directory
  • Any Storage Locations: Cloud , On-Premise and Remote Offices
Full Disk and Virtual Machine Imaging

Full Disk and Virtual Machine Imaging

Advanced snapshot-based image backup and recovery of physical and virtual machines. Patented snapshot technology speeds up backup and minimizes system overhead, so protected system does not have to be put off-line during backup.

Unified Backup Format

Unified Backup Format

Data is stored to your choice of disk, tape or cloud using our patented Unified Backup Format optimized for speed, data compression, deduplication and flexibility. High efficiency algorithms reduce storage, IO and CPU requirement and enable unified, fast, easy and granular access to multiple versions of files, applications and systems across all workloads.

Single-pass Block-level Data Management

Single-pass Block-level Data Management

Eliminates the need for multiple agents for application, file and block-level data capture and dramatically increases speed and efficiency by preserving metadata in Universal Backup Format.

Granular Recovery

Granular Recovery

From a single-pass backup, granularly recover at the object, file, application or system level.

Centralized Management

Centralized Management

Flexible, secure and scalable centralized management, monitoring and reporting across hundreds of virtual and physical machines from a single Acronis Management Server. Easily manage all your backup policies, groups and backup vaults. Backup activities can also be automatically distributed over your backup window to avoid overloading your networks.

Hybrid Cloud and On-Premise Backup

Hybrid Cloud and On-Premise Backup

Flexibly backup locally to disk or tape for quick recovery, or to the cloud for Disaster Recovery from a remote location, or to multiple locations. Automatically move backups between locations for varied retention time or long-term archival storage. Chose cloud-based Backup-as-a-Service solutions and let local experts manage your data protection. Same industry leading technology, delivered the way you want it - cloud, hybrid or on-premise.

Room to Grow

Room to Grow

AnyData technology has little overhead when you are not using centralized management or using it just for a few machines, but could be scaled up efficiently to support thousands of servers and provides you with flexibility of adding new functionality at any time.

Active Restore

Tracks operating system I/O requests and restores blocks when the OS needs them, continuing to restore other blocks in the background. This dramatically saves time and allows booting a machine and starting applications long before a restore is complete.

Flexible Any-to-Any Migration

The combination of unified backup format, Acronis Universal Restore, and incremental backup of live machines makes it very easy to migrate servers between any physical, virtual and cloud platforms and any locations, local or remote.

Compression and deduplication

Saves time, space and network bandwidth for any backup

Universal Restore

Bare-metal restore enables recovering an entire server in minutes, either to the same or dissimilar hardware or virtual server. If the new hardware is different, Acronis injects the new drivers required to support the new hardware.

Converting any system backups to any VM Disk format

Effectively enabling zero-time VM recovery, you will just need to start the VM to recover your physical, virtual or cloud system

Encryption

High-grade encryption (AES-256) is available as option to protect any data and any communication channel from unwanted attention

Requirements:

Supported operating systems

  • Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4
  • Windows Server 2012/2012 R2, 2008/2008 R2, 2003/2003 R2
  • Windows Small Business Server 2011, 2008, 2003/2003 R2
  • Windows MultiPoint Server 2012, 2011, 2010
  • Windows Storage Server 2012/2012 R2, 2008/2008 R2, 2003
  • Windows 10, 8/8.1, 7
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP Professional SP2+ (x86, x64)
  • Windows 2000 SP4 *

Supported VMware environments

  • VMware vSphere ESX(i) 6.0, 5.5, 5.1 and 5.0

Both ESX and ESXi hypervisors are supported.
Free VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) is supported with guest-level agent-based backup.

Supported Storage

  • Local disks - SATA, SCSI, IDE, RAID
  • Networked storage devices - SMB, NFS, iSCSI, FC, FTP
  • Tape drives, autoloaders and tape libraries, including LTO-7
  • Optical media - CD, DVD, HD-DVD, Blu-Ray
  • Removable media - ZIP®, Rev®, RDX®, etc.
  • External HDDs and SSDs - USB 3.0/2.0/1.1 and IEEE1394 (Firewire)
  • Private, Hybrid and Public Cloud Storage - FTP, SFTP
  • Acronis Cloud Storage

Documentation:

Download the Acronis Backup Advanced for VMware Datasheet (PDF).