Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Advanced Server review

Acronis delivers plenty of features with its new server imaging software and adds data deduplication as an option. It’s a highly popular technology but has Acronis got it right?

Backup policies make light work of securing data on multiple servers as you browse the network and add each one along with global definitions of the files, folders, volumes or drives you want copied. A vault location needs to be assigned to the policy and Acronis also offers predefined backup strategies including a GFS rotation system with full and incremental backups.

Acronis3

Selecting a vault shows plenty of information about the contents of archives and space usage.

Acronis provides file and block level deduplication and can carry this out at both the source and target. The block level deduplication technology is fundamentally the same as that used by the majority of other solutions where the data stream is broken up into 4K chunks and a hash value is computed for each block of data using an algorithm that uniquely identifies it.

Acronis has no published claims about deduplication ratios so we used our standard set of tests to find out what it could do. Using a 4.5GB data set consisting of 600 files, we introduced controlled changes within a percentage of the files during a standard backup strategy consisting of daily incrementals and weekly full backups.

Acronis4

After backing up 44GB of data from a remote server we found the subsequent indexing task shockingly slow.

After the first full backup was completed, two per cent of the data was modified in 40 per cent of the files prior to each subsequent backup. After a two week simulation we saw Acronis deliver a deduplication ratio of 3.4:1 showing good savings on storage.

We also ran a full backup of a 44GB data volume on a remote Windows server. On completion, the size of the vault and index database was 29.2GB resulting in an initial deduplication ratio of 1.5:1 and a storage saving of about 33 per cent.

Featured Resources

Key considerations for implementing secure telework at scale

Identifying the security risks and advanced requirements of a remote workforce

Download now

The State of Salesforce 2020

Your guide to getting the most from Salesforce

Download now

Fast, flexible and compliant e-signatures for global businesses

Be at the forefront of digital transformation with electronic signatures

Download now

Rethink your cybersecurity strategy for the new world

5 steps to secure the enterprise and be fit for a flexible future

Download now

Most Popular

How to find RAM speed, size and type
Laptops

How to find RAM speed, size and type

3 Aug 2020
How to use Chromecast without Wi-Fi
Mobile

How to use Chromecast without Wi-Fi

4 Aug 2020
How do I fix the Windows 10 Start Menu if it's frozen?
operating systems

How do I fix the Windows 10 Start Menu if it's frozen?

3 Aug 2020