Acronis Backup 12.5 Feature Overview
Detecting Ransomware before it hits – technology of our dreams…or our new reality?
Acronis Backup 12.5 is a new business backup from Acronis, a global data protection company known for its full image backup technology, Acronis AnyData Engine, hybrid cloud architecture, and powerful tools designed to protect all data. The latest update didn’t disappoint. Among the 170 new features introduced in this release, Acronis added active protection from ransomware and blockchain-based data certification, extending the functionality of backup to a new level we haven’t seen before.
Acronis Backup 12.5 comes in two editions: Standard and Advanced. This is worth noting for two reasons. First, it gives users the flexibility to pick the features they need today and upgrade in the future just by entering a new license key. Second, it gives partners and resellers an opportunity to meet a wide range of customer needs with a single, powerful and flexible solution.
Acronis Backup 12.5 supports 21 platforms and offers easy backup through a unified web-based management interface. Both editions offer the same level of protection with the Advanced edition adding enterprise functionality such as admin roles and delegations for distributed infrastructures, bare-metal recovery automation, SAN storage snapshots, advanced tape management, reporting, backup validation, and much more.
- Windows Server 2016, 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, Vista, XP Professional SP3 (x86, x64)
- Linux with kernel from 2.6.9 to 4.9 and glibc 2.3.4 or later
- Various 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x86_64) Linux distributions including:
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.x – 7.3
- Ubuntu 9.10 – 16.04
- Fedora 11 – 23
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 – 12
- Debian 4 – 8.5
- CentOS 5.x – 7.3
- CloudLinux 7, 7.1
- ClearOS 5.x, 6.x, 7, 7.1
- Oracle Linux 5.x – 7.3 (including UEK)
- OS X 10.8 – 10.12
Mobile Operating Systems
- iOS 8 or later
- Android 4.1 or later
- VMware vSphere ESX(i) 6.5, 6.0, 5.5, 5.1, 5.0, 4.1, including vSphere Hypervisor (free ESXi)
- Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016, 2012/2012 R2, 2008/2008 R2
- Microsoft Windows Server 2016, 2012/2012 R2, 2008/2008 R2 with Hyper-V
- Microsoft Windows 10, 8/8.1 (x64) with Hyper-V
- Microsoft Office 365 mailboxes
- Amazon Web Services EC2 Instances
- Microsoft Azure VMs
- Microsoft Exchange Server 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007
- Microsoft SQL Server 2016, 2014, 2012, 2008 R2, 2008, 2005
- Microsoft SharePoint 2013
- Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 SP1
- Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 SP1
- Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 SP2
- Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP2
Acronis Backup 12.5 Management Server has to be installed locally on a Microsoft Windows or a Linux machine. On windows, the installation process doesn’t require any manual configuration and only takes three clicks.
Following the installation, the management server becomes available through the web interface on port 9877, locally or via an external IP.
Since the backup agent is already installed on the management server, backup is easily enabled by clicking the big blue “Enable Backup” button.
Additional devices — workstations, servers, virtualization hosts, and applications — can be added by clicking the “Add” button. Most devices will require downloading and installing a backup agent, while backups of some VMware and Hyper-V virtual machines will only require an agent on the virtualization host (agentless backup).
Each protected device can have multiple backup plans. For example, users can complement daily full image backups with hourly protection of applications or separate folders. Setting up a backup plan involves choosing what to back up, where to back up, and how often to backup. Additional options include encryption, conversion of VM and notarization of data with the help of blockchain.
Supported applications include Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory, and Oracle Database. Application backup allows users to recover an application without recovering the entire disk.
Data notarisation with blockchain-based Acronis Notary™
When backing up files and folders, there is an option to notarize data with the help of Acronis Notary™. The blockchain-based data certification technology calculates a SHA-256 hash, or fingerprint, for each file, and stores it in the “Ethereum” blockchain.
Acronis Notary allows users to verify the integrity of the notarized files, providing an indisputable proof that the data was not changed. Think about legal contracts, medical records, or court evidence — this technology has the potential to change the way the validity of data is proved in the future.
Data recovery is the most important part of backup. After all, the whole point of backup is to be able to recover the data when it’s lost!
Acronis Backup 12.5 makes it easy. Data recovery is performed through the web interface (or remotely with the help of Acronis Bootable Media). It simply involves finding the required backup, and following the prompts.
Full image backups can be recovered as virtual machines simply by clicking the Run as VM button and selecting an available virtualization host. In a disaster recovery (DR) situation, this may prove to be a life-saving option.
The system also has the Acronis Instant Restore functionality that enables users to achieve RTOs of 15 seconds or less by starting Windows or Linux backup directly from storage as a VMware VM without any data movement.
There is full flexibility how backups can be recovered: original location, dissimilar hardware, different environment — all with a click of a button.
Acronis Backup 12.5 comes with a timely addition of Acronis Active Protection™. This technology extends the concept of data protection by protecting data from ransomware viruses that slip through the traditional antivirus and anti-malware defence programs. It has the potential to reduce RPOs and RTOs by automating the recovery of ransomware-encrypted data. This functionality is available for Windows devices only and is controlled by the Self-Protection switch.
The flexibility and rich feature set of Acronis Backup 12.5 make it a solution for companies and infrastructures of all sizes. The unified management console removes the complexity of managing backup jobs and multiplatform capability finally gives users an opportunity to protect all data with a single solution. Using a single vendor for all devices can also dramatically reduce the costs associated with data protection. Acronis Backup 12.5 is definitely worth considering for anyone looking to optimise their backup and disaster recovery procedures.
More information: http://www.acronis.com/en-us/business/backup/