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Contributor(s): Sean Connolly

Acronis is a data protection software company that broke off from SWsoft Inc. into an independent company in 2003. It offers backup products ranging from those meant for personal use to products for small to medium enterprises.

Acronis operates in more than 145 countries and claims to have more than 500,000 business customers.

Acronis AnyData Engine

The vendor bases many of its products on the Acronis AnyData Engine, which was released in 2014 to handle virtual and physical server protection. The engine is meant to combine many data backup and protection features for use on different servers and operating systems (OSes). As the name applies, one appeal of the product is that it is compatible with many various forms of data.

The Acronis AnyData Engine runs on Windows and Linux OSes and virtual servers, including Citrix XenServer, KVM, Microsoft Hyper-V, Oracle VM and VMware ESXi. The engine also supports many file types and common applications, including Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, SharePoint and Active Directory.

View this in-depth tutorial on how to
restore a system with
Acronis Universal Restore.

Acronis products running on the AnyData Engine include the following features:

1. Several forms of data migration, including virtual to virtual, virtual to physical, physical to virtual, and physical to physical.

2. Built-in compression and deduplication to reduce storage space and bandwidth usage.

3. Built-in AES-256-level encryption that can be applied to data as desired.

4. A Universal Restore capability that allows an entire server to be restored to original or new hardware.

5. Full disk and virtual machine imaging. Using snapshots, an entire disk drive or VM is stored for backup and recovery; systems protected do not need to be off-line during backup.

This was last updated in May 2016

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