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Acronis vmProtect 9 targets Microsoft apps

With Acronis vmProtect 9, vendor looks to attract small companies who need easy-to-manage VMware backup and recovery.

SMB backup vendor Acronis launched vmProtect 9 this week, adding support for Microsoft business applications to its backup product for VMware vSphere.

Acronis vmProtect is designed for companies with fewer than 100 VMware virtual machines (VMs). It requires no guest OS agents and includes features such as built-in replication, bare metal restore of ESXi hosts and the ability to run a VM from a backup image.

New features in version 9 include single-pass backup of Microsoft SQL, SharePoint and Active Directory. It also supports truncating transaction logs, prevents update sequence number (USN) rollback and allows extraction of individual documents from a SharePoint content store.

VmProtect also has a new web management dashboard and the ability to save and restore configurations such as tasks and settings by exporting them to a file and importing them into any vmProtect installation.

Sergey Kandaurov, Acronis director of product management, said the vendor's goal is to make VM backup as simple as possible. He said vmProtect is aimed at companies that might find other SMB product such as Veeam Software's Backup & Replication too complicated.

"We're true SMB backup," he said. "Veeam is now an enterprise product, with too many features for small companies. We're focused on customers with a dozen or so VMs."

VmProtect costs $599 per CPU license.

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Somebody tell that guy Sergey that Veeam has a Standard edition for small customers with more than 3 hosts and cheap Essentials packs for 1-3 hosts. Jard to imagine a 12 VM environment wih more than 3 hosts.