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June 5, 2006

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Acronis True Image 9.1 Server for Linux

Get the protection of being able to revert back to a good known image of your Linux server

If you're the owner of a Linux-based server then you know how much time it took you to install the operating system, tweak the system to performance and place additional software on the computer. If that system goes down for any number of reasons including a virus or other malicious attacks, you likely don't want to go through that same process again. The Acronis True Image 9.1 Server for Linux software package will help you avoid that scenario and it receives our Editor's Choice Award for value and functionality.

This particular version of the software will operate within many Linux environments and the list includes SuSE 9, Red Hat Advance Server 3.0, Red Hat 9, Mandrake 9.2 and Fedora Core 1 & 2. Additionally, you're not limited to one file system as it can read and write to Linux SWAP, Linux Ext2 & Ext3, NTFS, FAT 16 & 32, ReiserFS, XFS and JFS. The entire list is available on the company's web site.

There are several different ways to make an image of your Linux server. It seems the most popular methods are to burn the image onto a DVD disc or onto a network attached storage drive however other options are included. You can also use both Iomega JAZZ and ZIP drives, CD-ROM discs and Acronis True Image 9.1 Server does support all RAID levels and SCSI controllers.

Different types of image backups are available with this software package with the strongest being the Acronis Active Restore where you can save and then boot the computer from a previously saved good image. Full image backups are made in a live Linux environment and not at the machine level like competitive products. Both incremental and differential backups are supported in addition to selective file-based backups. You can also choose to use compression with the backup to save space on the backup media. The speed of the process will be dependent on several items including the server's hard drive speed, whether you are using a network and the speed and media type where the backup will reside.

If you want the protection of being able to revert back to a good known image of your Linux server then check out the performance and accuracy of the Acronis True Image 9.1 Server for Linux package. It can be ordered directly from Acronis for $699 and an upgrade from the previous version runs for $399. You'll find customer testimonial and more information about the product from the company's web site which is located at