BACKUP AND STORAGE MANAGEMENT FOR BUSINESS USE

Acronis® Backup for VMware

Complete backup and recovery for VMware vSphere
(formerly Acronis vmProtect)

Designed for exceptional ease of use, Acronis Backup for VMware (formerly vmProtect) is our all-in-one, easy-to-use solution for protecting your VMware vSphere® environment. 

Not sure what to back up? Let us take care of it! This product integrates Acronis’ patented disk imaging technology with VMware’s VADP interface to capture your entire setup in one easy step. 

Near instantaneous recovery. When disaster strikes, Acronis will help you recover what you need—to any location you want—in minutes. With one simple click, you can restore files, application data, an entire VM, or your complete ESXi™ environment! We also offer the flexibility of restoring data to its original location, or to an entirely new one (even a completely different hypervisor platform).

Key Features

Specialized VMware Backups

Acronis Backup for VMware provides deep integration with VMware vStorage APIs to balance backups within an ESXi environment. We also use CBT to reduce the volume of backup data, ensuring that your VM backups are always fast and successful.

vCenter Integration

With full vCenter integration, Acronis can leverage the VMware API to identify all the VMs on your ESXi server. You can select all VMs, groups of VMs, or individual VMs for backup. You can also find and recover individual VMs as quickly as possible.

Agentless VM Backups

Acronis agentless backups eliminate the need to install an agent on every VM, reducing resource usage and management complexity.

Efficient Incremental Backups

Incremental backups identify only the changes made since the last backup, significantly reducing backup time and any impact on network bandwidth or backup storage.

Run a VM from a Backup

Mount and boot a VM directly from a backup in minutes! Acronis allows you to recover any server as a VM, or boot a backup as a VM for development/testing. Simply save any changes made to the VM as a new backup.

Rapid Recovery

Recover VMs 100 times faster by only restoring blocks that have changed since the backup.

Recover Applications

Recover an entire Microsoft® Exchange Server, SQL Server®, SharePoint® or Active Directory® database. You can also recover specific application items (such as individual mailboxes, emails, or documents).

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Direct Performance Management

To ensure optimal VM performance during backups, Acronis Backup for VMware lets you control your environment by balancing VM backups across your ESXi server. Acronis also provides bandwidth and disk-write speed throttling to maintain good system performance during backup routines.

Replication of VMs

Create and incrementally update a copy of your virtual machine onto another host for faster recovery.

Disaster Recovery

In the event of a hardware failure or natural disaster, you can recover an entire server in minutes (minimizing expensive downtime).

vCenter Integration

Perform backup, replication, and recovery directly from the VMware® vCenter interface. Simplify your VMware management with a single user interface to control your environment.

Easy to Deploy

Install Acronis Backup for VMware on a machine running Microsoft® Windows®, or deploy it directly to a VMware ESXi host as a self-contained virtual appliance.

VM Disk Hot-plug

The Acronis Backup for VMware virtual appliance can mount virtual machine disks during backup instead of transferring data over the TCP/IP network.  This results in reduced resource consumption and significantly improved backup throughput.

Virtual Application (vApp) Support

Acronis Backup for VMware can back up and recover entire vApps, including their configuration.

Server Migration

Easily migrate a server between physical and virtual. This technology lets you recover server to hypervisor.

Application Support

Acronis Backup for VMware will put applications into a consistent state for backup, resulting in faster application recovery. If necessary, the transaction log can be truncated with other application-specific backup details automatically handled (including Exchange, SQL, SharePoint and Active Directory data).

Compression and Deduplication

Built-in block level data deduplication, minimizing data movement. This helps reduce the cost of additional storage and minimizes network loads.

Intuitive Web Interface

Acronis Backup’s intuitive interface makes it easy to quickly perform backup and recovery tasks—even from your mobile device!

LAN-free

Acronis Backup for VMware reads data directly from shared storage using either SAN direct access (Windows Agent) or hot-plug technology (virtual appliance). This helps avoid unnecessary loads on the LAN and ESXi host.

VMware® vMotion/DRS Compatibility

Acronis Backup for VMware is fully compatible with VMware vMotion, Storage vMotion and DRS. Virtual machines can be moved manually or automatically between VMware hosts to dynamically adjust resources or recover from failure.

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Requirements

Storage media

  • Hard disk drives and storage arrays (P-ATA (IDE), S-ATA, SCSI, iSCSI, FC)
  • NAS (SMB and FTP)
  • Acronis Cloud Storage

Supported operating systems

  • Windows XP Professional SP2 (x64), SP3 (x86)
  • Windows Server 2003, 2003 R2 - the Standard, Enterprise, Small Business Server editions (x86, x64)
  • Windows Vista - all editions (x86, x64)
  • Windows 7 - all editions (x86, x64)
  • Windows 8, 8.1
  • Windows Server 2008 - the Standard, Enterprise, Foundation editions (x86, x64)
  • Windows Small Business Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 - the Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, Foundation editions
  • Windows Small Business Server 2011
  • Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2

Supported vSphere environments

  • VMware vSphere (Virtual Infrastructure)
  • Server types: ESX and ESXi
  • Versions: 4.0*, 4.1, 5.0, 5.1, 5.5
  • Editions/Licenses
  • VMware vSphere Standard (Hot-add backup mode is supported on vSphere 5.0+ only)
  • VMware vSphere Advanced
  • VMware vSphere Enterprise
  • VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus
  • VMware vSphere Essentials (Hot-add backup mode is supported on vSphere 5.0+ only)
  • VMware vSphere Essentials Plus (Hot-add backup mode is supported on vSphere 5.0+ only)
  • VMware vSphere Hypervisor (Free ESXi) is NOT supported
  • (*) ESX(i) version 4.0 environment is supported with exceptions, for example, Exchange Server Backup Extraction and ESXi configuration backup features are not supported

Products renaming FAQ

Q: Have you renamed some of your products?

A: Yes! We’ve renamed the Acronis Backup & Recovery line of products:

OLD NAME NEW NAME
Acronis Backup & Recovery Acronis Backup family
Acronis Backup & Recovery Advanced Server Acronis Backup Advanced suite
Acronis Backup & Recovery Workstation Acronis Backup for PC
Acronis Backup & Recovery Advanced Workstation Acronis Backup Advanced for PC
Acronis Backup & Recovery Online Acronis Backup to Cloud*
Acronis vmProtect Acronis Backup for VMware

*Now with volume-based subscription pricing.

For a more detailed description, check out our product renaming matrix.

Q: Where can I get the latest updates for ABR11.5?

A: Don’t worry, we’ve only changed the name! To update Acronis Backup & Recovery 11.5, simply click one of our new Acronis Backup download links. This will download Acronis Backup Version 11.5 (Update 3). This is the same product, now with improved functionality and several bug fixes (see release notes). We strongly recommend that you update your Acronis Backup & Recovery product with this new build.

Q: Will my previously purchased licenses work with the new updates?

A: Certainly! Updating doesn’t require a license. Even if you perform a clean installation on a new machine, your licenses will be accepted.

Q: Why can’t I find Universal Restore and Deduplication add-on options?

A: Good news! This functionality is now available for free, even if you didn’t have it before. All you need to do is update your installation:

  • The Acronis Backup Advanced suite now includes Universal Restore and Deduplication
  • The Acronis Backup family now includes Universal Restore

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