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Acronis Competitors and Alternatives

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Updated 14th September 2022, Rob Morrison

As one of the more popular names in the backup and recovery industry, Acronis has earned its reputation by providing a solution for backup and recovery tasks with a significant range of features. Backing up its applications and data has become increasingly important for every business in recent years, a trend that has fueled growth for Acronis and its competitors.

One of the main selling points for Acronis is its combination of being at once a data security solution and a cybersecurity solution, offering a range of data protection measures for an organization. Acronis also covers multiple different user bases, offering several types of its software for specific use cases:

  • Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office is a solution made exclusively for home usage
  • Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud is targets service providers exclusively
  • Acronis Cyber Protect is a basic package of the solution, with its intended audience being a large range of companies and enterprises

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Acronis offers the ability to protect your data across choice of storage locations, be it on-premise, in the cloud, remote or even mobile devices. It offers what a company typically needs to keep working with near-zero downtime – downtime being one of the worst risks for any business.

The advantages that Acronis is capable of offering are many, with benefits such as:

  • Fast backup times
  • Proactive attack elimination
  • Quick VM restoration
  • Easy scalability
  • Extensive deduplication
  • Protection of mobile data
  • Complete protection
  • Full availability
  • Automated administration, and more.

The range of backup solution vendors would not be as extensive, nor as competitive, if there was a perfect solution for every organization. As such, Acronis has its own share of disadvantages that may force some of their potential clients to look for Acronis competitors and alternatives.

As an example, the cost of Acronis can be one of its more prominent downsides. While it is true that Acronis is often able to somewhat scale its efforts to match a client company’s growth, a lot of smaller companies may not choose that route purely because a lot of Acronis competitors can be less expensive and still offer a similar feature set.

This not only concerns smaller companies. The fact that Acronis as a service and a platform can be expensive has been well-known for a while now. That is not the only issue with the solution, either. Some users report a sometimes unfriendly user interface, and there are multiple reports about an inconsistent web/mobile experience with the solution as a whole.

Since this particular market is highly competitive, it is not too difficult to find Acronis competitors and alternatives on the market. In addition, all organizations are unique and have, within their own backup and recovery needs, their own individual requirements.

As an example here we can take Bacula Enterprise – another notable player on the backup and recovery market, offering a variety of features and integrations to its users. A lot of its features are not dissimilar to what Acronis offers, be it extensive scalability, impressive feature set, or something as simple as having the ability to quickly recover your files, applications or data with little to no downtime in case something untoward happens.

At the same time, Bacula Enterprise has its own list of advantages to Acronis, especially Bacula’s own modular approach to compatibility and deep integrations, with the ability to work with almost any database or hypervisor in the industry. Bacula also has the advantage of having some of the more high-end features for the enterprise, such as advanced deduplication, encoding and compression techniques.It is also known for having an especially broad set of functionality not only with virtual machines and databases, but also container technologies such as Docker, Kubernetes and OpenShift. Bare Metal Recovery for both Windows and Linux machines is another example of the many technologies that Bacula offers to its clients – equipping them with single platform functionality across physical, virtual, container and hybrid cloud environments. Furthermore, it readily integrates into practically any kind of storage technology.

Bacula’s pricing model makes it a great contender on the list of Acronis competitors, since Bacula does not charge by data volume, nor does it have a capacity-based licensing model. Consequently, especially in medium-large and large deployments, the overall price tag of Bacula Enterprise can typically be far lower in comparison.

Bacula has one of the strongest, most secure architecture and feature sets in the industry to protect users from ransomware and other threat actors. As such, it is a favorite among government agencies, military and defense, and other users requiring an especially secure backup infrastructure.

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About the author
Rob Morrison
Rob Morrison is the marketing director at Bacula Systems. He started his IT marketing career with Silicon Graphics in Switzerland, performing strongly in various marketing management roles for almost 10 years. In the next 10 years Rob also held various marketing management positions in JBoss, Red Hat and Pentaho ensuring market share growth for these well-known companies. He is a graduate of Plymouth University and holds an Honours Digital Media and Communications degree, and completed an Overseas Studies Program.