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Acronis vmProtect 7 Tightens vSphere Integration

Following six months on the heels of the previous version, which was launched at VMworld 2011, Acronis is releasing the latest version of its small business/branch office virtualization solution for backup and recovery, vmProtect 7. vmProtect 6 was designed to be a fast, light and easy-to-install-and-use backup and recovery product that made use of Acronis’ long-standing relationship with VMware. It was designed to be optimized for vSphere, but according to Seth Goodling, Americas virtuali

For remote/branch offices of enterprises, as well as for home office and small office workers, it lives up to its promise of being easy to use and install, says Mike Karp, vice president and principal analyst at Ptak Noel Associates, who focuses on storage and analytics. He has been testing vmProtect 6 for the last four months in a home office environment, and he notes its ease of use and good support from Acronis.

“It’s a lot simpler than some of the other tools I’ve used and a lot more reliable,” saysKarp. “A lot of the companies have come and gone over the years ... and they’re somewhat burdensome to use.” He adds that it’s a product best used by smaller remote offices and home offices.

vmProtect 7 can be installed on a Windows Server or installed as a virtual appliance. According to Goodling, performance is almost identical between the two types of installs, and it takes up 200MB of space. It was designed so that it could be protecting VMs within five minutes from install completion. The product is capable of providing up to 256 AES encryption, and there is also standard deduplication built in.

Available now, vmProtect 7 is priced at $499 per CPU. A 15-day free trial version is also available for IT administrators looking to kick the tires.

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