Acronis Backup and Recovery 11.5 Virtual Edition for Hyper-V Review
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Acronis Backup and Recovery 11.5 Virtual Edition for Hyper-V Review

When you are looking at enterprise level backup and recovery solutions, you have many angles you need to cover. You want an effective and reliable option that's not going to let you down when you require it most. You also want to cover all of your backup needs, because the only thing worse than a backup that doesn't work, is one that doesn't give you enough flexibility when you go to use it. Acronis Backup & Recovery 11.5 Virtual Edition for Hyper-V offers a wide range of features that should cover most enterprises' backup and recovery situations.

Acronis Backup and Recovery 11.5 Virtual Edition for Hyper-V Basics

This edition of Acronis Backup and Recovery 11.5 has backup and recovery options for both Hyper-V virtual machines and the host computer. The advantage of this is the fact that you don't have to install any agent in the virtual machines. Instead, the backup and recovery processes are executed with the host agent, making your IT life much simpler. If you want to backup a virtual machine using Pass-through Disks, the Agent for Windows backup is an installation option.
Physical Host Backups

While you want to make sure that your virtual machines are well taken care of in the event that data disaster strikes, you don't want to forget about your physical host either. Acronis Backup and Recovery 11.5 Virtual Edition for Hyper-V gives you the included feature of creating a backup of the physical host, using Agent for Windows. You might wonder how backup and recovery management is handled, after all, it's quite time consuming to try and handle all of these processes on a case by case basis. The Acronis Management Server is a centralized server that facilitates the backup and recovery process. You can handle all of the virtual machine and physical host recovery options remotely, with a great consolidated view.

Migration Support

One rather useful feature of this software is that it uses a unified backup format to help with migration. This allows you to use images from physical servers and hypervisors and migrate them over to Hyper-V. The reverse is also true, if needed. Unlike some recovery and backup software, Acronis offers this feature without limiting the number of migrations you can perform. Some other useful features that this software offers include simultaneous backup, one license for all the virtual machines you could need, agentless backup, monitoring options, and deduplication.

A disadvantage of this software is the fact that it involves a fairly substantial upfront cost, although it is generally in line with other similar backup solutions. The learning curve may also take some time to get used to, especially if you're using centralized management for your virtual machines.

Acronis Backup & Recovery 11.5 Virtual Edition for Hyper-V is a powerful software suite for backing up your Hyper-V virtual machines. It offers all of the standard features that you'd expect in this type of enterprise level software, along with some great options that will prove to be very useful over time. The cost of a license is $1599, which is in line with other backup and recovery software handling virtual machines with comparable features. If you're in the market for a backup and recovery solution for your Hyper-V virtual machines, this is one of the best. If you aren't entirely sure if it's going to work for you, you can get a free trial to try it out.
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