Acronis Review and Updates to Acronis True Image and 2016 Versions

If you have any amount of data that needed safekeeping, this image above will definitely sooth your nerves. Looking through my own history of choosing backup solutions, going from my first Norton Ghost, Symantec Backup and then moving on to my first Acronis product for my Samsung Netbook – I must say that, backup solutions in general, have provided many improvements.

My problems with storage and hard drives are real. As a photographer and video editor, I keep all raw images and videos. I have innumerable B-rolls that I have had a hard time, looking for a proper storage for all of them. I ran through multiple 1TB external hard disks – Western Digital is probably an unlucky brand for me – as most of them are in various state of failure. The Samsung drive does not fare any better. The Seagate drive is chugging along pretty well, as long as I take my time, to log-in to my computer, or else it will report disk failures. Seasoned storage owners will know the signs very well – time for a new drive. The cost of acquiring another 1TB external hard disk, in Singapore dollars, is about $99. If I can wait four to six months, I could probably use multiples of that amount to acquire a a decent NAS. But having done my research on that, a NAS, by itself will never be the final expense. Hard disks are after all, utilizing spinning mechanism and are as much prone to failure, even if they are stationary in-situ, unlike external hard drives that usually gets disconnected and are designed to be portable. But, a proper NAS is definitely in the pipeline.

My data is stored on an external hard drive, in this case a WD My Passport. That is the last of my four WD portable drives, purchase within a year of each other, to still be functioning properly. A couple of years ago, when Microsoft Office 365 increased the OneDrive cloud storage space to 1TB, I decided that I needed to think through how I do my backups. I thought that this is definitely the best way to do it – given the tools I had at that time. My data is saved on Google Drive which gets backed up to the Google Drive cloud. Google Drive itself is placed within One Drive folder. So this is a case of backing up the backup. I really thought then, that I have the best, last mile solution for backup, available to ordinary guy on the street, who probably do not have deep pockets.

In comes Acronis TrueImage. Being brutally honest, I mentioned in the first paragraph, that I have used Norton Ghost, Symantec Backup, Windows Backup and Acronis TrueImage for Netbooks before. The premise for storage software is usually the same.

  • Backup the entire computer
  • Backup the folders
  • Provide Recovery and Restore

Nothing much has changed, as far back as I can remember, for the last 2 to 3 years in terms of backup offerings. Yes, offerings may change – or perhaps the number of devices per license has changed – or perhaps a pairing to backup your mobile devices may be thrown in for good measure. Acronis TrueImage changed that, notably early 2012, when it rolled out Acronis Cloud. At that time, Acronis Cloud, comes with with 5 GB of free storage, or 50 GB for US$29.99 per year, or 250 GB for US$49.99 per year—lower prices than most rival storage services. And a Premium version (US$79.99) adds tools for migrating systems from one machine to another and working with Windows dynamic disks. In 2015, that changed to Unlimited cloud for a flat fee of US$99.00 per device.

But what is cloud storage anyways? Is it just another fad, or changing of definitions from remote network based file system to then redefining it as cloud? The Wikipedia described it as;

Cloud storage is a model of data storage where the digital data is stored in logical pools, the physical storage spans multiple servers (and often locations), and the physical environment is typically owned and managed by a hosting company.

The keyword here for me, is not logical pools or multiple servers. 

All in all, I have advised my office to use Acronis TrueImage – as we needed the reliability and the option to restore from the cloud, in the likelihood of a failure of our NAS in the office. A couple of months ago, our office was broken into and we had a couple of lost equipment. Had we also lost the NAS, which was stored safely in a secure cabinet, you can imagine the amount of data that we have to rebuild. The manpower costs to do that – not just mine, the human resources data, financial records – some of those are simply irreplaceable. No amount of insurance coverage can suitably replace our operational needs.

So, if you managed to read this far down the article, congratulations. It shows that you are serious about backing up your data. And the paragraph above demonstrate that even without an actual data failure – a physical threat can also affect how you store your data. If you have the time to download the Clash of Clans, then you have the time to schedule your backup.

You may wish to read the press release below.


Press-release

Acronis® Updates Acronis True Image Cloud and 2016 Versions

Enhancements focus on reinforcing family data protection, improving cloud archive functionality and performance, and simplifying the user interface

Singapore, December, 16th, 2015. Acronis, the global leader in new generation data protection, today announced an update to Acronis True Image Cloud and Acronis True Image 2016, the fastest universal full image backup solutions for personal, family and home office use. The newest versions are updated based on customer feedback, which highlighted a huge demand for offloading data from a local machine, smart phone or tablet to the cloud due to space constraints, as well as user interface improvements, and family data protection features that make it easy to manage the backup and recovery of multiple PCs, Macs, smart phones and tablets.

“We updated the latest release of Acronis True Image based on input from customers who told us that the two most common data protection problems that families face today are damaged or lost devices, and running out of disk space on their devices,” said Steve Goh, Acronis’ Vice President of Sales for Asia-Pacific & Emerging Markets. “Just in time for the holidays, the latest Acronis True Image makes it easier than ever for the family IT manager to protect multiple devices and keep all their precious photos and data safe this season. You can also make sure you never run of space to take pictures with our simplified data offloading feature that quickly moves pictures to the cloud, rather than storing them on your device.”

Acronis True Image provides complete data protection for computers, including pictures, videos, documents, applications, passwords, settings, and the entire operating system.

Acronis True Image Cloud features unlimited cloud storage for backups and an easy-to-use, centralized dashboard that lets one person manage the backup and recovery of multiple devices, including PCs and Macs, and mobile phone and tablets, including Android, iPhone, and iPad devices and Windows tablets, for a family or home office. Acronis True Image Cloud provides complete protection against data loss disasters and mishaps, including accidental file deletions and user errors, as well as damaged devices, loss and theft.

Acronis True Image is powered by the Acronis AnyData Engine, a set of powerful data protection technologies enabling advanced and reliable backup and disk management tools, including:

· Full Image Backup – provides block-level copying of data that allows users to create an exact replica of computer hard disks. Users have a choice to back-up only specific folders or make a complete replica of a disk.

· Universal Restore – allows users to restore a full image backup to new PCs or Mac computers, including to dissimilar hardware, and migrate the complete operating system, applications and data over to the new disk or new computer.

· Rapid Upload – balances network resource consumption to ensure maximum utilization of available network bandwidth for fast backup upload of data, without disrupting the user’s current work and experience.

· Try & Decide – provides a controlled, temporary environment to safely test new software, drivers, and system configurations with an ability to safely roll-back to a stable, previous system configuration in the event of technical and performance issues, or security threats like a virus or malware.

· Clone Disk – creates an exact replica of a disk drive, which is useful for a complete migration of data from one drive to another, and for making multiple disk drive replicas of the same content.

Availability and Pricing

Acronis True Image Cloud with unlimited cloud backup and archiving:

· S$94.99 per year for one computer and three devices

· S$159.99 per year for three computers and ten devices

· S$199.99 per year for five computers and fifteen devices

Acronis True Image 2016 for local-only backup and restore:

· S$69.99 for one computer

· S$79.99 for three computers

· S$94.99 for five computers

For more information, a free trial, or to buy the new Acronis True Image solutions, visit  http://www.acronis.com/en-sg/personal/.

Acronis True Image is also available in Challenger http://www.challenger.com.sg/products/product_Search?identity=acronis&x=0&y=0

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