How It Works
Leveraging almost a decade of experience in image backup, we designed Acronis® vmProtect™ 6 specifically for VMware® virtual servers to be the easiest to deploy, simplest to use backup and recovery solution.
Acronis vmProtect 6 uses VMware's vStorage API for Data Protection (VADP) to allow agentless backup and recovery of virtual machines at one or several ESX(i) hosts remotely. No agents need to be installed in your virtual machines.
Acronis vmProtect 6 provides multiple recovery options:
- Recover an entire virtual machine over existing VM or as new VM to any ESX/ESXi host
- Recover individual files or folders for supported guest's file systems
- Mount backup storage to ESX/ESXi host as NFS share and run virtual machine directly from the backup providing nearly instantaneous recovery.
Acronis vmProtect 6 offers unprecedented ease and flexibility of deployment, and provides you two options for where you install the application:
- vmProtect 6 Virtual Appliance runs on ESX or ESXi host and does not require any addition hardware or Windows license.
- vmProtect 6 Windows Agent installs on a dedicated Windows machine and offloads backup and recovery tasks from production ESX(i) hosts.
All management is performed remotely though an intuitive web-based management interface accessed from any supported web browser.
Faster and Smaller Backups
Acronis vmProtect 6 is designed to support always-incremental approach, where older incremental backups can be removed to free up space for new backups without requiring a resource-intensive consolidation, and the use of VMware Change Block Tracking (CBT) technology makes incremental backups faster than ever.
For shared storage such as SAN, vmProtect 6 reads data directly though the storage network, making the backup LAN-free.
Additionally, instead of copying entire virtual disk (.vmdk) files, Acronis vmProtect 6 looks inside disks and volumes to analyze file system and takes only blocks that are actually occupied by data. This allows vmProtect 6 to create backups much faster and smaller compared to what most competing products can, and even to exclude individual files and folders from a VM image backup.
Built-in data deduplication finds identical blocks and ensures that each of them is saved only once. Combined with compression it reduces storage requirements and traffic, especially in environments with large number of similar virtual machines.
Acronis vmProtect 6 automatically validates backups to ensure that all data is recoverable. Unlike competing products, vmProtect 6 reads and verifies every block of a backup ensuring that no data is corrupt.
All backups can be optionally encrypted with an industry-standard 256 bit AES encryption.
Additionally with Acronis vmProtect Online subscription backups can be securely stored offsite in a cloud-based storage.
Seamless Integration with Acronis Cloud Storage
Local backups help protect you from hardware failure or human error. But what about a larger scale disaster, such as flood or fire, when entire site is affected, including your backups?
To avoid data loss and ensure business recoverability for this scenario, companies have traditionally utilized one or another offsite backup strategy: physically shipping tapes offsite or replicating backups to another office. However, this approach requires having another office, or investing in and managing tape hardware, a cost prohibitive scenario for SMBs and many enterprises.
Unlike other solutions on the market, Acronis® vmProtect™ 6 integrates seamlessly with Acronis Online Storage.
Acronis vmProtect Online is an optional subscription that stores your VM backups at highly secure offsite datacenter managed by Acronis. You don’t need to make any big hardware investments to get started, so regardless of the size of your organization you can quickly implement and benefit from storage in the cloud.
Acronis Online Storage
Acronis vmProtect 6 Online can be used separately or in combination with a vmProtect license, enabling you to use the vmProtect 6 Web-based interface to save VM backups to local, remote, or to Acronis Online Storage.