VMworld 2013: Acronis Launches Self-Service Backup for VMware vCloud

Acronis used VMworld 2013 to launch a cloud-based backup and recovery offering, which is among the first for VMware (VMW) vCloud.

There are plenty of new cloud offerings coming out of VMworld 2013 this year. Not that it's a surprise, considering the growing cloud presence at VMworld in recent years. One of the interesting cloud offerings is from Acronis. The company used VMworld to announce a "complete self-service backup solution" for VMware vCloud.

Acronis Backup & Recovery for vCloud is being touted as the first such solution for VMware vCloud. Even if it's really not the first, it's certainly one of the first. The service was designed to provide enterprises and service providers with the ability to complement VMware vCloud Director with self-service backup and recovery.

"Acronis knows backup, and if you want to deliver infrastructure-as-a-service, you need effective backup," said Serguei Beloussov, Acronis CEO, in a prepared statement. "Before this breakthrough, self-service technology from Acronis, protecting vCloud VMs was difficult and time consuming. Now, Acronis has applied its expertise in backup and knowledge of service providers to build the only self-service backup solution designed specifically for VMware vCloud, making it easier and safer for enterprises and service providers to run critical applications in the cloud."

According to Acronis, Backup & Recovery for vCloud was designed to enable tenants and administrators to eliminate downtime and protect virtual machines in public, private and hybrid clouds. For service providers, the goal is to present an opportunity to build complete IaaS offerings using vCloud.

Some of the offerings key features include:

  • An easy-to-use, self-service web console for users to control backup and recovery of their VMs.

  • Integration with VMware vCloud Director to simplify backup and recovery of entire machines, including vCloud configuration and other metadata.

  • Fast and reliable agentless backup technology for virtual machines behind Acronis vmProtect and Acronis Backup & Recovery.

  • Seamless on-premise-to-cloud migration and disaster recovery to the cloud.

Acronis is currently demonstrating its technologies at VMworld.

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