Data protection specialist Acronis has jumped on the virtualization bandwagon with a new product targeted at handling data backups of both physical and virtual servers.
For the uninitiated, The Register has this to say:
Acronis has more than three million customers - most of them running the company's flagship True Image 10 Home consumer backup and recovery product. According to Harnish [VP of marketing], Acronis picks up about 25,000 new customers per month, and 20,000 of those purchases come from True Image Home.
True Image Echo performs backup and recovery tasks for most of the usual virtualization suspects right now, such as VMware, Microsoft, SWsoft, and Parallels. XenSource is not supported yet, although it should arrive by the first quarter of 2008 when the product is released.
Philip Woodson, information services analyst with Land O'Frost, sums up the real value of the True Image Echo:
Having a backup of a server is meaningless if we can't recover it to any server, anywhere, at any time. With Acronis True Image Echo, we have peace-of-mind knowing that we can restore our backup image to any physical or virtual machine anywhere quickly and easily in minutes, not hours or days.
True Image Echo is currently in beta right now. You can read more about it from the Acronis press release.
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