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Anyone got a link to purchase the perpetual license i have now and need another but can only see subscriptions

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Hello Andrew,

thank you for posting this question on Acronis forums!

Acronis discontinues perpetual license sales.

The majority of our customers now overwhelmingly prefer subscriptions for procuring critical technologies – particularly since subscriptions ensure they have up-to-the-minute protection against the latest cyberthreats. Many also report benefiting from a lower total cost of ownership and the ability to manage their environments more effectively. Given this clear customer preference, Acronis has decided to only sell our solutions by subscription, allowing us to concentrate on delivering superior cyber protection in near real-time.

If you still wish to purchase a perpetual license we advise searching on resellers platforms online.

 

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Maria Belinskaya wrote:
 
Acronis discontinues perpetual license sales.

The majority of our customers now overwhelmingly prefer subscriptions for procuring critical technologies – particularly since subscriptions ensure they have up-to-the-minute protection against the latest cyberthreats. Many also report benefiting from a lower total cost of ownership and the ability to manage their environments more effectively. Given this clear customer preference, Acronis has decided to only sell our solutions by subscription, allowing us to concentrate on delivering superior cyber protection in near real-time.

Maria, I can assure you that I am definitely not counted in your statement above!

I do not want or prefer subscriptions, do not want Acronis Cyber Protection, and do not see any benefits from this move away from perpetual licenses.

As for this being 'superior cyber protection' - sorry but again I disagree!

To me and other home users, it looks like Acronis no longer wants this user base and are trying to force us to your competitor products!  That is fine!  There are plenty of alternative backup products available to choose from!

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That's ridiculous to say that most prefer subscription becaue i bet tehy don't at all the only people who do is Acronis

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Andrew, Steve

I agree, totally.  I have never preferred subscriptions and really doubt the statement that says: Customers now overwhelmingly prefer subscriptions.  No way, I do not believe that .

Additionally, since Acronis seems to have moved more toward Malware protection and let their core backup business suffer from bugs and flaws, my 2020 perpetual license may be my last with Acronis.  I have found the 2020 and 2021 product to be less reliable, much slower and buggy compared to some of their competitors.

I have been a solid supporter of Acronis for many years but starting with version 2019, I have found the core backup business to be riddled with backup software flaws and poor reliability issues.

For those reasons, I have chosen a new solution for my backup systems,  I have tested my new backup solution with image restores, file and folder restores, new hardware restores and even several clones.  Yes, I actually tested a few clones.  All my tests ended well without any trouble at all... amazing I thought... I was amazed at not having difficulties with GPT or MBR clones and restores...  As some would say, Piece of Cake.   So as I "Reflect" on my new decision, I can see without any reservation that my decision was sound.

Steve F.

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Adding to the list of people who would agree that subscription models are not preferred.

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Steve, good points made in your post!

I picked up a perpetual license for a competitor product today at a 85% discount where I paid only £7.99 for a single license that will do all that ATI 2021 does without all the extra bloat of the Cyber Protection features!  ABP15 uses .VMDK files which do not need special software to be accessible!

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Add me to the list that prefers perpetual licenses. I have been using Acronis for the past 16 years, I started with Version 8.0. I'm still using the last version I purchased which was 2013. So needless to say, my cost of ownership over the past 8 years is significantly less than $319.92 (8 X $39.99). As for new features, I have no need for them. I just want a simple to use, reliable product to locally backup and restore my data... which is what Acronis True Image USED to be.

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Steve Smith wrote:

Steve, good points made in your post!

I picked up a perpetual license for a competitor product today at a 85% discount where I paid only £7.99 for a single license that will do all that ATI 2021 does without all the extra bloat of the Cyber Protection features!  ABP15 uses .VMDK files which do not need special software to be accessible!

 

Do you have a link ?

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Andrew, see link here

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Most of the software I use has gone to subscription model... MS Office, Quicken, Adobe, etc. I find it EXTREMELY annoying as some of these things can be rather expensive. I can buy a nice new PC every year with what it would cost for all the subscriptions. So what if I don't get the "latest updates". I'm fine running Office 2010, Quicken 2017, Adobe CS6.

In the case of True Image Home backup, it no longer exists as a product. Acronis have given up on the home user backup solution for which they excelled in favor of an all encompassing approach for which they do not excel. Just this morning I read a PC Mag review in which I was surprised it still received an Editor's Choice even though their review of the new stuff was far from stellar.

I will stay with ATI 2019 until it no longer works (or until I no longer work) and then research a new backup solution.

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Steve,

Thanks for the link and info.... much appreciated.

My backup solution is running as I write this and is sustaining a 1.6 Gb/s write speed.  It has gotten up to 2.0 Gb/s which seems to be pretty spiffy for this old computer.  Oh, the backup storage medium is a 3 year old external 2 TB Sata (Spinning) HDD.  My change has resulted in some speedy backup times.  Needless to say, I am happy.  

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Time for a cross reference to topic: True Image 2021 Perpetual License?

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With the discontinuation of the Perpetual license leaving only the subscription license in place users have lost a choice in product offering for certain.  Does that mean the user should abandon the product?  I think not on that basis alone, no.

The True Image product has undergone some significant changes over the past several years.  Most of these changes have been meet with resistance from a percentage of the users.  This is unfortunate but expected simply because we humans hate change simply because it is uncomfortable.

I am happy I do not fit into that category.  Rather than resist these changes in the product I have embarked on a learning curve to achieve a better understanding of these changes and more importantly how to change my use of the product so that I still get the expected benefit and results from it.

So this latest change in licensing I find expected as the software industry as a whole has been moving in this direction for sometime now.  So if you insist on sticking with a perpetual licensed product then obviously Acornis True Image is not for you.  If however, you can embrace change then this change is a nothing event.

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Sorry Bob, but I cannot agree and will continue to avoid subscriptions as far as is possible!

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I just picked up a 3-PC ATI 2021 with perpetual license from B&H. As some have stated, authorized resellers are able to continue to sell the products they have in stock.

 

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That's fine Steve.  I get the objection, just do not agree with it.

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I avoid subscriptions when I cannot see any benefits. I can se benefits in my Dropbox subscription, am ambivalent about subscribing to Microsoft 365. I refuse to subscribe to Adobe product or those from it’s major competitors. If I did not see benefits in cloud backup, I would avoid a subscription to Acronis. I suspect there are many in the community who only update ever 3 or 4 version, and they will look elsewhere.

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Well, I am not happy with subscriptions and definitely not at all happy with bundling cyber protection as part of their backup/recovery solutions.  That unhappiness with change is not the reason I have now included an alternative backup/restore solution.

  The reason is simple, my alternative works really well, is super speedy (1.5 -1.8 Gb/s) consistent backup speed to an external sata spinning HDD, is very speedy and reliable with recovery processes, does not force me to add cyber protection, details all operations on the screen and in a log while preforming its' magic and will make a reliable/bootable clone without issues if the disk is GPT, MBR, Spinning HDD, SSD or NvMe.  And I get all that with the "Free" version, the paid perpetual version is said to be even faster and has more functionality. 

If it works better than what you are currently running, then change is good.

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Perdido Beach wrote:

 The reason is simple, my alternative works really well, is super speedy (1.5 -1.8 Gb/s) consistent backup speed to an external sata spinning HDD, is very speedy and reliable with recovery processes, does not force me to add cyber protection, details all operations on the screen and in a log while preforming its' magic and will make a reliable/bootable clone without issues if the disk is GPT, MBR, Spinning HDD, SSD or NvMe.  And I get all that with the "Free" version, the paid perpetual version is said to be even faster and has more functionality. 

If it works better than what you are currently running, then change is good.

What product are you using?

 

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Steve, fully agree with your comments above.  I too have several different solutions from different companies, all of which focus on the core Backup, Recovery & Cloning elements without adding in all the unwanted extras coming from Acronis.

If Acronis no longer want to provide a version of ATI with only the original Backup, Recovery & Cloning features then I guess that I too will be honing my experience with the alternative solutions, of which I have 3 already installed!

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Please also count me among those who overwhelmingly eschew subscription models and bundled bloatware.  I am encouraged by the positive experience with competitor products that have recently been reported by several trusted forum users, and I plan to switch to a different disk imaging solution based on their recommendations.  For routine file backups, I still use ntbackup, which works fine (even on Win 10).

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John,

I have answered your question in a personal message to you.

Steve F.

 

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Got it!  Thanks.

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Ok... so today I received my copy of ATI 2021 with perpetual license. When I purchased it from the retailer I had a choice of a "Download" copy where they email you the link or a DVD. I chose the DVD because I like to have physical copies of software that I purchase.

Upon removing the boxed product from the UPS box it seemed a bit on the light side. I open the "sealed" Acronis box only to find two pieces of paper, one of which contains the license key and instructions on DOWNLOADING THE SOFTWARE!

Soooo... why do they even bother to offer a boxed product?

 

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Steve, if you are still reflecting on your alternative app, then take a look at their Easter discount offer on their main page. The full 'home' version is a lot faster in my testing so far!

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Steve,

What a welcomed tip !

UPDATE:  Thanks for the information.  I used that info, am super happy and noticing quite a speedy item here.

I started a process and it was done well before expected.  

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Steve Smith wrote:

Sorry Bob, but I cannot agree and will continue to avoid subscriptions as far as is possible!

As you should, especially at the prices I got presented, this is a ridiculous shift in model.  The reason software companies are pushing you to subs has almost NOTHING to do with "good for the consumer" and everything to do with "good for the company because recurring revenue is much higher value to Wall St".  Some companies have made the shift well, I don't like O365 as a sub, but, I think I've actually saved money on that one vs buying licenses for all my computers and upgrading them.  It's not my fav model, but I see the value in 99/yr for 6 computers vs 149 for 1 computer.  

 

But a lot of companies, apparently now Acronis as well, are going to subs without providing much/any incremental value.  The price I was presented on my "upgrade now" page was almost exactly what I paid in the past to upgrade to a new perpetual license?!  That's crazy, subs should be about 1/3rd the cost of perpetual (assuming a 3 year upgrade cycle) per year, not on par with?!  And the time bomb aspect of subs, IMHO, needs to be discounted as well; meaning it should be even less expensive because it can be taken away if you stop paying.   

 

 I refuse to subscribe to Adobe product or those from it’s major competitors.

Yup, I went through the incredibly painful change last year to ON1 to get out of Adobe's sub program for Lightroom.  It took days of work and days of computer time to get it done.  Truly an awful operation, and I wasn't unhappy with LR, I just wasn't going to pay 100/yr forever to have access to it.  

 

The funny thing, I've spent more with ON1 now (lots of other features they've added at a cost, upgrades, etc) than I would have spent for a LR subscription.  You know what, it was still the right choice, ON1, because they have the drive to innovate (instead of just farm their customers) has added 10X the features that LR has, and I willingly spent my money to get those features because I wanted them.  I'm fine with that, build a better mousetrap, I'm happy to buy it.  The problem is, when these companies go sub, it totally changes the internal operations; instead of "how can we get this new feature delivered by this date", the conversation becomes one of "monetizing the user base" and "maximizing revenue".  It basically takes a programming shop and turns it into Goldman Sachs; it's no longer about cool features and great stability, it's about customer retention and surveys to figure out the sub break even points (how high can I raise the price before I lose revenue from customers leaving).  

 

I get it, that's how businesses work, and I understand the "why", but I will do everything I can to send the message that this is NOT what I want as a customer, even losing days of my life to swap out of one program into another.  The only exception really is when the sub software is a fantastic deal (like O365) where I get lots of stuff I would have bought anyway at a MUCH lower TCO over a 5-10 year period.  O365 is one of the few that meets that criteria, and that's because it's very inexpensive compared to the perpetual versions (75% of the cost of 1 perpetual license for the year of service, but for !6! computers instead of 1, and OneDrive and other online services/features). 

Taking your standard upgrade price though and adding "only for 1 year until it time bombs" is about the worst possible TCO/ROI I can imagine.  It doesn't exist, from minute one of ownership your underwater vs the perpetual license and it only gets worse every month that passes.  For the math challenged, maybe, but sadly I learned how to do fractions and percentages in school.  

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Hmm.. Sorry to respond to myself, but it looks like this might be a working link to a perpetual version?  Not sure, and I'm afraid to buy it because I feel like it might be sub anyway:

 

https://www.acronis.com/en-us/products/true-image/upgrade/

 

 

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Michael, I believe the upgrade when from an earlier Standard version will also be for the same and thus be a perpetual license!  I too have not tested this as have no intention of buying any more copies of ATI 2021 while it is bloated with the new Cyber Protection features than cannot be fully disabled!

Note: do a search on Amazon where you can also find perpetual license deals and possibly find a slightly lower price.  I found the offer shown below on Amazon UK.

I am left a little bemused by the description given though!

Perpetual License with Personal Cyber Protection & Integrated Backup and Antivirus is not correct! Perpetual licenses only get a 30-day trial of the Antivirus feature followed by a lot of nagging from Acronis unless you buy a subscription, otherwise only Acronis Active Protection against Ransomware is included in the perpetual license!  So somewhat misleading!

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Let me ask a silly question. What aspect of the included "cyber protection" are folks finding to be intrusive?  I've been using Acronis 2013 for the past 7 years but just picked up a 3-PC perpetual license of ATI 2021 from B&H that I loaded on a new Dell Precision 3640.

It didn't ask me about installing extra stuff but I can see from task manager that there are a lot of extra Acronis processes running.

Have these "cyber protection" functions been known to interfere with normal PC operations?  I'm just wondering what I should keep an eye out for.

Thanks.

 

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I suspect that these perpetual licenses will be available will supplies last. If Acronis is only going to sell subscriptions going forward then sometime in the future none will be available. I know I will not upgrade to TI 2022 unless there are perpetual licenses available when it is released.

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thomasjk wrote:

I suspect that these perpetual licenses will be available will supplies last. If Acronis is only going to sell subscriptions going forward then sometime in the future none will be available. I know I will not upgrade to TI 2022 unless there are perpetual licenses available when it is released.

 I suspect you are correct. That's why I went ahead and purchased a perpetual license for this new machine. It ought to last me quite a few years. Probably not as long as ATI 2013 did though. :-)

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Perdido Beach wrote:

Andrew, Steve

I agree, totally.  I have never preferred subscriptions and really doubt the statement that says: Customers now overwhelmingly prefer subscriptions.  No way, I do not believe that .

Additionally, since Acronis seems to have moved more toward Malware protection and let their core backup business suffer from bugs and flaws, my 2020 perpetual license may be my last with Acronis.  I have found the 2020 and 2021 product to be less reliable, much slower and buggy compared to some of their competitors.

I have been a solid supporter of Acronis for many years but starting with version 2019, I have found the core backup business to be riddled with backup software flaws and poor reliability issues.

For those reasons, I have chosen a new solution for my backup systems,  I have tested my new backup solution with image restores, file and folder restores, new hardware restores and even several clones.  Yes, I actually tested a few clones.  All my tests ended well without any trouble at all... amazing I thought... I was amazed at not having difficulties with GPT or MBR clones and restores...  As some would say, Piece of Cake.   So as I "Reflect" on my new decision, I can see without any reservation that my decision was sound.

Steve F.

Hello Everyone,

on behalf of the Acronis company, I'd like to share some clarification regarding this decision. Cyberthreats are becoming more sophisticated and difficult to detect as cybercriminals use advanced technology, such as AI and automation, to improve the effectiveness and frequency of their attacks. Modern cyber protection requires constant vigilance, which means our solutions must be continuously updated to protect our customers from modern threats. Acronis is committed to ensuring our customers’ valuable data, applications, and systems are protected from risk at all times.
 
With this objective in mind, Acronis will only sell subscription-based licenses effective April 1, 2021. This policy guarantees that our customers will always run up-to-date versions of our solutions and avoid any gaps in defense, while allowing Acronis to concentrate on delivering superior cyber protection in real time.

 

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Well buh bye then. I don't need subscription products and do not need to be forced to such software. I have sufficient cyber protection with Malwarebytes and Windows defender.

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Sorry Ekaterina, but Acronis is not the only company capable of providing protection from the new cyber threats, and forcing users into a subscription model is both arrogant and mistaken!

The user should always have the final choice with regard to what protection they use!

Like Thomas and others, I too will not be purchasing any subscription for ATI.  I have already invested in a 4 PC license for Macrium Reflect Home perpetual version.

What amazes me further is Acronis promoting the Essential subscription in the light of your statement above:

With this objective in mind, Acronis will only sell subscription-based licenses effective April 1, 2021. This policy guarantees that our customers will always run up-to-date versions of our solutions and avoid any gaps in defense, while allowing Acronis to concentrate on delivering superior cyber protection in real time.

How is an Essential subscription guaranteeing any protection from Cyber threats when it does not include Cyber Protection?

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> How is an Essential subscription guaranteeing any protection from Cyber threats when it does not include Cyber Protection?

This change applies not only to Acronis True Image, but also to the business products https://kb.acronis.com/content/68375 

We continue registering the feedback regarding this change, but the current management decision is moving towards the subscription model.

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Thanks Ekaterina, I guess this means that ATI 2021 will be my final version that I will be buying and I will be moving my main backup tasks over to my perpetual version of Macrium Reflect Home.

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Steve  :

I will be moving my main backup tasks over to my perpetual version of Macrium Reflect Home.

I know from another thread that you were in the process of evaluating several other alternatives.  Did you settle on this option after reflecting on the features/performance of this product, or was it the opportune Easter discount that influenced your choice?

Would love to hear your impressions of what you've tried.  If you don't feel it is appropriate to do so here, I would welcome a direct message -- or perhaps a new thread in the Off Topic forum.

Thanks!

 

Edited to Add:

I created a new off-topic forum thread here:

https://forum.acronis.com/forum/topic/reflecting-post-ati-world

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J K, I have played with a few different products over time including MiniTool ShadowMaker, Ashampoo Backup, EaseUs ToDo, AOMEI Backupper as well as using Macrium Reflect Free.

Of these, Macrium Reflect has been my main alternative for a few years with their Free version (limited to Full and Differential options) but the Easter offer convinced me to buy a 4-PC license that includes a free upgrade to their new version 8.0 when it is released.

Ashampoo Backup works fine but creates far too many files per backup for my liking!
EaseUs ToDo and AOMEI Backupper have their own quirks and will suit users who like those!

Macrium for me is the best alternative to what ATI used to be before all the added angst of having Cyber Protection and now loss of perpetual licenses!  They give access to Logs within the main GUI, have simple, easy options for using batch, Powershell or VBS scripts if wanted, plus have a very small footprint in terms of disk and memory / cpu usage. 

My Acronis ProgramData folder is nearly 800MB in size compared to under 13MB for MR.
ATI 2021 has a bucket full of background services & processes.  MR has one service and no processes active unless performing a backup etc.  MR has the Macrium Image Guardian to protect only files used by Macrium without going for world domination in Cyber security!

On a performance comparison doing a Full then Incremental backup to a second internal SATA HDD for the same source disk drive (Samsung NVMe M.2 970 EVO Plus)

ATI Full - 31 to 45 minutes  Incremental - between 6 to 12 minutes.

MR Full - 12 to 18 minutes  Incremental - between 6 to 12 minutes.

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Thank you, Steve.  I posted a follow-up question in the other thread (Reflecting on a Post-ATI World), so as not to completely high-jack this one.  I invite all to join us there!

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I'm a long time (+10 years) user of Acronis products for Backup and Imaging and signed in just to chime in with the others reporting disappointment on the subscription only model. Sadly I will have to join others in recommending to many businesses to use other solutions going forward in the future.

I would change my mind if Acronis brings back perpetual licenses with options to enable or disable features we want to use or pay for. I have some of Acronis's backup and imaging for that purpose... and another solution already in place for security; now it wants to conflict with my other established products with no option to disable that feature? Let your customers buy something that works and encourage add-ons (subscribe to get online cloud storage/features). Just be happy you have customers buying that you don't have to support forever knowing that your lock-in is if your product is used and doing a good job, customers are more likely to upgrade for support/upgrades/new features down the line. 

Using Microsoft 365 and VMWare ESXi examples...

ESXi - Download and use their trial with all features for free. It is the exact same as the full version, but when the trial runs out, features are disabled. OK... Let me pay for a license and based on what I need (or upgrade to bigger licenses later) and those features magically "unlock". Of course if I don't need to use a feature, I don't have to or can disable that feature.

Microsoft - I can pay for a perpetual license for a bit more, but there's a limit of how long it is supported. I may not get updates after some time and new features aren't activated for my license. Additionally, there is value in that I get online storage or access to online features and installation on more computers for myself... "What a great deal" to pay for a subscription. If I want to use it for 5-10 years, that's fine; I accept that I paid and I'm not asking or using new features. I am accepting that maybe some bug or issue won't be fixed. Of course, I have the option to upgrade or renew a license to get that new version or support. Also, if I don't want to use an Office application, I don't have to install or use it - I have choice.

Now some companies have cornered a market where you don't really have a choice, but I don't see Acronis being in that position. I think they stand to lose customers over time in favor of other solutions. Sure you will have some businesses just subscribe, but there will be many that just turn away completely. Someone earlier said embrace change... That's a good idea; it seems it is time to change backup and disk utility software providers.

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After some additional searching online, I found some inconsistencies with the perpetual licensing issues.

My use cases are for medium to large enterprise business or government and it seems Acronis has left perpetual licensing and the option to use a version without the additional "Cyber protect" for their business customers. It seems despite having the technology and methods to separate licenses/features, Acronis is willing to push the home market to subscription - possibly as a test before moving the business products to this plan or because margins for the home market are lower.

As of today, much of Acronis' documentation still says Acronis Business products can still be purchased using a perpetual license with a few exceptions.

- Cyber Backup 12.5 and 15 have perpetual options when not using Acronis' cloud based technologies (On Prem). Cyber Protect does not have a perpetual license at all.

- The perpetual licenses cannot be purchased on the Acronis Online Store - Anywhere - I think this means you need to call or go through a sales partner (ex CDW, SHI, Connections, etc).

- The note about ending perpetual licenses applies to specific regions (Northern Europe and the Middle East).

So at least for now, if you are not in the affected regions, you can probably still buy a perpetual license if you are willing to spend a little more than the initial subscription cost (as expected).

According to the comparison page, the True Image Security options are only available with a subscription, so maybe without a subscription it won't be an issue? I would seriously hope if it is not an option to disable or turn off a feature, Acronis Devs include that option in the future.

- True Image 2021 - Search for TH7AL1LOS2S11 or TH7AL1LOS1S
MSRP: ~$60 USD

Don't want the Cyber Protect Options and need more OS or backup options? Try the business Backup Only Product, "Cyber Backup v12.5 and v15"

- Cyber Backup 15 Std/Adv - PCWZLPZZS11  / PCBZLPZZS11
- Cyber Backup 12.5 Std/Adv - PCWYLPZZS11 / PCAYLPZZS11
MSRP Std/Adv: $89/119 USD

Difference between Acronis Cyber Protect 15 and Acronis True Image 2021 | Knowledge Base (Includes Cyber Backup 15 and Licensing links officially stating perpetual licensing is still available [except Northern Europe/Middle East])

Official Legal Information at Licensing Policy - Acronis

 

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The new policy only applies to some regions; it is not (according to the documentation) applicable in Australia (yet). However, it appears not to be available from Acronis, you have to find a reseller - I suspect there are few if any.

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The simple choices here are to continue using any existing perpetual versions of ATI if you have them, or else choose a different solution, of which there are many available that do still offer perpetual licenses, including those for life-time free upgrades!

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I tested a purchase from a reseller and perpetual licenses still exist/work. They have just stopped offering them on Acronis's office store site (and excluded some regions).

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Mark, you are correct in that perpetual licenses for existing versions can still be obtained via resellers like Amazon etc.  The question will be whether future versions can still be obtained as perpetual licenses via resellers or not?  If they can, then well & good, but we won't know until Acronis release a new version sometime in the autumn.

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A differing perspective

 

Reading through this thread it is obvious there is support here for the perpetual license model.  It is also apparent that there is NO support for a subscription model in the responses posted.  To that end I am going to post IN SUPPORT of the subscription model with an understanding that such a model is not for everyone.  In this thread there are a few posts that are not completely opposed to a subscription but there is a need for these users to recognize at least a perceived value or advantage of a subscription over what the perpetual license offers.  This is the camp that I find myself solidly in at this moment in time!

 

My first experience with a subscription model with respect to software was a few decades ago when I was involved in publishing a monthly newsletter in which the content had a high graphics count.  The need for a large number of graphics coupled with a need for such graphics to be fresh and new with each month’s release drove me to purchase a subscription to a monthly release of high-quality graphics suitable for newsletter publication which were royalty free and carried a once yearly pricing model.  By virtue of this subscription, I was able to produce a product that over the years of my involvement with the newsletter garnered many, many accolades from the readers of the production.  So, this subscription then had real value and served my purposes well.  This subscription of course has long since lapsed.

 

After the introduction of ATI 2021 coupled with the anti-malware features, I began to question the value of the third-party malware product I was using.  I had had doubts prior to this but never acted on it.  Having an alternative product in ATI gave me reason to do an honest assessment of my malware solution.  On the surface my third-party solution seemed to offer a few more protections that ATI did not.  That situation began to change with the subsequent to introduction releases of 2021 versions.  Because I had almost a full year left on my third-party solution subscription, I had time to begin an in-depth analysis of each product and what they offered in the way of protection.  I was surprised in what I discovered.

 

After a bit of research into the current crop of malware now circulating the internet and all networks in general, I began to realize that in order to provide true protection against this new crop of nasties required much more than my third-party solution was capable of providing.  I discovered as time went on that the ATI offering was a solution that possessed these capabilities and integrating these with data backup as a complete data protection product began to make a lot of sense for my needs.  So, some months ago I made the decision to uninstall my third-party solution in favor of the ATI product on one of my three computers to test the effectiveness.  That proved to be a good choice, so I then did the same with another of my computers except on this one I opted to rely on Windows Security Center for protection.  To date I find the Windows solution admirable but not quite to my liking in some respects.  So, my plan is to flip the switch to ATI in just a few days from now.  Having said that I am confident that my third PC will follow very shortly thereafter.

 

Like some here I have tested some of the other backup product offerings out there but for my needs I find none of them on par with ATI.  I most recently gave the Macrium product a try, but I find it has shortcomings that make it unsuitable for me.  I find the interface of Macrium to be confusing for one thing and in my case running multiples of disks on my machine it is not at all easy to know for certain that I have selected the proper disk/or partition for backup.  I suppose with time that would resolve itself however, I do not at all see any gain in performance of Macrium over ATI so for me that aspect is a wash.  Macrium does seem to be a solid product beyond these things so I can see why users like it.

 

Back to subscription vs. perpetual, I can see the value in a subscription to the ATI product.  Given the level of Cyber Threat protection offered and integration into backup is a win-win in my book!  If you wish to have your data fully protected to the nth degree, then the choice is clear, a subscription license is the answer.  Am I a total fan of subscriptions?  No, I am not.  I believe many are solely attempts at making profits.  In the case of ATI however I must lean toward the idea that Acronis truly has the best interest of the user at heart here with the subscription-based model product offering.  Having the ability to STOP cyber threats in real time combined with the ability to recover immediately any files affected by such threat is again, a win-win.  Having the ability to STOP cyber threats in REAL TIME combined with the ability to RECOVER IMMEDIATELY any files affected by such threats is again, a win-win.

 

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I do not object to a subscription model where the seller provides additional ongoing value, bet is cloud storage or continuously updating cyber protection. Once the ATI Cyber Protection offering matures, I can understand that some would find the subscription approach appealing. However, for basic backup functions, I would go for a perpetual rather than an annual licence. My Norton 360 subscription has got another 2.5 years to run, and by that time ATI may provide all I need. It does provide redundancy as it backups up my Documents, Downloads, photos and videos folders.

So, I would prefer that Acronis gave customers a choice. (Including the optional installation of the Cyber Protection modules.)

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Enchantech wrote:

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Back to subscription vs. perpetual, I can see the value in a subscription to the ATI product.  Given the level of Cyber Threat protection offered and integration into backup is a win-win in my book!  If you wish to have your data fully protected to the nth degree, then the choice is clear, a subscription license is the answer.  Am I a total fan of subscriptions?  No, I am not.  I believe many are solely attempts at making profits.  In the case of ATI however I must lean toward the idea that Acronis truly has the best interest of the user at heart here with the subscription-based model product offering.  Having the ability to STOP cyber threats in real time combined with the ability to recover immediately any files affected by such threat is again, a win-win.  Having the ability to STOP cyber threats in REAL TIME combined with the ability to RECOVER IMMEDIATELY any files affected by such threats is again, a win-win.

 

But unless you've actually HAD a actual cyber attack from which you were either protected by ATI or able to recover from using ATI, how can you know the effectiveness of the claimed Cyber protection?

As they say, a backup that has not been restored is not a backup. :-)

 

 

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John, I had a cyber attack of some sort just short of two weeks ago. ATI stopped it before it could do any significant damage. Only 4 files were encrypted, 3 of which were recovered. I suspect there was some other damage to the OS, which I overcame by installing a backup made the prior day.

In this case ATI picked up the problem before Norton 360.

an