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Acronis Backup 12 or 11.7 better?

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Hi All,

We are currently using Acronis for VMWare 9 and considering to upgrade. If anyone who has experience with both version of 12 and 11.7 (not advance), please help me by giving me your opinion. Thanks very much.

Aldous 

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Acronis Program Manager
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Hi Aldous,

The successor for Acronis Backup for VMware 9 is Acronis Backup 12, i.e. there is no upgrade path to v11.7, so I assume you're looking for differences between Acronis Backup for VMware 9 and Acronis Backup 12, rather than comparison against 11.7. The core difference between these 2 versions is the scalability introduced in v12, where you can deploy multiple appliances/agents and manage them from centralized web console. What will be missing (at least in the current version) in v12 in comparison with v9 is the following:

1) Deduplication: see my comments in https://forum.acronis.com/forum/117938

2) FTP/sFTP support: planned for one of the nearest major updates for v12 (end of this-beginning of the next year)

3) Recovery of VM disks to multiple different datastores: planned for the next major update for v12 (end of this-beginning of the next year)

On the other side in v12 there were new features introduced which may be of particular interest for VMware vSphere users:

- Finalization of a VM running from backup (extension of Run VM from backup functionality)

- Support for dvSwitches-based environments

- Support for Direct SAN Access mode (LAN-free) on vSphere 6.0+

In either case it makes sense to try the trial of v12 and see how it works for you in real environment.

Thank you.

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Hi Vasily,

Thanks for the info. In fact, I was asking which one is better because I saw other posts about v12:

https://forum.acronis.com/forum/124055
https://forum.acronis.com/forum/126990
https://forum.acronis.com/forum/124426

Unfortunately, there is no option for me to v11.7. So, I can only choose to either stay at v9 or upgrade to v12. According to my reading so far (pleaes let me know if I'm wrong), all on-promise archives must be recreated after upgrade to v12 (the v9 archinves can only be used for restore) and the cloud archives can be upgraded but no downgrade without re-create the archives and even the account. In other words, we have to run full backup of all VMs once again (that's TBs of data) and it is one-way trip. That's why I'm hoping to get some more opinion from others here before making the decision.    

regards,

Aldous

Acronis Program Manager
Posts: 22
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Hi Aldous,

Yes, your conclusions are correct: upgrade from v9 means running full backup for all VMs at least once to create new archives, so it might be a task to be executed in several steps. Also the cloud account cannot be downgraded once you're on newer version.

Thank you.