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Recommendations for Small to medium size business backup solutions

Last Modified: 2018-12-20
Just throwing this out there to get some feedback.   We are currently running Acronis Backup Advanced 11.7

We have an on premise "backup server" with 16 TB of storage.   We have an off site DROBO with an additional 16 TB.  

Acronis seems overly complicated and difficult to configure properly and there are all kinds of glitches and issues with it.   We recently had a server fail and I had to perform essentially a bare metal restore.   The process was painful.  The data was in Acronis, it had been backed up but getting it out of Acronis proprietary format and back into something usable took more time than management liked.  Also my experience with Acronis support has not been good.     We've heard some feedback that Acronis is not a good solution and that there are better solutions out there.  

So any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

We have 8 physical servers and a vmware host with 5 guest servers

Critical are our Domain Controller, SQL server, Exchange, Quickbooks,

Total data is about 8 TB

As the system admin I want something that isn't terrible to configure, is reliable and that I can trust in case disaster strikes.

Thanks in advance for the advice.
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Macrium Reflect is a top level backup program. I use it for 3 different machines. Ask Leo also recommends it.

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Cloudberry may be an option for you case. My small company is using it at the moment. I like the pricing policy. The tool also allows to back up to various cloud storages both well-known and not so branded. There is a solution with Cloudberry exactly for servers (www.cloudberrylab.com/servers).
I don’t think that you will find this tool very complicated and hard to configure. In any case, there is no problem with Cloudberry support.
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