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June 5, 2006


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Acronis True Image 9.1 Server for Linux


Different types of backups are available with Acronis True Image 9.1 Server for Linux

If you have a server that runs under one of the many Linux operating systems then you know the job of rebuilding the server if you lose the system for some unknown reason. It usually takes hours to reinstall the server software and all the original settings. The problem with some re-imaging software is that they need to run in their own environment and not Linux. Acronis True Image 9.1 Server for Linux is one of the best server backup applications we've tried and it receives our Editor's Choice Award for functionality and value.

There are a number of elements that could cause the files of a server system to be corrupted. Anything from a virus to a hard drive on its last legs could be the culprit. When you know your server is in top shape or at a point when certain changes to the Linux server are about to take place, it's time to take a snapshot of the server so you can revert back to it if necessary. Acronis True Image 9.1 does this job and in the Linux environment either.

There are several different types of media that can hold the stored image and this includes the use of Iomega products such as a JAZZ or ZIP drive, network attached storage, DVD and CD optical drives. This Acronis package also provides support to all levels or RAID and SCSI controllers. Different types of backups are also available with Acronis True Image 9.1 that include full hard drive imaging, incremental, differential and file-based backups. Backups can be performed in the native data mode or with the use of compression. Acronis' Active Restore feature allows you to reboot from an image such as one from a DVD disc that was previously saved if the computer allows it.

Several different versions of Linux are supported with Acronis True Image 9.1 Server for Linux and this include Red Hat 9, Red Hat Advanced Server 3.0, Mandrake 9.2, SuSE 9, and Fedora Core 1 & 2. According to their web site they are currently working on making it available on other Linux versions as well. Various file systems are also supported by the package that include NTFS, Linux Ext2 & Ext3, Linux SWAP, FAT 16 & 32, XFS, ReiserFS and JFS.

The time it will take you to backup your Linux server depends on the type of backup, the media storing the image, whether it's performed over a network and the spindle speed of the server's hard drive however the speed is competitive for this type package. Acronis True Image 9.1 Server for Linux is priced at $699 and $399 when upgrading from a previous version. Visit the company's web site for more information at www.acronis.nl.


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