Cloud Backup And Recovery

The Top 9 Server Backup Software

Discover the top server backup software. Explore features such as backup frequency, search and eDiscovery, restoration options, data security, compliance, and reporting.

The Top Server Backup Software include:
  • 1. Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud Backup
  • 2. VM Backup
  • 3. AOMEI Backupper Server
  • 4. CrashPlan
  • 5. Druva for Hybrid Workloads
  • 6. N-able Cove Data Protection
  • 7. NinjaOne Backup
  • 8. Veeam Backup & Replication
  • 9. Veritas Backup Exec

Server backup software captures point-in-time copies of the data you’re storing on servers, then write that data out to a secure, secondary storage environment. This environment can be on-prem, in the cloud, or a hybrid combination of the two. Server backup software also provides the means to restore data quickly and effectively in the event of a data loss incident such as a cyberattack or natural disaster—helping ensure business continuity and minimize downtime. 

Servers—whether on-premises servers such as Microsoft, Linux, or Oracle, or virtual servers such as VMware or Hyper-V—store and manage data, resources, configurations, and programs, and deliver these services to other computers on a network. This means that they’re often the central repository of mission-critical data for many organizations so, if server data is lost or destroyed, it could greatly impact business operations. 

Unfortunately, server data loss is inevitable in today’s digital-first workplace; whether it be a single file deleted by accident, or a whole server wiped out by a flood, hardware failure, or something more sinister, such as a ransomware attack. So, it’s important that we’re prepared to deal with such an incident when it does occur. The best way to do that is by implementing a robust server backup tool. 

In this article, we’ll explore the top server backup software designed to prevent data loss and ensure business continuity. These include features such as automated and on-demand backups, flexible restoration, data encryption and role-based access, and in-depth reporting. We’ll give you some background information on the provider and the key features of each solution, as well as the type of customer that they are most suitable for.

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Acronis is a market-leading provider of backup, disaster recovery, and secure access software. They offer server backups as part of their Cyber Protect Cloud platform, which also offers email security, data loss prevention (DLP), and endpoint management. Cyber Protect Cloud Backup is compatible with Windows Server, Windows Server Essentials, Linux Server, Oracle, SAP HANA, VMware, and Hyper-V servers, as well as cloud apps. It creates backups automatically whenever a file changes, ensuring continuous data protection. The platform offers AI-powered ransomware protection, which secures backups against unauthorized file modification and encryption. Admins can restore their data to the same or dissimilar hardware near instantaneously, thanks to Acronis’ runVM technology, and Acronis verifies the authenticity of backups before restoring them to ensure no malware is downloaded during restoration.

Cyber Protect Cloud Backup is straightforward to deploy, particularly across Windows and Linux servers, and is easy to manage via its intuitive, web-based interface, from which admins can configure backups and manage restorations. The platform offers documentation in 25 languages, allowing organizations globally to get the most out of the solution. Overall, we recommend Acronis’ Cyber Protect Cloud Backup to any mid-market organization or large enterprise looking for a strong server backup tool.

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VM Backup (formerly Altaro VM Backup) automatically backs up server data (including live VMs) using a continuous data protection (CDP) model to minimize data loss. Admins can configure multiple backup locations—local and cloud-based—, customize different retention policies for individual VMs, and restore individual files or full VMs. VM Backup protects backups with two-factor authentication and AES 256-bit encryption, which is applied automatically to off-site backups and is optional for those on-site. It also offers ransomware protection via immutable cloud storage, which prevents backups from being modified or deleted. Finally, it monitors backup health and automatically repairs any corrupted backups, and gives admins the option to test their backups.

VM Backup’s user-friendly, cloud-based dashboard makes it easy for admins to centrally and remotely manage VM Backup installations and backup and restore tasks. Altaro also offers excellent customer support; their 24/7 technical has an average call response time of less than 30 seconds. Its intuitiveness makes VM Backup a strong solution for SMBs and MSPs, and particularly those that must comply with strict data protection regulations and would benefit from the platform’s data sovereignty and retention controls.

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AOMEI is a cybersecurity provider that specializes in consumer and enterprise backup and disaster recovery tools. AOMEI Backupper Server is their backup, sync, and clone solution designed specifically to secure Windows servers. Admins can configure the platform to automatically create daily, weekly, or monthly backups, or to create backups based on given event triggers. AOMEI Backupper Server then creates incremental or differential backups to help manage storage space, encrypting backups with AES 256-bit encryption and writing them out to your choice of cloud storage. Admins can restore full servers or individual files to the same or another machine, including bare metal recovery. The platform also offers system, disk, and partition cloning for efficient data migration, and real-time or scheduled data replication to sync data across multiple destinations and platforms.

AOMEI Backupper Server is very user-friendly. It offers a clean, navigable interface, and its backup and restoration features are reliable and fast. While this solution does encrypt all backups to protect them against unauthorized access, it doesn’t offer advanced security features such as anti-tampering, malware protection, or MFA. As such, it may not be suitable for organizations looking for a backup solution for compliance. However, AOMEI Backupper Server is a reliable, user-friendly solution for small and mid-sized organizations looking to backup their Windows servers.

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CrashPlan

CrashPlan is a backup and disaster recovery provider that specializes in backups for ransomware recovery and legal hold. Their eponymous flagship platform offers backup for Windows and Linux servers. CrashPlan offers continuous, automated backups, which are encrypted with AES 256-bit encryption and written out to external hardware storage or online cloud storage. The platform supports long-term backups, with custom retention policies, unlimited storage space, and unlimited file size support. Admins can choose to recover full servers or individual files, and can use CrashPlan’s recovery algorithm to recover their most recently used files first.

Admins can manage backup and recovery operations via CrashPlan’s central management console, which makes it easy to roll out recovery operations remotely if needed. The platform is very intuitive, yet offers strong options for customization. Thanks to its flexible pricing options, CrashPlan is accessible to SMBs and larger enterprises alike. However, thanks to the platform’s customizable retention policies, long-term data preservation for legal hold, and BAA availability to support HIPAA compliance, we recommend it particularly to organizations in the healthcare sector.

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Druva is a market-leading provider of data resiliency solutions that enable organizations to backup and secure their endpoints, workloads, cloud applications, and servers. Druva for Hybrid Workloads is compatible with Windows, Linux, NAS, VMWare, Nutanix, Oracle, and MS SQL servers. The platform operates on an incremental, forever backup model and automatically deduplicates backups to save storage space. It supports long-term archiving with unlimited number of snapshots, and admins can restore full systems or individual files quickly thanks to the global text search tool. Druva for Hybrid Workloads offers multiple advanced security features, including role-based access controls, multi-factor authentication, activity monitoring, immutable backups, and AES 256-bit and TLS 1.2 encryption. The platform is also SOC-2 Type-II, HIPAA, and Privacy Shield certified.

Druva for Hybrid Workloads is powered by AWS and delivered as-a-Service, making it quick to deploy and highly scalable, as organizations can add capacity to their subscription at any time without having to purchase or install new software. The platform offers a broad range of advanced security features but is still easy to use. Overall, we recommend Druva for Hybrid Workloads as a strong server backup tool for mid-size to larger enterprises, and particularly those that need to securely backup sensitive data such as PII, PHI, and legal records.

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N-able is a leading provider of cybersecurity solutions for MSPs. Cove Data Protection is their cloud-first backup, archiving, and disaster recovery tool for virtual and physical servers, workstations, applications, and databases. The platform enables businesses to create multiple daily backups, which are transferred to N-able’s global private cloud and can be stored for up to seven years. Admins can choose which of N-able’s 30 global data centres they’d like to store their data, allowing for complete data sovereignty. All backups are secured with AES 256-bit encryption at rest and in transit. From the multi-tenant management console, admins can schedule and test backups, check backup status, and recover data, with bare metal, physical-to-virtual, and virtual-to-virtual restoration options.

Cove Data Protection is an efficient server backup tool that is optimized for fast data transfer between an organization’s servers and N-able’s private cloud, minimizing pressure on bandwidth and system resources. The platform is relatively easy to deploy and manage, and offers robust automation options that help save time scheduling backups. However, businesses that are looking for a backup solution for compliance may need to check that the seven-year retention period is enough to fulfil their compliance requirements. Overall, we recommend N-able’s Cove Data Protection as a strong server backup tool for any sized organization or MSP.

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NinjaOne is a unified IT management platform that enables MSPs and IT teams to manage their on-prem, cloud, and hybrid environments. The platform offers numerous remote monitoring and management capabilities—including backup and recovery. NinjaOne Backup supports file, folder, and image backups to cloud, local, and hybrid storage, and can perform full, differential, and incremental backups. Admins can schedule daily, weekly, or monthly backups, manage revisions, and set conditional policies should a device be sleeping during the scheduled backup time. Backups are encrypted with AES 256-bit encryption at rest and in transit—with segmented processing services to ensure an MSP’s clients cannot access other clients’ data—and the platform requires end users to authenticate via MFA in order to access, self-service restore, or delete backups.

NinjaOne is delivered as-a-Service. The platform is easy to deploy and configure, thanks to its variety of integrations with third-party tools (including identity providers for MFA) and onboarding support and training from Ninja’s technical support team. NinjaOne has an intuitive, modern interface that makes it easy to create granular policies, and offers lots of visualization so admins can monitor their backups at-a-glance. Overall, we recommend NinjaOne Backup for any organization or MSP looking for backup and recovery as part of a wider IT management platform.

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Veaam is a global market leader in backup and recovery solutions, holding the largest EMEA market share and the third-largest share in the space worldwide. Veeam Backup & Replication, their flagship product, supports backups for Windows, Linux, VMWare, and Hyper-V servers. The platform offers continuous data protection, or admins can schedule backups as frequently as needed. Backups can be written out to a third-party cloud storage provider or to external hardware, and are stored in their native format for quicker restoration. The platform automatically tests backups to ensure effective recoveries, and offers 25 recovery options—from full system restores to granular, file-level recovery. For added security, Veeam Backup & Replication offers end-to-end immutability, AWS KMS and Azure Key Vault integrations, and malware scanning.

Despite its comprehensive, customizable feature set, Veeam Backup & Replication is quick and easy to deploy and configure deploy. Once deployed, it’s user-friendly, intuitive interface and excellent technical support make the platform straightforward to manage. Overall, we recommend Veeam Backup & Replication as a strong, secure tool for mid-size organizations and larger enterprises looking to secure their server data. However, SMBs considering Veeam need not feel left out, as they offer Community editions of all their backup software, which are suitable—and affordable—for small businesses.

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Veritas is a leading provider of data protection solution, including security, virtualization, digital compliance, and visibility solutions. Backup Exec is Veritas’ backup and recovery solution designed for SMBs. It’s compatible with Windows, Linux, and VMware servers, and enables admins to write out their backups to cloud storage environment or Veritas’ on-prem backup server. Backup Exec applies in-line deduplication to all backups to minimize storage costs and bandwidth strain. From the management console, admins can schedule backups, track the status of backups, and carry out bare-metal, physical-to-virtual and virtual-to-physical data recovery. Recovery is provided as-a-Service, making it quick and easy. For security, the platform offers two-factor authentication and prevents the injection of malicious code into backups. It also offers a GDPR Guard feature that ensures backups are stored securely in line with GDPR requirements.

Backup Exec is installed as its own server, which monitors your client servers and creates backups as configured. It’s important to note that, because of the way it’s deployed, you need a computer running a Windows Server in order to implement Backup Exec. Veritas Backup Exec is easy to manage, and is overall a strong server backup tool for any SMB, but particularly those that need to achieve GDPR compliance.

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The Top 9 Server Backup Software