Cloud backup appsBacking up your data is important for any iPhone user. This can be done using iTunes and iCloud. iTunes handles the local backups, and iCloud handles the cloud backups. However, not everyone wants to use iCloud, due to concerns about the privacy of data stored on Apple’s servers. It can also be easier to use the same service to back up iOS devices that you use to back up desktop computers, and iCloud doesn’t support Linux or Android.

If you’ve ever needed to clone or back up your hard drive, chances are you’ve heard of Acronis True Image. The disk imaging software has been used for over a decade to protect desktop PCs from computer crashes and other data loss mishaps. Personally, I’ve used it on a number of occasions to fix an un-bootable PC, and the peace of mind it’s given me over the years has been invaluable.

Cloud backupAcronis, a backup software company known for its True Image consumer suite, recently announced their next foray into backup-as-a-service for businesses. Acronis Backup Service (ABS) is a “backup anywhere, restore anywhere” data management service that leverages both on-premises local backup and off-site cloud services, with a web interface for remote management.

Opened hard drive diskDisk imaging software can be used to make a perfect clone of your hard drive, either for backup or migration purposes.  You’ll never worry about hard drive failure again, knowing you can restore your system to the exact state it was in when the backup was made.

Acronis Cloud (formerly Acronis Online Home Backup) is an online backup service that works with the True Image line of software.  True Image makes a disk image of your hard drive, which lets you restore your computer to the exact state it was in when the backup was made.  With the Acronis Cloud, you can now store this disk image online, ensuring your entire hard drive is backed up to the cloud.

Is the Acronis Cloud a service you should consider to backup your computer?  Read on to find out.

Update Dec. 2014: Added pricing for new Acronis unlimited plan.

True Image 2014 "Getting Started" screenAcronis True Image is full disk imaging software that can backup and restore your entire hard drive.  It comes in two editions: the “regular” version of True Image, and True Image Premium.

If you’re considering Acronis for your backup and recovery needs, you’re probably wondering if it’s worth the extra $30 to buy the Premium edition.  In this article, I’ll explain the differences between them.

April 2014 update: Acronis Backup & Recovery has been renamed to “Acronis Backup.”  However, the software is the same.

Acronis Backup & Recovery is powerful backup software for small businesses.  It can perform bare metal restores from disk images, backup entire disk images to the cloud, and lots of other features that make it perfect for workstations and servers.  The price starts at $89 for the Workstation edition.  In this review, I’ll take a look at how it performs.