If you run a trial to review the best backup software in 2017 for Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10, the winner is likely BackupChain, which is both affordable and powerful. BackupChain has become the IT professional’s choice in more than 80 countries worldwide and has a steadily growing number of users of over 35,000.
BackupChain is the alternative to Acronis, Veeam, and Backup Exec and established itself over seven years to a reliable server backup solution with a unique feature set. Have a look at the summary below, download the full version, and take it for a test drive!
BackupChain Includes Free Hyper-V Backup and CSV Support
Hyper-V Backup with Great Performance
BackupChain includes Hyper-V backup software functionality that only requires you select the VMs from a list. BackupChain Server Enterprise Edition also comes with Granular Restore, Granular Backup and supports VMs hosted on cluster shared volumes (CSV). Restoring Hyper-V VMs is just as easy as backing them up. Select from a list and BackupChain places a new cloned VM or the original back into Hyper-V Manager. In addition, backup files may be processed in their native format, compressed, encrypted, and/or deduplicated as incremental and differential deltas; the choice is yours!
File Backup for File Servers and Network Servers
Parallel and robust NAS backups with file versioning
Copying and backing up file and network servers requires dedicated backup software that can handle very deep, long file paths, and very large files. In many cases you may wish to use parallel execution to speed up backups and it’s also generally recommended to use compression and encryption for best backup performance and security.
Another unique feature of BackupChain is its ability to version files so you can keep N revisions of each file, depending on file type extension. You could, for example, keep the last 50 revisions of each Microsoft Word document but only five revisions of your Access or SQL Server databases.
Virtual Machine Backups Without Agents
Back up all VMs with just one license per physical host
The best backup software isn’t necessarily the most expensive one. Instead of buying Veeam or Acronis, use BackupChain’s unique granular backup module and access services and files inside virtual machines from the host. All these virtual machine backup features are available at no additional charge and no additional licenses are required.
Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) Backup
Application and crash-consistency
BackupChain wouldn’t be the best backups software if it didn’t provide consistent and reliable performance. BackupChain is compatible with VSS and creates application consistent backups of your SQL Server, Hyper-V virtual machines, and Exchange Server databases. Crash consistency is also available for other kinds of services, such as older Linux VMs.
Cluster Shared Volume and Failover Support
BackupChain backs up an unlimited number of virtual machines at no extra cost, even those stored on CSVs.
Multithreaded Deduplication, Use Less Disk Space
Minimize bandwidth and storage volumes
Bandwidth and storage usage and can be minimized greatly by using BackupChain’s deduplication options. Whether you are backing up to the cloud or to a network server, you can also throttle read and write operations so they don’t interfere with other services. High compression rates can be achieved at a higher speed by parallelizing deduplication over multiple CPU cores.
Simple Licensing: One License per Installation
One license per host usually covers all usage scenarios. The number of files or virtual machines are not limited.
Retention Flexibility and No Proprietary Formats
Efficient storage managment
BackupChain offers unique file retention and processing functions that use open standards (except deduplication, where there is no open standard). Using these functions you are in control of your data and do not depend on BackupChain to do a restore.
Instant Access to VMs and Files From the Backup Folder
You can freely access BackupChain’s backup folders. When you create replication tasks via the no-processing option, virtual machine files and data files are immediately accessible without BackupChain. You can instantly boot these VMs without further restore operations.
File-Level Access of Files and Folders in VMs and Backups
Granular Backup & Granular Restore
Granular Restore refers to the capability of BackupChain to access individual files that are stored inside VM backups. BackupChain can open deduplicated and compressed chains or increments without restoring the entire VM and allow users to browse and open files selectively. The delay in accessing VM internal folder structures is usually less than 60 seconds.
Granular restore currently works with VHD, VMDK, VHDX, and VDI virtual disks.
The same feature to access files in VMs during the backup phase is: Granular Backup
Granular Backup allows you to back up files inside a VHDX / VMDK / VDI from the host, without installing an agent inside the VM. The great thing about Granular Backup is you don’t need to back
Features in a Nutshell
Disk image backup
Disk to disk backup (automatic)
Disk to VHD, VHDX, VDI, VMDK
P2P, P2V, V2P, and V2V conversions
Windows Server 2016 / Server 2012 R2 Backup, Windows 10 Backup (Supports XP to Windows 10, Windows Server 2003 to 2016)
SQL Server Backup
Email notices and alerts
Configurable retention policies, unique features
Incremental and differential backup
Dynamic volume support
File backup exclusion
Multiple file revision support (versioning), which can be fine-tuned using unique features
Virtual machine backup
Individual file recovery, also from within virtual disk images
Restore point management
USB, e-SATA, firewire external hard drives
Storage area network SAN
Network Attached Storage NAS
FTP and FTPS servers
Virtual machine targets
Tech Support Options
Telephone support (U.S.)
Remote Tech Support & Assistance
Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 + Hyper-V Server edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 + Hyper-V Server edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 + Hyper-V Server edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 + Hyper-V Server edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 + Hyper-V Server edition
Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10.