65304: Difference between Acronis Cyber Protect 15 and Acronis Cyber Backup 12.5

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Last update: 05-01-2022

Acronis Cyber Protect 15 is all-in-one cyber protection solution that integrates backup and recovery, disaster recovery, malware prevention, security controls, remote assistance, monitoring, and reporting.

This article contains a feature comparison between Acronis Cyber Backup 12.5 and different editions of Acronis Cyber Protect 15.

The features are listed for the latest available public builds of Acronis Cyber Protect 15 and Acronis Cyber Backup 12.5. Some features may be unavailable or partially available in earlier builds.

Feature Acronis Cyber Protect Acronis Cyber Backup 12.5
Backup Standard Backup Advanced Essentials Standard Advanced Standard Advanced

Supported operating systems and disk layout

Windows 11 YES YES YES YES YES NO NO
Windows 10
Windows 8/8.1/7
Windows Vista
Windows XP
YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Windows Server 2022 YES YES YES YES YES NO NO
Windows Server 2019 YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Windows Server 2016 YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Windows Server 2012/2012R2
2008/2008R2
2003/2003R2
YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Windows SBS 2011/2008
2003/2003R2
YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Windows Storage Server
2012/2012R2
2008R2/2008/2003
YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Windows MultiPoint Server 2012/2011/2010 YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Linux OSs (various distributions) YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
VMware ESX/ESX(i) 5.0, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5, 6.7 (agent-less VM backup on hypervisor level and agent-based backup) YES YES NO YES YES YES YES
Hyper-V (agent-less VM backup on hypervisor level and agent-based backup) YES YES NO YES YES YES YES

Agent-based backup of:
Citrix XenServer
Red Hat Virtualization
Linux KVM
Oracle VM Server
Nutanix

NO YES NO NO YES NO YES
Scale Computing H3 hypervisor YES YES NO YES YES NO NO
macOS YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Public cloud VM agent-based backup: Azure YES YES NO YES YES YES YES
Public cloud VM agent-based backup: AWS EC2 NO YES NO NO YES NO YES
Dynamic disks YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
GPT disks YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
iOS, Android YES YES NO YES YES YES YES

Management options

Centralized dashboard of activities YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Dashboard configuration NO YES NO NO YES NO YES
Shared protection plans NO YES NO NO YES NO YES
Centralized plans management NO YES NO NO YES NO YES
Group and policy management NO YES NO NO YES NO YES
Admin roles (role-based administrative access) NO YES NO NO YES NO YES
Active Directory integration for user authentication YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Remote installation YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Remote update YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Backup initiated from remote machine YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Restore initiated from remote machine YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Off-host backup staging, replication, retention,  validation and converting backup to VM files NO YES NO NO YES NO YES
Centralized managed storage (Acronis Storage Node) NO YES NO NO YES NO YES
Centralized catalog of multiple machines data NO YES NO NO YES NO YES
Autodiscovery: network-based YES YES YES YES YES NO NO
Autodiscovery: Active Directory-based YES YES YES YES YES NO NO
Single protection plan for all cyber protection aspects YES YES YES YES YES NO NO

Backup options

Disk backup YES YES NO YES YES YES YES
File backup YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
NAS/shares backup YES YES NO YES YES YES YES
Application backup (Exchange, SQL, SharePoint, Active Directory) YES YES NO YES YES YES YES
Backup of Oracle databases NO YES NO NO YES NO YES
Backup of Microsoft 365 mailboxes YES YES NO YES (separate subscription) YES (separate subscription) YES YES
Google Workspace backup YES YES NO YES (separate subscription) YES (separate subscription) YES YES
ESXi configuration backup YES YES NO YES YES YES YES
Agentless backup of VMs YES YES NO YES YES YES YES
Application-aware backup for VMs on Hyper-V YES YES NO YES YES NO NO
Application-aware backup for VMs on VMware ESX YES YES NO YES YES YES YES
Multiple destination backup (replication) YES YES NO YES YES YES YES
Backup to Cloud: disks and partitions * YES YES NO YES YES YES YES
Backup to Cloud: files and folders * YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Backup to Cloud: mobile devices * YES YES NO YES YES YES YES
Backup to tape (tape drive, autoloader, library support) NO YES NO NO YES NO YES
Continuous data protection  NO NO NO YES YES NO NO
Search for files in a backup YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Archive encryption YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
VSS support (consistent backup of applications) YES YES NO YES YES YES YES
Central storage deduplication NO YES NO NO YES NO YES
Backup window (traffic throttling) YES YES NO YES YES YES YES
Retention rules YES YES NO YES YES YES YES
Backup validation (checksums) YES YES NO YES YES YES YES
Archive compression YES YES NO YES YES YES YES

Recovery options

Web restore YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Bare metal recovery YES YES NO YES YES YES YES
Universal Restore, P2V, V2P, P2P, V2V YES YES NO YES YES YES YES
Incremental restore YES YES NO YES YES YES YES
Bootable media automation (one-click restore) NO YES NO NO YES NO YES
Disaster-recovery add-on YES *** YES *** NO YES *** YES *** YES *** YES ***

Virtualization

Run VM from backup NO YES NO NO YES NO YES
VM replication with failover and failback (VMware) YES YES NO YES YES YES YES
Files/folders recovery from VM backup YES YES NO YES YES YES YES
Application-aware backup of VMs YES YES NO YES YES YES YES
Convert to VM after backup NO YES NO NO YES YES YES
VM finalization (VMware) YES YES NO YES YES YES YES
VM finalization (Hyper-V) YES YES NO YES YES NO NO
Export VM as a set of files YES YES NO YES YES YES YES
NetApp SAN storage snapshots support for VMware backup NO YES ** NO NO YES ** NO YES **
Exclude disks/volumes from agentless VM backup YES YES NO YES YES YES YES
Exclude files from agentless VM backup YES YES NO YES YES YES YES

Protection options

Notarization NO YES NO NO YES NO YES
Forensic backup NO NO NO NO YES NO NO
Continuous data protection NO NO NO YES YES NO NO
Vulnerability assessment YES YES YES YES YES NO NO
Acronis Active Protection (Ransomware and crypto-mining protection) YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Antivirus and anti-malware protection  NO NO YES YES YES NO NO
Patch management NO NO YES YES YES NO NO
Scan backups for malware NO NO NO NO YES NO NO
Safe recovery of the backups NO NO NO NO YES NO NO
Corporate whitelist NO NO NO NO YES NO NO
Disk health monitoring NO NO NO YES YES NO NO
Data Protection Map NO NO NO YES YES NO NO
Remote device wipe NO NO YES YES YES NO NO
Protection for remote work tools NO NO YES YES YES NO NO
Remote desktop NO NO YES YES YES NO NO
Threat feed NO NO YES YES YES NO NO
URL filtering NO NO YES YES YES NO NO

Licensing

  Acronis Cyber Protect Acronis Cyber Backup 12.5
License type

Subscription-based ****

Subscription-based Perpetual and subscription-based
  Starting from Update 3, licenses are managed via Cloud console.  
Licensing Licensed by number of physical machines, virtual hosts,
Microsoft 365 seats, Google Workspace seats or cloud instances
Acronis Cloud storage Subscription-based licensing. To perform backup operations to Cloud at least 1 license for Acronis Cyber Protect 15 or Acronis Cyber Backup 12.5 is required.

* Acronis Cloud Storage subscription is required for backing up data to cloud: either free cloud storage per workload or paid cloud storage.

** Feature available in on-premises deployment only.

*** Feature available in Cloud deployment only

****  Acronis will only sell subscription-based licenses effective October 1, 2021. Existing perpetual licenses continue to work and continue to be eligible for support.