Product Review: Acronis True Image Cloud

Acronis True Image Cloud is the latest offering in the company's decade-long line of back-up software. So, what is it about? Essentially Acronis True Image Cloud is a software that screenshots an image of your computer and compresses it for storage. You can then opt to either back it up on an external drive or into its Cloud system, where you can access your file from anywhere so long as you are connected to the internet.

The best part? It not only supports your PC and Mac, but all the major devices as well. Acronis True Image Cloud supports all PC, Macs, Android and iOS devices as well as Windows tablets. You no longer have to worry about losing precious memories like pictures and videos from your daughter's birthday parties or work documents stored inside your mobile devices.

The product boasts back-up and recovery speeds of up to eight times faster than its last iteration – one of the many improvements and features that the company has added on to its award winning software.

Capable of achieving scheduled back-up speeds of under ten minutes, users will be hard-pressed to even notice the software running once it is set up. Upon installation, users will be prompted to set their nearest data center and to choose a data upload setting.

Acronis True Image allows customisation for optimal back-up performance.

Acronis True Image allows customisation for optimal back-up performance.

The recommendation is to set the back-up to the nearest data center amongst Acronis' various data center locations such as the United States, Japan, Germany, France and Singapore to optimise speed.  This can also be done by clicking on settings, and toggling to the advanced tab to set your data center, as well as the upload speed setting. Do take note however, that opting for the Maximum speed slows down your other web applications significantly, as it reroutes bandwidth for the uploads. Generally, this is recommended if you intend to leave your device unattended for a period of time.

Once done, users can also set their device for scheduled back-ups under the Schedule tab in settings. Enabling you to set your device back-ups at a certain time, as well as the frequency of your back-ups. You can also opt for a manual back-up, but it certainly detracts from having the convenience of a software to do all your work for you.

Cloud Storage

While it is not a new feature, Acronis Cloud Storage is a vast improvement from the company's first attempt at breaking into the Cloud market. Like its predecessor, it offers unlimited Cloud storage, without any file size restriction. The real draw however,  are the data management features that come with the Cloud Storage.

Managing Your Devices – The Online Dashboard

As mentioned earlier, Acronis True Image Cloud supports multiple devices, and under its most basic plan, users are able to manage one computer, and up to three mobile devices under a single account. Accessing the Online Dashboard to manage your devices is a rather simple affair. Clicking on the Online Dashboard tab in the main page will open a new web browser with your devices neatly segregated as they were last backed up.

The Online Dashboard: Easy to access.

The Online Dashboard: Easy to access.

Through a single password and account, users can access the Online Dashboard, by clicking the dashboard tab on Acronis. This will then open up a web browser, containing the user's devices.

The Online Dashboard allows you to manage your devices with ease.

The Online Dashboard allows you to manage your devices with ease.

Cloud Archiving

For users looking to free up space, and still keep your data organised and accessible, Cloud Archiving offers just that to its users. You can now dump your files onto the Unlimited Cloud Storage under the archiving, and it replicates the part of your desktop that the stored file is in, and compresses it, while deleting the original.

The Cloud Archiving has a tidy UI that emphasises on user-friendliness.

The Cloud Archiving has a tidy UI that emphasises on user-friendliness.

Alternatively, you can also store and search for your files by type, name and date. For example, if you wished to store all your photos, or look for them on your Cloud, you could simply key in the file type as PNG or JPG and all your device's photos will be ready for back-up, shortening the time you take to sift through all your data just to find a single file.

Searching for a file in the Acronis Cloud Archive is easy-as-pie with its search function.

Searching for a file in the Acronis Cloud Archive is easy-as-pie with its search function.

Restoring up your computer

There are generally two ways of restoring your computer on Acronis True Image Cloud. The first, is the more traditional method, through the use of an external disk. Select File on the top right corner, and create a rescue media. This will turn your thumb drive/external disk into a bootable media, which will allow the software to back up your data locally into the disk. In the off-chance that your internal hard disk crashes, just plug in your bootable media, and wait for Acronis to work its magic.

Creating a rescue media will allow Acronis to back up your compressed data onto an external hard disk.

Creating a rescue media will allow Acronis to back up your compressed data onto an external hard disk.

The second way, is through Cloud and is fairly straightforward. Head on to the Online Dashboard, and simply click recover. You will get  a list of files and data that you can choose from, or alternatively recover your entire system through this method.

Additional Info

The Acronis True Image Cloud UI on PC: Designed and optimised for the Operating System.

The Acronis True Image Cloud UI on PC: Designed and optimised for the Operating System.

Jointly developed in Singapore and Russia, this local brand has been a market leader in back up software for the past ten years. Acronis True Image Cloud offers an intuitive user interface. Both the Mac and PC versions have been designed in line with their respective Operating Systems in mind, allowing for users to seamlessly adapt and navigate the software.

Alternatively, users who only require local and network back-up systems, without the cloud can take a look at Acronis’ other offering this year, the Acronis True Image 2016. Featuring a perpetual license that does not have to be renewed, the True Image 2016 provides an alternative to those who have already committed to a Cloud service provider, as well as those who prefer to have their data stored locally. One should note however, that the Acronis True Image 2016 does not support device back-up, and will not enjoy the same online support and updates like the Acronis True Image Cloud.

The Acronis True Image 2016 on PC.

The Acronis True Image 2016 on PC.

  All in all, the Acronis True Image Cloud is great for those who are looking for a Cloud service provider, as well as a back-up software that does all your work for you. The biggest selling point is the convenience it offers for someone living in today's digital age. Being able to grab your data from anywhere in the world, and at such speeds is a huge bonus for those who are always on the move, and require constant migration of content between different devices.

Check out the price plans for the Acronis True Image Cloud and the Acronis True Image 2016 below.