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Jolt Awards 2014: The Best Utilities

, August 05, 2014 The best programming utilities of the year
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Finalist: Acronis True Image 2014 Premium

In today's cloud-backed-up and Git-replicated world, developers sometimes forget that imaging their own workstations is a good practice to maintain. This is especially true for Windows developers who may have tweaked their Visual Studio configurations with profiles, add-ons, plug-ins, and so on requiring days, months, and sometimes even years of fine-tuning to get exactly right.

Relying on the bare bones, built-in Windows backup utility won't cut it — you need a solution that is both more comprehensive and finer-grained. That's where a pro-level product like Acronis True Image 2014 Premium delivers the goods. In addition to imaging an entire PC or targeted directories, True Image Premium can run full, incremental, on-demand, or scheduled backups to local backup media or the cloud. From Windows XP to Windows 8.1, Acronis works with the whole range of Windows release that developers write applications on and for.

True Image Premium can also be useful for creating several test images that need to run on actual hardware rather than virtual machines. It does this by enabling you to clone disks and (via a built-in utility) boot a machine from the cloned image — a very handy feature.

Given the speed, flexibility, and feature set that True Image Premium delivers, it's a particularly good solution for the Dev side of DevOps.

— Mike Riley

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