By Lisa Guerriero
AOMEI Technology is best known for hard drive-focused utility software, including AOMEI Partition Assistant and AOMEI Backupper. Both suites are for Windows. The company provides its products as freeware, as well as advanced versions for paying customers. It also offers multi-cloud file management with its MultCloud application (app).
AOMEI Technology’s goal is for 81 percent of users to access its products for free, and to make its products an industry benchmark.
Established in 2010, the private company now has about 30 employees. It reports between $500,000 and $800,000 in annual revenue. Based in Chengdu, China, AOMEI Technology serves customers worldwide.
“Our current market focus is on Europe and the U.S., and users in America, Britain, Canada, Australia and other countries are the major consumers of our products. Both personal and business users can find their proper product,” notes Doris Li, marketing specialist, AOMEI Technology.
Universal Restore—And More
AOMEI Technology released a new version of its Backupper product this Spring. Backupper 2.5 launched shortly before World Backup Day on March 31.
Like earlier versions, Backupper 2.5 offers backup and restoration for systems, disks, and partitions. Users can back up the entire hard disk or specified partitions, or clone them. They save time with automatic, incremental, and differential backups.
The company began developing the upgrade over two years ago—when it released the previous version of the software—to add features and fix bugs. AOMEI Technology wanted to progress toward its 81 percent goal, and to ensure Backupper is “the simplest free PC backup software” on the market, explains Li.
A key difference in the new version is the universal restore feature. It allows the user to restore a system image backup created on one computer on another that has different or dissimilar hardware. “Both of our free and paid editions carry this feature, while most other backup software charges for this service,” notes Li.
Version 2.5 enables the user to restore and clone a system from MBR (BIOS-based) disk to GPT (UEFI-based) disk, and vice-versa, in a native Windows environment and Windows PE bootable environment—while ensuring the system boots properly.
It’s easier for users to choose whether to automatically perform missed scheduled backup tasks upon the next system startup.
AOMEI Technology also optimized PXE network booting, adding the HTTP method to speed up the downloading of image files, and for email notifications. It improved its STMP server to ensure notifications deliver successfully.
In addition, the company addressed some bugs. For example, the previous Backupper sometimes had a problem after a scheduled backup task. The tray icon was unable to quit normally, or no window display appeared when clicking the tray icon—an issue that doesn’t exist with version 2.5.
AOMEI Technology offers multiple versions of Backupper 2.5 for personal and business use. Aside from the standard free version, prices start at $39 for the Professional edition. It allows installation on two PCs per license, and comes with free lifetime upgrades for an additional $10.
The Server edition, for $139, provides one license and is installable on two servers. For $20 more, the user receives free lifetime upgrades. The company designed this edition to ensure business continuity, minimize server downtime, and facilitate disk storage management. It is compatible with multiple Windows operating systems.
Backupper Technician, for $399, is useable on unrestricted PCs and 10 servers within a company, while Technician Plus, for $699, doesn’t limit the number of servers or PCs. With either Technician edition, AOMEI Technology offers technical support to the company where the software is installed. Additionally, both versions come with unlimited upgrades. AOMEI designed the Technician editions to enable users to provide professional, profitable service—protecting and recovering for large- and medium-sized enterprises.
Backupper is one of AOMEI Technology’s flagship products. Backupper 2.5 resolves issues and adds features that distinguish it from the previous version. Li says about 10,000 companies have installed the solution to date.
The freeware version furthers AOMEI Technology’s goal of providing 81 percent of its products for free, while the paid versions offer advanced coverage and features that serve enterprises and their technicians. SW