Altaro VM Backup Solutions: Hyper-V and VMware Virtual Server Backup
Altaro VM Backup ConsultingAltaro VM Backup is designed to provide small and mid-size businesses with a reliable and affordable solution for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-based virtual machines (VMs). Altaro VM Backup can be used for local, offsite, multi-site, and cloud-based environments and also supports cost-effective cloud backup to a Microsoft Azure Block Blob storage account. Top features include industry-leading Augmented Inline Deduplication to reduce backup storage requirements, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup intervals as low as five minutes for reducing your exposure to data loss, military-grade encryption, granular restore options for entire virtual machines or for individual files and emails, extensive support for Windows Server Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) and VMware vCenter, and the ability to leverage Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) technology to back up live virtual machines without downtime.

Progent is a certified Altaro partner and can provide a broad range of services to help you plan, deploy, optimize and troubleshoot a backup/restore solution based on the Altaro VM Backup platform. Progent also offers ProSight Data Protection Services managed backup to provide end-to-end monitoring and management of your backup ecosystem. Progent's Hyper-V consultants and VMware experts can help you design and manage virtual machine deployments that utilize on-premises or offsite VMs or that use a hybrid architecture that incorporates both local and cloud-based resources. In addition, Progent offers business continuity/disaster recovery (BCDR) planning consulting to help smaller organizations prepare for potentially catastrophic threats to business-critical data such as ransomware, human error, hardware failure and natural disasters.

Key Features of Altaro VM Backup
Altaro VM Backup is designed to handle the backup/restore requirements of most small businesses and combines simplicity of operation with a rich feature set that includes capabilities typically found only in enterprise-grade platforms. Altaro protects the most widely used versions of Hyper-V and VMware and supports popular backup media:

Supported Hyper-V OS Supported VMware OS Supported Media
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2008 R2
VMware vCenter
V(5.0, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0 & 6.5)
VMware vSphere
V(5.0, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0 & 6.5)
VMware ESXi
V(5.0, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0 & 6.5)
(Free ESXi not supported)
USB External Drives
eSata External Drives
USB Flash Drives
Network Shares
NAS devices
PC Internal Hard Drives
RDX Cartridges
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Altaro protects popular versions of Hyper-V and VMware and supports most backup media

Altaro VM Backup includes powerful features in three crucial areas of data protection: backup/replication, restoration/disaster recovery, plus management and reporting.

Backup and Replication
Altaro VM Backup offers fast, efficient, and secure backup for data protection and archiving plus offsite replication for disaster recovery. Major backup and replication features include:

  • Augmented Inline Deduplication: Inline variable block size deduplication sends only changed data to the backup device or site, conserving bandwidth, reducing storage requirements, and improving performance.
  • Continuous Data Protection (CDP): Rather than run daily backups, you can reduce backup intervals to as short as five minutes to lower your Recovery Point Objective (RPO).
  • Concurrency: You can back up multiple virtual machines simultaneously, which makes it possible to conduct backup operations during shorter off-hour time windows when more bandwidth is available and network performance is less critical.
  • Live/Hot Backup: Integration with Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service allows you to back up virtual machines without incurring downtime.
  • Cluster Shared Volumes & VMware vCenter: The ability to back up virtual machines running in a Hyper-V Failover Cluster (with or without cluster shared volumes) or in a VMware vCenter environment supports larger deployments.
  • Offsite Replication: To facilitate disaster recovery, you can set up the Altaro Offsite Server tool on an external server for storing a copy of your backups at a different location.
  • Flexible Scheduling and Retention Policies: You can set different backup schedules and retention policies for individual VMs.

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    Backup scheduling and retention options for Altaro are easy to configure, review and update

  • Application Consistent Backups: Altaro VM Backup can use Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) and all VSS Writers running inside the protected VM when making a backup. Applications like Microsoft SQL and Exchange will be aware the backup has happened and automatically run the relevant maintenance tasks such as truncating transaction logs.
  • Military-Grade Encryption: Prior to saving your data to a backup device, you have the option of encrypting it using 256-Bit AES Encryption.
  • Virtual Disk Exclude: You can select which Virtual Disks to include or exclude in your VM backups.
  • Grandfather-Father-Son Archiving (GFS): In addition to your continuous and daily backups, you can set up a special backup schedule to create and archive a new backup version every week, month and year.
  • Cloud Backup to Azure: Altaro supports backup to an Azure Block Blob storage account, which is the most affordable storage option available on the Azure cloud.
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Altaro lets you back up VMs that are hosted on-premises, offsite or in the cloud

Restore and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup includes a rich set of tools for point-in-time granular recovery of VMs and files that have been periodically backed up and need to be restored for any reason. In a disaster recovery scenario, Altaro has tools for quickly restoring an entire site from the latest replicated version stored offsite.

  • Restore as Clone: You can restore a VM backup to a new location with a new name, allowing the cloned VM to run side by side with the original VM. This avoids the need to overwrite live VMs.
  • Restore to Different Host: You can restore a VM backup to a different host. The VM will be restored to a new location on the new host and will be given a new name.
  • Boot from Backup: You can instantly boot any VM version directly from the backup location either for verification purposes or to achieve a significant reduction in RTO (Recovery Time Objectives) in a disaster recovery scenario.
  • File Level Restore: You can quickly restore individual files and folders from any VM backup.
  • Microsoft Exchange Item Level Restore: You can restore individual emails from within the Exchange Mailbox database.

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    Altaro VM Backup allows you to restore individual emails from an Exchange Mailbox

  • Restore Different Versions: You can restore from multiple points in time rather than being limited to the latest backup
  • Sandbox Restores and Verification: This features lets you schedule or manually launch test drills to confirm the integrity of your backup data. You can verify backup folders without attaching the VM to your Hyper-V or VMware Host, or you can run a complete test restore to a clone and ensure that the restored VM can boot.
  • Backup Health Monitor: Backup storage integrity can be monitored proactively and repaired automatically as part of the next backup process.
Management and Reporting
The web-based Cloud Management Console (CMC) centralizes management, monitoring and reporting for Altaro VM Backup deployments. The CMC provides a single online portal for tasks such as initiating backups, setting up on-premises and offsite backup locations, configuring encryption keys, and restoring VMs. The CMC also saves time by allowing you to set custom templates with schedules, retention policies and advanced settings and assign them to multiple VMs across different hosts. In addition, you can use the CMC to monitor backup activity in real time, view historic reports on operations and errors, and configure the CMC to send email alerts for completed or failed tasks and other useful information.

How Progent Can Help You Benefit from Altaro VM Backup
Progent's Microsoft-certified Windows Server Hyper-V consultants and VMware-certified vSphere and vCenter consultants can help you plan, deploy and manage a backup/restore solution based on Altaro VM Backup. Progent's Exchange consultants can help you integrate Altaro VM Backup with your Exchange environment, and Progent's Azure hybrid cloud consulting specialists can show you how to use your Azure Block Blob storage account with Altaro to protect your VM backups. Progent's Business Continuity consultants can show you how Altaro VM Backup's replication features and offsite backup capability can help safeguard your mission-critical data and enable you to resume your core services quickly in case of a catastrophic event. Progent's GIAC-certified information assurance consultants can assess the security profile of your backup solution and can help you deploy the latest tools and follow industry best practices for operating safely in the modern threat landscape.

Other Zero-Downtime Technologies Provided by Progent
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified consulting experts can help your business to design a sensible, high-availability environment that resolves critical problems encompassing a broad array of networking solutions and processes including:

Disaster Recovery Planning
Progent's business continuity planning professionals can help you create a business continuity plan in order to resume IT functionality in case of an IT system catastrophe. Progent can help you to create a complete disaster recovery plan that incorporates periodic disaster recovery evaluations and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified professionals can also help you create an affordable, high-availability network architecture that takes into account reliability issues involving a wide array of infrastructure technologies and processes. For details, go to Business Continuity Expertise.

Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services provide small and medium-sized organizations a low cost and fully managed service for secure backup/disaster recovery. For a low monthly price, ProSight DPS automates and monitors your backup activities and allows rapid restoration of vital files, apps and VMs that have become lost or corrupted as a result of component failures, software glitches, disasters, human mistakes, or malware attacks such as ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you back up, retrieve and restore files, folders, applications, system images, plus Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware images. Important data can be protected on the cloud, to an on-promises device, or to both. Progent's backup and recovery specialists can deliver world-class expertise to set up ProSight DPS to to comply with government and industry regulatory requirements such as HIPPA, FINRA, and PCI and, whenever needed, can assist you to restore your critical data. Learn more about ProSight DPS Managed Backup.

Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity consultants can assist your organization to plan and deploy a DR system based on Microsoft's cloud-tested Failover Clustering tools including Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-disruptive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss recovery, Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class storage clusters using commodity equipment, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for improving the speed and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while minimizing capital investment and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for fast, affordable deployment of a stretch cluster quorum arbitration point. To read more, visit Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Help.

Microsoft Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 brought world-class availability and system recovery to Microsoft's clustering solution. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this foundation and provides important improvements offering more expandability, non-stop disk storage availability for server applications, simpler management, faster automatic failover, and more flexibility for architecting failover clusters. For more information, visit Windows Server 2012 Clustering Consulting and Support.

VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager is a component of VMware vCenter that lets you orchestrate, automate and verify a repeatable runbook for recovering services rapidly after a breakdown. SRM provides centrally managed and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, and non-intrusive site migration, failback and site re-protect. SRM also enables non-intrusive testing for disaster recovery, updates and patches and can produce reports to verify full service recovery, validate SLAs and prove compliance. Progent offers the support of a VCDX certified VMware SRM consulting expert to assist your organization to design, deploy, test and administer a DR system powered by VMware Site Recovery Manager.

NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Software
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery software suite that combines failover storage clustering along with synchronous replication to deliver fast, zero data loss disaster recovery between datacenters that are up to 185 miles apart. Progent can provide the skills of a certified NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can assist your business to design, deploy, manage, update, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery solution built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to select an architecture for your MetroCluster environment that aligns with your functional requirements and IT budget. Progent can ensure you adhere to best practices for configuring your MetroCluster environment by delivering help with procedures like assigning disk pools, determining plexes layout, setting up NetApp FlexVol volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, installing Cisco and Brocade switches, implementing a tiebreaker mechanism, setting up a TCP/IP configuration replication network between your peered clusters, and verifying your MetroCluster disaster recovery solution to show adherence with industry standards and regulatory mandates.

Network Load Balancing
Progent provides fault tolerant load balancing consulting covering system load balancing, load balanced applications, network infrastructure routing, and content dispatching technology such as F5 Networks 3DNS. Fault tolerant load balancing products for which Progent offers consulting services include Microsoft Windows 2003 and 2008 Server Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Access Gateway, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Content Distribution Manager and ACNS, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. For details, see Fault Tolerant Load Balancing.

Fault Tolerant Internet Data Centers
Progent's Data Center consultants can show you how to find fault-tolerant data centers that meet the specific requirements of your business. Fault tolerant Internet Data Centers are especially attractive to small and mid-size companies due to of their affordability and convenience in comparison to pursuing a do-it-yourself approach. Attempting to design an in-house data center with even a basic degree of fault tolerance is too expensive for most small businesses. Progent can show you how to get all the advantages of high-availability colocation facilities by offering a full array of engineering and support services. To learn more, visit Fault Tolerant Internet Data Centers Solutions.

Failsafe Interoffice Networking
Progentís multi-site connection engineers can help businesses create non-stop multi-site connectivity via fully redundant system architectures featuring automatic failover. Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE network engineers can plan and deploy ultra-reliable Inter-office connections based on zero-downtime EIGRP routers or zero-downtime OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how multi-path connectivity and automatic fail-over can provide economical non-stop interoffice connectivity. To learn more, see Fault Tolerant Interoffice Networking.

High Availability Internet Connectivity
Progent's Cisco-certified IT experts can show you how to create an economical, fault tolerant Internet configuration solution that can deliver non-stop Internet connectivity through a broad array of fault tolerant Internet access solutions including non-stop BGP, transparent fail-over, and redundant ISPs. Progent offers CCIE professionals to show you how to apply the most advanced technology for 24x7 Internet connections to create a cost-effective, fully redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other features to deliver non-stop Internet availability. To find out more, visit Non-stop Internet Connectivity Architecture.

Backup and Restore Technology Consultants
Progent can provide economical remote access to consultants with expertise in a broad array of utilities and services that provide solutions for backing up Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX physical and virtual servers and desktops as well as laptops and handhelds. Progent can provide help for all major backup products including Acronis Backup and Recovery, Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, CrashPlan PRO, Double-Take, Mozy, Retrospect for Macintosh, Time Machine, VMware Data Recovery, and Oracle Solaris FLARs. Progent's consultants can assist you to implement, enhance, or troubleshoot data backup solutions for a variety of environments including on-premises, remote, cloud, or a mix. To read more, visit Backup and Restore Solutions Consulting and Support Services.

System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Backup and Recovery Consulting and Support Services
Progent's certified System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) support professionals can help your company to create a practical disaster recovery strategy, implement a cost-effective fault-tolerante network infrastructure, install a System Center Data Protection Manager-powered backup and restore system, thoroughly test your DPM system, educate your administrative personnel or local consultants how to maintain SCDPM, or provide complete information technology outsourcing such as remote hosting of Microsoft SCDPM servers in Progent's world-class data center facility. To read more, see Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting Services.

Barracuda Backup Multi-site and Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is an affordable, subscription-based backup and disaster recovery platform for small and medium-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup solution can incorporate a purpose-built hardware appliance manufactured by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with similar features but which utilizes your existing storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup safeguards vital business data generated on-premises, at one or more remote locations, or in the cloud. For disaster preparedness, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon AWS, or to any location with a physical or virtual Barracuda Backup appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consultants offer a wide array of consulting support services to help your business to plan, configure, operate and repair a backup and disaster recovery system based on Barracuda Backup. For additional information, see Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consultants.

Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Backup/Restore
Double-Take Software publishes a selection of tools intended to deliver small businesses a variety of cost-effective solutions for backing up and restoring business-critical applications such as Microsoft Exchange, SQL, RIM Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning experts have in-depth experience incorporating Double-Take Software technology into small business IT networks to create an advanced level of fault tolerance and business continuity capability at an affordable price. For more information, see Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Backup.

CRISC-certified Network Risk Mitigation
The CRISC certification program was established by ISACA in 2010 to validate a consultant's ability to design, deploy, and support information system controls to mitigate risk. Progent can provide the services of a CRISC-certified consultant to help your company to develop and carry out a workplace continuity plan based on industry best practices promoted by CRISC and geared to match your organization's risk tolerance, business objectives, and budgetary guidelines. To learn more, visit CRISC-qualified network risk mitigation specialists.

Why Choose Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Certified Partner and offers professional application expertise for a broad range of small business applications, Progent is able to help clients to find comprehensive information technology solutions that substantially enhance the productivity of your network. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent can provide the services of certified engineers and specialists with experience in architecting, deploying and managing networking environments based on Cisco technology. The breadth of Progent's IT know-how and Progent's appreciation for the needs of small and midsize businesses make Progent the perfect partner for creating and running an affordable, high-availability information system.

How You Can Access Progent's Experts for Disaster Recovery Solutions Support
To get in touch with Progent about engineering support for disaster recovery planning, phone 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.
















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