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.

Additional Zero-Downtime Technologies Provided by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco support professionals can help your company to implement a cost-effective, high-availability information network that resolves major challenges covering a broad range of infrastructure solutions and operations including:

Disaster Recovery Planning
Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants can help you design a disaster recovery plan in order to restore IT functionality in case of an IT network disaster. Progent can assist you to define a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy that incorporates scheduled disaster recovery evaluations and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized consultants can also show you how to build an affordable, high-availability system solution that addresses reliability issues covering a broad array of infrastructure technologies and processes. For more information, visit Disaster Recovery Consulting Services.

Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services offer small and mid-sized businesses a low cost and fully managed solution for secure backup/disaster recovery. Available at a fixed monthly price, ProSight Data Protection Services automates and monitors your backup activities and enables fast recovery of critical data, apps and VMs that have become lost or damaged due to hardware failures, software bugs, natural disasters, human mistakes, or malicious attacks such as ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you back up, recover and restore files, folders, apps, system images, plus Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware virtual machine images. Critical data can be protected on the cloud, to a local device, or to both. Progent's backup and recovery specialists can deliver world-class support to set up ProSight Data Protection Services to to comply with regulatory standards like HIPPA, FIRPA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when needed, can help you to recover your critical data. Read more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Backup.

Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery consultants can help your organization to design a disaster recovery solution based on Microsoft's latest Failover Clustering tools such as Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-intrusive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for crash-consistent recovery, Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class storage clusters using low-cost equipment, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for enhancing the performance and resilience of Failover Clusters while minimizing TCO and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for easy, economical deployment of a failover cluster quorum arbitration point. To learn more, visit Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Consulting.

Windows Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced enterprise-class availability and recoverability to Microsoft's clustering solution. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this foundation and delivers important enhancements offering increased extensibility, better disk storage availability for server applications, easier management, quicker failover, and additional flexibility for architecting clusters. For details, go to Windows Server 2012 Clustering Integration.

VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager (SRM) is an extension to VMware vCenter that allows you to specify, automate and verify a repeatable workflow for restoring applications and services rapidly following a breakdown. SRM provides centrally controlled and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, plus non-disruptive site migration, failback and site re-protect. SRM also allows transparent testing for disaster recovery, updates and patches and can generate reports to verify full service restoration, validate SLAs and prove compliance. Progent offers the skills of a VCDX certified VMware SRM consulting expert to assist you to plan, configure, test and maintain a DR system powered by VMware Site Recovery Manager.

NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Platform
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery software suite that uses array-based storage clustering along with replication to provide rapid, zero RPO disaster recovery (DR) between datacenters located as far as 185 miles away from one another. Progent offers access to a NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can assist your business to plan, configure, administer, upgrade, test and repair a disaster recovery solution based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to select a topology for your MetroCluster deployment that meets your functional requirements and IT budget. Progent can ensure you follow best practices for installing your MetroCluster solution by delivering guidance with tasks such as assigning disk pools and shelf IDs, determining aggregate layout, provisioning volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, installing Cisco and Brocade switches, implementing a tiebreaker, designing a configuration replication network between your storage clusters, and testing your DR solution to show adherence with industry standards and government requirements.

Fault Tolerant Load Balancing
Progent offers high availability load balancing consulting covering system load balancing, load balanced applications, network backbone routing, and content dispatching products including Cisco Content Engine. Fault tolerant load balancing solutions for which Progent can provide consulting services include Microsoft Windows 2003 and 2008 Server Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Access Gateway, Cisco CSS, Cisco Distributed Director and Cisco CDN Software, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. To find out more, visit Fault Tolerant Load Balancing.

High-Availability Internet Data Centers
Progent's Data Center consultants can show you how to find high availability data centers that meet the specific needs of your business. High availability off-site data centers are especially appealing to small and mid-size companies due to of their affordability and simplified logistics compared to taking a do-it-yourself approach. Attempting to build an on-site data center that offers even a minimum level of fault tolerance is financially prohibitive for most small companies. Progent is ready to show you how to reap all the advantages of 24x7 colocation facilities by offering a full range of engineering and maintenance services. To read more, visit Non-stop Data Centers Expertise.

Non-stop Inter-office Connectivity
Progentís multi-site connectivity professionals can help organizations create zero-downtime interoffice connectivity through redundant system architectures with automatic failover. Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE network engineers can plan and deploy fault-tolerant Inter-office networks based on non-stop EIGRP network routers or zero-downtime OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how redundant connectivity and automatic fail-over can provide affordable non-stop interoffice connectivity. To learn more, see Fault Tolerant Inter-office Networking.

Fault Tolerant Internet Connectivity
Progent's Cisco-authorized IT consultants can help you create an economical, high availability Internet configuration architecture that can achieve 24x7 Internet access via a wide array of high availability Internet network technologies including non-stop BGP, transparent fail-over, and multiple Internet Service Providers. Progent can provide Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert consultants to help you utilize the latest technology for high availability Internet connections to create an affordable, completely redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other capabilities to create zero-downtime Internet availability. To learn more, go to High Availability Internet Access Architecture.

Backup and Restore Technology Consultants
Progent offers affordable remote access to engineers with expertise in a wide array of products and technologies that deliver solutions for protecting Microsoft Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX physical and virtual servers and desktops as well as notebooks and handhelds. Progent can provide consulting support for all major data protection platforms including Acronis Backup and Recovery, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist, CrashPlan, Double-Take Software, Mozy, Retrospect for Macintosh, Apple Time Machine, vSphere Data Protection, and Solaris FLARs. Progent can assist you to implement, upgrade, or maintain backup/restore solutions for a range of topologies including local, remote, cloud, or a mix. For details, visit Backup and Restore Technology Consulting Services.

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Backup and Recovery Consulting Experts
Progent's expert Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager support professionals can assist you to create a practical business continuity plan, design an affordable fault-tolerante IT architecture, install a Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager-based backup and recovery system, comprehensively validate your system, train your IT staff or regular consultants how to manage System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide extensive IT outsourcing services including off-site housing of System Center Data Protection Manager servers in Progent's data center. To read more, visit Microsoft SCDPM Consulting Services.

Barracuda Backup On-premises and Cloud Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is an affordable, subscription backup/restore service for small and medium-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup deployment can incorporate a custom-designed physical storage device built by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with similar features but which utilizes your own storage hardware. Barracuda Backup protects vital company data generated locally, at one or more remote locations, or in the cloud. For disaster protection, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon Web Services (AWS), or to any site with a Barracuda appliance. Progent is a certified Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts can provide a wide array of consulting support services to assist you to design, configure, operate and troubleshoot a BDR solution based on Barracuda Backup. For additional information, visit Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting.

Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Backup and Recovery
Double-Take Software publishes a selection of tools designed to deliver small and midsize businesses a range of affordable solutions for replicating and restoring vital applications including Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL, RIM Blackberry, and Microsoft Office SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning experts have extensive backgrounds integrating Double-Take technology into small company information networks to create a high level of fault tolerance and disaster recovery readiness at a budget-friendly cost. For more information, go to Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Backup.

CRISC-certified IT Risk Control
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification program was initiated by ISACA in 2010 to validate an IT professional's ability to plan, deploy, and support information system control mechanisms to reduce network risk. Progent offers the expertise of a CRISC-certified consultant to help you to create and execute a workplace continuity plan that follows industry best practices promoted by CRISC and crafted to align with your organization's risk tolerance, business goals, and IT budget. To read more, see CRISC-qualified network risk control experts.

Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Partner and offers high-level application consulting for a broad range of small business applications, Progent is able to help customers to arrive at complete information technology solutions that substantially enhance the business value of your network. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent can provide the support of certified consultants and specialists with expertise in architecting, deploying and troubleshooting infrastructure environments built on Cisco technology. The depth and breadth of Progent's technical experience and Progent's familiarity with the needs of small companies make Progent the perfect partner for building and maintaining a cost-effective, fault-tolerant network.

How You Can Contact Progent's Consultants for Disaster Recovery Planning Help
If you wish to contact Progent about professional support for disaster recovery planning, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.
















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