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 High Availability Technologies Supported by Progent
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified consulting experts can assist your business to build a cost-effective, high-availability IT architecture that addresses key problems covering a wide array of infrastructure technologies and operations including:

Workplace Recovery Planning
Progent's business continuity planning professionals can show you how to design a disaster recovery plan so you can restore network functionality in case of an IT system catastrophe. Progent can assist you to create a complete disaster recovery strategy that includes scheduled disaster recovery assessments and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized engineers can also show you how to build an affordable, zero-downtime system architecture that takes into account availability issues involving a broad array of network technologies and processes. To read more, see Workplace Recovery Consulting and Support Services.

Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services offer small and medium-sized organizations an affordable and fully managed service for secure backup/disaster recovery (BDR). Available at a low monthly rate, ProSight Data Protection Services automates your backup activities and allows rapid recovery of critical files, applications and VMs that have become lost or damaged due to hardware breakdowns, software glitches, disasters, human error, or malicious attacks such as ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you back up, retrieve and restore files, folders, applications, system images, plus Hyper-V and VMware virtual machine images. Critical data can be backed up on the cloud, to a local storage device, or to both. Progent's backup and recovery consultants can provide world-class support to configure ProSight DPS to to comply with government and industry regulatory requirements like HIPPA, FINRA, and PCI and, when necessary, can help you to recover your critical data. Learn more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Cloud Backup.

Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity experts can assist your organization to design a disaster recovery solution based on Microsoft's cloud-tested Failover Clustering technologies such as 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 industry-standard equipment, VM Load Balancing for enhancing the speed and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while reducing TCO and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for easy, affordable creation of a failover cluster quorum arbitration point. To learn more, see Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Support.

Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced enterprise-class fault tolerance and recoverability to Microsoft's clustering solution. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this technology and provides important new and enhanced features offering more extensibility, better disk storage availability for server applications, simpler management, quicker failover, and more flexibility for designing failover clusters. For more information, visit Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clustering Consulting Services.

VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager is an extension to VMware vCenter that lets you orchestrate, automate and test a repeatable workflow for recovering services rapidly after an outage. Site Recovery Manager supports centrally controlled and automated recovery, application mobility, and transparent site migration, failback and site re-protect. SRM also supports non-intrusive testing for site recovery, updates and patches and can generate audit reports to confirm complete service recovery, validate Service Level Agreements and demonstrate DR 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 based on VMware Site Recovery Manager.

NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Platform
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery platform that uses array-based storage clustering with replication to provide fast, zero RPO disaster recovery between datacenters that are as far as 185 miles (300km) apart from each other. Progent can provide access to a certified NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can assist you to design, configure, administer, update, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery system built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to select an architecture for your MetroCluster deployment that aligns with your functional needs and budget. Progent can make sure you follow best practices for installing your MetroCluster solution by delivering guidance with procedures such as assigning shelf IDs, determining plexes layout, setting up FlexVol volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, provisioning Cisco and Brocade switches, designing a tiebreaker mechanism, setting up a configuration replication network between your peered clusters, and testing your MetroCluster DR solution to show adherence with information assurance standards and government mandates.

Network Load Balancing
Progent offers fault tolerant load balancing consulting that addresses network load balancing, load balanced programs, LAN/WAN backbone routing, and content delivery technology such as Cisco Content Engine. Non-stop load balancing products for which Progent offers consulting services include Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Presentation Server, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Content Distribution Manager and ACNS, and F5 Networks BIG-IP. For more information, see Non-stop Load Balancing.

High-Availability Data Centers
Progent's Data Center consultants can help you identify high availability data centers that meet the particular requirements of your business. High availability Internet Data Centers are especially appealing to small and mid-size businesses because of their affordability and simplified logistics compared to pursuing a do-it-yourself approach. Attempting to create an on-site data center that offers even a minimum level of fault tolerance is financially prohibitive for most small businesses. Progent is ready to help you reap all the benefits of high-availability colocation centers by offering a complete range of consulting and support services. To learn more, see Non-stop Colocation Solutions.

High-Availability Interoffice Connectivity
Progentís inter-site network infrastructure professionals can help businesses achieve fault tolerant multi-site connections by means of fully redundant system architectures with transparent failover. Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE network engineers can design and implement fault-tolerant Inter-office connections based on fault tolerant EIGRP routers or non-stop OSPF configurations of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how multi-path connections and automatic fail-over offers affordable non-stop interoffice networking. To find out more, visit 24x7 Inter-office Connectivity.

24x7 Internet Access
Progent's Cisco-certified network professionals can help you design an affordable, high availability Internet connection architecture that can deliver 24x7 Internet connectivity through a broad array of high availability Internet access solutions including high availability BGP, transparent fail-over, and multiple Internet Service Providers. Progent offers CCIE professionals to show you how to apply the latest technology for high availability Internet access to implement an affordable, completely redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other features to deliver fault tolerant Internet availability. For details, visit Fault Tolerant Internet Access Architecture.

Backup and Recovery Technology Consulting and Support Services
Progent offers economical online access to engineers skilled in a wide array of products and services that deliver solutions for backing up Microsoft Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX servers and desktops as well as laptops and smartphones. Progent can provide consulting support for leading backup platforms including Acronis, Backup Exec, BackupAssist, CrashPlan, Double-Take Backup, MozyPro, Retrospect for Macintosh, Time Machine, VMware Data Recovery (VDR), and FLARs. Progent's consultants can assist you to design, enhance, or maintain data backup solutions for a variety of architectures including on-premises, remote, cloud-based, or a mix. For details, see Backup and Recovery Solutions Consulting and Support Services.

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Backup and Recovery Consulting Services
Progent's expert Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager consultants can help you to create an effective business continuity plan, design an affordable fault-tolerante IT infrastructure, deploy a Microsoft SCDPM-powered backup and restore system, comprehensively test your system, educate your IT staff or regular service providers how to maintain Microsoft SCDPM, or provide complete information technology outsourcing services including remote housing of SCDPM machines in Progent's world-class data center facility. To learn more, visit System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Consulting and Support Services.

Barracuda Backup Cloud and Offsite Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription-based backup/restore service for small and medium-size businesses. A Barracuda Backup solution can incorporate a custom-designed physical appliance built by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with similar features but which utilizes your existing storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup protects critical company data produced locally, at one or more remote sites, or in the cloud. For disaster protection, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon Web Services (AWS), or to any location with a Barracuda Backup appliance. Progent is a certified Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consultants can provide a broad range of consulting services to assist you to plan, configure, operate and repair a BDR system based on Barracuda Backup. For additional information, see Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consultants.

Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Data Backup/Restore
Double-Take offers a family of tools designed to deliver small and midsize companies a variety of cost-effective alternatives for backing up and recovering vital workloads including Microsoft Exchange, SQL, RIM Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning experts have in-depth backgrounds incorporating Double-Take Software products into small business information systems to create an advanced level of availability and disaster recovery capability at a budget-friendly cost. To find out more, visit Consulting for Double-Take Software for Backup.

CRISC-qualified IT Risk Management
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) program was initiated by ISACA to verify a consultant's skills to design, implement, and support information system controls to mitigate network risk. Progent can provide the services of a CRISC-certified consultant to help your company to create and execute a workplace continuity plan that follows leading practices identified by CRISC and crafted to match your company's risk tolerance, business goals, and budgetary guidelines. For details, see CRISC-certified network risk control specialists.

Why Choose Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Gold Partner and provides specialized application support for a broad range of small business software programs, Progent is able to help customers to find comprehensive IT solutions that substantially enhance the productivity of your IT network. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent offers the services of certified consultants and specialists with expertise in designing, installing and supporting networking solutions based on Cisco products. The depth and breadth of Progent's IT know-how and Progent's familiarity with the needs of small companies make Progent the perfect partner for building and running an affordable, dependable network.

How to Get in Touch with Progent's Consultants for Business Continuity Planning Support
If you wish to contact Progent about engineering expertise for workplace recovery planning, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.
















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