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 Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified support professionals can help you to build a cost-effective, zero-downtime network that addresses key challenges covering a wide array of infrastructure technologies and processes including:

Business Continuity Planning
Progent's business continuity planning professionals can show you how to design a workplace recovery strategy in order to restore IT functionality in case of an information system disaster. Progent can assist you to define a complete disaster recovery plan that includes scheduled disaster recovery evaluations and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified professionals can also show you how to build an affordable, high-availability system solution that addresses reliability issues covering a broad range of infrastructure technologies and processes. To find out more, go to Disaster Recovery Consulting Services.

Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services offer small and medium-sized organizations a low cost and fully managed solution for secure backup/disaster recovery. Available at a low monthly price, ProSight DPS automates and monitors your backup activities and enables fast restoration of vital files, apps and virtual machines that have become unavailable or corrupted as a result of hardware failures, software bugs, disasters, human mistakes, or malicious attacks such as ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you protect, retrieve and restore files, folders, apps, system images, plus Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware images. Critical data can be protected on the cloud, to a local device, or to both. Progent's cloud backup specialists can deliver world-class support to set up ProSight Data Protection Services to be compliant with regulatory standards such as HIPPA, FINRA, and PCI and, when necessary, can assist you to recover your business-critical information. Learn more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Cloud Backup.

Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity consultants can assist your organization to plan and deploy a DR system built around Microsoft's cloud-tested Failover Clustering technologies including Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-disruptive 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 improving the performance and resilience of Failover Clusters while minimizing TCO and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for fast, affordable deployment of a stretch cluster quorum arbitration point. To read more, go to Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Expertise.

Microsoft Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced enterprise-class availability and system recovery to Microsoft's clustering platform. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this foundation and delivers important improvements offering more scalability, better disk storage availability for server applications, streamlined management, quicker failover, and additional flexibility for architecting clusters. To learn more, see Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clustering Consulting and Support.

VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager is an extension to VMware vCenter that allows you to define, automate and test a consistent process for recovering applications and services rapidly following a breakdown. Site Recovery Manager provides centrally controlled and automated recovery, application mobility, and non-disruptive site migration, failback and site re-protect. Site Recovery Manager also supports non-intrusive testing for disaster recovery, updates and fixes and can produce reports to verify full service restoration, validate SLAs and demonstrate compliance. Progent offers the skills of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consulting expert to help you to design, deploy, test and maintain a disaster recovery solution based on VMware SRM.

NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Platform
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery platform that uses array-based storage clustering along with synchronous replication to deliver fast, zero RPO disaster recovery between datacenters that are as far as 300km apart from each other. Progent offers online or on-premises access to a NetApp MetroCluster expert who can assist you to plan, configure, administer, update, test and repair a disaster recovery solution built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you to select an architecture for your MetroCluster environment that meets your functional requirements and budget. Progent can make sure you follow best practices for configuring your MetroCluster solution by providing guidance with procedures like assigning disk pools, determining aggregate and plexes layout, setting up volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, provisioning switches, implementing a tiebreaker mechanism, designing a TCP/IP configuration replication network, and verifying your disaster recovery system to prove adherence with information assurance standards and regulatory requirements.

Network Load Balancing
Progent offers fault tolerant load balancing support that addresses network load balancing, load balanced programs, LAN/WAN infrastructure routing, and content delivery technology such as Cisco Content Engine. High availability load balancing technologies 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 Distributed Director and ACNS, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. To read more, see High Availability Load Balancing.

High-Availability Data Centers
Progent's Data Center consultants can help you select high availability data centers that match the particular requirements of your company. Fault tolerant co-location sites are especially attractive to small and mid-size businesses because of their affordability and simplified logistics compared to pursuing a do-it-yourself strategy. Trying to design an on-site data center that offers even a basic level of fault tolerance is too expensive for typical small organizations. Progent is ready to help you reap all the advantages of high-availability colo sites by offering a full array of consulting and maintenance services. For details, go to Non-stop Data Centers Consulting.

24x7 Interoffice Networking
Progentís interoffice network infrastructure engineers can help businesses create fault tolerant interoffice connectivity solutions via fully redundant networks with transparent failover. Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE network engineers can design and deploy ultra-reliable Inter-office connections based on fault tolerant EIGRP routers or non-stop OSPF configurations of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how multi-path connectivity and transparent fail-over offers economical 24x7 interoffice networking. To learn more, see 24x7 Interoffice Connectivity.

Fault Tolerant Internet Connections
Progent's Cisco-authorized IT consultants can help you create an affordable, high availability Internet connection solution that can deliver 24x7 Internet access through a broad range of high availability Internet network solutions including fault tolerant BGP, automatic fail-over, and redundant ISPs. Progent can provide CCIE consultants to show you how to utilize the most advanced techniques for 24x7 Internet connectivity to create a cost-effective, completely redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other capabilities to create non-stop Internet access. To find out more, go to Non-stop Internet Connectivity Solutions.

Backup and Restore Technology Consultants
Progent can provide affordable remote access to IT engineers with expertise in a broad range of utilities and technologies that deliver solutions for backing up Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux/UNIX servers and desktops plus laptops and smartphones. Progent offers help for leading data protection platforms such as Acronis, Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, CrashPlan, Double-Take Backup, Mozy, Retrospect for Macintosh, Apple Time Machine, VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP), and Solaris FLARs. Progent's consultants can help you to design, upgrade, or troubleshoot data backup systems for a variety of architectures such as local, remote, cloud-based, or hybrid. To read more, see Backup and Restore Solutions Expertise.

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Data Recovery Consultants
Progent's certified System Center Data Protection Manager support professionals can help you to develop a practical workplace recovery strategy, implement an affordable high-availability network infrastructure, deploy a SCDPM-powered backup and restore system, thoroughly test your system, train your IT staff or regular consultants how to maintain SCDPM, or provide complete information technology support outsourcing including off-site housing of Microsoft SCDPM servers in Progent's world-class data center facility. To learn more, visit Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting.

Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Backup/Restore
Double-Take Software publishes a selection of tools designed to deliver small and midsize businesses a range of affordable alternatives for backing up and restoring vital applications including Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL, RIM Blackberry, and Microsoft SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning experts have in-depth experience incorporating Double-Take Software technology into small company information systems to create a high state of fault tolerance and business continuity readiness at a budget-friendly price. To learn more, visit Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup.

CRISC-certified IT Risk Control
The CRISC program was initiated by ISACA to validate a consultant's skills to plan, implement, and maintain information system control mechanisms to mitigate network risk. Progent can provide the expertise of a CRISC-certified consultant to help you to develop and execute a business continuity plan based on leading practices promoted by CRISC and crafted to match your company's risk tolerance, business goals, and budgetary guidelines. For details, see CRISC-qualified network risk management specialists.

Why Choose Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and offers high-level application support for a broad range of small business software programs, Progent is able to help customers to arrive at comprehensive IT solutions that substantially enhance the productivity of your information system. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent can provide the expertise of qualified consultants and specialists with expertise in architecting, implementing and supporting networking environments based on Cisco products. The depth and breadth of Progent's technical experience and Progent's sensitivity to the requirements of small companies make Progent the ideal partner for building and running a cost-effective, dependable information system.

How to Access Progent's Engineers for Disaster Recovery Solutions Help
If you wish to get in touch with Progent about technical expertise for disaster recovery planning, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.
















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