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 High Availability Solutions Provided by Progent's Experts
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified engineers can help you to design an efficient, fault-tolerant network that resolves key problems covering a broad range of infrastructure technologies and operations including:

Workplace Recovery Planning
Progent's business continuity planning engineers can show you how to design a disaster recovery plan that will allow you to restore IT operations in the event of an information network catastrophe. Progent can assist you to define a complete disaster recovery strategy that incorporates periodic disaster recovery assessments and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized engineers can also help you create an affordable, fault-tolerant system architecture that addresses reliability issues covering a broad array of infrastructure technologies and processes. For more information, go to Disaster Recovery Consulting and Support Services.

Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services provide small and mid-sized businesses an affordable and fully managed service for secure backup/disaster recovery (BDR). Available at a low monthly price, ProSight Data Protection Services automates and monitors your backup activities and allows fast restoration of critical files, applications and VMs that have become lost or damaged due to component failures, software bugs, disasters, human error, or malware attacks such as ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you back up, recover and restore files, folders, applications, system images, plus Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware virtual machine images. Important data can be protected on the cloud, to an on-promises device, or mirrored to both. Progent's BDR consultants can deliver world-class expertise to configure ProSight Data Protection Services to to comply with regulatory standards such as HIPPA, FIRPA, and PCI and, when needed, can assist you to restore your critical data. Find out more about ProSight DPS Managed Backup and Recovery.

Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery experts can assist you to plan and deploy a disaster recovery solution built around Microsoft's latest Failover Clustering tools including Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-intrusive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss recovery, Storage Spaces Direct for high-performance storage clusters using low-cost equipment, VM Load Balancing for improving the speed and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while minimizing TCO and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for fast, affordable creation of a failover cluster quorum arbitration point. To read more, see Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Consulting.

Microsoft Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Windows Server 2008 R2 brought enterprise-class availability and recoverability to Microsoft's clustering platform. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this technology and delivers important enhancements offering more extensibility, better storage uptime for server applications, easier management, faster automatic failover, and additional options for designing clusters. To find out more, see Windows Server 2012 Clustering Integration.

VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager is a component of VMware vCenter that allows you to orchestrate, automate and test a repeatable process for recovering applications and services quickly after an outage. Site Recovery Manager supports centrally controlled and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, plus non-disruptive site migration, failback and re-protect. SRM also enables transparent testing for site recovery, updates and fixes and can produce audit reports to verify complete service restoration, validate Service Level Agreements and demonstrate compliance. Progent can provide the skills of a VCDX certified VMware SRM consulting expert to assist your organization to plan, configure, test and maintain a DR solution powered by VMware SRM.

NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Platform
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery platform that uses array-based storage clustering along with replication to deliver fast, zero data loss disaster recovery (DR) between datacenters that are up to 185 miles away from one another. Progent can provide online or on-premises access to a certified NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can assist your business to design, configure, 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 technical needs and IT budget. Progent can make sure you follow best practices for configuring your MetroCluster environment by delivering help with procedures like assigning shelf IDs, arranging aggregate and plexes layout, provisioning volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, provisioning switches, designing a tiebreaker, designing a TCP/IP configuration replication network, and verifying your disaster recovery system to show adherence with industry standards and government requirements.

Network Load Balancing
Progent provides fault tolerant load balancing support that addresses network load balancing, load balanced applications, LAN/WAN infrastructure routing, and content dispatching technology including F5 Networks 3DNS. High availability load balancing solutions for which Progent offers consulting expertise include Windows 2003 and 2008 Server Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Access Suite and Presentation Server, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Distributed Director and LocalDirector 400 series, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. To find out more, visit Non-stop Load Balancing.

Non-stop Internet Data Centers
Progent's Data Center engineers can help you identify zero-downtime data centers that match the specific requirements of your company. Fault tolerant Internet Data Centers are particularly attractive to small and mid-size organizations due to of their low cost and convenience compared to taking a do-it-yourself approach. Trying to build an on-site data center that offers even a basic degree of fault tolerance is financially prohibitive for the majority of small businesses. Progent can show you how to get all the advantages of non-stop data centers by providing a complete array of consulting and support services. To read more, see Non-stop Internet Data Centers Solutions.

Fault Tolerant Inter-office Networking
Progentís branch office connection professionals can help businesses achieve non-stop interoffice connections via fully redundant system architectures with transparent failover. Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE network engineers can plan and deploy high-availability Inter-office connections based on non-stop EIGRP network routers or non-stop OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how multi-path connectivity and automatic fail-over offers economical non-stop interoffice networking. For more information, visit 24x7 Inter-office Connectivity.

Fault Tolerant Internet Access
Progent's Cisco-certified network professionals can help you create an affordable, fault tolerant Internet configuration solution that can deliver 24x7 Internet connectivity through a broad array of high availability Internet network technologies including high availability BGP, automatic fail-over, and multiple ISPs. Progent offers Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert professionals to help you utilize the latest technology for fault tolerant Internet connectivity to implement an economical, completely redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other capabilities to deliver non-stop Internet availability. To learn more, visit Fault Tolerant Internet Connectivity Architecture.

Backup and Restore Solutions Consulting
Progent can provide affordable remote support from IT engineers skilled in a wide array of utilities and technologies that deliver solutions for protecting Windows, Mac, and Linux servers and workstations as well as notebooks and smartphones. Progent can provide consulting support for leading data protection platforms including Acronis Backup and Recovery, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, CrashPlan, Double-Take Backup, Mozy, Retrospect for Macintosh, Apple Time Machine, VMware Data Recovery, and FLARs. Progent can assist your company to implement, enhance, or maintain backup/restore systems for a variety of architectures including on-premises, edge to datacenter, cloud, or a mix. To read more, visit Backup and Recovery Technology Consulting.

System Center Data Protection Manager Data Recovery Consulting Experts
Progent's certified Microsoft SCDPM engineers can assist your company to create a practical disaster recovery plan, design an affordable fault-tolerante IT infrastructure, configure a Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager-powered backup and recovery solution, comprehensively validate your DPM system, educate your administrative personnel or local consultants how to maintain SCDPM, or provide complete information technology outsourcing including remote hosting of System Center Data Protection Manager servers in Progent's world-class data center facility. To read more, visit System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting.

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 solution can include a purpose-built hardware storage device built by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with similar features but which utilizes your existing storage hardware. Barracuda Backup protects critical company data produced locally, at one or multiple remote sites, or in the cloud. For disaster protection, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon AWS, or to any site with a physical or virtual Barracuda appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts can provide a broad array of consulting support services to help you to plan, configure, manage and troubleshoot a BDR system based on Barracuda Backup. For more information, see Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consultants.

Consulting for Double-Take Software for Data Backup/Restore
Double-Take Software publishes a family of tools designed to deliver small businesses a variety of cost-effective solutions for backing up and restoring business-critical applications including Exchange Server, SQL, Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning consultants have extensive experience integrating Double-Take technology into small business information networks to achieve an advanced level of fault tolerance and disaster recovery readiness at an affordable price. For more information, visit Consulting for Double-Take Software for Data Backup.

CRISC-qualified IT Risk Control
The CRISC program was initiated by ISACA in 2010 to verify a consultant's ability to plan, implement, and support information system control mechanisms to reduce risk. Progent can provide the expertise of a CRISC-certified consultant to help your company to develop and carry out a business continuity or disaster recovery strategy based on leading practices identified by CRISC and geared to match your company's risk appetite, business objectives, and IT budget. For details, see CRISC-certified network risk mitigation specialists.

Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Partner and provides specialized application support for a broad variety of small business applications, Progent can help customers to find complete information technology solutions that maximize the business value of your information system. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent can provide the expertise of certified engineers and specialists with expertise in architecting, configuring and maintaining networking solutions based on Cisco products. The extent of Progent's IT know-how and Progent's appreciation for the needs of small and midsize companies make Progent the perfect resource for creating and maintaining a cost-effective, dependable network.

How to Get in Touch with Progent's Experts for Disaster Recovery Solutions Help
To get in touch with Progent about professional assistance for workplace recovery planning, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.
















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