Altaro VM Backup Solutions: Hyper-V and VMware Virtual Server Backup
Altaro 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
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2008 R2
V(5.0, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0 & 6.5)
V(5.0, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0 & 6.5)
V(5.0, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0 & 6.5)
(Free ESXi not supported)
USB External Drives
eSata External Drives
USB Flash Drives
PC Internal Hard Drives
Altaro Offsite Server
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.
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.
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.
Management and Reporting
- 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.
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.
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 Non-stop Technologies Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified consulting experts can assist your company to create a cost-effective, non-stop information network that resolves major challenges encompassing a broad array of infrastructure technologies and operations such as:
Disaster Recovery Planning
Progent's disaster recovery professionals can show you how to design a workplace recovery strategy so you can restore IT functionality in the event of an information system catastrophe. Progent can assist you to develop a comprehensive disaster recovery plan that incorporates periodic disaster recovery assessments and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified engineers can also show you how to build an affordable, non-stop system architecture that addresses reliability issues involving a wide range of network technologies and procedures. For details, go to Workplace Recovery Expertise.
Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent provide small and mid-sized businesses a low cost end-to-end solution for reliable backup/disaster recovery. For a fixed monthly cost, ProSight Data Protection Services automates and monitors your backup processes and allows fast recovery of vital data, applications and virtual machines that have become unavailable or corrupted as a result of component failures, software glitches, natural disasters, human mistakes, or malicious attacks such as ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you protect, recover and restore files, folders, applications, system images, as well as 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 cloud backup consultants can deliver world-class support to set up ProSight Data Protection Services to be compliant with regulatory requirements like HIPAA, FIRPA, and PCI and, whenever needed, can help you to restore your business-critical data. Read more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Backup.
Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity consultants can assist you to plan and deploy a DR solution built around Microsoft's cloud-tested Failover Clustering tools including Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-intrusive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for crash-consistent Recovery Point Objective (RPO), Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class storage clusters using industry-standard hardware, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for improving the speed and resilience of Failover Clusters while minimizing capital investment and operational expenses, 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 Help.
Microsoft Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Windows Server 2008 R2 brought enterprise-class fault tolerance and recoverability to Microsoft's failover clustering solution. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this technology and delivers important improvements that offer increased extensibility, better storage uptime for server applications, streamlined administration, faster automatic failover, and additional options for architecting failover clusters. For more information, go to Windows Server 2012 Clustering Integration.
VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager is an extension to VMware vCenter that lets you specify, automate and test a repeatable runbook for recovering applications and services quickly following an outage. Site Recovery Manager supports centrally managed and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, and non-intrusive site migration, failback and re-protect. SRM also allows non-disruptive testing for site recovery, upgrades and fixes and can produce reports to confirm full service recovery, validate Service Level Agreements and prove disaster recovery compliance. Progent can provide the support of a VCDX certified VMware SRM consulting expert to help your organization to design, configure, test and administer a disaster recovery solution powered by VMware Site Recovery Manager.
NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Technology
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery platform that uses array-based storage clustering along with continual replication to provide fast, zero data loss disaster recovery between sites located as far as 300km apart. Progent offers access to a NetApp MetroCluster expert who can help you to plan, deploy, administer, update, test and repair a disaster recovery solution based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to choose a topology for your MetroCluster environment that aligns with your functional requirements and IT budget. Progent can make sure you follow leading practices for installing your MetroCluster solution by providing help with procedures like assigning disk pools, arranging aggregate and plexes layout, provisioning NetApp FlexVol volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, provisioning switches, designing a tiebreaker mechanism, setting up a configuration replication network, and testing your disaster recovery solution to show compliance with industry standards and regulatory requirements.
High Availability Load Balancing
Progent offers high availability load balancing support that addresses network load balancing, load balanced programs, network backbone routing, and content delivery products such as Cisco Content Engine. Fault tolerant load balancing solutions for which Progent offers consulting services include Windows 2003 and 2008 Server Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Presentation Server, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Content Engine and Cisco CDN Software, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. For more information, go to Fault Tolerant Load Balancing.
Non-stop Data Centers
Progent's Data Center consultants can help you select high availability data centers that meet the particular needs of your business. Fault tolerant off-site data centers are particularly appealing to small and mid-size businesses due to of their low cost and simplified logistics compared to taking a do-it-yourself strategy. Trying to create an in-house data center with even a minimum level of fault tolerance is financially prohibitive for most small businesses. Progent can show you how to get all the advantages of non-stop colocation facilities by providing a full range of engineering and support services. To learn more, visit Non-stop Colocation Expertise.
Non-stop Interoffice Networking
Progentís branch office connectivity engineers can help businesses create fault tolerant branch office connections through fully redundant networks featuring transparent failover. Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE engineers can plan and deploy ultra-reliable Inter-office networks based on non-stop EIGRP routers or fault tolerant OSPF configurations of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how multi-path connectivity and transparent fail-over offers affordable 24x7 interoffice connectivity. For more information, visit Failsafe Inter-office Networking.
24x7 Internet Access
Progent's Cisco-certified IT experts can show you how to design an economical, fault tolerant Internet configuration solution that can achieve non-stop Internet connectivity via a broad range of high availability Internet access solutions including high availability BGP, transparent fail-over, and multiple ISPs. Progent can provide CCIE consultants to show you how to utilize the most up-to-date techniques for 24x7 Internet access to create an affordable, fully redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other capabilities to create zero-downtime Internet access. To learn more, see 24x7 Internet Connectivity Solutions.
Backup and Recovery Technology Consulting Experts
Progent can provide affordable remote support from IT engineers skilled in a wide array of products and services that deliver solutions for protecting Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux/UNIX servers and desktops plus laptops and smartphones. Progent offers consulting support for leading data protection platforms including Acronis Backup and Recovery, Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, CrashPlan, Double-Take Software, MozyPro, Retrospect, Time Machine, VMware Data Recovery (VDR), and Oracle Solaris FLARs. Progent can assist you to implement, enhance, or troubleshoot backup/restore systems for a variety of topologies such as local, remote, cloud-based, or hybrid. For more information, go to Backup and Restore Solutions Consulting Services.
System Center Data Protection Manager Data Recovery Consulting and Support Services
Progent's expert Microsoft SCDPM engineers can assist your company to create an effective disaster recovery strategy, design an affordable fault-tolerante IT architecture, deploy a Microsoft SCDPM-powered backup and recovery solution, comprehensively test your system, train your IT staff or local service providers how to maintain System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide extensive information technology support outsourcing including remote hosting of SCDPM servers in Progent's world-class data center. To learn more, go to System Center Data Protection Manager Expertise.
Barracuda Backup On-premises and Cloud Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is an affordable, subscription backup/restore platform for small and mid-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup solution can include a custom-designed physical appliance manufactured by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with similar features but which utilizes your existing storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup safeguards critical business data produced locally, at one or multiple 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 physical or virtual Barracuda Backup appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consultants offer a broad range of consulting services to help you to design, integrate, operate and repair a backup and disaster recovery system built on Barracuda Backup. For more information, go to Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting.
Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Backup and Recovery
Double-Take Software publishes a family of products intended to provide small and midsize businesses a range of affordable solutions for replicating and recovering business-critical applications such as Exchange Server, SQL, Blackberry, and Microsoft SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning consultants have extensive backgrounds incorporating Double-Take Software products into small business IT networks to create a high state of fault tolerance and disaster recovery readiness at an affordable cost. To learn more, go to Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Backup.
CRISC-Certified IT Risk Management
The CRISC certification program was initiated by ISACA to verify a consultant's skills to design, implement, and maintain IS controls to reduce risk. Progent can provide the expertise of a CRISC-certified engineer to assist you to develop and carry out a business continuity or disaster recovery plan based on industry best practices promoted by CRISC and geared to match your company's risk tolerance, business goals, and IT budget. To find out more, see CRISC-Certified network risk mitigation experts.
Why Choose Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Certified Partner and provides specialized application consulting for a broad range of business software programs, Progent can assist customers to find complete IT solutions that maximize the productivity of your information system. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent can provide the services of certified consultants and specialists with expertise in designing, configuring and troubleshooting infrastructure environments based on Cisco technology. The breadth of Progent's technical experience and Progent's appreciation for the needs of small and midsize companies make Progent a great partner for creating and running a cost-effective, fault-tolerant information system.
How You Can Contact Progent's Engineers for Business Continuity Solutions Support
If you wish to get in touch with Progent about professional help for business continuity planning, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.