ProSight Data Protection Services - Altaro VM Backup: Hyper-V and VMware Virtual Server Backup
Hornetsecurity Altaro VM Backup is a managed service 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). Hornetsecurity 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 of Altaro VM Backup 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 Altaro VM Backup as a managed service 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 disaster recovery/business continuity (DRBC) planning consulting to help organizations protect business-critical data and services from potentially catastrophic threats such as ransomware, human error, hardware failure, fire, 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 2022
Windows Server 2019
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2008 R2
Hyper-V Server (Core)
Azure Stack HCI
V(5.0, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5, 6.7 & 7.0)
V(5.0, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5, 6.7 & 7.0)
V(5.0, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5, 6.7 & 7.0)
(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:
Restore and Disaster Recovery
- Ransomware Protection leveraging Immutable Cloud Storage: Immutability allows tamper-proof data while under the defined immutable policy so that backup data cannot be modified by any user (including administrators or root users). This adds an extra level of security and recoverability in the event of a successful ransomware attack.
- Augmented In-Line Deduplication: In-line 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
- Cloud Backup to Amazon S3 and Wasabi: Altaro supports seamless native backup to Amazon S3 and Wasabi. No additional resources running in the cloud are required to provide backup storage.
- Back up to multiple offsite locations: For enterprise-class resilience, you can take copies of VMs to multiple offsite locations including multiple clouds such as Azure and Amazon S3.
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.
- WAN-Optimized Replication: You can make continuous copies of your VMs to a remote site and switch immediately to the copy site in the event that a disaster takes out your primary VMs. This can significantly shrink your recovery time objective (RTO) and get you back in business quickly.
- 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.
Download ProSight Altaro VM Backup Services Datasheet
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Progent's ProSight Hornetsecurity Altaro VM Backup Services Datasheet. (PDF - 310 KB)
How Progent Can Help You Benefit from Hornetsecurity 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. Essential and frequently overlooked requirements for effective disaster preparedness include ongoing verification, testing, and optimization of system restoration. In the event of a disaster such as a ransomware attack, these drills can spell the difference between a short period of downtime and an existential threat to a business. Progent can assist you to design a program for regularly validating, testing, and enhancing your recovery procedures so you can keep your backup solution current and minimize the damage of a catastrophic incident.
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.
Fault Tolerant Solutions Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified engineers can help you to design an affordable, fault-tolerant environment that addresses major issues encompassing a broad array of networking solutions and processes including:
Workplace Recovery Planning
Progent's disaster recovery consultants can show you how to create a workplace recovery strategy so you can restore network functionality in the event of an information system disaster. Progent can assist you to define a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy that incorporates periodic disaster recovery evaluations and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified engineers can also help you create an affordable, fault-tolerant network architecture that addresses reliability issues involving a broad array of network technologies and processes. For details, visit Business Continuity Expertise.
CRISC-Certified IT Risk Control
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) program was initiated by ISACA in 2010 to validate a consultant's ability to design, deploy, and support IS control mechanisms to mitigate network risk. Progent can provide the expertise of a CRISC-certified consultant to help your company to develop and execute a business continuity or disaster recovery plan that follows industry best practices identified by CRISC and geared to match your organization's risk tolerance, business goals, and IT budget. To learn more, see CRISC-Certified IT risk control experts.
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 High Availability Failover Clustering
Windows Server 2019 incorporated important enhancements in capacity, throughput, manageability, cybersecurity, application compatibility, Linux co-existence, Kubernetes networking, and hybrid integration of on-premises and cloud resources. Top new features of Windows Server 2019 are Windows Admin Center for centralizing the management and monitoring of hybrid local/cloud-hosted deployments, System Insights for taking advantage of modern predictive analytics to manage on-premises networks, Windows Defender ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) Exploit Guard for host-intrusion defense, container orchestration using Kubernetes, Cluster Sets technology for creating and managing large high-availability scale-out clusters, and Microsoft's Storage Migration Service for streamlining the upgrade process from legacy releases of Windows Server. For more information, visit Microsoft Windows Server 2019 High Availability Failover Clustering Support.
Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery experts can help you to design a disaster recovery system based on Microsoft's cloud-tested Failover Clustering tools including Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade for non-intrusive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss Recovery Point Objective (RPO), Storage Spaces Direct for high-performance network-attached storage using low-cost equipment, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for enhancing the performance and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while reducing capital investment and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for easy, affordable deployment of a failover cluster quorum witness. To learn more, go to Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Consulting.
VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager is a component of VMware vCenter that lets you orchestrate, automate and verify a repeatable process for restoring applications and services quickly after a breakdown. SRM provides centrally controlled and automated recovery, application mobility, plus non-intrusive site relocation, failback and site re-protect. SRM also supports non-intrusive testing for disaster recovery, upgrades and patches and can produce reports to confirm complete service recovery, validate SLAs and prove DR compliance. Progent can provide the support of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consulting expert to assist you to plan, configure, test and administer a DR solution based on VMware Site Recovery Manager.
NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Software
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery platform that uses array-based storage clustering along with continual replication to deliver fast, zero RPO disaster recovery between datacenters located up to 185 miles apart from each other. Progent can provide online or on-premises access to a certified NetApp MetroCluster expert who can help you to plan, deploy, manage, update, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery solution built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you to choose an architecture for your MetroCluster environment that meets your technical requirements and budget. Progent can ensure you adhere to leading practices for installing your MetroCluster environment by providing help with procedures such as assigning disk pools, arranging aggregate layout, setting up volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, installing switches, implementing a tiebreaker mechanism, setting up a configuration replication network between your peered clusters, and testing your MetroCluster disaster recovery system to prove adherence with information assurance standards and regulatory mandates.
Network Load Balancing
Progent provides high availability load balancing support covering system load balancing, load balanced applications, LAN/WAN backbone routing, and content delivery products including Cisco Content Engine. Fault tolerant load balancing products for which Progent can provide consulting services include Windows 2003 and 2008 Server Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Access Suite and Presentation Server, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Content Distribution Manager and ACNS, and F5 Networks BIG-IP. To read more, go to High Availability Load Balancing.
High-Availability Data Centers
Progent's Data Center consultants can show you how to find zero-downtime data centers that meet the particular needs of your business. High availability colocation sites are especially appealing to small and mid-size businesses due to of their low cost and simplified logistics in comparison to taking a do-it-yourself strategy. Trying to build an in-house data center that offers even a basic degree of fault tolerance is financially prohibitive for the majority of small organizations. Progent can help you get all the benefits of 24x7 colo sites by offering a full array of engineering and maintenance services. To find out more, see Fault Tolerant Data Centers Consulting.
Non-stop Interoffice Networking
Progent's inter-site connectivity professionals can help companies achieve zero-downtime inter-site connections by means of redundant system architectures with automatic failover. Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE engineers can design and implement high-availability Inter-office networks based on non-stop EIGRP routers or fault tolerant OSPF configurations of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how multi-path connections and transparent fail-over can provide affordable non-stop interoffice networking. For more information, visit Non-stop Interoffice Connectivity.
24x7 Internet Connectivity
Progent's Cisco-certified network experts can show you how to design an affordable, high availability Internet connection solution that can achieve non-stop Internet access via a broad range of fault tolerant Internet network solutions including fault tolerant BGP, automatic fail-over, and redundant Internet Service Providers. Progent offers Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert consultants to help you utilize the latest technology for fault tolerant Internet connections to implement an affordable, fully redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other capabilities to deliver zero-downtime Internet availability. For details, go to Non-stop Internet Access Architecture.
Backup and Recovery Solutions Consulting and Support Services
Progent offers economical online access to IT engineers with expertise in a wide range of utilities and technologies that deliver solutions for backing up Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux/UNIX servers and workstations as well as notebooks and smartphones. Progent offers expertise for all major backup platforms including Acronis Backup and Recovery, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, CrashPlan PRO, Double-Take Software, MozyPro, Retrospect, Time Machine, vSphere Data Protection, and Solaris FLARs. Progent can help you to design, upgrade, or maintain data backup solutions for a variety of topologies such as on-premises, edge to datacenter, cloud-based, or hybrid. To read more, visit Backup and Restore Technology Consulting and Support Services.
System Center Data Protection Manager Backup and Restore Consultants
Progent's certified Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager support professionals can assist you to develop a practical business continuity strategy, design a cost-effective fault-tolerante IT architecture, configure a SCDPM-powered backup and recovery system, thoroughly test your DPM system, train your administrative personnel or regular service providers how to maintain SCDPM, or provide complete IT outsourcing services including remote hosting of Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager machines in Progent's secure data center facility. To read more, go to System Center Data Protection Manager Expertise.
Barracuda Backup Cloud and Offsite Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription backup and disaster recovery platform for small and medium-size businesses. A Barracuda Backup solution can include a purpose-built physical storage device manufactured by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with similar features but which utilizes your own storage hardware. Barracuda Backup protects critical company data produced on-premises, at one or more remote locations, or in the cloud. For disaster preparedness, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon Web Services (AWS), or to any site with a physical or virtual Barracuda appliance. Progent is a certified Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts can provide a broad array of consulting services to help you to design, configure, manage and repair a backup and disaster recovery system based on Barracuda technology. For more information, go to Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting and management.
ProSight Data Protection Services 365 Total Backup Solutions for Microsoft 365
Microsoft 365 provides rudimentary archiving but does not have integrated support for crucial data protection services like Exchange backups or long-term point-in-time recovery for OneDrive or SharePoint. Hornetsecurity's 365 Total Backup delivers a full-featured BDR solution for automatic backup and rapid restoration of all your company's M365 mail, Teams Chats, SharePoint documents, OneDrive for Business files, and content on Windows endpoints. Progent is a certified Hornetsecurity/Altaro partner and has designed ProSight Data Protection Services (DPS) 365 Total Backup to provide end-to-end managed services for Hornetsecurity's 365 Total Backup product. ProSight Data Protection Services 365 Total Backup delivers a low-cost backup-as-a-service (BaaS) alternative that protects M365 components against data loss or corruption resulting from human or system mistakes, malicious deletion, and malware attacks like ransomware. To read more, see ProSight DPS 365 Total Backup services for Microsoft 365.
Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO
ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO from Progent provide small and medium-sized businesses an affordable and fully managed service for reliable backup/disaster recovery. For a low monthly cost, ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO automates your backup activities and allow rapid recovery of critical files, applications and virtual machines that have become lost or corrupted due to hardware breakdowns, software glitches, disasters, human mistakes, or malicious attacks like ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO 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 an on-promises storage device, or to both. Progent's backup and recovery specialists can provide advanced support to set up ProSight DPS ECHO to be compliant with regulatory requirements like HIPAA, FIRPA, and PCI and, when needed, can assist you to restore your critical data. Learn more about ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO managed cloud backup.
ProSight DPS 360 Backup Services
Progent's data protection experts can help you to create, implement and troubleshoot a backup/restore solution based on MSP360 software. MSP360 enables file or image-based backup/restore for virtual machines and physical computers, supports all popular public clouds, and allows you to build a backup ecosystem with a minimum Recovery Time Objective and a granular Recovery Point Objective (RPO). With ProSight Data Protection Services 360 Backup, Progent can provide comprehensive monitoring and remote management of your backup environment to prevent data loss resulting from user miscues, system glitches, ill-intentioned users, and malware attacks such as ransomware. For more information, visit ProSight DPS 360 Backup services.
Consulting for Double-Take Software for Backup
Double-Take Software offers a selection of products designed to provide small and midsize companies a variety of affordable solutions for backing up and recovering vital workloads such as Microsoft Exchange, SQL, RIM Blackberry, and Microsoft Office SharePoint. Progent's business continuity planning experts have extensive backgrounds incorporating Double-Take Software technology into small business information networks to create a high state of availability and disaster recovery readiness at an affordable price. For more information, see Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup.
Why Choose Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Certified Partner and provides professional application expertise for a broad variety of small business software programs, Progent is able to assist clients to find efficient information technology solutions that substantially enhance the productivity of your network. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent can provide the expertise of premier engineers and specialists with expertise in designing, implementing and troubleshooting infrastructure environments built on Cisco products. The extent of Progent's IT know-how and Progent's appreciation for the needs of small and midsize businesses make Progent the ideal partner for creating and running an affordable, high-availability network.
How You Can Access Progent's Experts for Disaster Recovery Solutions Help
If you wish to get in touch with Progent about professional expertise for workplace recovery solutions, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.