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.
Additional High Availability Solutions Supported by Progent
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco consulting experts can help your business to implement an efficient, high-availability IT architecture that resolves key challenges encompassing a broad range of networking solutions and processes including:
Business Continuity Planning
Progent's business continuity planning consultants can show you how to create a disaster recovery strategy in order to resume network functionality in case of an IT network disaster. Progent can help you to create a complete disaster recovery strategy that incorporates periodic disaster recovery evaluations and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified professionals can also help you build an affordable, non-stop network solution that addresses availability issues involving a wide array of infrastructure technologies and procedures. For details, go to Disaster Recovery Consulting Services.
Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent offer small and medium-sized organizations a low cost and fully managed solution for secure backup/disaster recovery (BDR). Available at a fixed monthly price, ProSight DPS automates your backup activities and allows rapid recovery of vital files, apps and virtual machines that have become unavailable or corrupted due to hardware breakdowns, software bugs, natural 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, as well as Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware images/. Critical data can be protected on the cloud, to an on-promises device, or mirrored to both. Progent's cloud backup consultants can deliver advanced support to set up ProSight Data Protection Services to be compliant with government and industry regulatory requirements like HIPAA, FINRA, and PCI and, when needed, can assist you to recover your critical data. Read more about ProSight DPS Managed Cloud Backup and Recovery.
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity experts can assist you to plan and deploy a DR system based on Microsoft's cloud-tested Failover Clustering technologies such as Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-intrusive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss Recovery Point Objective (RPO), Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class network-attached storage using industry-standard hardware, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for improving the speed and resilience of Failover Clusters while reducing TCO and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for easy, affordable creation of a stretch cluster quorum witness. For details, see Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Consulting.
Microsoft Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced world-class fault tolerance and recoverability to Microsoft's clustering platform. Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this foundation and provides significant enhancements that offer increased expandability, better storage availability for server applications, easier management, quicker automatic failover, and additional flexibility for architecting failover clusters. For details, go to Windows Server 2012 Clustering Consulting Services.
VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager (SRM) is an extension to VMware vCenter that allows you to orchestrate, automate and verify a consistent workflow for restoring applications and services rapidly after an outage. SRM provides centrally managed and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, and non-intrusive site relocation, failback and site re-protect. SRM also enables transparent testing for disaster recovery, updates and patches and can generate reports to confirm complete service recovery, validate Service Level Agreements and demonstrate DR compliance. Progent can provide the support of a VCDX certified VMware SRM consultant to assist your organization to plan, configure, test and manage a DR system based on VMware Site Recovery Manager.
NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Technology
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery platform that uses failover storage clustering with continual replication to deliver rapid, zero RPO disaster recovery between datacenters that are up to 185 miles (300km) apart. Progent can provide online or on-premises access to a NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can help your business to plan, deploy, administer, update, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery system based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you to choose a topology for your MetroCluster environment that meets your technical needs and budget. Progent can ensure you adhere to leading practices for installing your MetroCluster solution by delivering guidance with procedures like assigning disk pools, determining aggregate layout, provisioning FlexVol volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, provisioning switches, designing a tiebreaker, setting up a configuration replication network between your storage clusters, and testing your MetroCluster disaster recovery system to show compliance with information assurance standards and regulatory requirements.
Fault Tolerant Load Balancing
Progent offers high availability load balancing consulting covering network load balancing, load balanced applications, LAN/WAN infrastructure routing, and content delivery products such as Cisco Content Engine. Non-stop load balancing solutions for which Progent can provide consulting expertise include Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Access Gateway, Cisco CSS, Cisco Distributed Director and LocalDirector 400 series, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. To read more, go to High Availability Load Balancing.
Fault Tolerant Colocation
Progent's Data Center professionals can show you how to select fault-tolerant data centers that meet the specific requirements of your business. Fault tolerant Internet Data Centers are particularly attractive to small and mid-size companies because of their affordability and convenience compared to pursuing a do-it-yourself approach. Attempting to create an in-house data center with even a basic degree of fault tolerance is financially prohibitive for typical small companies. Progent can help you get all the benefits of 24x7 colo centers by offering a full array of consulting and maintenance services. For details, visit High-Availability Internet Data Centers Consulting.
Fault Tolerant Inter-office Connectivity
Progentís inter-site connectivity engineers can help companies achieve fault tolerant multi-site connectivity via redundant system architectures featuring automatic failover. Progentís Cisco-premier CCIE engineers can design and deploy ultra-reliable Inter-office networks supported by non-stop EIGRP network routers or fault tolerant OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how multi-path connections and transparent fail-over can provide affordable non-stop interoffice connectivity. To learn more, go to High-Availability Inter-office Connectivity.
High Availability Internet Connections
Progent's Cisco-certified network engineers can help you create an economical, high availability Internet connection architecture that can deliver 24x7 Internet connectivity through a broad array of high availability Internet network solutions including high availability BGP, automatic fail-over, and multiple Internet Service Providers. Progent can provide Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert consultants to help you utilize the most advanced technology for fault tolerant Internet connections to create an economical, fully redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other capabilities to deliver fault tolerant Internet access. To find out more, go to Fault Tolerant Internet Connectivity Solutions.
Backup and Recovery Solutions Consulting Services
Progent can provide economical remote support from engineers skilled in a wide array of products and services that deliver solutions for backing up Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux/UNIX physical and virtual servers and workstations as well as notebooks and smartphones. Progent offers consulting support for leading data protection platforms including Acronis, Backup Exec, BackupAssist, CrashPlan, Double-Take, Mozy, Retrospect, Time Machine, VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP), and FLARs. Progent's consultants can assist you to install, upgrade, or troubleshoot backup solutions for a range of topologies including local, remote, cloud, or a mix. To learn more, see Backup and Restore Solutions Consulting Services.
System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Data Recovery Consulting
Progent's certified System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) support professionals can help your company to create a practical workplace recovery plan, implement a cost-effective fault-tolerante network infrastructure, deploy a Microsoft SCDPM-powered backup and recovery system, thoroughly test your DPM system, educate your administrative personnel or regular consultants how to manage Microsoft SCDPM, or provide complete information technology outsourcing services including remote hosting of SCDPM servers in Progent's world-class data center facility. To read more, visit Microsoft SCDPM Consulting Services.
Barracuda Backup Multi-site and Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription backup and disaster recovery service for small and medium-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup solution can incorporate a custom-designed hardware appliance manufactured by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with similar features but which uses your own storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup protects critical company data generated locally, at one or multiple remote locations, or in the cloud. For disaster recovery, 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 wide array of consulting services to assist you to plan, integrate, operate and repair a backup and disaster recovery system built on Barracuda technology. For additional information, go to Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting.
Consulting for Double-Take Software for Data Backup and Recovery
Double-Take Software publishes a family of tools intended to deliver small and midsize businesses a variety of cost-effective alternatives for backing up and recovering business-critical workloads such as Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server, RIM Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning experts have in-depth backgrounds integrating Double-Take technology into small company information systems to create an advanced level of availability and business continuity readiness at an affordable cost. For more information, go to Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup.
CRISC-Certified Network Risk Mitigation
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) program was established by ISACA to validate a consultant's ability to plan, implement, and maintain information system controls to reduce risk. Progent offers the services of a CRISC-certified engineer to help you to develop and carry out a workplace continuity plan that follows industry best practices identified by CRISC and crafted to align with your company's risk tolerance, business objectives, and budgetary guidelines. To read more, see CRISC-Premier network risk management specialists.
Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Certified Partner and offers professional application expertise for a wide variety of small business applications, Progent is able to assist clients to arrive at efficient information technology solutions that maximize the productivity of your network. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent can provide the support of certified engineers and specialists with expertise in architecting, implementing and managing networking environments built on Cisco technology. The breadth of Progent's IT experience and Progent's familiarity with the requirements of small and midsize businesses make Progent the perfect partner for creating and running a cost-effective, high-availability information system.
How to Get in Touch with Progent's Experts for Business Continuity Planning Support
To ask Progent about engineering assistance for workplace recovery solutions, phone 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.