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 High Availability Solutions Supported by Progent
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified consultants can help your business to implement an affordable, fault-tolerant information network that resolves critical challenges covering a wide range of infrastructure solutions and operations including:
Workplace Recovery Planning
Progent's business continuity planning consultants can show you how to design a business continuity plan in order to resume network operations in the event of an IT system disaster. Progent can help you to create a complete disaster recovery plan that includes scheduled disaster recovery assessments and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized engineers can also show you how to build an affordable, zero-downtime system solution that takes into account availability issues covering a broad array of infrastructure technologies and procedures. For more information, go to Workplace Recovery Consulting Services.
Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent offer small and medium-sized businesses a low cost end-to-end solution for secure backup/disaster recovery. Available at a low monthly price, ProSight Data Protection Services automates your backup processes and allows rapid recovery of vital data, applications and VMs that have become lost or corrupted as a result of hardware breakdowns, software bugs, disasters, human mistakes, or malware attacks like ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you back up, retrieve and restore files, folders, applications, system images, plus Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware images/. Important data can be backed up on the cloud, to a local storage device, or mirrored to both. Progent's BDR consultants can deliver world-class expertise to configure ProSight Data Protection Services to to comply with government and industry regulatory requirements such as HIPPA, FINRA, and PCI and, whenever needed, can help you to restore your critical data. Read more about ProSight DPS Managed Cloud Backup and Recovery.
Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery experts can help you to plan and deploy a DR system based on Microsoft's most advanced Failover Clustering tools 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 low-cost equipment, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for improving the speed and resilience of Failover Clusters while reducing TCO and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for easy, affordable creation of a stretch cluster quorum arbitration point. To read more, go to Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Consulting.
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced enterprise-class availability and recoverability to Microsoft's clustering platform. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this foundation and delivers significant improvements offering increased scalability, non-stop storage availability for server applications, simpler administration, quicker failover, and more flexibility for designing clusters. To learn more, see Windows Server 2012 Clustering Consulting Services.
VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager (SRM) is a component of VMware vCenter that lets you define, automate and test a consistent workflow for restoring applications and services rapidly after an outage. Site Recovery Manager provides centrally controlled and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, plus non-disruptive site relocation, failback and site re-protect. Site Recovery Manager also enables non-intrusive testing for disaster recovery, upgrades and fixes and can generate reports to verify complete service restoration, validate SLAs and demonstrate disaster recovery compliance. Progent can provide the support of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consulting expert to assist your organization to design, deploy, test and manage a DR system based on VMware Site Recovery Manager.
NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Technology
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery software suite that combines array-based storage clustering with continual replication to deliver rapid, zero data loss disaster recovery between datacenters that are up to 300km apart. Progent offers access to a certified NetApp MetroCluster expert who can help your business to design, deploy, manage, upgrade, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery solution based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to select 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 environment by delivering help with procedures like assigning shelf IDs, arranging aggregate and plexes layout, setting up volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, provisioning Cisco and Brocade switches, implementing a tiebreaker, setting up a configuration replication network between your peered clusters, and testing your MetroCluster disaster recovery solution to prove compliance with industry standards and government mandates.
Network Load Balancing
Progent offers fault tolerant load balancing consulting covering network load balancing, load balanced programs, LAN/WAN backbone routing, and content delivery technology such as Cisco Content Engine. Non-stop load balancing technologies for which Progent offers consulting expertise include Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008 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. To find out more, visit High Availability Load Balancing.
Progent's Data Center engineers can help you find fault-tolerant data centers that match the particular requirements of your business. High availability colocation sites are especially attractive to small and mid-size companies because of their affordability and simplified logistics compared to taking a do-it-yourself approach. Attempting to create an on-site data center that offers even a basic degree of fault tolerance is too expensive for most small businesses. Progent is ready to show you how to get all the advantages of 24x7 colo sites by offering a complete array of consulting and maintenance services. For details, see Fault Tolerant Data Centers Expertise.
High-Availability Branch Office Networking
Progentís multi-site connectivity engineers can help organizations create non-stop interoffice connections by means of redundant networks featuring transparent failover. Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE network engineers can plan and implement ultra-reliable Inter-office connections based on zero-downtime EIGRP network routers or non-stop OSPF configurations of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how multi-path connectivity and automatic fail-over can provide affordable non-stop interoffice networking. For details, see Non-stop Inter-office Networking.
24x7 Internet Connectivity
Progent's Cisco-certified network consultants can show you how to design an economical, fault tolerant Internet connection architecture that can deliver 24x7 Internet connectivity through a broad range of high availability Internet access technologies including fault tolerant BGP, transparent fail-over, and redundant ISPs. Progent can provide Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert consultants to show you how to apply the latest technology for 24x7 Internet access to build an economical, fully redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other features to deliver non-stop Internet connections. To find out more, see Fault Tolerant Internet Access Solutions.
Backup and Restore Technology Consultants
Progent offers economical remote support from consultants with expertise in a broad range of utilities and technologies that provide solutions for backing up Microsoft Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX physical and virtual servers and desktops as well as notebooks and smartphones. Progent can provide expertise for all major backup products including Acronis Backup and Recovery, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, HP Data Protector, Double-Take, MozyPro, Retrospect for Macintosh, Apple Time Machine, VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP), and Solaris FLARs. Progent's consultants can help you to install, enhance, or troubleshoot backup/restore solutions for a range of topologies including local, remote, cloud-based, or a mix. For details, see Backup and Restore Solutions Consulting Services.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Data Recovery Consulting Services
Progent's certified System Center Data Protection Manager engineers can help your company to create a practical workplace recovery plan, implement an affordable fault-tolerante network infrastructure, install a System Center Data Protection Manager-based backup and restore system, thoroughly validate your system, educate your IT personnel or regular service providers how to manage SCDPM, or provide complete IT support outsourcing such as remote housing of System Center Data Protection Manager servers in Progent's secure data center. To find out more, visit Microsoft SCDPM Consulting.
Barracuda Backup Local, Offsite and Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription-based backup and disaster recovery platform for small and medium-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup deployment can include a custom-designed hardware storage device built by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with similar functionality but which uses your own storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup protects vital company data generated locally, at one or multiple remote sites, or in the cloud. For disaster preparedness, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon AWS, or to any location with a physical or virtual Barracuda appliance. Progent is a certified Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consultants can provide a wide array of consulting support services to help your business to design, configure, operate and troubleshoot a BDR system built on Barracuda Backup. For additional information, visit Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting.
Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Data Backup/Restore
Double-Take Software publishes a family of products intended to deliver small and midsize companies a variety of affordable solutions for replicating and restoring business-critical applications such as Microsoft Exchange Server, SQL Server, Blackberry, and Microsoft Office SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning consultants have extensive backgrounds integrating Double-Take technology into small business information networks to create a high level of fault tolerance and disaster recovery capability at a budget-friendly price. For more information, go to Consulting for Double-Take Software for Data Backup.
CRISC-Certified Network Risk Control
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) program was established by ISACA in 2010 to verify a consultant's ability to plan, deploy, and support IS control mechanisms to mitigate risk. Progent can provide the expertise of a CRISC-certified engineer to help your company to develop and execute a business continuity or disaster recovery plan based on industry best practices promoted by CRISC and geared to match your company's risk appetite, business objectives, and budgetary guidelines. To read more, see CRISC-Certified IT risk control specialists.
Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Certified Partner and provides high-level application consulting for a broad range of business applications, Progent is able to assist customers to arrive at complete IT 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 designing, deploying and managing networking solutions built on Cisco technology. The depth and breadth of Progent's technical know-how and Progent's sensitivity to the requirements of small companies make Progent the perfect resource for building and running an affordable, fault-tolerant network.
How to Contact Progent's Consultants for Disaster Recovery Solutions Support
In order to get in touch with Progent about engineering support for workplace recovery solutions, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.