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 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 2022
Windows Server 2019
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2008 R2
Hyper-V Server (Core)
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
- 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. 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.
Zero-Downtime Solutions Provided by Progent
Progent's certified support professionals can help your company to create an efficient, high-availability network that resolves major problems encompassing a wide array of infrastructure solutions and operations including:
Workplace Recovery Planning
Progent's disaster recovery consultants can help you design a workplace recovery strategy so you can restore IT operations in the event of an information network disaster. Progent can help you to create a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy that includes periodic disaster recovery assessments and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified consultants can also help you create an affordable, zero-downtime system architecture that takes into account availability issues involving a broad range of network technologies and procedures. For details, visit Business Continuity Expertise.
CRISC-Premier IT Risk Mitigation
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification program was initiated by ISACA to verify an IT professional's ability to design, implement, and maintain information system control mechanisms to reduce network risk. Progent can provide the services of a CRISC-certified consultant to help your company to create and carry out a workplace continuity strategy based on leading practices identified by CRISC and geared to match your organization's risk appetite, business objectives, and budgetary guidelines. For details, visit CRISC-Premier network risk management specialists.
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Fault-tolerant Failover Clustering
Windows Server 2019 incorporated significant improvements in scale, performance, manageability, security and compliance, application compatibility, Linux co-existence, container technology, and hybrid combinations of on-premises and cloud resources. Top new features of Microsoft Windows Server 2019 include Windows Admin Center for centralizing the management and monitoring of hybrid local/cloud-hosted deployments, System Insights for taking advantage of modern predictive intelligence to manage on-premises environments, Windows Defender ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) Exploit Guard for host-intrusion prevention, container orchestration with Kubernetes, Cluster Sets technology for deploying and administering large non-stop scale-out clusters, and Microsoft's Storage Migration Service for simplifying the upgrade process from outdated releases of Windows Server. For more information, go to Windows Server 2019 High Availability Failover Clustering Help.
Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity experts can assist your organization to design a disaster recovery system based on Microsoft's latest Failover Clustering technologies such as 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 storage clusters using low-cost hardware, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for enhancing the speed and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while reducing TCO and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for fast, economical deployment of a stretch cluster quorum witness. To learn more, visit Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Consulting.
VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager (SRM) is a component of VMware vCenter that allows you to specify, automate and test a consistent process for recovering services quickly after a breakdown. SRM provides centrally controlled and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, and transparent site migration, failback and re-protect. Site Recovery Manager also enables non-disruptive testing for disaster recovery, updates and patches and can generate audit reports to confirm full service recovery, validate Service Level Agreements and prove disaster recovery compliance. Progent can provide the skills of a VCDX certified VMware SRM consulting expert to help your organization to design, configure, test and administer a DR solution powered by VMware Site Recovery Manager.
NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Software
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery platform that combines failover storage clustering with replication to provide fast, zero data loss disaster recovery between datacenters located as far as 300km away from one another. Progent can provide the skills of a certified NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can help you to plan, deploy, administer, upgrade, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery system built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to choose an architecture for your MetroCluster deployment that meets your functional requirements and budget. Progent can ensure you follow best practices for configuring your MetroCluster environment by providing help with tasks like assigning shelf IDs, determining plexes layout, provisioning volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, installing switches, implementing a tiebreaker mechanism, setting up a configuration replication network between your peered clusters, and verifying your disaster recovery system to prove adherence with information assurance standards and government requirements.
High Availability Load Balancing
Progent offers fault tolerant load balancing consulting that addresses system load balancing, load balanced programs, LAN/WAN backbone routing, and content delivery technology such as Cisco Content Engine. Fault tolerant load balancing solutions for which Progent can provide consulting expertise include Windows 2003 and 2008 Server Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Presentation Server, Cisco CSS, Cisco Content Distribution Manager and Cisco CDN Software, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. For details, go to High Availability Load Balancing.
High-Availability Data Centers
Progent's Data Center professionals can show you how to identify zero-downtime data centers that match the specific needs of your business. High availability off-site data centers are especially attractive to small and mid-size organizations due to of their affordability and convenience compared to pursuing a do-it-yourself approach. Attempting to design an in-house data center that offers even a minimum level of fault tolerance is too expensive for the majority of small organizations. Progent can show you how to reap all the benefits of high-availability data centers by offering a complete range of consulting and support services. To read more, go to Non-stop Data Centers Consulting.
High-Availability Inter-office Connectivity
Progent's branch office connectivity professionals can help businesses achieve fault tolerant multi-site connectivity through redundant networks featuring automatic failover. Progent's Cisco-premier CCIE engineers can plan and deploy ultra-reliable Inter-office networks supported by non-stop EIGRP routers or zero-downtime OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how multi-path connections and automatic fail-over offers affordable 24x7 interoffice connectivity. For more information, see 24x7 Interoffice Networking.
24x7 Internet Connections
Progent's Cisco-certified IT engineers can help you create an affordable, high availability Internet configuration solution that can deliver non-stop Internet access via a wide range of high availability Internet access solutions including high availability BGP, transparent fail-over, and redundant Internet Service Providers. Progent offers CCIE consultants to help you utilize the latest technology for 24x7 Internet connectivity to build an economical, fully redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other capabilities to create non-stop Internet availability. To read more, go to High Availability Internet Connectivity Solutions.
Backup and Recovery Solutions Consulting Experts
Progent can provide affordable online access to engineers with expertise in a broad array of products and services that deliver solutions for backing up Microsoft Windows, Mac, and Linux physical and virtual servers and workstations as well as laptops and handhelds. Progent offers expertise for all major backup platforms such as Acronis Backup and Recovery, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, CrashPlan PRO, Double-Take Software, MozyPro, Retrospect, Apple Time Machine, VMware Data Recovery, and FLARs. Progent's consultants can assist your company to implement, upgrade, or maintain data backup solutions for a range of environments such as on-premises, remote, cloud, or a mix. To read more, see Backup and Restore Solutions Expertise.
System Center Data Protection Manager Data Recovery Consultants
Progent's certified System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) consultants can assist you to create an effective disaster recovery plan, implement an affordable high-availability IT infrastructure, install a SCDPM-based recovery system, thoroughly test your system, educate your administrative personnel or regular service providers how to maintain Microsoft SCDPM, or provide extensive information technology outsourcing services including remote hosting of SCDPM machines in Progent's secure data center. For more information, visit Microsoft SCDPM Consulting Services.
Barracuda Backup On-premises and Cloud Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is an affordable, subscription-based backup/restore platform for small and medium-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup deployment can include a purpose-built hardware storage device manufactured by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with similar functionality but which utilizes your existing storage hardware. Barracuda Backup safeguards vital business data generated 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 Barracuda Backup appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts can provide a wide range of consulting services to help your business to design, integrate, manage and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery system based on Barracuda technology. For more information, go to Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consultants.
ProSight DPS 365 Total Backup Solutions for Microsoft 365
Microsoft 365 provides rudimentary archiving but does not have native support for crucial data protection services such as Exchange Online backups or long-term point-in-time recovery for OneDrive for Business or SharePoint. Hornetsecurity's 365 Total Backup (previously named Altaro O365 Backup) provides a full-featured BDR solution for programmable backup and quick recovery of all your company's M365 mail, Microsoft Teams Chats, SharePoint sites, OneDrive for Business data, and content on Windows desktops and laptops. Progent is a certified Hornetsecurity/Altaro partner and has designed ProSight Data Protection Services (DPS) 365 Total Backup to provide comprehensive managed services for Hornetsecurity's 365 Total Backup suite. ProSight Data Protection Services 365 Total Backup provides an affordable backup-as-a-service (BaaS) solution that defends M365 apps against data loss resulting from human or system error, malicious corruption, and malware assaults like ransomware. For more information, visit ProSight DPS 365 Total Backup solutions for Microsoft 365.
Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO
ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO offer small and mid-sized organizations a low cost end-to-end service for secure backup/disaster recovery (BDR). Available at a fixed monthly price, ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO automates your backup processes and allow fast recovery of critical data, applications and VMs that have become lost or damaged as a result of hardware failures, software glitches, disasters, human error, or malicious attacks like ransomware. ProSight DPS ECHO can help you protect, retrieve and restore files, folders, apps, system images, as well as 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 specialists can deliver world-class support to set up ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO to to comply with government and industry regulatory standards such as HIPAA, FINRA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when necessary, can assist you to recover your critical data. Read more about ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO managed backup and recovery.
ProSight DPS 360 Backup Services
Progent's data protection experts can help your company to create, deploy and troubleshoot a backup/restore plan built around MSP360 technology. MSP360 enables file/folder or image backup/restore for virtual machines and physical machines, works with all popular public clouds, and allows you to build a backup ecosystem with a minimum Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and a granular RPO. With ProSight Data Protection Services 360 Backup, Progent offers end-to-end monitoring and remote management of your backup system to prevent data loss caused by user mistakes, computer errors, ill-intentioned insiders, and malware assaults like ransomware. To learn more, go to ProSight DPS 360 Backup services.
Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Backup
Double-Take Software offers a selection of products intended to provide small and midsize companies a range of cost-effective alternatives for replicating and recovering vital applications including Exchange, SQL, RIM Blackberry, and Microsoft Office SharePoint. Progent's disaster recovery planning experts have in-depth backgrounds integrating Double-Take products into small company IT systems to create an advanced state of fault tolerance and disaster recovery capability at a budget-friendly cost. To learn more, visit Consulting for Double-Take Software for Backup.
Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Partner and offers professional application expertise for a wide variety of small business applications, Progent can help clients to arrive at comprehensive IT solutions that maximize the productivity of your information system. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent offers the support of premier consultants and specialists with experience in designing, deploying and supporting networking environments built on Cisco technology. The broad scope of Progent's technical experience and Progent's familiarity with the requirements of small companies make Progent the ideal partner for building and maintaining an affordable, high-availability information system.
How to Contact Progent's Engineers for Business Continuity 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.