ProSight Data Protection Services - Altaro VM Backup: Hyper-V and VMware Virtual Server Backup
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). 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 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.
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.
Zero-Downtime Solutions Provided by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco engineers can help you to build an affordable, zero-downtime system that resolves key challenges covering a wide range of networking technologies and operations including:
Business Continuity Planning
Progent's disaster recovery planning professionals can help you create a workplace recovery plan so you can resume network functionality in the event of an information system catastrophe. Progent can help you to create a comprehensive disaster recovery plan that includes periodic disaster recovery assessments and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified professionals can also show you how to create an affordable, zero-downtime system solution that addresses reliability issues covering a broad range of network technologies and procedures. To learn more, visit Business Continuity Consulting and Support Services.
CRISC-Premier IT Risk Management
The CRISC program was initiated by ISACA in 2010 to validate an IT professional's skills to plan, deploy, and maintain IS control mechanisms to reduce risk. Progent can provide the services of a CRISC-certified consultant to assist your company to create and execute a workplace continuity or disaster recovery plan based on leading practices promoted by CRISC and crafted to match your company's risk appetite, business objectives, and IT budget. To learn more, see CRISC-Certified network risk management experts.
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Fault-tolerant Failover Clustering
Windows Server 2019 features important enhancements in scale, throughput, management, security and compliance, app compatibility, Linux support, Kubernetes technology, and hybrid integration of on-premises and cloud-hosted resources. Top new features of Microsoft Windows Server 2019 are Windows Admin Center for centralizing the management of hybrid on-premises/cloud deployments, System Insights for taking advantage of advance predictive analytics to control on-premises environments, Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection Exploit Guard for host-intrusion defense, container networking using Kubernetes, Cluster Sets for building and managing large non-stop scale-out clusters, and Microsoft's Storage Migration Service for streamlining the upgrade process from legacy releases of Windows Server. For more information, go to Microsoft Server 2019 Fault-tolerant Failover Clustering Support.
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity consultants can assist your organization to plan and deploy a disaster recovery solution based on Microsoft's cloud-tested Failover Clustering technologies including Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-intrusive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for crash-consistent recovery, Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class storage clusters using commodity hardware, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for improving the performance and resilience of Failover Clusters while reducing TCO and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for fast, affordable creation of a stretch cluster quorum witness. To read more, see Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Support.
VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager is an extension to VMware vCenter that allows you to specify, automate and test a repeatable process for recovering applications and services rapidly following a breakdown. SRM provides centrally managed and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, and transparent site relocation, failback and site re-protect. Site Recovery Manager also supports transparent testing for site recovery, upgrades and patches and can generate audit reports to confirm complete service recovery, validate Service Level Agreements and prove disaster recovery compliance. Progent offers the skills of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consulting expert to assist your organization to plan, configure, test and administer a DR system powered by VMware SRM.
NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Platform
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery software suite that combines failover storage clustering along with continual replication to provide fast, zero RPO disaster recovery (DR) between sites located up to 300km apart. Progent can provide the skills of a certified NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can assist your business to design, configure, administer, update, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery system built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to select a topology for your MetroCluster deployment that aligns with your technical needs and budget. Progent can make sure you follow best practices for configuring your MetroCluster solution by delivering guidance with tasks such as assigning shelf IDs, determining plexes layout, provisioning FlexVol volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, installing Cisco and Brocade switches, implementing a tiebreaker, setting up a configuration replication network, and verifying your disaster recovery solution to prove compliance with industry standards and regulatory requirements.
High Availability Load Balancing
Progent offers fault tolerant load balancing support covering network load balancing, load balanced applications, network backbone routing, and content dispatching products including Cisco Content Engine. High availability load balancing solutions for which Progent can provide consulting services include Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Access Suite and Presentation Server, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Content Distribution Manager and LocalDirector 400 series, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. For details, go to Non-stop Load Balancing.
Fault Tolerant Data Centers
Progent's Data Center consultants can show you how to find fault-tolerant data centers that match the particular requirements of your company. High availability off-site data centers are particularly appealing to small and mid-size businesses due to of their affordability and simplified logistics in comparison to pursuing a do-it-yourself strategy. Attempting to design an in-house data center that offers even a basic degree of fault tolerance is financially prohibitive for typical small companies. Progent can help you reap all the benefits of non-stop colocation facilities by providing a full array of consulting and maintenance services. For details, see High-Availability Colocation Expertise.
Failsafe Branch Office Connectivity
Progent’s branch office network infrastructure engineers can help companies create fault tolerant branch office connectivity solutions through fully redundant networks featuring transparent failover. Progent’s Cisco-certified CCIE network engineers can plan and implement high-availability Inter-office networks supported by non-stop EIGRP network routers or fault tolerant OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how redundant connections and automatic fail-over offers economical non-stop interoffice connectivity. For details, visit Fault Tolerant Inter-office Connectivity.
24x7 Internet Connectivity
Progent's Cisco-authorized IT engineers can show you how to design an economical, fault tolerant Internet connection solution that can achieve 24x7 Internet connectivity via a broad range of fault tolerant Internet network solutions including fault tolerant BGP, automatic fail-over, and redundant Internet Service Providers. Progent can provide Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert engineers to help you apply the most up-to-date technology for fault tolerant Internet connections to create an economical, fully redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other capabilities to create non-stop Internet connections. For more information, go to Non-stop Internet Connectivity Architecture.
Backup and Restore Solutions Consulting and Support Services
Progent offers economical online support from engineers skilled in a broad array of products and technologies that provide solutions for backing up Microsoft Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX physical and virtual servers and desktops as well as laptops and handhelds. Progent offers consulting support for all major backup platforms such as Acronis Backup and Recovery, Backup Exec, BackupAssist, CrashPlan PRO, Double-Take Software, MozyPro, Retrospect for Macintosh, Apple Time Machine, VMware Data Recovery (VDR), and Oracle Solaris FLARs. Progent can assist you to deploy, enhance, or maintain data backup systems for a variety of environments such as on-premises, remote, cloud, or a mix. For details, see Backup and Recovery Solutions Consulting and Support Services.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Backup and Restore Consultants
Progent's expert System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) engineers can assist you to create a practical workplace recovery strategy, design a cost-effective high-availability IT architecture, configure a Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager-based backup and recovery solution, comprehensively validate your system, educate your administrative personnel or regular service providers how to maintain Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide complete IT outsourcing such as remote hosting of System Center Data Protection Manager machines in Progent's secure data center facility. To learn more, visit Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting.
Barracuda Backup Multi-site and Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription backup/restore service for small and mid-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup deployment can incorporate a purpose-built physical appliance manufactured by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with similar functionality but which uses your existing storage hardware. Barracuda Backup safeguards vital business 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 AWS, or to any location with a Barracuda Backup appliance. Progent is a certified Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts can provide a broad range of consulting support services to help you to design, configure, operate and repair a backup and disaster recovery system built on Barracuda technology. For more information, go to Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting.
ProSight DPS Altaro Office 365 Backup Services
Office 365 offers rudimentary archiving but does not have native support for key data protection capabilities like Exchange Online backups or greater than 30-day point-in-time recovery for OneDrive for Business or SharePoint. Altaro Office 365 Total Backup delivers a feature-rich BDR solution for automatic backup and rapid recovery of all your company's Office 365 mail, Teams Chats, SharePoint sites, and OneDrive files. Progent is a certified Altaro partner and has designed ProSight Data Protection Services O365 Backup to provide end-to-end management services for Altaro's Office 365 back/restore suite. ProSight DPS O365 provides an affordable backup-as-a-service (BaaS) solution that guards Office 365 components against data loss or corruption resulting from user or system error, malicious corruption, and cyber attacks like ransomware. For details, go to ProSight Data Protection Services Altaro O365 Backup services.
Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO
ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO offer small and medium-sized organizations a low cost and fully managed solution for reliable backup/disaster recovery (BDR). Available at a fixed monthly price, ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO automates your backup processes and allow fast recovery of vital files, apps and VMs that have become unavailable or corrupted due to hardware breakdowns, software bugs, disasters, human error, or malicious attacks such as ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO can help you back up, recover and restore files, folders, apps, system images, as well as Hyper-V and VMware images. Critical data can be backed up on the cloud, to a local storage device, or mirrored to both. Progent's backup and recovery specialists can provide advanced expertise to set up ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO to to comply with government and industry regulatory requirements such as HIPAA, FIRPA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, whenever needed, can assist you to recover your business-critical information. Read more about ProSight DPS ECHO managed cloud backup and recovery.
ProSight DPS 360 Backup Services
Progent's data protection experts can assist your company to design, implement and troubleshoot a backup plan built around MSP360 software. MSP360 enables file/folder or image backup/recovery for VMs and physical computers, works with all popular public clouds, and permits you to create a data protection solution with a low RTO and a granular RPO. With ProSight DPS 360 Backup, Progent offers comprehensive monitoring and management of your backup system to prevent data loss resulting from user miscues, computer glitches, ill-intentioned insiders, and external attacks like ransomware. To find out more, see ProSight Data Protection Services 360 Backup services.
Consulting for Double-Take Software for Backup/Restore
Double-Take offers a family of tools intended to deliver small businesses a variety of cost-effective solutions for backing up and restoring business-critical workloads such as Exchange, Microsoft SQL, Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progent’s disaster recovery planning experts have in-depth experience integrating Double-Take technology into small business information networks to achieve an advanced state of availability and business continuity readiness at an affordable price. To find out more, go to Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Backup.
Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Partner and provides specialized application expertise for a broad variety of business software programs, Progent can help clients to arrive at comprehensive information technology solutions that optimize the productivity of your information system. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent offers the expertise of premier consultants and specialists with experience in architecting, deploying and managing networking environments built on Cisco technology. The broad scope of Progent's IT know-how and Progent's appreciation for the requirements of small businesses make Progent a great resource for building and running a cost-effective, dependable network.
How to Get in Touch with Progent's Consultants for Business Continuity Planning Support
To get in touch with Progent about consulting expertise for business continuity solutions, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.