Altaro VM Backup Solutions: Hyper-V and VMware Virtual Server Backup
Altaro VM Backup ConsultingAltaro 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 Supported Media
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2008 R2
VMware vCenter
V(5.0, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0 & 6.5)
VMware vSphere
V(5.0, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0 & 6.5)
VMware ESXi
V(5.0, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0 & 6.5)
(Free ESXi not supported)
USB External Drives
eSata External Drives
USB Flash Drives
Network Shares
NAS devices
PC Internal Hard Drives
RDX Cartridges
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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.

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    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.
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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.

  • 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.

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    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.
Management and Reporting
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 Fault Tolerant Technologies Provided by Progent
Progent's certified consulting experts can help your business to implement an affordable, high-availability network that resolves critical challenges encompassing a broad range of infrastructure technologies and operations such as:

Business Continuity Planning
Progent's business continuity professionals can show you how to design a workplace recovery plan in order to resume IT operations in case of an IT system disaster. Progent can assist you to develop a complete disaster recovery strategy that incorporates periodic disaster recovery evaluations and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified consultants can also help you create an affordable, non-stop system architecture that takes into account availability issues involving a broad range of network technologies and processes. For details, see Business Continuity Consulting Services.

Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent provide small and mid-sized organizations an affordable and fully managed solution for reliable backup/disaster recovery (BDR). For a fixed monthly rate, ProSight DPS automates and monitors your backup processes and allows rapid recovery of critical data, apps and virtual machines that have become unavailable or corrupted as a result of hardware failures, software bugs, disasters, human mistakes, or malicious attacks like ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you protect, 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 an on-promises device, or to both. Progent's BDR specialists can provide world-class expertise to set up ProSight DPS to to comply with government and industry regulatory standards like HIPPA, FIRPA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, whenever necessary, can help you to restore your critical information. Learn more about ProSight DPS Managed Cloud Backup.

Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery experts can help your organization to plan and deploy a disaster recovery solution built around Microsoft's cloud-tested Failover Clustering tools such as Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-disruptive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss Recovery Point Objective (RPO), Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class storage clusters using low-cost hardware, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for enhancing the speed and resilience of Failover Clusters while minimizing TCO and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for fast, economical creation of a stretch cluster quorum arbitration point. To read more, go to Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Help.

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Windows Server 2008 R2 brought world-class fault tolerance and recoverability to Microsoft's clustering platform. Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this foundation and delivers important improvements that offer more expandability, better disk storage uptime for server applications, easier management, faster automatic failover, and additional options for architecting failover clusters. To find out more, go to Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clustering Consulting and Support.

VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager is a component of VMware vCenter that lets you specify, automate and test a repeatable process for recovering applications and services quickly after an outage. Site Recovery Manager provides centrally controlled and automated recovery, application mobility, and transparent site migration, failback and re-protect. SRM also enables non-intrusive testing for site recovery, upgrades and fixes and can generate reports to confirm full service restoration, validate SLAs and demonstrate disaster recovery compliance. Progent offers the support of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consultant to assist your organization to plan, configure, test and manage a disaster recovery solution powered by VMware Site Recovery Manager.

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 replication to provide fast, zero RPO disaster recovery (DR) between datacenters that are up to 300km apart. Progent offers access to a certified NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can help you to design, configure, manage, upgrade, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery system based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to select an architecture for your MetroCluster environment that meets your functional requirements and IT budget. Progent can ensure you follow best practices for installing your MetroCluster environment by delivering guidance with procedures like assigning shelf IDs, arranging aggregate layout, setting up volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, installing switches, implementing a tiebreaker mechanism, setting up a configuration replication network, and testing your DR solution to verify adherence with industry standards and government mandates.

Fault Tolerant Load Balancing
Progent provides high availability load balancing consulting that addresses network load balancing, load balanced programs, LAN/WAN backbone routing, and content delivery technology such as F5 Networks 3DNS. High availability load balancing technologies for which Progent can provide consulting expertise include Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Access Suite and Presentation Server, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Content Distribution Manager and ACNS, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. For details, go to High Availability Load Balancing.

Fault Tolerant Data Centers
Progent's Data Center engineers can show you how to identify fault-tolerant data centers that match the particular needs of your business. High availability colocation sites are especially attractive to small and mid-size organizations due to of their low cost and simplified logistics in comparison to taking a do-it-yourself approach. Attempting to design an in-house data center that offers even a minimum level of fault tolerance is too costly for most small organizations. Progent can show you how to get all the advantages of 24x7 data centers by providing a full range of consulting and support services. For more information, visit Non-stop Data Centers Solutions.

High-Availability Inter-office Networking
Progentís interoffice connection consultants can help companies create non-stop branch office connectivity solutions by means of fully redundant networks with automatic failover. Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE network engineers can design and implement ultra-reliable Inter-office networks supported by zero-downtime EIGRP routers or zero-downtime OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how multi-path connections and transparent fail-over offers affordable 24x7 interoffice connectivity. For more information, visit Fault Tolerant Interoffice Connectivity.

Fault Tolerant Internet Connectivity
Progent's Cisco-certified IT engineers can show you how to create an affordable, high availability Internet connection architecture that can deliver 24x7 Internet connectivity through a wide range of fault tolerant Internet access technologies including non-stop BGP, transparent fail-over, and multiple Internet Service Providers. Progent offers Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert engineers to help you utilize the most up-to-date technology for 24x7 Internet connectivity to implement an affordable, completely redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other features to create non-stop Internet connections. To learn more, visit High Availability Internet Connectivity Solutions.

Backup and Restore Solutions Consulting Services
Progent can provide economical remote access to IT engineers with expertise in a broad range of utilities and services that deliver solutions for protecting Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux/UNIX servers and desktops as well as notebooks and handhelds. Progent offers consulting support for leading backup products such as Acronis Backup and Recovery, Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, CrashPlan, Double-Take Backup, Mozy, Retrospect for Macintosh, Time Machine, VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP), and Solaris FLARs. Progent's consultants can help you to install, upgrade, or maintain backup systems for a range of topologies including local, edge to datacenter, cloud-based, or hybrid. For more information, visit Backup and Recovery Technology Consulting and Support Services.

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Backup and Restore Consulting Experts
Progent's certified System Center Data Protection Manager consultants can help your company to create a practical business continuity plan, design a cost-effective fault-tolerante network infrastructure, configure a Microsoft SCDPM-based backup and restore system, thoroughly validate your DPM system, train your IT personnel or local service providers how to maintain SCDPM, or provide complete information technology outsourcing services including off-site hosting of Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager machines in Progent's secure data center facility. To learn more, visit System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Expertise.

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 businesses. A Barracuda Backup solution can incorporate a custom-designed physical appliance manufactured by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with similar features but which uses your existing storage hardware. Barracuda Backup safeguards critical business data produced on-premises, at one or more remote sites, or in the cloud. For disaster preparedness, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon AWS, or to any site with a physical or virtual Barracuda Backup appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts offer a wide range of consulting services to assist your business to design, configure, manage and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery solution based on Barracuda Backup. For more information, see Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consultants.

Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup and Recovery
Double-Take offers a family of tools designed to provide small companies a variety of affordable solutions for backing up and recovering vital applications such as Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL, Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning consultants have extensive backgrounds incorporating Double-Take products into small business information networks to achieve a high state of fault tolerance and disaster recovery readiness at a budget-friendly cost. To find out more, see Consulting for Double-Take Software for Backup.

CRISC-Certified Network Risk Control
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification program was initiated by ISACA in 2010 to verify a consultant's ability to plan, deploy, and maintain information system controls to mitigate risk. Progent offers the services of a CRISC-certified engineer to assist you to develop and carry out a workplace continuity plan based on industry best practices promoted by CRISC and geared to align with your organization's risk tolerance, business objectives, and budgetary guidelines. To find out more, see CRISC-Certified IT risk management specialists.

Why Choose Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Partner and offers professional application support for a wide range of business software programs, Progent is able to help clients to arrive at comprehensive IT solutions that substantially enhance the productivity of your IT network. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent can provide the expertise of certified consultants and specialists with experience in architecting, configuring and managing networking solutions built on Cisco products. The depth of Progent's IT know-how and Progent's sensitivity to the requirements of small companies make Progent a great partner for building and maintaining an affordable, dependable network.

How You Can Contact Progent's Experts for Business Continuity Planning Help
If you wish to get in touch with Progent about consulting support for disaster recovery solutions, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.

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