Altaro VM Backup Solutions: Hyper-V and VMware Virtual Server Backup
Altaro VM Backup is designed to provide small and mid-size businesses with a reliable and affordable solution for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-based virtual machines (VMs). Altaro VM Backup can be used for local, offsite, multi-site, and cloud-based environments and also supports cost-effective cloud backup to a Microsoft Azure Block Blob storage account. Top features include industry-leading Augmented Inline Deduplication to reduce backup storage requirements, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup intervals as low as five minutes for reducing your exposure to data loss, military-grade encryption, granular restore options for entire virtual machines or for individual files and emails, extensive support for Windows Server Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) and VMware vCenter, and the ability to leverage Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) technology to back up live virtual machines without downtime.
Progent is a certified Altaro partner and can provide a broad range of services to help you plan, deploy, optimize and troubleshoot a backup/restore solution based on the Altaro VM Backup platform. Progent also offers ProSight Data Protection Services managed backup to provide end-to-end monitoring and management of your backup ecosystem. Progent's Hyper-V consultants and VMware experts can help you design and manage virtual machine deployments that utilize on-premises or offsite VMs or that use a hybrid architecture that incorporates both local and cloud-based resources. In addition, Progent offers business continuity/disaster recovery (BCDR) planning consulting to help smaller organizations prepare for potentially catastrophic threats to business-critical data such as ransomware, human error, hardware failure and natural disasters.
Key Features of Altaro VM Backup
Altaro VM Backup is designed to handle the backup/restore requirements of most small businesses and combines simplicity of operation with a rich feature set that includes capabilities typically found only in enterprise-grade platforms. Altaro protects the most widely used versions of Hyper-V and VMware and supports popular backup media:
|Supported Hyper-V OS
||Supported VMware OS
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2008 R2
V(5.0, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0 & 6.5)
V(5.0, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0 & 6.5)
V(5.0, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0 & 6.5)
(Free ESXi not supported)
USB External Drives
eSata External Drives
USB Flash Drives
PC Internal Hard Drives
Altaro Offsite Server
Altaro protects popular versions of Hyper-V and VMware and supports most backup media
Altaro VM Backup includes powerful features in three crucial areas of data protection: backup/replication, restoration/disaster recovery, plus management and reporting.
Backup and Replication
Altaro VM Backup offers fast, efficient, and secure backup for data protection and archiving plus offsite replication for disaster recovery. Major backup and replication features include:
- Augmented Inline Deduplication: Inline variable block size deduplication sends only changed data to the backup device or site, conserving bandwidth, reducing storage requirements, and improving performance.
- Continuous Data Protection (CDP): Rather than run daily backups, you can reduce backup intervals to as short as five minutes to lower your Recovery Point Objective (RPO).
- Concurrency: You can back up multiple virtual machines simultaneously, which makes it possible to conduct backup operations during shorter off-hour time windows when more bandwidth is available and network performance is less critical.
- Live/Hot Backup: Integration with Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service allows you to back up virtual machines without incurring downtime.
- Cluster Shared Volumes & VMware vCenter: The ability to back up virtual machines running in a Hyper-V Failover Cluster (with or without cluster shared volumes) or in a VMware vCenter environment supports larger deployments.
- Offsite Replication: To facilitate disaster recovery, you can set up the Altaro Offsite Server tool on an external server for storing a copy of your backups at a different location.
- Flexible Scheduling and Retention Policies: You can set different backup schedules and retention policies for individual VMs.
Backup scheduling and retention options for Altaro are easy to configure, review and update
- Application Consistent Backups: Altaro VM Backup can use Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) and all VSS Writers running inside the protected VM when making a backup. Applications like Microsoft SQL and Exchange will be aware the backup has happened and automatically run the relevant maintenance tasks such as truncating transaction logs.
- Military-Grade Encryption: Prior to saving your data to a backup device, you have the option of encrypting it using 256-Bit AES Encryption.
- Virtual Disk Exclude: You can select which Virtual Disks to include or exclude in your VM backups.
- Grandfather-Father-Son Archiving (GFS): In addition to your continuous and daily backups, you can set up a special backup schedule to create and archive a new backup version every week, month and year.
- Cloud Backup to Azure: Altaro supports backup to an Azure Block Blob storage account, which is the most affordable storage option available on the Azure cloud.
Altaro lets you back up VMs that are hosted on-premises, offsite or in the cloud
Restore and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup includes a rich set of tools for point-in-time granular recovery of VMs and files that have been periodically backed up and need to be restored for any reason. In a disaster recovery scenario, Altaro has tools for quickly restoring an entire site from the latest replicated version stored offsite.
Management and Reporting
- Restore as Clone: You can restore a VM backup to a new location with a new name, allowing the cloned VM to run side by side with the original VM. This avoids the need to overwrite live VMs.
- Restore to Different Host: You can restore a VM backup to a different host. The VM will be restored to a new location on the new host and will be given a new name.
- Boot from Backup: You can instantly boot any VM version directly from the backup location either for verification purposes or to achieve a significant reduction in RTO (Recovery Time Objectives) in a disaster recovery scenario.
- File Level Restore: You can quickly restore individual files and folders from any VM backup.
- Microsoft Exchange Item Level Restore: You can restore individual emails from within the Exchange Mailbox database.
Altaro VM Backup allows you to restore individual emails from an Exchange Mailbox
- Restore Different Versions: You can restore from multiple points in time rather than being limited to the latest backup
- Sandbox Restores and Verification: This features lets you schedule or manually launch test drills to confirm the integrity of your backup data. You can verify backup folders without attaching the VM to your Hyper-V or VMware Host, or you can run a complete test restore to a clone and ensure that the restored VM can boot.
- Backup Health Monitor: Backup storage integrity can be monitored proactively and repaired automatically as part of the next backup process.
The web-based Cloud Management Console (CMC) centralizes management, monitoring and reporting for Altaro VM Backup deployments. The CMC provides a single online portal for tasks such as initiating backups, setting up on-premises and offsite backup locations, configuring encryption keys, and restoring VMs. The CMC also saves time by allowing you to set custom templates with schedules, retention policies and advanced settings and assign them to multiple VMs across different hosts. In addition, you can use the CMC to monitor backup activity in real time, view historic reports on operations and errors, and configure the CMC to send email alerts for completed or failed tasks and other useful information.
How Progent Can Help You Benefit from Altaro VM Backup
Progent's Microsoft-certified Windows Server Hyper-V consultants and VMware-certified vSphere and vCenter consultants can help you plan, deploy and manage a backup/restore solution based on Altaro VM Backup. Progent's Exchange consultants can help you integrate Altaro VM Backup with your Exchange environment, and Progent's Azure hybrid cloud consulting specialists can show you how to use your Azure Block Blob storage account with Altaro to protect your VM backups. Progent's Business Continuity consultants can show you how Altaro VM Backup's replication features and offsite backup capability can help safeguard your mission-critical data and enable you to resume your core services quickly in case of a catastrophic event. Progent's GIAC-certified information assurance consultants can assess the security profile of your backup solution and can help you deploy the latest tools and follow industry best practices for operating safely in the modern threat landscape.
Additional High Availability Technologies Provided by Progent's Consultants
Progent's certified support professionals can help your company to implement a cost-effective, high-availability information network that addresses key issues encompassing a wide array of infrastructure solutions and operations such as:
Workplace Recovery Planning
Progent's business continuity professionals can show you how to create a workplace recovery strategy in order to restore IT functionality in the event of an information system catastrophe. Progent can help you to define 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, fault-tolerant network architecture that addresses availability issues covering a broad array of infrastructure technologies and procedures. To learn more, visit Business Continuity Expertise.
Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services provide small and mid-sized businesses a low cost end-to-end service for secure backup/disaster recovery (BDR). Available at a fixed monthly cost, ProSight Data Protection Services automates and monitors your backup processes and enables fast restoration of vital data, applications and VMs that have become lost or corrupted as a result of component breakdowns, software glitches, natural disasters, human error, or malicious attacks like ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you protect, recover and restore files, folders, applications, system images, plus Hyper-V and VMware virtual machine images. Critical data can be backed up on the cloud, to an on-promises storage device, or to both. Progent's cloud backup specialists can provide world-class expertise to set up ProSight DPS to be compliant with regulatory requirements such as HIPAA, FIRPA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when necessary, can assist you to restore your business-critical data. Learn more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Cloud Backup.
Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery consultants can help your organization to plan and deploy a DR solution built around Microsoft's most advanced Failover Clustering technologies such as Cluster OS 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 industry-standard hardware, VM Load Balancing for improving the speed and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while reducing TCO and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for easy, economical creation of a stretch cluster quorum arbitration point. For more information, visit Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Help.
Windows Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 brought world-class availability and system recovery to Microsoft's clustering solution. Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this foundation and delivers important enhancements that offer increased extensibility, non-stop disk storage uptime for server applications, streamlined administration, quicker automatic failover, and more options for designing clusters. For more information, visit Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clustering Consulting Services.
VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager is a component of VMware vCenter that allows you to define, automate and verify a repeatable workflow for recovering services rapidly after an outage. SRM supports centrally managed and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, plus non-intrusive site migration, failback and site re-protect. Site Recovery Manager also supports non-intrusive testing for site recovery, upgrades and fixes and can produce reports to verify full service recovery, validate Service Level Agreements and demonstrate DR compliance. Progent offers the skills of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consulting expert to help you to design, deploy, test and administer a DR system powered by VMware Site Recovery Manager.
NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Software
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery platform that uses failover storage clustering along with continual replication to provide rapid, zero RPO disaster recovery (DR) between sites that are as far as 300km apart from each other. Progent can provide online or on-premises access to a NetApp MetroCluster expert who can help your business to plan, deploy, manage, 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 aligns with your technical requirements and budget. Progent can ensure you adhere to best practices for configuring your MetroCluster environment by providing guidance with tasks such as assigning shelf IDs, arranging aggregate layout, setting up NetApp FlexVol volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, provisioning switches, implementing a tiebreaker mechanism, setting up a configuration replication network between your storage clusters, and verifying your MetroCluster disaster recovery solution to prove adherence with industry standards and regulatory mandates.
Fault Tolerant Load Balancing
Progent provides fault tolerant load balancing support covering system load balancing, load balanced programs, network backbone routing, and content dispatching products such as Cisco Content Engine. High availability load balancing products for which Progent can provide consulting expertise include Windows 2003 and 2008 Server Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Access Suite and Presentation Server, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Content Engine and Cisco CDN Software, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. To learn more, visit Fault Tolerant Load Balancing.
High-Availability Data Centers
Progent's Data Center consultants can show you how to find fault-tolerant data centers that meet the particular requirements of your company. High availability colocation sites are particularly appealing to small and mid-size organizations because of their low cost and convenience compared to taking a do-it-yourself strategy. Trying to create an on-site data center that offers even a basic level of fault tolerance is too expensive for typical small companies. Progent is ready to help you get all the benefits of high-availability colo sites by providing a full range of consulting and support services. To learn more, go to High-Availability Internet Data Centers Expertise.
Failsafe Branch Office Connectivity
Progentís branch office connection consultants can help companies create non-stop inter-site connectivity solutions through redundant system architectures featuring automatic failover. Progentís Cisco-premier CCIE network engineers can design and implement fault-tolerant Inter-office connections based on zero-downtime EIGRP network routers or zero-downtime OSPF configurations of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how redundant connections and automatic fail-over can provide affordable 24x7 interoffice networking. To learn more, visit Failsafe Interoffice Networking.
24x7 Internet Connections
Progent's Cisco-certified network professionals can show you how to design an affordable, high availability Internet connection solution that can deliver 24x7 Internet access via a wide range of high availability Internet access solutions including non-stop BGP, transparent fail-over, and multiple Internet Service Providers. Progent offers Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert engineers to show you how to apply the latest technology for fault tolerant Internet access to create an affordable, completely redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other capabilities to create fault tolerant Internet connections. To find out more, visit 24x7 Internet Connectivity Architecture.
Backup and Restore Technology Consulting
Progent offers affordable online support from IT engineers with expertise in a wide range of products and technologies that provide solutions for backing up Microsoft Windows, Mac, and Linux physical and virtual servers and desktops plus notebooks and handhelds. Progent can provide expertise for all major backup platforms including Acronis, Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, CrashPlan PRO, Double-Take Software, Mozy, Retrospect for Macintosh, Apple Time Machine, vSphere Data Protection, and Solaris FLARs. Progent's consultants can help you to install, upgrade, or maintain backup/restore systems for a range of topologies such as local, edge to datacenter, cloud, or hybrid. To read more, go to Backup and Recovery Technology Consulting Services.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Backup and Restore Consulting Services
Progent's expert System Center Data Protection Manager engineers can assist you to develop a practical workplace recovery strategy, implement an affordable high-availability network infrastructure, deploy a Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager-powered backup and restore solution, thoroughly test your DPM system, educate your administrative staff or regular service providers how to manage System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide complete information technology outsourcing including off-site hosting of SCDPM machines in Progent's data center facility. For more information, visit Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting.
Barracuda Backup Cloud and Offsite Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is an affordable, subscription-based backup/restore platform for small and mid-size businesses. A Barracuda Backup solution can include a purpose-built physical storage device manufactured by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with comparable functionality but which uses your existing storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup safeguards critical business data generated on-premises, at one or more remote sites, or in the cloud. For disaster protection, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon Web Services (AWS), or to any location with a Barracuda Backup appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consultants offer a broad array of consulting support services to assist you to plan, configure, manage and repair a backup and disaster recovery system built on Barracuda technology. For details, see Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consultants.
Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup and Recovery
Double-Take Software publishes a selection of tools designed to deliver small businesses a range of affordable alternatives for backing up and recovering business-critical applications including Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL, Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning experts have in-depth backgrounds integrating Double-Take technology into small company information systems to create an advanced state of availability and business continuity capability at a budget-friendly cost. To find out more, go to Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Backup.
CRISC-Premier IT Risk Mitigation
The CRISC program was initiated by ISACA in 2010 to validate a consultant's ability to plan, implement, and maintain information system controls to mitigate risk. Progent offers the expertise of a CRISC-certified engineer to help you to develop and execute a business continuity or disaster recovery strategy that follows industry best practices promoted by CRISC and crafted to align with your organization's risk appetite, business objectives, and IT budget. For more information, visit CRISC-Premier network risk control specialists.
Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Partner and offers professional application expertise for a broad range of business software programs, Progent can assist clients to find complete IT solutions that maximize the business value of your network. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent can provide the expertise of premier consultants and specialists with expertise in architecting, implementing and troubleshooting infrastructure environments built on Cisco products. The depth and breadth of Progent's IT know-how and Progent's appreciation for the needs of small companies make Progent the perfect resource for creating and maintaining an affordable, fault-tolerant network.
How You Can Get in Touch with Progent's Experts for Disaster Recovery Planning Help
To get in touch with Progent about professional expertise for business continuity solutions, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.