ProSight Data Protection Services - Hornetsecurity Altaro VM Backup
Hyper-V and VMware Virtual Server Backup

Hornetsecurity Altaro Hyper-V and VMware Virtual Server Backup and Restore ConsultingProSight Hornetsecurity Altaro VM Backup is a managed subscription service intended to provide small and mid-size organizations a reliable and low-cost option for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-powered virtual machines (VMs). Altaro VM Backup can be used with on-premises, offsite, multi-site, and hybrid cloud environments and also supports cost-effective backup to an Azure Blob storage service.

Top capabilities of ProSight DPS Hornetsecurity Altaro VM Backup are advanced Augmented Inline Deduplication to reduce backup storage size, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup intervals down to five minutes for minimizing your window for data loss, enterprise-class data encryption, granular restore alternatives for whole VMs or for individual files, full support for Windows Server Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) and VMware, and support for Volume Shadow Copy Service to back up running virtual machines without downtime.

Progent is an Hornetsecurity Altaro partner and offers a wide range of services to assist you to plan, implement, test and troubleshoot a backup/restore solution based on Altaro's VM Backup platform. Progent also has developed ProSight Data Protection Services (DPS) Altaro VM Backup as a Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS) package to provide end-to-end monitoring and management of your backup/restore system. Progent's Windows Hyper-V experts and VMware specialists can assist you to design and maintain virtual machine deployments that use on-premises or offsite virtual machines or that work in a hybrid architecture that combines local and cloud-based resources. Also, Progent offers business continuity/disaster recovery (BCDR) preparedness expertise to assist you to rebound from calamities such as ransomware attacks and natural disasters.

Key Capabilities of Altaro VM Backup
Altaro VM Backup is designed to handle the backup/recover needs of typical small and medium-size organizations and offers simplicity of operation plus a rich set of features usually available only in enterprise-grade products. Altaro VM Backup protects popular releases of Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vCenter and works with most backup hardware:

Hyper-V OS VMware OS Media
Windows Server 2022
Windows Server 2019
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2008 R2
Hyper-V Core
Azure Stack HCI
VMware vCenter
V(5.0, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5, 6.7 & 7.0)
VMware vSphere
V(6.7 & 7.0)
VMware ESXi
V(5.0)
(Free ESXi not compatible)
USB External Drives
eSata External Drives
USB Flash
Network Shares
NAS storage
PC Internal HDs
RDX Storage
Altaro AOS

Altaro VM Backup supports current releases of Hyper-V and VMware and works with common storage media

Altaro VM Backup offers advanced features in crucial facets of data protection such as backup replication, fast recovery, and management and reporting.

Backup and Replication
Altaro VM Backup delivers rapid, economical, and safe backup for data protection plus offsite data replication for reliable recovery. Major backup and replication capabilities include:

  • Ransomware Defense via Immutable Cloud Storage: Immutability for cloud storage enables tamper-proof data while under the defined policy so that backup data cannot be erased or modified by anyone including root users. This adds another level of protection and restoration ability in the event of a ransomware breach.
  • Global Augmented In-Line Deduplication: In-line deduplication saves only changed data to backup storage devices or sites, reducing network traffic, minimizing backup storage demands, and enhancing throughput. Altaro's deduplication works with data on single VMs as well as across multiple VMs.
  • Continuous Data Protection: Instead of running daily backups, you can reduce backup intervals to as short as five minutes to lower your Recovery Point Objective.
  • Concurrent Backups: You can back up multiple virtual machines at the same time, which makes it possible to conduct backup processes within shorter low-activity time windows while the most network bandwidth is open and network performance is less critical.
  • Live Backup: Altaro's integration with Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) permits you to back up virtual machines without incurring downtime.
  • Cluster Shared Volumes and VMware vCenter: The ability to back up virtual machines running in a Windows Hyper-V Failover Cluster (with or without Cluster Shared Volumes) or in a vCenter environment supports large-scale deployments.
  • Remote Replication: To facilitate business recovery, you can deploy the Altaro Offsite Server tool on an external server for storing a copy of your backups at a remote location.
  • Flexible Scheduling and Retention Policies: You can set different backup schedules and retention policies for individual VMs.

    Altaro Virtual Machine Backup Solutions Experts

    Backup scheduling and retention options for Altaro are simple to configure, check and revise

  • Workload Specific Backups: Altaro can use Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service and all VSS Writers running within the target VM when making a backup. Applications such as Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SQL will be aware the backup has happened and automatically run the relevant maintenance jobs such as truncating VLFs.
  • Military-Class Encryption: Prior to copying data to a backup destination, you have the option of encrypting it using the AES-256 standard.
  • Virtual Disk Exclude: You can specify which Virtual Disks to include or exclude in your virtual machine backups.
  • Grandfather-Father-Son Archiving (GFS): On top of your on-going and daily backups, you can set up a special backup schedule to create and archive a new backup copy each week, month and year.
  • Cloud Backup to Azure: Altaro supports backup to an Azure Block Blob account, which is the lowest priced storage option offered on the Azure cloud.

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    Altaro VM Backup permits you to back up VMs hosted on-site, offsite or in a public cloud

  • Cloud Backup to Amazon S3 and Wasabi: Altaro VM Backup VM Backup allows native backup to Amazon S3 and Wasabi clouds. No extra resources running in the cloud are necessary to support storage for backup.
  • Back up to multiple remote datacenters: For improved robustness, you can make copies of virtual machines on multiple remote locations including multiple clouds such as Azure and Amazon S3.
Restoration and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup includes a rich set of tools for point-in-time recovery of virtual machines and data files that have been copied periodically and need to be restored. In case of a catastrophic event, Altaro VM Backup VM Backup has tools for quickly restoring an entire site from the most recent copy protected offsite.
  • Restore as Clone: You can recover a VM backup to a new destination with a new name, allowing the cloned VM to operate beside the original virtual machine. This eliminates the need to write over active VMs.
  • Restore to Different Host: You can recover a VM backup to a new or different Hypervisor. The virtual machine can be recovered from the on-prem backup location, or directly from the offsite copy location. (You may not cross-restore between Windows Hyper-V and VMware Hypervisors.)
  • Boot from Backup: You can instantly boot any virtual machine copy directly from the backup device either for testing purposes or to create a significant improvement in Recovery Time Objective during a disaster recovery scenario.
  • File-Level Restore: You can quickly recover individual files from any virtual machine copy.
  • WAN-Optimized Replication: You can create ongoing backups of your VMs to an off-premises site and transfer instantly to the copy site in the event that a disaster takes out your main virtual machines. This can significantly shrink your Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and put you back online quickly.
  • Microsoft Exchange Item-Level Restore: You can restore individual emails and attachments from within the Exchange Mailbox database.

    Altaro VM Backup Exchange Protection Experts

    Altaro Virtual Machine Backup enables you to restore individual emails from an Exchange Mailbox

  • Recover Various Backup Versions: You can recover from multiple periods rather than being restricted to the latest backup.
  • Sandbox Restores and Testing: You can program or run by hand test drills to confirm the integrity of your backup. You can validate backup folders without attaching the virtual machine to your Hyper-V or VMware host, or you can run a complete test recovery to a replicant and ensure that the restored virtual machine is able to boot.
  • Backup Health Monitor: Backup copy integrity can be monitored proactively and repaired automatically as part of the next backup process.
Management and Reporting
Altaro's web-based Cloud Management Console unifies management, monitoring and reporting for Altaro Virtual Machine Backup deployments. The CMC offers a single online portal for processes like initiating backups, establishing local and off-premises backup sites, defining encryption keys, and recovering virtual machines. The CMC also saves time by permitting you to build specialized templates with schedules, retention details and advanced settings and assign them to various virtual machines across different hosts. In addition, you can utilize the Cloud Management Console to monitor backup activities as they occur, view historic reports on operations and problems, and program the CMC to send email notices for successful or failed tasks and other important information.

Download ProSight Altaro VM Backup Services Datasheet
To view or download a datasheet about the major capabilities of ProSight Altaro VM Backup Services, click:
Progent's ProSight Altaro VM Backup Services Datasheet. (PDF - 310 KB)

How Progent Can Help You to Get the Most from Altaro VM Backup
Progent's Microsoft-certified Windows Server Server Hyper-V planning and deployment consultants and VMware-certified vCenter consultants can assist your organization to plan, implement and maintain a backup/restore solution built on Altaro VM Backup. Progent's Exchange experts can help your business to use Altaro VM Backup to safeguard your Exchange system, and Progent's Microsoft Azure hybrid cloud integration experts can assist your company to utilize your Azure Block Blob storage with Altaro to back up your virtual machines.

Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants can help your business to use Altaro's replication features and remote backup options to protect your mission-critical data and enable you to resume your vital operations quickly in case of a catastrophe.

Regular verification, testing, and optimization of system recovery are crucial and often underappreciated requirements for effective disaster preparedness. In the event of a disaster such as a ransomware breach, these restoration drills can spell the difference between a temporary loss of availability and an existential crisis to a business. Progent can assist you to design a workflow for periodically verifying, testing, and optimizing your recovery procedures in order that you can keep your backup strategy current and minimize the impact of a catastrophic event.

Progent's GIAC information assurance specialists can gauge the security profile of your data protection solution and can assist your business to implement advanced tools and adhere to industry best practices for operating safely in today's threat landscape.

Contact Progent for Virtualization Expertise and Cloud Solutions
For expert help with virtualization, server management, or cloud solutions, call Progent at 800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.



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