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 Fault Tolerant Solutions Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's certified consultants can help you to build a cost-effective, fault-tolerant IT architecture that resolves key challenges encompassing a wide array of infrastructure technologies and processes including:
Disaster Recovery Planning
Progent's business continuity consultants can show you how to create a disaster recovery strategy in order to restore network operations in the event of an IT network disaster. Progent can help you to define a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy that includes scheduled disaster recovery evaluations and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized engineers can also help you create an affordable, fault-tolerant system solution that addresses reliability issues covering a wide array of infrastructure technologies and processes. For details, go to Business Continuity Consulting.
Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services provide small and medium-sized businesses an affordable and fully managed solution for secure backup/disaster recovery. For a fixed monthly rate, ProSight DPS automates and monitors your backup processes and allows rapid restoration of critical data, apps and virtual machines that have become lost or damaged as a result of hardware failures, software bugs, disasters, human error, or malicious attacks such as ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you back up, retrieve and restore files, folders, apps, system images/, as well as Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware virtual machine images/. Critical data can be backed up on the cloud, to a local storage device, or mirrored to both. Progent's BDR specialists can provide world-class support to set up ProSight DPS to be compliant with government and industry regulatory requirements like HIPPA, FINRA, and PCI and, when necessary, can help you to restore your business-critical data. Read more about ProSight DPS Managed Cloud Backup and Recovery.
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery consultants can assist your organization to design a DR system built around Microsoft's cloud-tested Failover Clustering tools including Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-disruptive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss recovery, Storage Spaces Direct for high-performance storage clusters using low-cost equipment, VM Load Balancing for improving the speed and resilience of Failover Clusters while reducing capital investment and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for fast, economical creation of a stretch cluster quorum arbitration point. To read more, see Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Expertise.
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced world-class fault tolerance and recoverability to Microsoft's failover clustering platform. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this foundation and provides important new and enhanced features that offer more scalability, non-stop disk storage availability for server applications, easier administration, faster failover, and additional options for designing failover clusters. To learn more, visit Windows Server 2012 Clustering Integration.
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 verify a consistent workflow for recovering applications and services quickly after an outage. SRM provides centrally controlled and automated recovery, application mobility, and non-disruptive site migration, failback and re-protect. SRM also allows non-intrusive testing for site recovery, updates and patches and can generate reports to verify complete service recovery, validate Service Level Agreements and prove compliance. Progent offers the support of a VCDX certified VMware SRM consulting expert to help your organization to design, configure, test and maintain a disaster recovery solution powered by VMware Site Recovery Manager.
NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Platform
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery software suite that uses failover storage clustering with replication to provide fast, zero data loss disaster recovery (DR) between datacenters located up to 185 miles away from one another. Progent can provide online or on-premises access to a certified NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can assist you to design, deploy, manage, update, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery solution built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you to select a topology for your MetroCluster environment that meets your functional needs and budget. Progent can make sure you follow best practices for installing your MetroCluster solution by providing help with tasks such as assigning disk pools and shelf IDs, arranging plexes layout, setting up NetApp FlexVol volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, installing Cisco and Brocade switches, implementing a tiebreaker mechanism, setting up a configuration replication network, and verifying your MetroCluster disaster recovery solution to verify adherence with industry standards and government requirements.
Network Load Balancing
Progent provides high availability load balancing consulting that addresses network load balancing, load balanced programs, LAN/WAN infrastructure routing, and content delivery products such as Cisco Content Engine. High availability load balancing technologies for which Progent can provide consulting expertise include Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Presentation Server, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Content Distribution Manager and Cisco CDN Software, and F5 Networks BIG-IP. For details, see High Availability Load Balancing.
High-Availability Internet Data Centers
Progent's Data Center engineers can help you select zero-downtime data centers that match the specific requirements of your business. Fault tolerant collocation sites are especially attractive to small and mid-size businesses due to of their low cost and simplified logistics compared to taking a do-it-yourself approach. Trying to design an in-house data center with even a basic level of fault tolerance is too costly for most small organizations. Progent can help you get all the advantages of non-stop data centers by offering a complete range of engineering and maintenance services. To learn more, go to High-Availability Data Centers Consulting.
24x7 Inter-office Connectivity
Progentís inter-site connection engineers can help organizations create zero-downtime interoffice connections via redundant networks featuring transparent failover. Progentís Cisco-qualified CCIE network engineers can design and deploy fault-tolerant Inter-office connections based on zero-downtime EIGRP network routers or zero-downtime OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how multi-path connectivity and transparent fail-over can provide affordable non-stop interoffice connectivity. To learn more, see Non-stop Interoffice Networking.
Fault Tolerant Internet Connectivity
Progent's Cisco-authorized IT consultants can show you how to build an affordable, fault tolerant Internet connection architecture that can achieve 24x7 Internet connectivity through a broad array of fault tolerant Internet network solutions including fault tolerant BGP, automatic fail-over, and multiple Internet Service Providers. Progent offers Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert professionals to help you apply the most advanced technology for 24x7 Internet connections to create an affordable, completely redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other capabilities to create non-stop Internet availability. To find out more, see High Availability Internet Access Solutions.
Backup and Recovery Solutions Consultants
Progent offers affordable online access to engineers skilled in a wide range of utilities and technologies that provide solutions for backing up Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux physical and virtual servers and desktops as well as laptops and smartphones. Progent can provide expertise for leading data protection platforms including Acronis, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, CrashPlan, Double-Take Software, Mozy, Retrospect for Macintosh, Time Machine, VMware Data Recovery (VDR), and FLARs. Progent's consultants can assist your company to deploy, upgrade, or troubleshoot backup solutions for a variety of architectures including local, edge to datacenter, cloud-based, or hybrid. To learn more, go to Backup and Restore Technology Consulting.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Data Recovery Consultants
Progent's certified Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager support professionals can assist your company to create an effective business continuity plan, design an affordable fault-tolerante network infrastructure, deploy a System Center Data Protection Manager-based backup and recovery solution, comprehensively test your DPM system, educate your administrative staff or local consultants how to manage Microsoft SCDPM, or provide complete information technology support outsourcing such as remote housing of System Center Data Protection Manager servers in Progent's world-class data center. For details, see System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting and Support Services.
Barracuda Backup Multi-site and Cloud Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is an affordable, subscription backup and disaster recovery service for small and mid-size businesses. A Barracuda Backup deployment can incorporate a purpose-built hardware storage device manufactured by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with comparable features but which uses your own storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup protects critical company 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 appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consultants can provide a wide range of consulting support services to help your business to design, integrate, operate and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery solution built on Barracuda Backup. For details, go to Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting.
Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Data Backup/Restore
Double-Take publishes a selection of products designed to deliver small and midsize companies a range of cost-effective alternatives for backing up and restoring business-critical workloads such as Exchange Server, SQL Server, RIM Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning consultants have extensive backgrounds incorporating Double-Take Software technology into small business IT networks to achieve a high level of fault tolerance and business continuity readiness at an affordable price. To learn more, go to Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Backup.
CRISC-certified Network Risk Mitigation
The CRISC certification program was established by ISACA in 2010 to validate a consultant's ability to design, implement, and support information system control mechanisms to mitigate network risk. Progent can provide the expertise of a CRISC-certified consultant to assist your company to create and execute a business continuity or disaster recovery plan that follows industry best practices identified by CRISC and crafted to match your company's risk tolerance, business goals, and IT budget. For details, see CRISC-qualified IT risk management experts.
Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Certified Partner and provides high-level application support for a wide range of small business software programs, Progent can help clients to arrive at complete information technology solutions that maximize the productivity of your network. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent offers the services of qualified engineers and specialists with experience in designing, configuring and troubleshooting networking environments based on Cisco technology. The depth and breadth of Progent's technical know-how and Progent's appreciation for the needs of small businesses make Progent the ideal resource for building and maintaining an affordable, dependable network.
How You Can Get in Touch with Progent's Experts for Disaster Recovery Solutions Support
If you wish to ask Progent about professional support for disaster recovery solutions, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.