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.
Other Zero-Downtime Technologies Offered by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco support professionals can help you to design an affordable, zero-downtime IT architecture that resolves key challenges encompassing a broad range of networking technologies and processes including:
Disaster Recovery Planning
Progent's disaster recovery engineers can help you create a business continuity strategy so you can resume network operations in the event of an IT network catastrophe. Progent can help you to define a complete disaster recovery plan that includes scheduled disaster recovery evaluations and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified consultants can also show you how to build an affordable, high-availability network architecture that addresses reliability issues covering a wide array of network technologies and procedures. To learn more, go to Business Continuity Consulting.
Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent offer small and mid-sized organizations a low cost end-to-end service for reliable backup/disaster recovery (BDR). Available at a low monthly rate, ProSight DPS automates and monitors your backup activities and enables fast recovery of critical data, apps and virtual machines that have become lost or corrupted as a result of hardware failures, software bugs, natural disasters, human mistakes, or malware attacks such as ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you back up, retrieve 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 a local storage device, or mirrored to both. Progent's cloud backup consultants can deliver world-class expertise to set up ProSight Data Protection Services to to comply with regulatory standards such as HIPPA, FINRA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when necessary, can assist you to restore your business-critical data. Find out more about ProSight DPS Managed Backup and Recovery.
Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity consultants can assist your organization to design a disaster recovery system based on Microsoft's most advanced Failover Clustering technologies such as Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-intrusive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss recovery, Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class storage clusters using industry-standard equipment, VM Load Balancing for enhancing the performance and resilience of Failover Clusters while reducing capital investment and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for fast, economical creation of a failover cluster quorum witness. To read more, see Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Help.
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced enterprise-class fault tolerance and recoverability to Microsoft's clustering platform. Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this foundation and delivers significant new and enhanced features that offer more expandability, non-stop disk storage availability for server applications, simpler administration, faster failover, and more options for designing failover clusters. To learn more, see Windows Server 2012 Clustering Migration and Support.
VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager (SRM) is an extension to VMware vCenter that lets you define, automate and verify a repeatable workflow for recovering applications and services rapidly following a breakdown. SRM supports centrally managed and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, plus transparent site relocation, failback and re-protect. SRM also supports non-disruptive testing for site recovery, updates and fixes and can produce audit reports to verify complete service recovery, validate SLAs and prove DR compliance. Progent can provide the skills of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consulting expert to help you to plan, deploy, test and manage a DR solution powered by VMware Site Recovery Manager.
NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Platform
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery software suite that uses failover storage clustering with continual replication to provide fast, zero data loss disaster recovery between datacenters located as far as 185 miles (300km) apart. Progent offers the skills of a certified NetApp MetroCluster expert who can help your business to plan, deploy, administer, upgrade, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery solution built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to select an architecture for your MetroCluster deployment that meets your technical needs and IT budget. Progent can make sure you follow best practices for installing your MetroCluster solution by providing help with procedures such as assigning shelf IDs, determining aggregate and plexes layout, provisioning FlexVol volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, installing switches, designing a tiebreaker, designing a configuration replication network, and testing your MetroCluster DR solution to verify compliance with information assurance standards and regulatory requirements.
High Availability Load Balancing
Progent offers fault tolerant load balancing consulting that addresses system load balancing, load balanced programs, network infrastructure routing, and content dispatching technology such as F5 Networks 3DNS. Non-stop load balancing technologies for which Progent can provide consulting services include Windows 2003 and 2008 Server Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Access Suite and Access Gateway, Cisco CSS, Cisco Distributed Director and ACNS, and F5 Networks BIG-IP. To read more, visit Fault Tolerant Load Balancing.
Progent's Data Center professionals can help you find zero-downtime data centers that match the specific requirements of your business. High availability off-site data centers are particularly appealing to small and mid-size companies due to of their low cost and simplified logistics compared to pursuing a do-it-yourself strategy. Trying to build an on-site data center that offers even a minimum degree of fault tolerance is too expensive for the majority of small organizations. Progent is ready to show you how to reap all the benefits of non-stop Internet data centers by offering a full range of consulting and maintenance services. To find out more, visit Non-stop Colocation Solutions.
24x7 Branch Office Networking
Progentís multi-site connection professionals can help businesses create non-stop inter-site connectivity through fully redundant networks with transparent failover. Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE network engineers can design and deploy fault-tolerant Inter-office connections based on fault tolerant EIGRP network routers or fault tolerant OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how multi-path connections and automatic fail-over can provide economical 24x7 interoffice networking. For more information, visit High-Availability Interoffice Connectivity.
Non-stop Internet Access
Progent's Cisco-certified IT engineers can show you how to build an affordable, fault tolerant Internet connection solution that can deliver non-stop Internet connectivity through a wide range of fault tolerant Internet network technologies including non-stop BGP, automatic fail-over, and redundant Internet Service Providers. Progent offers CCIE consultants to help you utilize the latest techniques for fault tolerant Internet connectivity to build an affordable, fully redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other features to deliver zero-downtime Internet access. To learn more, go to Fault Tolerant Internet Connectivity Architecture.
Backup and Restore Technology Consulting
Progent offers economical online access to engineers with expertise in a wide range of utilities and services that deliver solutions for protecting Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux physical and virtual servers and workstations as well as notebooks and handhelds. Progent can provide help for all major data protection platforms such as Acronis Backup and Recovery, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, CrashPlan, Double-Take, MozyPro, Retrospect for Macintosh, Apple Time Machine, VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP), and FLARs. Progent's consultants can assist you to install, enhance, or troubleshoot backup/restore systems for a range of environments including local, edge to datacenter, cloud, or hybrid. To read more, see Backup and Restore Technology Expertise.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Data Recovery Consulting Services
Progent's certified System Center Data Protection Manager support professionals can help you to create a practical disaster recovery strategy, implement a cost-effective fault-tolerante IT architecture, install a System Center Data Protection Manager-based recovery solution, comprehensively validate your system, train your administrative staff or local service providers how to manage System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide complete IT outsourcing services including remote hosting of virtual or physical SCDPM machines in Progent's world-class data center facility. For details, see Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting and Support Services.
Barracuda Backup Local, Offsite and Cloud Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is an affordable, subscription-based backup and disaster recovery platform for small and mid-size businesses. A Barracuda Backup solution can include a purpose-built hardware appliance built by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with similar functionality but which utilizes your own storage hardware. Barracuda Backup safeguards critical business data produced on-premises, at one or more remote locations, or in the cloud. For disaster recovery, 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 consulting experts can provide a broad array of consulting support services to assist your business to plan, integrate, manage and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery system based on Barracuda technology. For more information, visit Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting and management.
Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Backup and Recovery
Double-Take publishes a selection of products intended to deliver small and midsize companies a variety of cost-effective alternatives for backing up and recovering vital workloads including Microsoft Exchange Server, SQL, RIM Blackberry, and Microsoft Office SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning consultants have extensive backgrounds incorporating Double-Take products into small business information networks to create an advanced level of availability and disaster recovery capability at a budget-friendly cost. For more information, see Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Backup.
CRISC-certified Network Risk Mitigation
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification program was established by ISACA in 2010 to validate a consultant's skills to plan, implement, and maintain IS controls to reduce network risk. Progent can provide the expertise of a CRISC-certified engineer to assist you to develop and carry out a business continuity or disaster recovery plan based on leading practices identified by CRISC and crafted to match your organization's risk appetite, business goals, and budgetary guidelines. For more information, see CRISC-certified network risk control specialists.
Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Certified Partner and provides specialized application expertise for a wide range of small business applications, Progent can assist clients to find complete information technology solutions that maximize the productivity of your network. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent offers the support of qualified consultants and specialists with expertise in designing, installing and managing infrastructure solutions based on Cisco technology. The extent of Progent's technical know-how and Progent's appreciation for the needs of small companies make Progent the ideal resource for creating and running a cost-effective, high-availability information system.
How You Can Contact Progent's Consultants for Business Continuity Solutions Support
To contact Progent about technical expertise for business continuity planning, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.