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 Non-stop Solutions Provided by Progent
Progent's certified consulting experts can help your business to create a cost-effective, fault-tolerant environment that addresses major problems encompassing a broad range of networking technologies and operations including:
Disaster Recovery Planning
Progent's business continuity engineers can help you design a business continuity strategy that will allow you to resume network operations in case of an information network catastrophe. Progent can help you to define a complete disaster recovery strategy that incorporates periodic disaster recovery evaluations and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized professionals can also help you build an affordable, zero-downtime system solution that addresses reliability issues involving a broad array of network technologies and processes. To learn more, go to Business Continuity Expertise.
Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent provide small and medium-sized organizations an affordable and fully managed service for secure backup/disaster recovery. Available at a low monthly price, ProSight Data Protection Services automates and monitors your backup activities and allows rapid restoration of vital data, applications and VMs that have become lost or damaged due to component breakdowns, software glitches, disasters, human error, or malicious attacks like ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you protect, recover and restore files, folders, apps, system images/, plus Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware images/. Important data can be protected on the cloud, to an on-promises device, or mirrored to both. Progent's BDR consultants can provide advanced support to set up ProSight DPS to to comply with regulatory requirements such as HIPPA, FIRPA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when necessary, can help you to restore your critical information. Find out more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Backup and Recovery.
Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity consultants can assist you to design a DR solution based on Microsoft's most advanced Failover Clustering technologies such as Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade for non-intrusive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss recovery, Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class network-attached storage using low-cost hardware, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for improving the performance and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while minimizing TCO and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for easy, affordable creation of a stretch cluster quorum arbitration point. For details, go to Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Help.
Microsoft Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 brought world-class fault tolerance and system recovery to Microsoft's clustering platform. Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this technology and delivers important enhancements that offer increased expandability, non-stop storage uptime for server applications, simpler administration, faster automatic failover, and more options for architecting failover clusters. For details, go to Windows Server 2012 Clustering Consulting and Support.
VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager is an extension to VMware vCenter that allows you to orchestrate, automate and verify a repeatable workflow for restoring services rapidly following an outage. Site Recovery Manager supports centrally managed and automated recovery, application mobility, plus non-intrusive site relocation, failback and site re-protect. Site Recovery Manager also allows non-intrusive testing for site recovery, updates and patches and can generate reports to verify full service restoration, validate SLAs and demonstrate disaster recovery compliance. Progent can provide the support of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consulting expert to assist you to design, deploy, test and maintain a disaster recovery solution based on VMware SRM.
NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Platform
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery software suite that uses failover storage clustering with continual replication to provide rapid, zero RPO disaster recovery between datacenters located up to 185 miles (300km) apart. Progent can provide the skills of a NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can help your business to design, deploy, manage, upgrade, test and repair a disaster recovery system based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to choose an architecture for your MetroCluster environment that meets your functional needs and IT budget. Progent can make sure you adhere to leading practices for installing your MetroCluster environment by providing help with tasks like assigning disk pools, arranging aggregate layout, provisioning volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, installing Cisco and Brocade switches, designing a tiebreaker, setting up a configuration replication network between your peered clusters, and verifying your disaster recovery solution to prove adherence with industry standards and regulatory requirements.
Network Load Balancing
Progent offers high availability load balancing support that addresses network load balancing, load balanced programs, network infrastructure routing, and content dispatching products such as Cisco Content Engine. Non-stop load balancing products for which Progent offers consulting expertise include Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Presentation Server, Cisco CSS, Cisco Distributed Director and ACNS, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. To learn more, see Fault Tolerant Load Balancing.
Progent's Data Center consultants can help you identify high availability data centers that match the particular requirements of your company. High availability Internet Data Centers are especially attractive to small and mid-size companies because of their affordability and convenience compared to pursuing a do-it-yourself strategy. Trying to build an in-house data center that offers even a basic degree of fault tolerance is too expensive for most small organizations. Progent can show you how to get all the advantages of high-availability colocation facilities by offering a full range of consulting and support services. To learn more, visit High-Availability Internet Data Centers Consulting.
Non-stop Branch Office Networking
Progentís inter-site connectivity engineers can help businesses achieve zero-downtime inter-site connectivity by means of fully redundant system architectures with transparent failover. Progentís Cisco-qualified CCIE engineers can plan and implement fault-tolerant Inter-office networks supported by zero-downtime EIGRP routers or non-stop OSPF configurations of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how redundant connections and automatic fail-over can provide affordable 24x7 interoffice connectivity. For details, see Failsafe Inter-office Connectivity.
Non-stop Internet Access
Progent's Cisco-certified IT experts can help you build an economical, fault tolerant Internet configuration architecture that can achieve non-stop Internet access via a wide range of high availability Internet network solutions including non-stop BGP, automatic fail-over, and multiple Internet Service Providers. Progent can provide Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert engineers to show you how to apply the most advanced technology for 24x7 Internet connectivity to implement a cost-effective, completely redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other features to create fault tolerant Internet connections. For more information, go to 24x7 Internet Connectivity Architecture.
Backup and Recovery Technology Consulting and Support Services
Progent can provide affordable remote access to IT engineers skilled in a broad range of utilities and services that deliver solutions for protecting Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux physical and virtual servers and workstations plus notebooks and smartphones. Progent can provide consulting support for all major data protection platforms including Acronis Backup and Recovery, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, HP Data Protector, Double-Take Software, Mozy, Retrospect for Macintosh, Apple Time Machine, VMware Data Recovery (VDR), and Oracle Solaris FLARs. Progent's consultants can help your company to install, enhance, or maintain backup systems for a range of environments such as on-premises, edge to datacenter, cloud, or hybrid. For more information, visit Backup and Restore Technology Expertise.
System Center Data Protection Manager Backup and Recovery Consulting Experts
Progent's expert System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) engineers can help you to develop an effective disaster recovery plan, design a cost-effective high-availability IT infrastructure, install a Microsoft SCDPM-powered backup and recovery solution, comprehensively test your system, educate your administrative staff or regular consultants how to manage SCDPM, or provide complete IT support outsourcing including remote hosting of System Center Data Protection Manager machines in Progent's world-class data center facility. For more information, visit System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting and Support Services.
Barracuda Backup On-premises and Cloud Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription backup and disaster recovery platform for small and medium-size businesses. A Barracuda Backup solution can incorporate a purpose-built physical storage device manufactured by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with similar functionality but which uses your existing storage hardware. Barracuda Backup protects critical business data generated 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 AWS, or to any site with a physical or virtual Barracuda appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts can provide a broad range of consulting support services to help you to plan, integrate, manage and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery system based on Barracuda Backup. For additional information, see Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consultants.
Consulting for Double-Take Software for Backup
Double-Take Software offers a selection of products intended to deliver small businesses a variety of cost-effective alternatives for backing up and restoring business-critical applications such as Exchange Server, SQL Server, Blackberry, and Microsoft SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning consultants have in-depth experience incorporating Double-Take technology into small company information systems to achieve a high state of fault tolerance and disaster recovery readiness at a budget-friendly price. To read more, see Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Backup.
CRISC-qualified IT Risk Management
The CRISC certification program was initiated by ISACA to verify a consultant's skills to plan, deploy, and support information system control mechanisms to reduce network risk. Progent offers the expertise of a CRISC-certified consultant to help your company to create and execute a business continuity plan that follows industry best practices promoted by CRISC and geared to match your company's risk appetite, business objectives, and budgetary guidelines. For details, visit CRISC-qualified network risk mitigation specialists.
Why Choose Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Certified Partner and offers high-level application expertise for a wide range of business software programs, Progent is able to help clients to find complete information technology solutions that optimize the business value of your network. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent can provide the support of certified engineers and specialists with experience in designing, configuring and maintaining infrastructure environments built on Cisco products. The depth and breadth of Progent's IT experience and Progent's familiarity with the requirements of small businesses make Progent the ideal resource for creating and maintaining an affordable, high-availability information system.
How You Can Get in Touch with Progent's Experts for Disaster Recovery Planning Support
To get in touch with Progent about consulting expertise for business continuity solutions, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.