There are many solutions which can be used to protect your virtual environment on Hyper-V and VMware. But how many are there in the market which is matured enough and can be deployed in an enterprise network? Well I am talking about ALTARO VM Backup. Sometime back we had discussed Altaro solutionand take a look at one of its feature. So today we will have a look at its top features and discuss why to consider the ALTARO VM Backup for your company.
Well there are many good features! we will go through it shortly. However, I feel the first and foremost reason to attract the stake holders is nothing other than the cost of the product. Well Altaro has been well priced the solution to beat its competitors by providing the same level or better features on the VMBackup solution. So when I am benchmarking other 4 solution’s price with Altaro, Altaro has been pretty cheap if you do a neck to neck comparison of the features. So when the leading solution priced for the number CPU that you use in the cluster, Altaro is charging you only for the number of physical hosts that you use on the VMware/Hyper-V cluster. Check out their pricing calculator.
Below price comparison chart is for an average Cost for 5 hosts, 2 sockets per host
So according to me below 4 features makes Altaro a favorite solution:-
1) Quick and easy software deployment and management – The deployment take only about 15 minutes and it will be ready to protect your VMware and Hyper-V. The web-based interface is intuitive and easy to navigate. The single pane glass can be used to manage the backup/restore/replications tasks across multi-vendor virtual platforms.
2) Complete control over the backup – The solution is capable of managing multiple customer’s environment which will be used by a managed services provider. As we speak there over 1200 MSP is using the ALTARO to manage their client’s backup environment. The offsite backup replication uses the wan replicationcapabilities to optimize the wan link and provides a Continuous data protection for the VMs and provides a very low RPO.
3) Security – Altaro has capability to encrypt the data that you sync across the cloud. It uses 256-bit AES encryption to secure the business data when you replicate it. If required the local backup can also be encrypted with the same level of security however it is optional according to your business requirement. However the offsite data will be encrypted automatically based on the passphrase that you set during the initial setup. Altaro online management portal supports the two factor authentication which adds another layer protection for the console that you use over the internet.
4) Best de-duplication to save storage – Altaro uses the proprietary “Augmented Inline Deduplication” to achieve the best in class deduplication for the data that is backed up on Altaro. The technology also ensures better backup and restore speed when compared to other platforms. Also the solution provides the lowest backup size. When compared to the competitors the biggest advantage of Altaro is you do not want to keep all the VMs in single job to get the best deduplication. In addition to the regular continuous and daily backup types, Altaro has the Grandfather-Father-Son Archiving (GFS) to achieve different archive versioning.
Here is a quick demo of the solution.
Altaro supports a wide variety of operating systems in both Hyper-V and VMware version. Below are the complete list of the supported OS version.
|Windows Server 2019
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2008 R2
Microsoft Hyper-V Server (Core)
|VMware vCenter 5.0, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5 & 6.7
VMware vSphere 5.0, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5 & 6.7
VMware ESXi 5.0, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5 & 6.7
(Free VMware ESXi is not supported)
Finally the most important part of any service industry! The Technical Support!
The 24/7 support is available for the customers on different mediums and Altaro is ensuring that you will be dealing directly with the product experts and not an entry level agents! Below are their SLA for the technical support.
Phone – Your called will be answered by a human within 30 seconds
Email – You will receive a reply in an hour
Live chat – It is a real time communication.
If you want to try Altaro for 30 days here is the link to download the application.
Based on my experience with Veeam or and other solutions, you can count on Altaro with regards to the feature sets. It can be deployed in large networks to protect thousands of your servers. The UI is simple and very user friendly. Moreover the solution does not require any complicated configuration! Also Altaro has been strategically priced to beat the competitors.
We will be covering more on Altaro’s capability especially to discuss about the offerings from Altaro to the Managed service providers. So stay tuned!