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Altaro Hyper-V Backup Review 0 Comments


Altaro Hyper-V Backup Review

Here at Zia we are on a constant search for the best software for our clients and backup software is no exception.

Over the last few weeks we have been testing a new backup software called Hyper-V Backup from Altaro.

As the name would imply, this software only works with Microsoft Hyper-V. Altaro also has a standard file server back up product but we have not test that particular version. We have only worked with the Hyper-V Backup software.

Over the last 7 years or so we have moved almost primarily to virtualized servers for all of our clients. Over these years we have struggled to find the best option for backing up our virtual servers. We have worked with legacy software providers like Veritas/Symantec, Acronis & StorageCraft. We have also worked with “virtualized first” applications like Veam & BackupChain. I do not want to knock any of these apps, they are all good applications, but I have always struggled to really love any of them. I think we might have found that one backup app to love.

Altaro Hyper-V Backup is a rather simple application. It’s UI is very clean and easy to understand. It does not have all the bells and whistles of some of the more mature applications, but thats okay. What you really need in a backup application is reliability. We just need to know that we can set it up and it’s going to work. So far, I can say Altaro Hyper-V Backup just works. It was very easy to setup and has been running for weeks with no manual intervention.

Here are some of the main features of Altaro Hyper-V Backup:

  • FAST Hyper-V Backups/Restores
  • Hot Backups – MS VSS Integration
  • Offsite Backup with WAN Acceleration
  • Exchange Item Level Restore
  • Remote Management Console
  • Backs up Hyper-V Cluster Shared Volumes

We have done lots of lab testing and now have it running in production on a Windows 2008 R2 Hyper-V Cluster. That setup has 2 host servers, an EqualLogic SAN and 11 VMs. It’s backing up over 2TB of VHDs with no issues. We can manage all our hosts from one central location and it sends out very detailed alerts of our backups.

We have tested restoring VMs back to various dates and it works great. It’s super easy to restore a cloned copy of a VM and fire it up on a Hyper-V Server. It’s fast and very easy to use.

We have not tested Exchange item level restores or the built-in offsite backups. Normally we use something like CloudBerry for shipping backups over to AWS. I am not sure if we will use the offsite backups in Altaro but, depending on the configuration, it might be useful in the future.

Altaro Hyper-V Backup is very competitively priced with 3 editions:

  • Free Edition – Full featured free edition. Backup up to 2 VMs per hostDoes not support Hyper-V Clusters running on CSVs or Exchange item level restores.
  • Standard Edition ($395 per host) – Backup up to 5 VMs per host. Does not support Hyper-V Clusters running on CSVs or Exchange item level restores.
  • Unlimited Edition ($585 per host) –  Backup unlimited VMs per host. This version does support Hyper-V Clusters running on CSVs and Exchange item level restores.

One area where I think the software can be improved is the reporting. I would like to see some more detailed reports but overall we are very happy with the Altaro Hyper-V Backup. So much so that we signed up to be a reseller and I am excited to implement it for more clients.

More Info – Altaro Hyper-V Backup

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