Altaro Hyper-V Backup is designed to take the guesswork out of backing up Hyper-V environments, while at the same time being easy to use and quick to configure. Although the company is focusing on the home office and small business markets, it still plans to offer quite a bit of innovative technology, such as restoring VMs as clones, Microsoft Cluster CSV support, backing up live VMs without stopping them, and restoring VMs to different Hyper-V hosts -- all on an agentless basis.
Current features of the product include:
- Hyper-V-aware: Users don't have to know which virtual hard disks (VHDs) and associated files make up a virtual machine; the administrator is given a list of VMs which can be selected to easily initiate the backup procedure.
- Supports Microsoft Hyper-V Server (Core): Cost-effective; works with the free Microsoft Hyper-V Server (Core).
- File-level restore: Mount backed-up VHDs and restore files without having to restore an entire virtual machine.
- Backup schedules: Set different backup schedules for different VMs.
- Back up Hyper-V snapshots: In addition to full VHDs, you can back up the snapshots of the VMs.
- Hot backups with Microsoft VSS integration: Back up live VMs with no downtime by using the Microsoft VSS Hyper-V Writer.
- ReverseDelta incremental backup: Only back up the actual changes made to a file, without needing to back up the entire file every time you make a change, which should also help speed up the restore process.
Altaro founder and CEO David Vella told InfoWorld:
In one extreme, there were companies that claimed they could back up Hyper-V virtual machines, but their methodology was far too simplistic. For them, backing up a VM was simply a matter of storing a VHD file, which is only a very small part of properly backing up a VM. These solutions, although priced within SMB budgets, expected the administrator to understand all the various files that constitute a Hyper-V virtual machine and then back them all up as if they were independent files. In addition, some of these solutions lacked proper integration with Microsoft VSS technology.
At the other end, we found bulky, expensive, backup solutions which although did the job of backing up all the correct files, were very complex to configure and expected the administrator to spend a considerable amount of time learning how the backup solution itself worked. This, in itself, defeated the entire purpose: that a backup solution is meant to save you time, money and headaches.