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21 July, 2020

Altaro applies its expertise in Hyper-V backup to support new Microsoft Azure Stack HCI

Altaro VM Backup endorses Azure Stack HCI with free backup offer

Malta, 21 July, 2020: Altaro, a worldwide provider of robust backup solutions and Microsoft Gold Partner, today announced that its award-winning backup solution, Altaro VM Backup, supports Microsoft Azure Stack HCI 20H2, the preview version of a new hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solution that allows users to run virtual machines on-premises and easily connect to Azure for management, monitoring, billing and access to services such as Azure file sync. Altaro VM Backup will support Azure Stack HCI upon its GA (general availability) release.

Ability to back up virtual machines running on Azure Stack HCI

Altaro VM Backup is a tried and tested virtual machine (VM) backup and replication solution for Hyper-V and VMware environments. Designed for IT departments, IT resellers and consultants and Managed Service Providers (MSPs), the solution provides robust, streamlined, enterprise-level functionality. It is characterized by ease of use, speed, affordability and 24/7 technical support.

Today, it adds seamless support for Azure Stack HCI, that consolidates traditional virtual apps that must remain on-premises on industry-standard servers with software-defined compute, storage, and networking. This means that Altaro VM Backup users can now back up VMs running on this powerful new hyperconverged solution that supports hybrid models, enabling organizations that need particular workloads to remain on premises to keep them local while enjoying the benefits of the cloud.

Single pane of glass view across all customer VM backups

This new functionality is also available to MSPs who use the Altaro solution to provide backup and replication services, with the ability to configure, manage and monitor backups and restores via Altaro's ground-breaking multi-tenant console that provides a single-pane-of glass view across all their customers.

Free edition to be released for VMs running on Azure Stack HCI

As part of its bid to support Microsoft's new hyper converged infrastructure and to encourage users to try it out, Altaro will soon be releasing an update to Altaro VM Backup that will enable MSPs and customers to back up any VMs running on Azure Stack HCI for free until 30 June 2021. The free license will be available for use both in production and testing environments.

Catering for organizations with hybrid environments

"We've observed a rapid increase in hybrid environments, where customers use a blend of cloud and on-premises components, and Microsoft Azure Stack HCI is perfectly placed to meet that need," said David Vella, Altaro CEO.

"We're delighted to be the one of the first backup vendors to support Microsoft Azure Stack HCI because, as virtual backup specialists, we identify with Microsoft's vision to provide customers with an enterprise-class operating system that's dedicated to virtualization and hybrid models," he continued. "Coupled with Azure Stack HCI's lean and streamlined operating system, Altaro's signature backup technology that's fast and space-saving will result in super quick and efficient backups. We want our customers and MSPs to experience this for themselves, so we will be enabling them to back up any VMs running on Azure Stack HCI for free until end June next year."

Tim Isaacs, Partner GPM, Azure at Microsoft Corp. said, "Companies like Altaro add value by integrating their solutions with Microsoft products such as Microsoft Hyper-V, Microsoft Azure and now Azure Stack HCI. The product integration with Azure Stack HCI allows customers to benefit from the flexibility and enterprise-grade reliability that our new hyperconverged solution provides."

Free Altaro VM Backup trial

Users can benefit from a fully functional 30-day trial of Altaro VM Backup Unlimited Plus; more information is available here. For those who provide managed services, more information is available here.

Details about the free offer to back up any VMs running on Azure Stack HCI for free until 30 June 2021 will be released shortly.

About Altaro

Altaro develops award-winning backup solutions for managed service providers (MSPs), IT resellers and companies. With 50,000+ customers in 121+ countries, 10,000 partners and 2,000+ MSPs, Altaro provides affordable enterprise-class functionality coupled with outstanding 24/7 tech support. Altaro is a one-stop-shop for all your backup and recovery needs, providing solutions for all key areas of your network, including Hyper-V and VMware virtual environments; Microsoft Office 365 mailboxes, OneDrive and SharePoint; roaming and on-premise endpoints such as network desktops and laptops; and physical Windows servers. Altaro also offers a monthly subscription program for MSPs, and is the only vendor on the market that enables MSPs to manage all their different types of backups from one central multi-tenant console, across all their customers. The company has offices in the US, the UK, Germany, France, North Macedonia and Malta.

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