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What’s new in version 7.6 of Altaro VM Backup?

Continuous Data Protection (CDP)

With Altaro VM Backup 7.6, users can switch from running daily backups to a continuous data protection model yielding an improved Recovery Point Objective (RPO) of up to 5 minutes.

When CDP is enabled, VMs can be backed up as frequently as every 5 minutes or the maximum frequency permitted by the backup location and environment. This ensures that in a data loss scenario only a few minutes of data would be lost.

This dramatically reduces the Recovery Point Objective (RPO). RPO is the point in time to which VMs are restored by a backup solution in case of a disaster. With CDP in place, users’ RPO is optimized to up to 5 minutes, instead of the hours of data loss faced in cases where users are simply running daily backups.

Grandfather-Father-Son (GFS) Archiving

Altaro VM Backup 7.6 introduces GFS, enabling users to choose to archive the backup versions over and above their continuous and daily backups instead of deleting them (local backups only).

Now you can easily set up separate backup cycles to store a new backup version every week, every month and every year.


Normal Retention Policy:
  • High frequency CDP Backups for 4 hours
  • A maximum of one backup an hour until the Retention Policy ends

With GFS Archiving enabled, Altaro VM Backup also keeps the following backups, with the time periods shown all starting from the time of the last successful backup:
  • 1 backup per week for 12 weeks
  • 1 backup per month for 12 months
  • 1 backup per year for 2 years

CBT v2 for Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2

CBT refers to Change Block Tracking and allows users to take fast incremental backups without having to scan the entire virtual machine (VM) for changes each time. This can reduce backup duration down from hours to minutes. When CBT is not available, a lengthy full scan for changes is required.

This release addresses an issue in Altaro VM Backup 7 CBT for Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 where CBT is disabled and a full scan for changes is required in the following scenarios:

  • Altaro VM Backup or one of the Hyper-V Host agents is updated
  • Altaro VM Backup services or one of the Hyper-V Host agents is restarted
  • A Hyper-V Host is restarted
  • A Virtual Machine on a Failover Cluster migrates between nodes.

Altaro VM Backup 7.6 addresses this and the above scenarios do not require that a full scan is taken.


Link to KB Article: http://support.altaro.com/customer/portal/articles/2918930

Concurrent Retention, Restore, Backup and Offsite Copy operations on the same Virtual Machine

In previous Altaro VM Backup Versions only one operation could be performed on a Virtual Machine at the same time. This caused the following pain points for our users:

  • If a retention policy takes quite long to complete then backups and restore operations are queued until retention is complete
  • If an Offsite Copy to Azure takes days to complete, especially for the initial backup; then backups and restore operations for that VM are queued until it is complete
  • If a Restore, File Level Restore or Boot from Backup operation is active then no backups for that Virtual Machine could take place until they are completed.

Each of these limitations have been addressed in v7.6 , allowing users to restore and take Offsite Copies without delaying any scheduled or CDP backups whether scheduled or CDP.


Link to KB Article: http://support.altaro.com/customer/portal/articles/2925967

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What else has recently been added to Altaro VM Backup?

Backup to Azure

Until now Altaro VM Backup took a second backup copy to a local disk, network path or an Altaro Offsite Server. By adding support for Microsoft Azure Cloud Storage Accounts, users can simply enter their account details and have their Offsite Copies stored in Azure.

Uses Azure Block Blob storage which is the most cost effective Azure storage option

Restores from Azure to different Altaro VM Backup installations

Supports Altaro's compression, encryption and industry best deduplication; resulting in the lowest Azure storage requirements

Does not require a VM running in Azure; meaning further Azure savings

Altaro Cloud Management Console for End Users

Ideal for managing multiple distributed Altaro VM Backup Installations using a single pane of glass console.

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Concurrency

Much faster backups by allowing more VMs to be backed up at the same time.

Backup Health Monitor

Runs in the background and detects any integrity issues with your backup data due to disk issues. If issues are found the Monitor will attempt to resolve the issues automatically by backing up the affected data again during the next backup.

Support for vSphere 6.5


Integration with Connectwise Automate (LabTech)


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Best deduplication in the industry - Augmented Inline Deduplication

Altaro VM Backup with Augmented Inline deduplication improves backup and restore speed. It's the best deduplication in the industry, creating the smallest backup size. Augmented Inline deduplication runs across all backup jobs, no need to group VMs together (no use of post processing).

  • Much lower storage requirements. Creates the smallest backup size compared to other backup vendors
  • Faster backups (less data to transfer)
  • Efficiency increases as more VM backups are added. Huge savings on storage!
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Boot from Backup

Instantly boot any VM version from the backup location without affecting backup integrity. The VM may optionally be restored in the background while booted without losing any changes.

  • When a VM goes down, boot a Virtual Machine directly from your Backup Location in seconds, allowing users to continue to access it right away
  • In the background the VM Backup is restored back to the Hypervisor as well as any new changes made to the booted VM
  • Once all changes are recovered, simply switch over to the recovered VM. This minimizes Downtime to a simple VM reboot at the end of the Recovery process, instead of having to wait for the entire VM to restore.

A brand new look for the Altaro Offsite Server

A completely redeveloped Backup Server, with a brand-new look, is the best tool around to manage your offsite backups. The Altaro Offsite Server is used to replicate Hyper-V and VMware backups to an offsite location. The Altaro Offsite Server can be connected to the machine running an instance of Altaro VM Backup both via LAN or WAN connection.

Faster compression algorithms

We are now using compression algorithms that leverage processors' multithreading and arithmetic abilities to give a boost to the backup speed and drastically lowers the CPU requirements of the backup process.

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