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What’s new in version 8.13 of Altaro VM Backup?

Take multiple offsite backup copies

Prior to this new release, you could only back up your primary data to a local store and one remote location (online or in the cloud). The latest version of Altaro VM Backup (and Altaro VM Backup for MSPs) introduces the ability to take copies of virtual machines to multiple offsite locations (e.g., Azure and Amazon S3), rather than just one.

This also enables a multi-cloud backup strategy, if required.

This means customers can now enjoy more fallbacks and resilience in case of disaster thanks to additional offsite locations.

For MSPs: For managed service providers who bill for storage, this is another source of revenue if they provide this additional offsite location, as well as billing for the service itself.

This functionality is available to all customers using the Unlimited and Unlimited Plus Edition of Altaro VM Backup and any management service providers using Altaro VM Backup for MSPs.

Read about the importance of a 3-2-1+ backup strategy here.

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What else has recently been added to Altaro VM Backup?

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Cloud backup to Azure, Amazon and Wasabi

So far, Altaro VM Backup customers wanting to back up VMs to a cloud storage provider could only natively do so to Microsoft Azure. Now with v8.5 and up, users now have the option to back up VMs to two other cloud storage providers, Amazon S3 and Wasabi, with full native integration between them and Altaro VM Backup.

End users simply need to input their access credentials for Altaro VM Backup to securely and seamlessly handle the data transfers, without requiring any additional resources running in the cloud to provide backup storage.

Wasabi cloud storage is a highly attractive backup option for customers with tighter budgets due to its simple, predictable pricing model with no egress fees or API call fees.

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WAN-Optimized Replication

Altaro VM Backup v8 introduces WAN-Optimized Replication functionality, that enables users to be back up and running in minimal time should disaster strike by switching to a replicated virtual machine (VM) that is running offsite. This is available in the Unlimited Plus edition of the product.

  • WAN-Optimized Replication permits a business to make an ongoing copy of its virtual machines (VMs) to a remote site and to switch to that copy with immediacy should anything go wrong with the live VMs, such as damage due to hurricanes, fires and flooding.
  • This dramatically reduces the recovery time objective (RTO), that is, the maximum duration of time that virtual machines and applications running on them can be down after a failure occurs.

  • Managed Service Providers (MSPs) who use Altaro VM Backup for MSPs can now add WAN-Optimized Replication to their offering, with the ability to replicate VMs to the MSP’s infrastructure so that if a customer site goes down, that customer can immediately access its VMs and continue working through the MSP’s infrastructure.
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Support for Windows Server 2019

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.

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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
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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.

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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.

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