Altaro VM Backup Review

It has exchange item level restore but I'd like them to add backward compatibility with earlier versions.


What is most valuable?

  • Hyper-V VM & Hyper-V host or node backup and retention schedules
  • Exchange item level restore
  • In the new version, you do not have to install the backup software itself onto a Hyper-V host

What needs improvement?

  • Backward compatibility with earlier versions
  • Auto-update features
  • Hyper-V 2008 core OS should be supported to run the management console on it, this was a need by one of our customers
  • The amount of jobs performed at the same time should be increased

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for between six and 12 months.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

I did not manage to import my old configuration, in v4, into v5 just after it what was released, however, I believe this functionality has been improved.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Version 5 is much more stable. Because the management console itself is running on a Windows machine, you may encounter some time-out, or lag, because of a delay in the Microsoft component relating what is on your hardware environment. However, this could happen with all of your Windows based applications if you do not have enough supplements supporting it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I have not had any scalability issues yet.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

10/10.

Technical Support:

10/10.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I did, but we did not totally switch. We are still using other products because of our different VMware environments.

How was the initial setup?

It is really straightforward, and the software has a great step by step manual.

What about the implementation team?

I implemented two environments on my own with the help of the web based manual.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did. My company used Veeam, PHD Virtual and Unitrends software solution before. We looked for a cheaper Hyper-V backup solution, and Altaro is the best choice for this purpose.

What other advice do I have?

If you only have a Hyper-V environment with several nodes, you should dedicate one server for hosting the backup solution (depending on the number of the virtual machines hosted on each node). Or you can install several Altaro Hyper-V Backup instances and connect them to one management software. I am sure that guys at Altaro will help you out with the deployment scenario.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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