Altaro VM Backup Review

Automated live Hyper-V backups of full VMs and accelerated our physical to virtual conversion,


What is most valuable?

  • Automated live Hyper-V backups of full VMs.
  • Excellent compression and deduplication with off-site WAN backup included.
  • Retention policies and reporting included.
  • Granular file-level restore and Exchange restore.
  • Automated validation of backed up VMs.
  • Central management possible.

How has it helped my organization?

Accelerated our physical to virtual conversion. It gave us the reliability the business demanded, without investing in expensive software and upgrading the network/storage back end. Allowed application isolation that drastically improved RTOs and RPOs. And enabled our IT staff to easily manage all our virtual backups and restoration with little to no training.

What needs improvement?

Moving VMs between non-clustered hosts which both have Altaro backup running will not update their inventories automatically, at least in the latest version I used.

Backup speed and comparisons between versions used to be slow on big VMs but that was improved greatly later on.

For how long have I used the solution?

Four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

None.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

In earlier versions (v3/4) the UI made it somewhat difficult to get the right overview at times.

How is customer service and technical support?

Fantastic support crew, always ready to give sound advice on setups. They actually listen to complaints/feature requests, and implements them. Great blogs as well with lots of technical information.

Which solutions did we use previously?

At that time, automated backups for Hyper-V were not in great supply. Veeam was too bloated and required a lot of work to test and deploy.

How was the initial setup?

Easy to deploy, very smooth setup, no overhead caused by common integration hurdles. Great choices of backup destinations. Up and running in 10 to 15 minutes.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

No other product offers these features for this price. The ROI is great.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

As noted above, at that time, automated backups for Hyper-V were not in great supply. Veeam was too bloated and required a lot of work to test and deploy.

What other advice do I have?

Try it! You will not be disappointed.

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