Altaro specializes in backing up data for home PCs, business PCs and file servers. Now, it is preparing a new product to back up Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines.
One doesn't normally think
of the island of Malta-located just south of Sicily in the Mediterranean-as
being a haven for IT companies, but upstart storage provider Altaro is an
exception in this case.
specializes in backing
up data for home PCs, business PCs and file servers. Now, it is preparing a new
product specifically for backing up Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines,
something that can be complicated to do efficiently in a data center.
The 2-year-old company,
whose Hyper-V product is in beta with a growing number of corporate customers
testing it, will be releasing Beta 4 of its Hyper-V Cluster CSV on July 25. The
general availability version is expected to be released in the next few weeks.
"Hyper-V Backup does
all the connection configurement for you, and we've fixed it so you can back up
any VM instance with five clicks or less," founder and CEO David Vella
"It's really the
easiest backup of its kind anywhere."
Hyper-V Backup, which
installs on a Hyper-V server, also allows users to pick and choose which VMs
they want to back up, which makes for much more efficient storage capacity and
planning. Because it also is agentless, users don't have to fret about
installing anything on each virtual machine-the software finds each node within
the system automatically.
The product also features
hot-swappable backups, clone restores, file level restores, cluster backups, a
scheduling engine, restores of different versions and other features.
"We designed it to be
simple enough for a non-IT person to use on a daily basis," Vella said.
"This was the whole idea behind it."
Altaro's regular corporate
customers include Harvard University, Astaro, Mitsubishi and the University of
Delaware. It has several thousand consumer users around the world, Vella said.
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