Newcomer Altaro to Launch Beta of Hyper-V Backup

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-07-22 Print this article Print

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.

Altaro 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 told eWEEK. "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.

Go here to sign up for a notification as to when the free download of the Hyper-V backup will become available.


Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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