We’re pleased to announce that we will soon be launching Altaro VM Backup v7.6, including Continuous Data Protection (CDP) and Grandfather-Father-Son Archiving (GFS).
With the introduction of CDP, VMs can be backed up as frequently as every 5 minutes, ensuring that in a data loss scenario only a few minutes of data are lost, optimizing the Recovery Point Objective (RPO)
What you can expect in Altaro VM Backup v7.6:
- Continuous Data Protection (CDP) – Users can switch from running daily backups to a continuous data protection model yielding an improvedRecovery Point Objective (RPO) of up to 5 minutes.
When CDP is enabled, VMs can be backed up as frequently as every 5 minutes. This ensures that, should a data loss scenario occur, only a few minutes of data are lost.
IMP: CDP is only available to customers with an active renewal (SMA) who have the “Unlimited Plus” edition of Altaro VM Backup.
- Grandfather-Father-Son Archiving (GFS) for Local Backups –Users can choose to archive the backup versions in addition to their continuous and daily backups instead of deleting them. Now users can easily set up three separate backup cycles to store three new backup versions every week, every month and every year.
IMP: GFS is available for all customers on Unlimited and Unlimited Plus Editions of Altaro VM Backup.
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.
Concurrent Retention, Restore, Backup and Offsite Copy operations on the same Virtual Machine
In previous Altaro VM Backup Versions only one operation can be performed on a Virtual Machine at the same time. This caused the following pain points for our users:
- If a retention policy takes hours to complete then backups and restore operations are queued until retention is complete
- If an Offsite Copy to Azure takes days to complete then backups and restore operations are queued until retention 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.