Altaro VM Backup V8 Released! #WindowsServer2019 #HyperV #Office365 @AltaroSoftware

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Altaro has released Altaro VM Backup Version 8, a faster and lighter upgrade to its flagship Hyper-V and VMware backup solution, which includes several highly-requested features including unique WAN-Optimized Replication, which drastically reducing Recovery Time Objective (RTO) as well as centralized, multi-tenant view for Managed Service Providers (MSPs) .

In today’s blog post, I will give you a quick overview of what’s new in Altaro VM backup Version 8 including Office 365 backup support as well as the new launch of Altaro Dojo Forums.

What’s new in Altaro VM Backup Version 8?

With the release of Altaro VM Backup Version 8, Altaro Software announced a cool feature known as WAN-Optimized Replication. Altaro’s WAN-Optimized Replication enables system administrators to replicate ongoing changes to their virtual machines (VMs) to a remote site and to seamlessly continue working from the replicated VMs should something go wrong with the live VMs, such as damage due to severe weather conditions, flooding, ransomware, viruses, server crashes and so on. This new functionality enables businesses to be back up and running in minimal time should disaster strike, as it permits them to make an ongoing copy of their VMs and to access that copy immediately should anything go wrong with the live VMs. Downtime is therefore reduced to no time at all. it’s worth mentioning that WAN-Optimized Replication is currently available for Hyper-V and will soon be available for VMware.

For Managed Service Providers (MSPs) who use Altaro VM Backup, they can now add WAN-Optimized Replication to their offering, with the ability to replicate VMs to the MSP’s infrastructure so that if a customer site goes down, that customer can immediately access its VMs and continue working through the MSP’s infrastructure.

Altaro Office 365 Backup

I hear many customers talking about why do I need a backup solution for my Office 365 mailboxes, is it not that Microsoft is backing up my data as part of the Office 365 subscription? The short answer is no!

Many Office 365 subscribers mistakenly believe that their data is fully backed up by Microsoft as part of their subscription. However, this is not the case: Microsoft does not backup Office 365.

Microsoft is responsible for providing the necessary infrastructure and ensuring that Office 365 works. But it’s the customer’s responsibility to protect its Office 365 data from:

  • human error (such as deleted items).
  • malware and hacker attacks.
  • malicious user actions.
  • and so on.

The Altaro Office 365 Backup for MSPs subscription program enables you to back up and restore all your customers’ Office 365 mailboxes through a monthly subscription, with no upfront fees. And you can centrally back up, manage and monitor them all through Altaro’s multi-tenant cloud-based management console, making it easy and hassle-free for you to provide and bill for Office 365 backup services.

Altaro Office 365 Backup for MSPs automatically backs up mail items and their attachments several times per day and saves them to a secure cloud backup location on Altaro’s Microsoft Azure infrastructure.

Learn more about Altaro Office 365 Backup for MSPs here.

The Launch of Altaro Dojo Forums

In addition to the above product updates, Altaro Software has also kicked off the Altaro Dojo forums to bring fellow IT pros together, connect the community and enable members to learn and share their knowledge with one another. Some info on how people can use them are available here:

I highly encourage you to join and register to the forum and join in the discussion.


If you’re interested in seeing what Altaro VM Backup V8 can do for your organization, please feel free to try it today. You can back up unlimited VMs for 30-days. After 30-days you get forever free backup 2 VMs… download now!

Thank you for reading my blog.

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-Charbel Nemnom-

About Charbel Nemnom 569 Articles
Charbel Nemnom is a Cloud Architect, Swiss Certified ICT Security Expert, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), totally fan of the latest's IT platform solutions, accomplished hands-on technical professional with over 17 years of broad IT Infrastructure experience serving on and guiding technical teams to optimize the performance of mission-critical enterprise systems. Excellent communicator is adept at identifying business needs and bridging the gap between functional groups and technology to foster targeted and innovative IT project development. Well respected by peers through demonstrating passion for technology and performance improvement. Extensive practical knowledge of complex systems builds, network design, business continuity, and cloud security.

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