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Hornetsecurity VM Backup Review

Hornetsecurity VM Backup

Hornetsecurity VM Backup previously known as Altaro VM Backup provides various data protection solutions to your IT Infrastructure. In this post, we will see How Hornetsecurity VM Backup protects your servers & their functionalities. Hornetsecurity VM backup also comes with the replication feature so if you are looking for both Backup & Replication in one solution then this is your solution to go for.

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Hornetsecurity VM Backup caters to all kinds of organizations from small & medium to large enterprises. It also provides partner & MSP solutions for resellers so that they can easily provide data protection to their customers. Hornetsecurity has a presence in 100+ countries where thousands of customers confidently use VM backup.

Hornetsecurity VM Backup supports VMware & Hyper-V in the virtualization environment. So, in case you have mixed virtualization infrastructure you can easily protect your virtual machines. It also provides data protection to the Office365 applications & the Windows Servers.

Features of Hornetsecurity VM Backup:

  • VM Backup, Restore & Replication for VMware & Hyper-V.
  • Intuitive & Central management Dashboard for Simple & easy day-to-day operations
  • Augmented Inline Deduplication for reduced backup storage requirements.
  • Ransomware Protection leveraging Immutable Cloud Storage in Azure, S3 & Wasabi.
  • 2FA in Cloud Management console for added security.
  • WAN optimized replication to improve the RTO.
  • CDP (Continuous Data Protection) switch from running daily backups to backing up as frequently as every 5 minutes.
  • Support for Clustered shared volumes
  • Compression & 256-bit AES Encryption
  • Full & granular level recovery of VMs & files.
  • Fast OnePass Restores.
  • Native Integration with Azure, Amazon S3 & Wasabi cloud storages.
  • Exchange & SQL Support
  • Various supported backup media such as Internal Drive, NAS Devices, File server network share, USB & Flash drives, and more.
  • Backup Health Monitor proactively monitors the health of your backup storage.
  • Azure Stack HCI Support so you can easily back up your VMs running on it.
  • 3-2-1-1 backup – Keep at least three copies of your data for added security, 2 local copies, and at least 1 copy offsite & 1 is immutable.
  • RESTful API for advanced automation and reporting functionality.
  • Grandfather-Father-Son Archiving (GFS) – Archive backup versions in addition to your continuous and daily backups.
  • Control Panel – Ground-breaking, a cloud-based dashboard to centrally manage and manage all your Hornetsecurity VM Backup installations from a single online console.


Hornetsecurity VM backup setup & installation is very easy & can be completed in a few minutes. The setup comes as a Windows installer where with a few clicks you complete the installation of Hornetsecurity VM backup.

Once your installation is completed you will be presented with the Quick Setup wizard which will help you to set up & integrate the data protection in your IT infrastructure. Which you can see below on the Dashboard page.


Key Functionalities of Hornetsecurity VM backup:

Augmented Inline Deduplication:

Deduplication runs across all the VM backup jobs, where you don’t need to group virtual machines together (no use of post-processing). The least amount of backup space is only one of the benefits; Augmented Inline Deduplication also improves backup and restore speed.

You can see the working of Deduplication in the below screenshot:

Image Credit – Hornetsecurity

Immutable Cloud Storage:

With the increasing number of ransomware attacks & security breaches, you must have your backups secured which cannot be modified or deleted. So, by leveraging this functionality you can set up Tamper-proof backups for your servers. Which will give you the reliability & guarantee of your data by adding an extra layer of security.

Image Credit – Hornetsecurity

With VM Backup 9, your backups are safeguarded. This feature gives you the assurance that your backup data is protected & temper-proof. Which cannot be modified or deleted by any user.

Control Panel:

This functionality is very useful whether you are a Single organization or IT Reseller & MSP. Using Control Panel, you can centrally manage all the backup & restore operations. MSPs can Provide Backup as a Service (BaaS) by centrally managing, monitoring, and billing for all your customers’ virtual machines.

Backup to Cloud:

With the increased utilization of the cloud, companies prefer to go for cloud storage where they can store their data without much hassle & management. In Hornetsecurity VM Backup as well you will have the benefit to store your backup data directly in the cloud such as Amazon S3, Azure & Wasabi.

Backup Health Monitor:

This feature ensures that your backup storage is healthy by proactively monitoring. In case any corruption is detected, the block(s) in question will be repaired automatically as part of the next backup job. So, it is proactive monitoring which gives you peace of mind for your backups.



You can enable the Automatically Monitor Backup health so that it runs in the background. If in case, there is any issue detected it will try to resolve it automatically. This is a very good feature to have in the data protection solution which can protect the data.

Sandbox & Verification:

Sandbox restore feature allows you to test your virtual machine backups using the ‘Sandbox Approach’ so to ensure that your original VM won’t get impacted. You can also schedule Test Drills to verify backup or trigger automated full test restores so that you can frequently verify the integrity of your backups and ensure they can be restored easily.

You can easily go to Sandbox & Verification in the left navigation bar & start using this functionality.



Backup Job Report:

Reporting is a very important aspect of every organization. Where every team presents various reports. In the case of Data Protection, you don’t need to depend on any manual reports. You can easily fetch the status report for the VM Backup/Restore Operations.

You can easily access the reports section from the Left Navigation bar. You will get detailed information such as the Result, Time, Duration, etc it took for the job to complete.



You can also configure the Email Reports which you will get a complete backup status report every day.

Hornetsecurity VM Backup comes as a data protection suite which means besides backup & restore you also have the functionalities such as Offsite copies & Replication. You can directly connect to the Support team from the backup solution only.

If you are looking for a fast, affordable & reliable backup & replication product, then we recommend you at least try Hornetsecurity VM backup in your environment. Don’t worry you don’t have to pay anything upfront you can easily get the product trial & test it in your IT infrastructure. You can get the 30-day trial edition in which you can comfortably try & test each of the product features.

Hornetsecurity VM Backup comes with 24×7 customer support, where you can reach them via multiple ways such as phone, email & live chat.


Hornetsecurity VM Backup comes in 3 different editions which are Standard, Unlimited & Unlimited Plus editions. Whereas Unlimited Plus offers you all the features of the product.

You can buy 2 types of licenses Subscription & Perpetual. Where the Subscription license is based on the number of VMs you want to protect. So, you only pay for a VM basis. In the case of a Perpetual license, it is tied to the Host. You will pay for the number of hosts you have irrespective of the number of CPUs. Subscription is only offered in the Unlimited Plus Edition.

You can check the below link to get your free trial:

Hornetsecurity VM Backup

Hornetsecurity VM Backup has already won many awards for its data protection & security solutions.

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Mayur Parmar

Hi I am Mayur Parmar. Independent Author & Founder of Mastering VMware. I am working in IT industry for more than 4 Years with knowledge of VMware , Microsoft Server's, Linux Server's.

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