Datto ALTO

Datto ALTO is the only continuity solution designed specifically for small business. Using image-based backup and a hybrid cloud model, ALTO delivers enterprise-grade functionality at a small business price.

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What's New in Datto ALTO

The small business total data protection platform

ALTO is the first fully featured total data protection platform built for small businesses. Easily protect any physical, virtual and cloud infrastructure running on Windows, Mac or Linux, and spin up lost servers in seconds without the need for additional tools. Backup automatically on your schedule to a local device, and replicate backups to the Datto Cloud. Recover granular data quickly from multiple points in time, and use Datto Cloud virtualization to get back to business in minutes.

Deployed as a low-profile physical appliance, ALTO provides the business continuity features, tools, and management capabilities to get up and running fast. ALTO leverages Datto’s award winning core technologies, service and support. If you need to ensure business continues even when business infrastructure fails, ALTO is the market leading solution for you.

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Business

ALTO is a fully featured total data protection platform, providing enterprise grade protection at a small business price. This means ALTO provides faster backups, faster restores, and overall superior recovery times with zero additional investment in enterprise infrastructure or complex integrations. What does that mean? It means that ALTO can address complex data protection use cases right out of the box.

Backup and Restore

In today’s world, users lose files: deleting them, overwriting them, a virus hits, or when hardware fails. With ALTO, simply schedule regular backups for a device. If you need to recover files, a few clicks will allow you to restore specifically the files you are looking for to the current running device. No more guessing, booting images or digging through command lines. With ALTO, restoring files is fast and easy.

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Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

When infrastructure fails, business comes to a grinding halt. Replacement hardware takes time to order and install, infrastructure needs to be rebuilt, and backups need to be parsed and applied. This can take hours or days, even with a good backup solution. Unfortunately, when business is down, every second counts. That is why ALTO provides image based backups that can be booted in the secure Datto Cloud with the click of a button.

Get more than just one server back up and running; virtualize your entire Infrastructure with the click of a few buttons. Be back up and running as fast as the images can boot in Datto’s Cloud. Once the crisis is past, ALTO makes it easy to get back to normal operations. Say goodbye to business down time, and hello to fast and easy business continuity all in one product with ALTO.

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Ransomware

No matter how hard you try, someone that depends on you for support will eventually get an email that convinces them to open a file and infect their PC with ransomware. The compromised machine will then encrypt user files and demand a ransom for the key to unlock the system. Worse, the threat will often spread across the network and infect other machines, seriously impacting the business.

Of course, paying the ransom may not solve the problem. The only sure way to resolve a ransomware attack is to roll back the affected systems to make it as if it never happened. ALTO, with point in time rollback, is designed to recover from just these scenarios. With the click of a few buttons, it can be as if the ransomware never happened. Say goodbye to ransomware, and hello to simple preventative measures provided by ALTO.

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Features

ALTO provides a tremendous number of features integrated into a single data protection platform. For more detailed descriptions of the ALTO features and architecture, please see the Technology section of this page.

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All-in-One Platform

ALTO combines the three most important elements of data protection into a single fully integrated package: backup capture and verification, backup restore, and a virtual host for business continuity. Together, these elements enable customers and partners to quickly deploy ALTO, capture a backup and be protected from a full disaster scenario in minutes, no additional work required.

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Hybrid Cloud Protection

ALTO provides workstations and servers with complete data protection. From images are captured by the local device and automatically and securely transmitted to the secure Datto Cloud, which provides remote data protection and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS).

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Hybrid Virtualization Options

Should a business experience a server failure, the protected systems can be virtualized instantly in the secure Datto Cloud. With system(s) virtualized, the business can operate “as usual” until it has the time to fix the issue, without compromising any data or incurring any downtime.

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Agentless and Agent-based Backup

ALTO supports both physical and virtual systems through agentless and agent-based backup. Agentless protection enables fast and easy pairing of any number of VMware systems or templates. Agent-based protection provides scalable backup for all of your physical devices.

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Inverse Chain Technology™

Datto’s proprietary Inverse Chain Technology enables a faster and more resilient backup process, and makes a 5-minute backup frequency possible. Since each backup is a fully bootable virtual machine, there is no need for complex, time-consuming conversion processes before performing a restore as there is no backup chain to process.

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End-to-End Encryption

All data is protected by AES-256 encryption both in transit and in the cloud. Users have the option to encrypt data locally*, and passphrases can be specified per appliance or per protected machine. *ALTO XL only

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Advanced Screenshot Verification

Good is now even better with Datto’s advanced screenshot verification. While a screenshot does provide a sense of security that a server has been properly constructed as a bootable image, we have taken it to the next level with additional verification options. Datto now offers script execution to further ensure a backup is viable. Need to know if a database is corrupted, or if a service is running? Create a script, upload it to ALTO, and each screenshot verification will run the script against the latest image. Don’t just think a backup is viable, know it is with advanced screenshot verification.

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Image-Based Backup

Datto uses image-based backups to capture a complete picture of a protected workstation or server. These fully constructed imaged boot quickly on recovery, and can be migrated from physical to virtual machines (P2V) or vice versa, all with a click of the button.

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Keyword Data Recovery

The ALTO eDiscovery option allows ALTO users to find keywords within their backup data in an easy to read format. Powered by the industry-leading Kroll Ontrack software, it is compatible with dozens of file formats and systems, including Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, and SQL.

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PSA and RMM Integration

ALTO integrates seamlessly with the remote monitoring and management (RMM) and professional services automation (PSA) tools that are the lifeblood of a managed services practice. This means less time spent on technology and more time invested in growing your business.

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Retention That’s Right for You

Choose from among the industry’s most flexible retention options for cloud storage. Back up as frequently as every 5 minutes. Keep protected data until storage capacity is met, select a time-based retention window or leverage the new infinite cloud storage model. Choose the right size retention option, based on what is best for your business.

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Built for Quality

Datto Alto is designed and assembled in our build facilities by our highly trained team. Built from the best components available, Datto Alto is assembled to our exacting standards with extreme attention to detail. From the design and testing of custom cooling fan blades, to the alignment of cable ties, our attention to detail translates into saved money and time for you, whether in operation or when upgrading and replacing parts.

Business Value

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New Source of IT Services Revenue

With ALTO, a managed service partner can be up and running with a new product offering in minutes at a price point attractive to small businesses. With little training, ALTO can be installed and backing up customer data - and earning revenue - very quickly. Backed up by Datto’s award winning core technologies, service and support, a new source of monthly recurring revenue is but a phone call away.

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One Single Platform

ALTO is single integrated platform that provides complete protection of business data. This means there are no complex integrations, no additional products, no deep configurations needed. We have taken care of all of that for you to provide you with a single integrated solution so that you can stop wasting time knitting things together and get back to growing your business.

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Simple Fleet Management

Most Datto partners have more than one device to manage. That is why Datto provides the web-based Partner Portal, a single integrated place to go to manage all Datto devices. If you already use Kaseya, Autotask or Labtech for managing customers, integrations with these platforms make ALTO easily manageable from your existing tools.

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Technology

ALTO is a fully featured total data protection platform for small businesses. This means that everything you need to deploy a comprehensive data protection solution is included in ALTO, at a price point for small businesses.

There are no complex additional integrations required, no need to install anything beyond desktop agents. This means ALTO can provide faster backups, restore, and recovery times with zero additional investment. Of course, the all inclusive ALTO approach doesn’t mean the technology under the covers is simple. In fact, ALTO is a complex integration of many components fully packaged into the platform. These include:

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ALTO Platform

The central component responsible for handling the entire backup process. A powerful, Datto-built appliance runs an intuitive interface for managing all local ALTO functionality. From the web-based console, protected server images are collected, managed, scheduled, virtualized, restored and test-booted. Files can be compared and restored, diskless and bare metal restores initiated. Naturally, all of these features are accessible from the Datto Partner Portal for easy management of single servers or even multi-tenant device fleets.

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Datto Cloud

Behind every ALTO is the Datto Cloud, a 250 PB+ Tier 3 (ANSI/TIA-942) private cloud storing all offsite backups and providing offsite virtualization for business continuity and disaster recovery. Hosted in 9 data centers around the world, these fault tolerant and secure facilities allow for data sovereignty and geo redundancy requirements. ALTO devices intelligently replicate to the cloud on a schedule set and managed by the device. Offsite backups are stored based on the retention policies selected for the device, including storage capacity, time based and infinite cloud retention options.

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Agentless Backup

For VMware environments, agents are not required. ALTO can protect servers in this environment without any manual intervention with the protected server. Simply select the agentless option when initially configuring ALTO for these servers.

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Wide OS Support

Agents for Windows, Linux, and the all-new Mac agent, provide scheduling and execution of image backups with the local ALTO device. These can be installed on any virtual or physical workstations and servers running supported operating systems.

Features

ALTO provides a tremendous number of features integrated into a single data protection platform.

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Inverse Chain Technology™

Traditional backup technology takes an initial full system backup, and then records the changes in a linked list. Two problems arise with this method: the chain can become corrupted, corrupting the entire backup, and backups have to be sequentially processed on restore. Inverse Chain solves this problem, leveraging ZFS and Datto proprietary technology to create fully constructed images, each individually ready to boot, avoiding backup chains and at restore time construction altogether.

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Hybrid Cloud

One challenge with protecting business data wherever it lives is ensuring rapid, responsive and secure protection for business infrastructure in disaster scenarios large and small. To do this in a low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) integrated platform requires the ability to expand capacity on demand, and to securely connect this capacity back to the protected business so it can be accessed. Datto’s hybrid cloud architecture enables any ALTO device to restore backup images in the Datto Cloud, from single servers to complete office infrastructure, and connects this capacity back to the business via VPN until such time as the business can recover normal operations.

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Advanced Storage

When selecting the building blocks for ALTO, Datto sought the most powerful, flexible and trusted file system available. ZFS was the natural choice, providing a cost effective building block for all Datto devices. Over the years, Datto has become an expert and active contributor to the open ZFS community, providing innovative features and expanding the capabilities of this file system. The result is a combination of ZFS and Datto specific innovations that make the advantages of ZFS accessible to all in an easy to use platform - protection against data corruption, support for high storage capacities, efficient data compression, snapshots and copy-on-write clones, continuous integrity checking and automatic repair, and more.

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Instant Virtualization

In a disaster recovery scenario, seconds matter. Leveraging fully constructed “copy on write” snapshots, ALTO can boot images for Windows and Linux nodes in as little as 6 seconds. These images are virtualized in the Datto Cloud, where a VPN is automatically initiated back to the local device and the VM is made available on the local network, accessible via RDP.

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Advanced Screenshot Verification

Good is now even better with Datto’s advanced screenshot verification. While a screenshot does provide a sense of security that a server has been properly constructed as a bootable image, we have taken it to the next level with additional verification options. Datto now offers script execution to further ensure a backup is viable. Need to know if a database is corrupted, or if a service is running? Create a script, upload it to ALTO, and each screenshot verification will run the script against the latest image. Don’t just think a backup is viable, know it is with advanced screenshot verification.

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Diskless Restores

When a machine fails, it is often the hard drive that caused the problem. This leaves a perfectly good workstation or server waiting on a new storage system. Rather than wait, simply use the diskless restore function to boot an image from the ALTO on a physical server mounting the software image from the ALTO. Get the server back to work quickly using all of the resources on hand, while continuing to protect business data.

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Direct Restore Utility

Restoring files from a Windows system backup just got easier with the Direct Restore Utility. Using new embedded capabilities on the ALTO, files on any Windows image, including encrypted and deduplicated images, can be explored on the ALTO without booting the entire image in the cloud. When the desired files and folders are found, ALTO can push them to any Windows device using iSCSI. Why does this matter? Because iSCSI file transfers are faster and preserves ACLs, maintaining permissions in the file transfer when the files are restored.

How it can be deployed

ALTO is available as a hardware appliance in 2 form factors: ALTO 2 and ALTO XL. Both are built in Datto facilities in the USA to our exacting standards, and come with a 5 year hardware warranty.

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ALTO 2

ALTO 2 is a small footprint device that fits just about anywhere. Designed with a quad core AMD processor, 8 GB of DDR3, a 1 TB 7200 RPM 2.5” drive, 2 USB 3.0 ports, dual network adapters, WiFi adapter and hdmi ports, this device can handle from 2 to 4 backup agents and up to 4 VMs in the Datto Cloud.

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ALTO XL

ALTO XL is available in two sizes, large and small, based on the amount of storage in the device. Called the Alto XL and Alto XL Pro, they include up to an 8 core Atom processor, up to 32 GB of RAM, up to 3 network adapters, up to 24TB of hot swappable 3.5” drives, 2 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0 ports, solid state OS drives, and an unlimited number of backup agents and VMs in the Datto Cloud.

ALTO Architecture

Architecturally, ALTO is an x64 Linux server. Designed from the ground up to be a small business Total Data Protection platform, use of this standard architecture translates into cost efficiency and performance. This approach also enables Datto to continue to innovate, add new ground-breaking features, and expand the platform well into the future at this price point.

Within the x64 server, ALTO is a complex combination of standard and proprietary software integrated into a single Data Protection platform, including:

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Ubuntu 12.04

A current, long term support variant of the most popular Linux edition on the market, providing enterprise class security, manageability and performance in a small footprint. Ubuntu is the basic operating system for all ALTO products, and supports many standard packages that ALTO uses as building blocks for the platform.

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DattoZFS

The base filesystem used in the SIRIS built on industry standard ZFS. IT provides protection against data corruption, support for high storage capacities, efficient data compression, integration of the concepts of filesystem and volume management, snapshots, copy-on-write clones, and RAID. It is used as the basis for continuous integrity checking and automatic repair with enhancements to enable Inverse Chains, Instant Virtualization, and a host of other capabilities.

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Cherokee

A lightweight, highly efficient web server, Cherokee provides the basic web hosting capabilities for the Remote Web management connection, web based file restores, and web based NAS file access.

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PHP-CGI

The most widely used PHP 5 release, leveraging widely deployed CGI based php execution. Essentially, PHP is executed as a script when the webserver calls the code, compiling it at runtime and completing the tasks. This is a proven and stable mechanism for executing PHP on top of Cherokee.

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VirtualBox

A Type 2 virtualization environment installed on ALTO and used to generate screenshot verification. All other forms of virtualization associated with the the ALTO device are made using the Datto Cloud.

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SpeedSync

Datto’s proprietary weighted replication algorithm that enables ALTO to more efficiently sync data with the Datto Cloud. Built on the efficient LZMA2 compression algorithm, SpeedSync enables multiple images to be pushed off site to the Datto Cloud at one time, subject to bandwidth throttling settings.

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Bare Metal Restore (BMR)

Newly re-engineered to provide faster, more resilient bare metal restore options, BMR creates a bootable USB to plug into and image replacement hardware. Simply create a BMR USB stick from the ALTO console, plug it in and select the image to restore. Images and drivers are pulled in as needed to make this a fast restore process, and get the systems back up and running on new hardware fast.

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Resources

ALTO is a fully featured total data protection platform. This means Datto provides fast backups, faster restores, and overall superior recovery times with zero additional investment in enterprise infrastructure or complex integrations. What does that mean? It means that ALTO can address complex data protection use cases right out of the box.

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Datto ALTO 2 is the only hybrid cloud solution that keeps your small business clients up and running through outages, data loss and disasters.

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