Screenshot Verification

Achieve peace of mind with frequent and automatic validation of backup integrity, immediately after completion.


Datto's patented Screenshot Backup Verification takes backup monitoring a step further by frequently and automatically validating backup integrity immediately after completion.

Following backups, Datto BDR solutions virtualize and test-boot servers that they are protecting, and detect any backup concerns using a combination of screen recognition and patented CPU register algorithms. This allows large quantities of protected servers, even across a fleet of Datto appliances, to have backup data integrity validated at a scale traditional solutions could never match.

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Screenshot Verification provides:

  • Significantly increased frequency of backup verification: Datto's leading backup frequency (up to every 5 minutes) demands an equally capable backup verification system
  • Smart backup monitoring designed for MSP success: Fully integrated backup monitoring that scales to support enormous fleets, without the added complexity and cost of third party tools
  • The first and most advanced backup verification available: With more backups tested than any other vendor, Datto continues to evolve unrivaled patented verification technology
  • Offload backup and DR testing from production servers: No more impact on production servers, or scheduled downtime, to test backup integrity

Proactive and automated

Nobody enjoys spending time validating backups. Perhaps that is why it is commonplace for backups from traditional solutions to contain data integrity issues that render them useless. Problems are only discovered when it is too late - when that backup data is needed to recover from a disaster.

Datto's Screenshot Backup Verification allows you to monitor your clients' backups, verify that restores can be performed, and resolve issues before they develop into bigger problems. Following a backup, the system automatically boots virtual machines in a local KVM hypervisor node separate from the production server, from the backup. Once booted, it takes a screenshot of the OS login screen, confirming that the machine would be bootable if the original machine failed. In the event that the test boot fails, details are provided explaining what went wrong to the administrator. Screenshot Backup Verification is completely automated, has no impact on performance and protected systems are completely unaware of the monitoring process.

Screenshot Backup Verification is specifically designed to make Datto the best choice for MSPs. It is a native feature of SIRIS and ALTO, and available at no additional cost.

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Case Study: Avoiding Downtime Down Under

Discover how a proper BCDR not only offers peace of mind for the end user, but for the MSP as well:

"With an all-in-one solution, bolstered by technology like Screenshot Backup Verification, Addictive Technologies takes the guessing game out of BCDR. Now that we have implemented Datto, we know that the restores are happening and being tested daily by the Screenshot technology... Naturally, we all sleep a lot better now,"

— Robert Marsden, Managing Director of Addictive Technology Solutions Southport, Queensland Australia, serving Small to Medium-size Businesses.

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Significantly increased frequency of backup verification

Screenshot Backup Verification relies on the capabilities of Datto's Inverse Chain and Instant Virtualization to quickly virtualize and test boot backups of protected servers. Since each completed backup has no dependencies on other backups, there is never a backup chain to slow down a recovery with reconstruction. In turn, this liberates the solution to have more frequent backups - as frequently as every 5 minutes. But without an automated method to verify backups, more backups may mean more invalid backups, and this is why Datto's Screenshot Backup Verification tech is so important.

How often do you currently test the recoverability of your backups? Why not go from testing weekly, monthly or even yearly, to testing every hour, and automatically? Ensure your data will be there when you need it, and be confident Datto will help you get there.

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Smart backup monitoring designed for MSP success

Screenshot Backup Verification's intuitive user interface is part of Datto's remote management portal for MSPs. When the verification process is complete, test results appear in the portal along with everything you need to troubleshoot issues. The system also triggers an email alert, so you can quickly check pass/fail status without logging into the portal. The testing frequency of backups is configurable, along with the frequency of alerts, to meet your specific needs.

Below is an illustration of what remote management of Datto solutions would look like in the portal. Easily view when protected machines were last backed up to the Datto device, or the time that backups were last synchronized with the Datto Cloud. Easily view whether the last local backup was successful (green checkmark) or failed (red X). And if any backups did fail, remember that Inverse Chain Technology means that not only is every backup fully constructed, but any backup can be deleted. Even if an interim backup failed, those backups can be deleted with no rest to a backup chain required.

The first and most advanced backup verification available

Datto developed Screenshot Backup Verification years ago in response to the needs of MSPs. Today, Datto has over 40,000 systems in production, backing up hundreds of thousands of machines every day, physical and virtual, of multiple OS types, and on multiple hypervisors.

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