Instant Virtualisation

Virtualise your entire business infrastructure locally or in the secure Datto Cloud in as little as 6 seconds.


Datto Instant Virtualisation allows a protected system to be virtualised and hosted either locally on a Datto BDR appliance (SIRIS), or remotely in the secure Datto Cloud (SIRIS and ALTO) in seconds. Regardless if the recovery point is months or even years old, Datto’s DRaaS solutions end the long RTOs caused from reconstructing backups on disk or restoring from magnetic tape.

When virtualizing a recovery point, Datto’s advanced web interface allows for configuration of CPU and memory resources. Network resources can also be configured dynamically, allowing for changes to be made without restarting the virtual machine. While virtualised, backup clients can continue a normal backup schedule. Business continuity has never been as easy or as reliable.

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Datto's Instant Virtualisation provides:

  • True local Virtualisation: Run virtual machines directly on the Datto appliance, simplifying restore scenarios for businesses and MSPs
  • Protect and virtualise anything, restore anywhere: Instantly virtualise anything that can be protected (physical systems and virtual - either with agents, or with agentless backups), virtualise physical with virtual BDR, or even virtual with a physical BDR
  • Hybrid virtualisation: Virtualize and spin up any recovery point in seconds - even from long-term retention (archive)
  • Physical server restore, before repair: Now backup data is immediately accessible for restore by physical servers , even before replacement disks arrive in the mail

Six second recovery

There are many reasons why long RTOs are still so frequent: reconstructing incremental backups or processing a backup chain. Loading tapes. Making a clone. Waiting for parts in the mail. The ability to respond to server and site failure with a low-RTO recovery once cost a fortune and involved complex custom infrastructure.

Datto’s DRaaS solution makes true business continuity possible for tens of thousands of businesses. Instant virtualisation from Datto, combined with Datto’s leading flexibility of recovery options, brings that RTO down not to hours - or minutes - but seconds. Failed systems may be virtualised almost instantly on (or using) a Datto BDR device, or remotely in the secure Datto Cloud, allowing the business to remain operational without compromising any data or incurring any downtime.

Datto's six second recovery is made possible with the use of “zero-copy clones” provided by Datto's advanced storage technology, and the fully-constructed dependency-free recovery points made available with Datto's Inverse Chain Technology. Instant Virtualisation is available with all Datto ALTO and SIRIS products, and benefits both physical and virtual protected servers.

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True local virtualisation

Datto has more recovery and restart options than any other DRaaS solution, including iSCSI restore, but IT service providers demand optimal scalability and simplicity. For DRaaS that provides “instant” recovery at the fleet level, nothing matches the simplicity and value of an on-premises BDR appliance to run applications in-place, on the BDR, using its native hypervisor.

Datto SIRIS BDR appliances offer the most powerful, simple, and efficient local virtualisation available. All Datto SIRIS appliances use the KVM hypervisor. But there is much more to supporting local virtualisation successfully than simply adding an enterprise class hypervisor to a backup appliance. True local virtualisation on Datto SIRIS BDR appliances offers:

  • Linux and Windows support - The largest selection of supported OSes available
  • The fastest restarts - Using ZFS to clone any recovery point in milliseconds - and only seconds to spin up
  • Storage efficiency - Reducing CPU and I/O load on backup servers and storage - only a single copy provides backup and space for instant virtualisation
  • Sandbox testing - With no additional load on production systems, the same automated validation of backups with Screenshot Backup Verification
  • More restore points - Local virtualisation of any recovery point on the BDR, not just the latest

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Protect and Virtualise Anything, Restore Anywhere

Local 2 Restore to Virtual 2 Restore to Physical Local Restore to Virtual 2 Restore to Physical Local Restore to Virtual 2 Restore to Physical
Physical Server Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Virtual Server w/Agent Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Virtual Server Agentless Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes

1.) SIRIS 3 appliances includes SIRIS 3 BDR appliances and SIRIS 3 Imaged appliances
2.) Apple OSX, protected with Datto’s Mac Agent, cannot be virtualized on a SIRIS appliance, or restored to a virtual machine

Hybrid Virtualisation

Datto BDR appliances maximize storage efficiency, but long-term retention requires the oldest recovery points (the archive) to be maintained only offsite in the Datto Cloud. This is necessary to free up BDR capacity for the newer backups. Datto uses a Hybrid Cloud architecture to intelligently converge the storage and compute capabilities of the on-premises BDR appliances with the Datto Cloud.

Hybrid Virtualisation offers the capability of instant Virtualisation of a protected system but for when the recovery point has already been copied offsite. Hybrid Virtualisation initializes a virtual machine within the secure Datto Cloud, and then automatically connects that VM to the local network through the Datto BDR using a secure VPN tunnel. Hybrid Virtualisation allows :

  • Instant virtualisation capability on any size BDR - Including the entry-level Datto ALTO appliance
  • Instant virtualisation of the even oldest recovery points - Even if it considered “archived” in the offsite Datto Cloud
  • Leveraging the Datto Cloud compute - Use Datto Cloud compute to maximize available resources for local workloads

Hybrid Virtualisation is available on ALTO and SIRIS, and benefits both physical and virtual protected servers.

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Physical server restore, before repair

Your Datto protects and virtualises physical and virtual servers alike but there may be a scenario where restoring a physical server must be done using that server. Consider servers for computer-aided manufacturing (“CAM”) servers, or systems driving peripherals in a manufacturing environment. What to do if the HDD fails?

Datto’s new Diskless Restore capability, available with SIRIS and ALTO, makes a previous version of the data on your physical server’s disks accessible from the Datto via iSCSI. Instead of virtualizing a recovery point directly from the Datto appliance, you can virtualise from any target hardware capable of booting from a USB stick. This allows users to continue to use the physical server as if it was still running the operating system (OS) previous to the disastrous update and any peripherals that were attached. You can read more here .

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