Quickly and effectively backup and recover virtual servers onsite or to the cloud

Secure and efficient virtual server backup and data recovery solutions

Backup Hyper-v or VMware virtual servers onsite and offsite to our data centres automatically and in totality. Restore virtual servers in seconds or restore at individual file level or mail level. If your server and local backup have been destroyed we can make your backed up server available in the cloud within minutes.

Company data is the lifeline of any business, customer account details, invoices, supplier information, staff information to mention a few are all key to the continuation of a business. Imagine if for whatever reason the server that holds that information fails, what would your business do? How long would it take for your business to recover from a disaster? More importantly what would the loss of income be for that period and moving forward?

The last few years have seen an increase in the use of virtualised servers. Virtualisation is used with a larger physical server that is running with a number of smaller virtualised servers usually with a specific purpose. An example would be a virtual server for SQL, one for Exchange email, another for applications. Although there are countless merits of having a virtualised environment, a major issue with this type of infrastructure is a failure on the main host server, which means all hosted virtualised servers will also fail which in turn increases the importance of virtual machine backup and restore plan.

Virtual Backup and Data Recovery main features

Explore the main features of our secure and resilient virtual backup and data recover solutions below.

Hybrid Online and Onsite Backup for Virtual Servers

There have been numerous studies which concluded that many organisations in the event of a disaster are not able to be fully operational within a "Recovery Time Objective" i.e. it takes too long to recover from a disaster. A follow on problem during and after a disaster, often results in a loss of business, in many cases, the loss is so catastrophic that the business closes permanently. It is frequently said that disaster recovery plans are expensive but this is usually from the business owners that had to close their business due to inadequate disaster recovery procedures.

Although hardware is more durable, it is always preferred to replace hardware every three to five years. Unfortunately because of the large amounts of capital outlay for hardware and software, servers are not always replaced or upgraded leaving them more open to failure. The financial commitments of hardware upgrades, software and license upgrades pushes disaster recovery down the priority list, further exposing the business to risk in the event of a failure.

How can I protect my business?

With Mitol's Backup & Disaster Recovery for Virtual Servers solution (vBDR) your virtual servers can be backed up in as little as every five minutes. Every time a backup completes it will be copied across to our cloud. Your backups will be safely stored and replicated to all three of our UK data centres giving you peace of mind that your infrastructure is safe.

Our vBDR solution will securely backup and store your virtual server infrastructure but this is only half of its merit, if your local backups cannot be used to recover your servers vBDR will step in. Our system is so powerful that we can recover your virtual server locally on your network or even to one of our data centres. What this means is that if for whatever reason your network or building is not available, your servers can still be made available in our Cloud ready for your staff to log in and continue with their work, all in a matter of minutes.


Traditionally the backup and restore of virtual servers was an expensive and complicated matter. Many of the solutions on the market are still quite expensive due to the pricing structures depending on the number of processors, cores or the number of virtual machines in place. We understand that you don't want complicated and expensive solutions that could rise dramatically if you decide to introduce more virtual machines within your infrastructure. Many solutions don't offer an in the cloud backup of the virtual machines and if they do it almost certainly warrants additional costs.

Mitol is incorporating the next generation of data backup for virtual servers. vBDR technology is the next evolutionary step that fuels data protection and restoration. We combine variable-length block-level global de-duplication technology with a powerful proprietary file system to provide near instantaneous granular any-point-in-time restores that also dramatically reduces storage requirements.

What does this mean to you? vBDR technology will reduce your online storage fees and will make you restores faster, more secure and more manageable. We utilise this technology to allow you to seamlessly backup your virtual machines and have them stored in multiple secure locations. To top that off, you will have an efficient means of recovering your data, both of which are critical in the event of a disaster.

Instantly recover your system With vBDR you can instantly boot or restore in any format. Imagine a process which can backup all your VMs without the lengthy and complicated restore process. All our backup images are stored at block level after de-duplication regardless of whether the source is VMWare or Hyper-V. As a result, any of our backed up server images are available in all the usual VMDK, VHD, VHDX formats. You can even instantly book, mount and restore fully compressed, de-duplicated and encrypted backups.

No more complicated backup schedules There is no longer a need for complicated incremental, differential, full backup combinations. Every incremental is virtually available as a full backup and is a self-sufficient backup whilst taking up a fraction of the storage. There is no backup chain to traverse for merging incremental backups and no longer a risk of corruption from accidental deletions. Any desired point-in-time recovery is a single step and occurs instantaneously. One retention policy will meet your needs, it is that simple.

Perfect for the SME A perfect solution for small to medium businesses, the Mitol vBDR solution is a comprehensive data protection solution designed for MSPs and IT Managers. It combines simplicity with advanced disk image technology perfect for your data protection and disaster recovery needs. vBDR is your one-stop solution for virtual server backups, restores and disaster recovery.

Onsite and offsite protection vBDR offers all the benefits of an onsite backup along with the added security of an offsite backup. Both are couple with several layers of security further protecting your company's data. You can protect files, databases, email systems and applications in both physical environments within your organisation and in the cloud on the Mitol UK data centres. In the event of a disaster your data and servers can be easily restored to any point locally or from our data centres instantly.

Virtual Backup and Data Recovery Frequently asked questions

Once we have created your account, the software is installed on the physical server (host server) running one of the following supported systems:

  • Windows Server 2016 R2
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2021 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows 10 (64bit)
  • Windows 8 (64bit)
  • VMware ESXi 5.0, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0
  • VMware vCenter 5.5, 6.0

Yes, there are configuration settings within our software which can be used via the main management console in order to truncate the transaction logs of Microsoft Exchange and SQL database environments. Our system will also allow the restoring of your exchange environment even at individual email level.

At the moment this is not possible. Microsoft however do offer conversion tools where this is possible. We always have our ear to the ground and rest assured that as soon as this is available we will look to include it within our offering.

We do not believe in large set-up or software license fees, we certainly don't believe in software maintenance charges which can quickly snowball as your infrastructure grows. Our price structure is an easy to budget low monthly charge starting as little as £50.00 per physical server. This price is regardless of the number of virtual servers, you only pay a license for the physical host server. As your infrastructure grows, you are able to add additional physical servers or extra storage as required. Please see our price guide for details or contact us for further information.

Absolutely no problem! If you search "Server Core" in our knowledge base in the support tab of the main menu, you will find comprehensive guides for the installation. We are also on hand if you prefer to telephone us and get assistance or information.

Yes. Our system utilises VSS in order to back up virtual machines without taking them offline or interrupting them. We can backup "live" or "hot" backups. This process is completed with zero impact on the virtual machine but there are certain preconditions that need to be met for this process.

Of course, in fact for the initial backups it is often the case that the local Internet bandwidth isn't sufficient to upload the backup in an evening therefore a manual transport of the first backup is often used. The process would be to complete the first local backup, copy the files to an external device and then send it to us where we will manually copy it to the UK data centre storage. Subsequent backups would then comfortably complete overnight. This is the process of seeding to disk.

You can store as many versions as you want. Most companies store old or deleted data for a minimum of 90 days but you can choose how long you keep old data for, if you have the storage space this can be pretty much an unlimited period.

Unfortunately not, our vBDR solution has been designed as a complete onsite and offsite data protection solution offering the highest data availability regardless of disaster type. To achieve this high level of resilience and availability it is important that data is backed up and stored onsite and offsite at our UK data centres. Bear in mind that local backups can be executed on to USB drives, NAS, SAN or UNC path to another network location.

Yes! Every backup has to be checked as degradation and failure of storage devices is not uncommon. Our verification feature will allow you to compare the data on your local drive to a checksum taken at the time of backup to verify the integrity of our data on the disk therefore offering a total restore peace of mind.

No, the "v" in vBDR stands for virtual, vBDR is designed and built around a virtual server environment. For physical server backups please see our online backup section in the main menu to see how our Perfectbackup system can meet your expectations and requirements. Alternatively please contact us to discuss your requirements.