Progent's Online Expertise for Popular Backup and Recovery Products
Backup/Restore ConsultingBacking up is critical at any level of computing, and dozens of backup/recovery technologies and products are in use to address this need. Solutions can be as simple as the tar and gzip utilities in the Linux/UNIX world or as comprehensive as Microsoft Data Protection Manager for Windows environments. Unfortunately, many legacy solutions are more expensive to maintain and operate than to replace, and many backup products adopted without careful planning fail to deliver the availability and protection a business really needs. Progent's extensive team of IT experts can provide affordable online support to help you manage or deploy popular backup/restore products for all major operating systems and any network topology.

In addition to offering small and mid-size companies ProSight Data Protection Services for low-cost and fully managed cloud backup, Progent can also provide online access to IT engineers with expertise in a wide range of products and technologies for backing up Windows, Apple, and Linux/UNIX servers and desktops as well as laptops, iPads, and smartphones. Progent can help you design, enhance, or troubleshoot backup systems for a variety of architectures including local, edge to datacenter, across premises, cloud-based, or hybrid. In addition, Progent's certified VMware consultants, Hyper-V experts, and Citrix specialists can show you how to follow leading practices to deploy virtualization technology for continuous transparent backup and ultra-fast recovery. Progent can also help you migrate from a legacy backup solution to a state-of-the-art system that can save you money while reducing or eliminating scheduled downtime and accelerating recovery.

Backup products for which Progent can provide consulting and troubleshooting support include:

Barracuda Backup ConsultingBarracuda Backup incorporates technology developed by Intronis, a company Barracuda acquired, to provide a flexible backup solution for on-premises, virtual, cloud-hosted, and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) environments. For disaster recovery, Barracuda supports data replication to the Barracuda Cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS), or any private site you designate. Progent is a Barracuda partner and can help you design, deploy or troubleshoot a Barracuda backup environment, or Progent can provide end-to-end managed services so you can outsource your entire backup and disaster recovery solution. For more information about Progent's support services for Barracuda Backup, see Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting.

Altaro VM Backup ConsultingAltaro VM Backup offers onsite backup, offsite replication with WAN acceleration, granular restore, cloud-based management, and automated backup verification. You can backup VMs as frequently as every 5 minutes for an optimize4d Recovery Point Objective (RPO). Augmented Inline Deduplication reduces backup storage requirements and delivers industry-leading speed for backups and restores. Progent is an Altaro partner and can help you plan, configure or troubleshoot an Altaro backup system. Progent also offers comprehensive managed services so you can outsource your entire Altaro backup/restore solution to Progent's certified experts. To learn more about Progent's consulting services for Altaro VM Backup, visit Progent's Altaro VM Backup consulting and management services.

Azure Backup ConsultingMicrosoft Azure Backup is a cloud-based subscription backup/restore service optimized for Microsoft workloads. Protected workloads can be in the Azure cloud, in virtual machines, or on physical servers. Azure Backup keeps three copies of your data in three locations in the Azure datacenter and three additional copies in an Azure datacenter in a different geographical area. Backup schedules can be daily, monthly, weekly, and yearly and retention in Azure can be as long as 99 years. After the initial seeding, backups are incremental. To avoid the massive online data transfer that may be required for the seeding process, the initial backup can be performed at your site and then the physical media can be delivered to the nearest Azure datacenter. Features include client-side encryption and compression, off-peak throttling, and application-aware granular recovery (e.g., mailbox recovery for Exchange, database level recovery for SQL, and Item Level Recovery (ILR) for SharePoint). Azure Backup supports System Center Data Protection Manager integration for advanced management and reporting. (Learn about Progent's Microsoft Azure planning and cloud integration consulting services.)

Double-Take Software ConsultingDoubleTake Software, which has been acquired and rebranded by Carbonite, offers a line of economical products that allow small organizations to protect critical Windows-based applications such as Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, and SharePoint. DoubleTake products work with Windows Hyper-V and VMware and also support Windows Server clusters to increase network availability and reduce recovery time. DoubleTake Backup lets you perform on-demand recoveries to server hardware that is different from the original server, or between virtual and physical servers. DoubleTake Availability, now called Carbonite Availability, allows you to configure failover clusters without shared storage or geographic restrictions, reducing the vulnerability of Windows-based clustering to single-point failure. For more information about DoubleTake and to find out how Progent can help you deploy and maintain this platform, see Progent's Double-Take consulting services.

Backup Exec ConsultingBackup Exec from Symantec has evolved for three decades and is among the most popular backup solutions for home and small business environments. The current version of Backup Exec provides disk or tape backup and can restore files, folders, individual emails, or entire servers. Special agents are available for point-in-time recovery of Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, and Oracle databases as well as SharePoint and Active Directory applications and virtual guests based on Windows Hyper-V or VMware. Backup Exec also supports Linux, UNIX, and Mac clients. An easy-to-use administration console simplifies the process of setting up backups, managing backup policies, performing restores, and deploying virtual machines for fast disaster recovery.

BackupAssist ConsultingBackupAssist is a low-cost software package for scheduling, managing, and monitoring backups of Microsoft Windows Server and Windows Small Business Server (SBS) products. Designed for small and midsize businesses, BackupAssist allows local or remote backups of complete servers or individual files and supports physical and virtual environments. Supported storage includes Windows-compatible tape, Iomega REV devices, internal or external hard drives and optical disks, NAS and SNAP network storage, and any remote machine that can act as an FTP server. BackupAssist includes a restore console with an easy-to-use search feature for recovering files. Snap-ins are available for Exchange Server, SQL Server, Hyper-V, and Rsync.

HP Data Protector ConsultingHP Data Protector (previously called Openview Storage Data Protector) is an enterprise-class backup/recovery solution that supports physical, virtual and cloud-based environments powered by Windows, Unix, and Linux. Virtual platforms supported include VMware, Windows Hyper-V and Virtual Server, Citrix XenServer, and HP Integrity Virtual Machines. Advanced federated data deduplication reduces storage costs, improves performance and availability, and conserves bandwidth for multi-site architectures. Used in conjunction with the HP StoreOnce backup appliance, Data Protector can deduplicate to any application source, backup server, or target device independent of operating system. With the Granular Recovery Extension (GRE) for SharePoint 2010, Microsoft SharePoint administrators can restore an individual or an entire folder without leaving SharePoint.

CrashPlan ConsultingCrashPlan offers free entry-level software for on-premises backup as well as a line of affordably priced web service packages for continual or scheduled online backup for Mac, Windows, and Linux environments. CrashPlan is designed primarily for households and small office environments and is especially popular in the Apple Mac market. In a Windows environment, CrashPlan can transparently back up locked and in-use files via Microsoft's Volume Shadow Copy technology. For Mac environments, CrashPlan allows you to back up any networked drives accessible from the Desktop.

MozyPro ConsultingMozy is a web backup service operated by VMware that focuses on the home and small office markets by providing automated online backup and on-demand data recovery for Mac and Windows systems. MozyPro is the advanced version of this online service and offers small businesses centralized management of multiple systems via a web-based administrative console. MozyEnterprise includes Active Directory integration. Mozy is particularly popular in the Mac market and offers an application for iPhone and Android smartphones that allows you to send files protected by Mozy as an email attachment or view any protected files that are in a format supported your smartphone.

Acronis Backup and Recovery ConsultingAcronis Backup and Recovery is designed as an affordable and easy-to-use solution that provides small businesses with entry-level backup and disaster recovery capabilities for Windows and Linux servers and workstations. Disk-based storage provides fast recovery, and an Online version supports automatic offsite backups. The Virtual Edition of Acronis Backup and Recovery supports major virtualization platforms including VMware vSphere/ESX/ESXi, VMware vCloud Director, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization.

Retrospect for Macintosh ConsultingRetrospect for Macintosh builds on a 20-year history of affordable Mac backup and now offers network backup of Mac, Windows, and Linux computers. Current versions of Retrospect feature data deduplication to cut storage costs and bandwidth utilization plus cloud-based storage capability for any Internet-connected storage configured for WebDAV access. A new 64-bit Mac client supports OS X Lion and provides enhanced security with 256-bit AES encryption, reportedly doubles the performance of previous versions, and allows users to run on-demand backups from their desktops. Integrated Growl notifications alert users when backup operations are initiated or finished.

Apple Time Machine ConsultingTime Machine is an automatic backup utility included with Apple's Mac OS X from the Leopard (10.5) version onward and works with Apple's wireless Time Capsule device as well as with directly-connected hard drives or partitions. Time Machine transparently archives hourly backups for a day, daily backups for a week, and weekly backups for as long as there is space. When the backup volume is full, Time Machine automatically deletes the oldest weekly backup. In order to conserve storage and bandwidth, Time Machine copies only files that have changed since the last backup. Users can perform point-in-time system recovery or file-level recovery.

vSphere Data Protection ConsultingVMware Data Recovery (VDR) is VMware's first-generation backup solution for small businesses. A VDR backup appliance supports up to 100 virtual machines (VMs), operates transparently, and offers deduplication to remove redundant data. Integration with VMware vCenter Server enables centralized scheduling and allows virtual machines to be backed up when they are moved using VMware VMotion or DRS. Backups can be stored on any virtual disk supported by VMware ESX/ESXi including storage area networks (SANs), network attached storage (NAS) devices, or Common Internet File System (CIFS) based storage such as SAMBA. vSphere Data Protection (VDP), which replaces VDR, is a backup/recovery solution based on EMC Avamar technology. VDP offers more efficient deduplication and permits agentless VM backup.

For enterprises environments, Progent offers the support of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consultant and VMware NSX network virtualization expert to help plan, configure and manage a secure, world-class disaster recovery/application mobility solution for private cloud and hybrid-cloud deployments.

Oracle Solaris FLARs ConsultingSolaris FLARs backup/restore technology allows you to create system snapshots known as Oracle Solaris Flash archives (FLARs). These snapshots can include the operating system, updates, and application software. Oracle Solaris FLARs can be rapidly deployed or restored to any server as long as it has the same processor architecture. Because of the speed with which they can be deployed, FLARs are a popular way to install Oracle Solaris from a pre-built image as well as for implementing patches or performing disaster recovery. Current versions of Oracle Solaris support the ability to install from a ZFS Flash Archive as well as a UFS FLAR.

How Progent Can Help You Maintain or Create a Backup/Restore Solution
Progent's nationwide team of online support engineers includes consultants with expertise in Windows, Linux/UNIX, and Mac environments and familiar with popular backup applications and services, including many legacy products which no longer have vendor support. Progent can help businesses of any size objectively evaluate the effectiveness of their existing data protection solution, provide technical support for their current system, build the business case for moving to a new platform or modifying their backup architecture or procedures, and plan and manage upgrades or migrations. Progent can provide the services of world-class network experts, such as Cisco-certified CCIE engineers, to help you build and maintain an efficient network infrastructure for your backup/restore solution, and also offers the help of certified data security consultants and disaster recovery/business continuity planning experts to help you design a backup/restore solution that meets your business needs and stays within your IT budget.

Support for Migrating to a New Backup/Restore Solution
Because of the diversity of technologies involved in various backup/recovery products, many of them proprietary and/or outdated, moving to a new system can be complex and requires the breadth of knowledge available only from an IT support firm with extensive experience in a wide variety of platforms. Progent has the experience and technical scope needed to help clients understand the technical risks and business benefits of migrating to a new backup platform and can help you plan and execute a move to a solution that adds significant business value to your information network. Progent's experience with mixed-platform environments can be especially helpful for companies whose backup systems have evolved piecemeal over the years or who are undergoing consolidations, acquisitions, or operating system upgrades.

Other Fault Tolerant Technologies Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's certified consultants can assist your company to implement a sensible, fault-tolerant information network that addresses key challenges covering a broad range of networking solutions and processes including:

Disaster Recovery Planning
Progent's business continuity professionals can help you design a business continuity plan that will allow you to restore IT functionality in the event of an IT system catastrophe. Progent can assist you to develop a comprehensive disaster recovery plan that includes scheduled disaster recovery evaluations and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified engineers can also show you how to build an affordable, zero-downtime network architecture that takes into account reliability issues covering a wide array of network technologies and procedures. For details, go to Disaster Recovery Consulting Services.

Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services offer small and mid-sized organizations a low cost end-to-end solution for reliable backup/disaster recovery (BDR). For a fixed monthly cost, ProSight Data Protection Services automates your backup activities and allows rapid recovery of critical data, apps and VMs that have become unavailable or corrupted due to hardware breakdowns, software glitches, disasters, human error, or malicious attacks like ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you protect, recover and restore files, folders, apps, system images, plus Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware virtual machine images. Critical data can be backed up on the cloud, to a local device, or mirrored to both. Progent's BDR consultants can provide world-class expertise to set up ProSight DPS to be compliant with government and industry regulatory requirements like HIPPA, FIRPA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, whenever necessary, can assist you to recover your critical data. Learn more about ProSight DPS Managed Cloud Backup and Recovery.

Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery consultants can help your organization to plan and deploy a DR system based on Microsoft's latest Failover Clustering tools including Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-disruptive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss Recovery Point Objective (RPO), Storage Spaces Direct for high-performance storage clusters using commodity equipment, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for enhancing the performance and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while reducing capital investment and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for fast, economical deployment of a failover cluster quorum witness. For more information, go to Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Consulting.

Microsoft Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 brought world-class fault tolerance and recoverability to Microsoft's failover clustering platform. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this technology and provides significant enhancements that offer more extensibility, better disk storage availability for server applications, streamlined administration, faster automatic failover, and more flexibility for designing failover clusters. For more information, see Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clustering Consulting Services.

VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager (SRM) is a component of VMware vCenter that lets you specify, automate and verify a consistent workflow for recovering services rapidly following a breakdown. Site Recovery Manager supports centrally managed and automated recovery, application mobility, plus transparent site migration, failback and site re-protect. SRM also supports transparent testing for disaster recovery, upgrades and patches and can generate audit reports to confirm complete service restoration, validate SLAs and demonstrate DR compliance. Progent offers the skills of a VCDX certified VMware SRM consulting expert to help you to design, deploy, test and maintain a disaster recovery system based on VMware SRM.

NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Technology
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery platform that combines array-based storage clustering along with synchronous replication to provide rapid, zero RPO disaster recovery between datacenters that are up to 185 miles (300km) apart. Progent offers online or on-premises access to a NetApp MetroCluster expert who can assist you to plan, deploy, manage, update, test and repair a disaster recovery system built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to choose an architecture for your MetroCluster deployment that aligns with your functional requirements and budget. Progent can ensure you follow leading practices for installing your MetroCluster solution by delivering guidance with procedures such as assigning disk pools, arranging aggregate layout, setting up NetApp FlexVol volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, provisioning Cisco and Brocade switches, implementing a tiebreaker mechanism, designing a configuration replication network between your peered clusters, and verifying your MetroCluster DR solution to verify compliance with information assurance standards and regulatory requirements.

High Availability Load Balancing
Progent offers fault tolerant load balancing support covering system load balancing, load balanced programs, LAN/WAN infrastructure routing, and content dispatching technology including F5 Networks 3DNS. Fault tolerant load balancing products for which Progent can provide consulting expertise include Microsoft Windows 2003 and 2008 Server Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Access Gateway, Cisco CSS, Cisco Content Distribution Manager and Cisco CDN Software, and F5 Networks BIG-IP. To find out more, go to High Availability Load Balancing.

High-Availability Data Centers
Progent's Data Center engineers can help you find high availability data centers that match the particular requirements of your company. Fault tolerant collocation sites are especially attractive to small and mid-size organizations because of their low cost and simplified logistics in comparison to pursuing a do-it-yourself strategy. Trying to build an on-site data center with even a minimum degree of fault tolerance is too expensive for typical small organizations. Progent can show you how to get all the advantages of high-availability data centers by providing a complete array of consulting and maintenance services. To find out more, see High-Availability Colocation Expertise.

24x7 Inter-office Networking
Progentís interoffice connection professionals can help businesses achieve fault tolerant inter-site connectivity solutions via fully redundant networks with transparent failover. Progentís Cisco-qualified CCIE engineers can design and deploy high-availability Inter-office networks based on fault tolerant EIGRP routers or non-stop OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how redundant connections and automatic fail-over offers economical 24x7 interoffice connectivity. To find out more, see Failsafe Inter-office Networking.

Fault Tolerant Internet Connectivity
Progent's Cisco-certified IT experts can help you design an economical, fault tolerant Internet configuration solution that can deliver 24x7 Internet access through a broad array of fault tolerant Internet access technologies including non-stop BGP, automatic fail-over, and multiple Internet Service Providers. Progent can provide CCIE consultants to help you utilize the latest technology for 24x7 Internet connections to create a cost-effective, fully redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other features to deliver zero-downtime Internet connections. For more information, see Non-stop Internet Connectivity Solutions.

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Backup and Recovery Consultants
Progent's expert Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager support professionals can help you to develop an effective workplace recovery strategy, design a cost-effective high-availability IT infrastructure, configure a Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager-powered backup and restore solution, thoroughly validate your DPM system, educate your IT personnel or local service providers how to manage Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide extensive information technology support outsourcing such as remote hosting of System Center Data Protection Manager servers in Progent's world-class data center facility. To read more, go to Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Expertise.

Barracuda Backup On-premises and Cloud Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription backup and disaster recovery platform for small and medium-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup solution can include a custom-designed hardware storage device built by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with similar functionality but which uses your existing storage hardware. Barracuda Backup protects critical company data generated locally, at one or more remote locations, or in the cloud. For disaster recovery, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon AWS, or to any location with a Barracuda appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consultants offer a wide array of consulting support services to assist your business to design, configure, manage and troubleshoot a BDR system built on Barracuda technology. For additional information, go to Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consultants.

Altaro VM Backup Software for Backup and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup offers small businesses a reliable and budget-friendly platform for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-based VMs. Altaro VM Backup can be used for local, remote, distributed, and cloud environments and also enables low-cost backup to Microsoft Azure Block Blob storage. Top features include industry-leading inline deduplication to cut backup storage requirements, Continuous Data Protection with backup spacing as short as five minutes for reducing your Recovery Point Objective (RPO), military-grade encryption, item-level recovery capability for individual files and emails, extensive support for Windows Server Cluster Shared Volumes and vCenter for managing large-scale environments, and support for Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to back up live VMs with zero downtime. Progent is an Altaro partner and offers a broad range of consulting services to assist you to plan, deploy, optimize and troubleshoot a backup/restore solution based on Altaro VM Backup software. For more information, go to Altaro VM Backup Consulting.

Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Backup and Recovery
Double-Take publishes a family of products designed to deliver small and midsize businesses a variety of cost-effective solutions for replicating and restoring vital workloads such as Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL, RIM Blackberry, and Microsoft SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning consultants have extensive experience incorporating Double-Take Software technology into small company information networks to achieve an advanced level of availability and disaster recovery readiness at an affordable price. To find out more, go to Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup.

CRISC-certified Network Risk Control
The CRISC program was established by ISACA to validate a consultant's skills to design, implement, and support IS control mechanisms to mitigate risk. Progent can provide the services of a CRISC-certified engineer to help your company to develop and carry out a business continuity plan that follows industry best practices identified by CRISC and crafted to match your company's risk tolerance, business goals, and IT budget. For details, go to CRISC-qualified network risk mitigation specialists.

Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Gold Partner and offers professional application support for a wide variety of small business applications, Progent can assist clients to find efficient IT solutions that substantially enhance the productivity of your IT network. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent offers the expertise of certified consultants and specialists with experience in designing, installing and supporting infrastructure solutions based on Cisco technology. The broad scope of Progent's IT experience and Progent's sensitivity to the needs of small and midsize companies make Progent the ideal partner for building and running an affordable, dependable information system.

How You Can Access Progent's Consultants for Disaster Recovery Planning Help
If you wish to get in touch with Progent about engineering support for disaster recovery solutions, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.
















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