Barracuda Backup: Cloud-integrated Backup and Disaster Recovery
BarracudaBarracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription-based backup and disaster recovery service for small and medium-size businesses. The Barracuda Backup solution can include a physical, purpose-built Barracuda appliance or a virtual, software-based appliance with similar functionality but which uses your own storage hardware. Barracuda Backup protects critical business data generated on-premises, at one or more remote sites, or in the cloud. For disaster preparedness, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon Web Services (AWS), or to any private location you designate. A simple-to-operate and web-accessible management and reporting console makes it easy to administer and monitor all backup, replication, retention and recovery processes in real time.

Key features of Barracuda Backup include:

  • LiveBoot and Cloud LiveBoot enable recovery Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware VMs in minutes, minimizing business disruption
  • Cloud-to-Cloud Backup protects against data loss in Microsoft Office 365 and Exchange Online environments
  • Offsite vaulting of historical revisions conserves local storage resources so they can be used for production applications
  • In-line deduplication and data compression can cut storage requirements and network bandwidth usage in half
Progent is a certified Barracuda partner and offers a wide array of consulting and management services to help you design, integrate, operate and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery solution built on Barracuda technology. Progent also offers ProSight Data Protection Services managed backup as an affordable turnkey service that allows you to outsource the management of your backup/recovery system. ProSight Data Protection Services incorporates cloud-based backup technology developed by Intronis, a company acquired by Barracuda. Progent's Hyper-V consulting experts and VMware consultants can assist your business to plan and configure virtual machine deployments that utilize any combination of local, remote and cloud-based resources. Progent can also provide advanced business continuity/disaster recovery (BCDR) planning consulting to help businesses of any size to recover quickly from cyber attacks such as ransomware or from other catastrophic events caused by natural or human-caused disasters, hardware breakdowns, or other reasons.

Capabilities of Barracuda Backup
Barracuda Backup offers small and mid-size organizations a full-featured data protection solution by providing advanced capabilities in the areas of backup, recovery and management. Barracuda Backup protects the most popular operating systems, the most widely used versions of Hyper-V and VMware, and cloud-hosted Microsoft applications. Mission-critical servers can be backed up as often as every 15 minutes to support a low Recovery Point Objective (RPO). Replication to offsite datacenters and to the cloud facilitate disaster recovery and offer deployment options to suit any SMB.

Operating Systems Hypervisors Cloud Applications Replication
Windows Server
Mac OS X
Linux
Unix
Microsoft Hyper-V
VMware vSphere
Office 365
Exchange Online
Azure SQL
SharePoint Online
Barracuda Cloud
Amazon AWS
Barracuda Appliance
Virtual Appliance

Barracuda Backup works with popular operating systems, hypervisors and cloud-hosted applications

Secure Backup and Replication
Barracuda Backup utilizes a physical or virtual (software-based) onsite appliance that securely and automatically replicates data offsite. Local backup allows fast restores, and offsite replication supports disaster recovery.

  • Hardware-Encrypted Appliance: Barracuda Encrypted Backup is a service option that uses disk drives which can be read only when the drives are installed in the physical Barracuda appliance. In case the entire encrypted appliance is taken from a site, disk data can only be read after a power-on password is correctly entered. Native encryption technology is incorporated in the drives used in this option, which eliminates the dramatic performance loss associated with software-based encryption.
  • Inline Deduplication and Compression: Barracuda Backup services using either physical or virtual appliances include Inline, block-level, source-based and target-based deduplication and compression. This results in a significant reduction in storage and bandwidth use and cuts the time it takes to complete backup and replication operations. Barracuda’s variable block deduplication algorithms evaluate data type and chunk size in order to determine a block size that delivers the highest degree of deduplication. For businesses with multiple locations, Barracuda's advanced global deduplication and cloud storage technology offer significant savings in storage infrastructure without compromising data protection.
  • Secure and Efficient Replication: Barracuda Backup offers a variety of low-cost options for copying business-critical data offsite to protect against local events that may disable your datacenter. You can use built-in WAN acceleration to replicate protected data to the Barracuda Cloud, to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud, or to a Barracuda physical or virtual backup appliance located at any remote location. You can also export replicated data to external disk, tape, autoloaders, or robotic libraries. Wherever you choose to replicate your data, it will be transferred and stored using military-grade 256-bit AES encryption. Barracuda replication can use VMware Changed Block Tracking (CBT) and requires only a single agent for Windows systems and apps.
  • Offsite Vaulting: To help businesses comply with internal or regulatory retention policies and to reduce the cost of storing archival backups, Barracuda Backup supports offsite vaulting. You can transfer on-premises copies of monthly and yearly backups from a local Barracuda appliance to the Barracuda Cloud or to a different Barracuda appliance.
  • Cloud-to-Cloud Backup: To recover from data loss due to human error such as accidental deletions, Barracuda offers Cloud-to-Cloud Backup for Microsoft Office 365. This can protect Exchange Online mailboxes and OneDrive for Business files and folders.
Restore and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup supports a variety of recovery options for physical servers and virtual machines. You can restore data from a local Barracuda Backup appliance, from a remote Barracuda Backup appliance that has been used to replicate that system, or from Barracuda Cloud Storage.
  • P2V Restores: You can restore physical server backups into a virtual environment (P2V restores) hosted by VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V.
  • Bare Metal Recovery (BMR): Bare metal recovery lets you restore a complete Windows computer system, including data, settings, applications, and operating system, onto a new computer on which no software has been installed. BMR is useful for a variety of common restoration scenarios including replacing a lost notebook or provisioning a new one, refreshing a server's hardware, moving from a physical to a virtual server, migrating from a rotating disk to a solid-state drive, or recovering from a cyber attack that corrupted your operating system.
  • LiveBoot: The LiveBoot feature allows instant recovery of VMware virtual guest machines. If your primary storage system fails, Barracuda Backup can operate as data storage for your VMware ESXi server. You can recover any revision of a guest VM based on your retention policy and immediately use files and applications in their deduplicated state stored within Barracuda Backup. You can also use LiveBoot for granular file-level recovery as well as for item-level recovery for supported applications including Exchange, Microsoft SQL, and SharePoint.
  • Cloud LiveBoot: When you back up a Hyper-V or VMware virtual guest server and replicate to Barracuda Cloud Storage, you can boot the server in Barracuda's Cloud directly from the Barracuda Backup web interface with no additional configuration. You can recover any revision of a virtual guest server within your retention policy, boot virtual servers in the cloud to recover and traverse the file structure of virtual guest system data, and retrieve individual Active Directory (AD) objects. For testing purposes, you can boot the virtual guest system to confirm data integrity or to set up a sandbox for trying out new or updated applications without risk to your production environment.
  • Granular Recovery: From the Barracuda Backup web interface you can recover an entire share, a file, a file system directory, a mailbox, mailbox folders, or individual messages. You can restore data to its original location or to any other networked computer where the Barracuda Backup Agent is installed.
  • Retention Policies: Barracuda Backup retention policies allow you to keep historic data based on daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly time intervals. You can create Barracuda Backup retention policies for different sets of data including VMs, email messages, and data backed up by the Barracuda Backup Agent including Exchange, SQL, Hyper-V, and System State. This flexibility allows you to comply with regulatory or litigation requirements and fine tune data protection and disaster recovery plans.
  • Microsoft Exchange Support: Barracuda Backup automatically creates a recovery mailbox database for Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 and higher. You can restore individual Exchange Mailbox folders, such as the Inbox, as well as Contacts, Calendars, and Notes. You can also use Barracuda Backup's web interface to view, search, and restore individual Microsoft Exchange messages. You can view all of the messages within an individual mailbox and you can perform a string search across multiple mailboxes.
  • VMware CBT Restores: VMware Changed Block Tracking (CBT) is used to perform incremental backups on VMware ESX/ESXi VMs. CBT identifies and tracks block changes that occurred after the most recent backup and logs these changes. This significantly lowers the number and duration of backup windows and improves the speed and efficiency of subsequent replication.
Management and Reporting
The Barracuda Appliance web interface is a modern, easy-to-use tool for configuring, monitoring and administering your Barracuda Backup solution from a centralized and web-accessible utility. A similar Cloud-to-Cloud Backup tool is also available. Both tools feature six tabs that open pages with a rich set of management capabilities.
Barracuda Backup Management Consultants

Barracuda's web-based management tool simplifies the protection of local, multi-site, or cloud-based data

  • Dashboard: Provides a panoramic view of all devices on the subscriber's Barracuda Backup account. This section uses interactive graphs and tables to describe a wealth of information including the performance and health of local and offsite backups, agents, and data sources. Other information includes offsite transfer remaining, offsite transfer efficiency, storage efficiency, backup reports, storage allocation, current tasks, storage and transfer history, and Barracuda subscription information.
  • Backup: Controls data sources and manages how data is backed up locally and replicated offsite. This section allows you to control replication from Barracuda appliances for disaster recovery, granular backup scheduling, directory and file exclusions, rate limits, and retention policies.
  • Restore: Allows you to restore data from a local Barracuda physical or virtual appliance, replicated data from a remote appliance, or data from Barracuda Cloud Storage. The Restore Browser page lets you recover a range items that include Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware servers, Exchange Server, SQL Server databases, Active Directory objects, SharePoint objects, and Windows System State. The Restore Browser page also gives you access to LiveBoot, Cloud LiveBoot, and P2V restores. You can use the LiveBrowse feature to view and traverse file structures inside backed up Hyper-V and VMware VMDK, VHD, and VHDX files and you can download files and directories from Hyper-V and VMware snapshots.
  • Reports: Allows you to view detailed reports on backups, restores, and large items, plus an audit log of all activities. The Backup Report includes a report detailing every backup that has been performed or is currently running. The tabular and sortable Restore Report provides details for a specified range of restore operations and includes any errors encountered and a list of restored content. The Large Items Report lists large files and includes the source and path of the data plus the size of the file before and after deduplication. The Audit Log Report shows all logged activities in the Barracuda Backup web interface for specified users and time periods.
  • System: Allows you to manage firmware version and settings for Barracuda Backup and to download software tools to use with Barracuda Backup.
  • Admin: Allows you to configure email notifications, authentication, and permissions for users, add and delete display groups to manage multiple Barracuda Backup appliances, activate an appliance, and add and configure your Amazon Web Services (AWS) Account to Barracuda Backup (this requires an AWS Replication subscription).
Barracuda Backup Physical and Virtual Appliances
BarracudaBarracuda Backup services can be deployed with any mix of physical Barracuda appliances, software-based virtual appliances that utilize your own compute and storage infrastructure (called Barracuda Backup Vx), or Cloud-to-Cloud backup. Barracuda's purpose-built physical appliances can include internal encryption technology and range from desktop devices with 1 TB of storage to rackmount 4 U hot-swappable arrays with capacities of up to 112 TB. Physical appliances incorporate Barracuda's software, storage and replication technology and, as part of the subscription service, require no up-front capital investment. Subscribers receive a free hardware refresh to the latest physical appliance model every four years. Advantages of a Barracuda physical appliance over a software-based virtual appliance include simplicity of integration and management plus reduced loading on production servers while performing CPU-intensive activities such as hashing blocks during deduplication, compression for offsite replication, and rehydration of data during restoration.

Barracuda Backup Integration Consultants

You can use Barracuda's physical or virtual appliances for local and off-site backup, replication and disaster recovery

Barracuda Backup Deduplication
Deduplication is a data compression technique that plays a critical role in any modern backup and recovery solution. Deduplication works by comparing incoming data blocks with backup data that has already been stored. Deduplication algorithms remove redundant incoming data blocks and substitute a concise reference to the data already stored. Barracuda Backup Agents (BBAs) deduplicate and compress local data, including Hyper-V VHD files, on the client-side host server before transmitting the deduplicated data to the physical or virtual Barracuda Backup appliance. By preventing redundant data from being sent to the Barracuda Backup appliance for processing, so-called source-based dedpulication reduces LAN network traffic and significantly shortens the backup window.

Barracuda Backup Deduplication Consultants

The Barracuda Backup Agent (BBA) deduplicates data at the source system to conserve LAN bandwidth

To backup VMware virtual disks, Barracuda Backup takes advantage of VMware’s VADP technology, using Changed Block Tracking to avoid sending redundant data chunks to Barracuda Backup appliances.

How Progent Can Help You with Barracuda Backup
Progent's Microsoft-certified Hyper-V consultants and VMware-certified vSphere and vCenter experts can assist your business to design, install and manage a data backup and disaster recovery solution powered by Barracuda Backup. Progent's Exchange consultants can help you use Barracuda Backup to protect your Exchange Server deployment, and Progent's Amazon AWS hybrid cloud consulting experts can help you set up your AWS account to replicate and restore critical data. Progent's Disaster Recovery consultants can show you how Barracuda Backup's offsite and cloud replication capability can protect your vital business data and get you up and running fast in the event of a natural or human-made disaster, a ransomware attack, or any other catastrophic event. Progent's GIAC-certified information assurance consultants can evaluate the security and compliance of your backup ecosystem and can help you leverage affordable tools and smart processes and policies to survive in today's increasingly dangerous IT environment.

Other Fault Tolerant Technologies Offered by Progent's Experts
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco consultants can assist your company to build a sensible, high-availability information network that resolves major issues encompassing a wide range of infrastructure solutions and operations such as:

Workplace Recovery Planning
Progent's business continuity planning professionals can show you how to design a workplace recovery strategy so you can resume network operations in the event of an IT system catastrophe. Progent can help you to create a complete disaster recovery plan that incorporates scheduled disaster recovery assessments and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified professionals can also help you create an affordable, non-stop network solution that takes into account reliability issues involving a broad array of network technologies and processes. To find out more, go to Business Continuity Consulting Services.

Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent provide small and mid-sized businesses an affordable and fully managed service for secure backup/disaster recovery (BDR). Available at a low monthly cost, ProSight DPS automates and monitors your backup activities and allows rapid recovery of critical files, apps and VMs that have become unavailable or damaged as a result of hardware breakdowns, software bugs, natural disasters, human error, or malicious attacks like ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you back up, recover and restore files, folders, applications, system images, as well as Hyper-V and VMware images. Critical data can be protected on the cloud, to an on-promises storage device, or to both. Progent's cloud backup consultants can deliver world-class expertise to set up ProSight Data Protection Services to be compliant with regulatory requirements such as HIPPA, FINRA, and PCI and, whenever necessary, can assist you to recover your business-critical information. Read more about ProSight DPS Managed Cloud Backup and Recovery.

Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity experts can assist you to design a DR solution based on Microsoft's most advanced Failover Clustering tools such as Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-disruptive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss recovery, Storage Spaces Direct for high-performance network-attached storage using commodity equipment, VM Load Balancing for enhancing the speed and resilience of Failover Clusters while minimizing capital investment and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for fast, economical deployment of a failover cluster quorum witness. To learn more, go to Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Consulting.

Microsoft Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Windows Server 2008 R2 brought world-class availability and system recovery to Microsoft's failover clustering solution. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this foundation and delivers significant enhancements that offer more expandability, non-stop disk storage uptime for server applications, easier administration, quicker automatic failover, and additional flexibility for architecting failover clusters. For details, go to Windows Server 2012 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 define, automate and verify a consistent process for restoring services rapidly following a breakdown. SRM provides centrally managed and automated recovery, application mobility, plus non-disruptive site migration, failback and site re-protect. Site Recovery Manager also allows non-disruptive testing for site recovery, updates and patches and can generate audit reports to confirm complete service recovery, validate Service Level Agreements and prove DR compliance. Progent offers the skills of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consulting expert to assist your organization to plan, deploy, test and manage a disaster recovery solution based on VMware Site Recovery Manager.

NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Software
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery software suite that uses failover storage clustering with continual replication to deliver rapid, zero data loss disaster recovery between sites located up to 300km apart. Progent can provide online or on-premises access to a NetApp MetroCluster expert who can assist you to plan, deploy, administer, update, test and repair a disaster recovery system based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you to select a topology for your MetroCluster deployment that aligns with your functional needs and budget. Progent can make sure you follow best practices for installing your MetroCluster solution by providing help with tasks such as assigning disk pools and shelf IDs, determining aggregate layout, setting up NetApp FlexVol volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, provisioning switches, designing a tiebreaker mechanism, designing a TCP/IP configuration replication network between your peered clusters, and verifying your MetroCluster disaster recovery system to show compliance with industry standards and government mandates.

Network Load Balancing
Progent provides high availability load balancing consulting that addresses system load balancing, load balanced applications, network backbone routing, and content dispatching technology including Cisco Content Engine. Fault tolerant load balancing products for which Progent offers consulting expertise include Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Access Gateway, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Content Distribution Manager and ACNS, and F5 Networks BIG-IP. To find out more, go to High Availability Load Balancing.

High-Availability Colocation
Progent's Data Center engineers can show you how to identify zero-downtime data centers that meet the particular requirements of your business. Fault tolerant collocation sites are particularly attractive to small and mid-size companies because of their affordability and simplified logistics compared to pursuing a do-it-yourself strategy. Attempting to build an in-house data center that offers even a basic level of fault tolerance is too costly for the majority of small organizations. Progent can help you reap all the advantages of 24x7 colo centers by providing a complete array of consulting and maintenance services. For more information, go to High-Availability Data Centers Expertise.

24x7 Interoffice Networking
Progent’s inter-site connection professionals can help businesses create fault tolerant inter-site connectivity via redundant networks featuring automatic failover. Progent’s Cisco-qualified CCIE network engineers can design and implement fault-tolerant Inter-office networks supported by zero-downtime EIGRP routers or zero-downtime OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how redundant connections and transparent fail-over offers economical non-stop interoffice connectivity. For details, go to 24x7 Inter-office Networking.

Non-stop Internet Connections
Progent's Cisco-authorized IT consultants can help you build an economical, high availability Internet connection solution that can deliver non-stop Internet connectivity through a wide array of fault tolerant Internet network technologies including non-stop BGP, transparent fail-over, and multiple ISPs. Progent offers Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert professionals to show you how to utilize the most advanced techniques for high availability Internet connectivity to create a cost-effective, completely redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other features to deliver zero-downtime Internet access. To find out more, go to Non-stop Internet Connectivity Solutions.

Backup and Restore Solutions Consulting Services
Progent can provide economical remote support from IT engineers with expertise in a wide range of utilities and technologies that deliver solutions for protecting Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux physical and virtual servers and desktops plus laptops and handhelds. Progent can provide expertise for leading backup products including Acronis, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, CrashPlan, Double-Take Backup, MozyPro, Retrospect, Apple Time Machine, VMware Data Recovery (VDR), and FLARs. Progent can assist you to deploy, enhance, or maintain backup/restore solutions for a variety of topologies including on-premises, remote, cloud, or a mix. For more information, see Backup and Recovery Technology Consulting.

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Backup and Recovery Consulting Services
Progent's expert Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager engineers can assist your company to create a practical workplace recovery plan, design a cost-effective high-availability IT infrastructure, deploy a Microsoft SCDPM-powered backup and restore solution, thoroughly test your system, educate your administrative personnel or regular service providers how to manage Microsoft SCDPM, or provide extensive IT support outsourcing such as remote hosting of System Center Data Protection Manager machines in Progent's data center facility. To learn more, go to Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting Services.

Altaro VM Backup Solutions for Backup and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup offers small and mid-size businesses a dependable and budget-friendly solution for backing up and recovering Hyper-V and VMware-powered VMs. Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in on-premises, remote, multi-site, and cloud-hosted architectures and also enables cost-effective backup to Microsoft Azure Block Blob storage. Headline capabilities include industry-leading Augmented Inline Deduplication to cut backup storage requirements, Continuous Data Protection with backup intervals as little as five minutes for reducing your Recovery Point Objective (RPO), advanced encryption, granular recovery capability for specific files and emails, support for Windows Cluster Shared Volumes and for vCenter for handling larger deployments, and the ability to leverage Microsoft VSS technology to back up online VMs without downtime. Progent is an Altaro partner and can provide a broad array of services to help you to design, deploy, manage and troubleshoot a backup/restore solution powered by Altaro VM Backup software. For details, see Altaro VM Backup Certified Consultants.

Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup/Restore
Double-Take publishes a family of products intended to provide small and midsize companies a variety of cost-effective solutions for backing up and restoring business-critical applications such as Microsoft Exchange Server, SQL Server, RIM Blackberry, and Microsoft SharePoint. Progent’s disaster recovery planning experts have in-depth experience incorporating Double-Take technology into small business IT networks to achieve a high state of fault tolerance and disaster recovery capability at a budget-friendly cost. For details, go to Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Backup.

CRISC-certified Network Risk Control
The CRISC program was established by ISACA to verify a consultant's skills to design, implement, and support IS control mechanisms to reduce network risk. Progent can provide the services of a CRISC-certified engineer to help you to develop and carry out a workplace continuity or disaster recovery plan based on leading practices identified by CRISC and geared to match your company's risk appetite, business objectives, and IT budget. To read more, visit CRISC-certified IT risk mitigation specialists.

Why Choose Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Certified Partner and provides high-level application expertise for a wide variety of business software programs, Progent can help clients to find efficient IT solutions that optimize the business value of your IT network. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent offers the expertise of certified engineers and specialists with expertise in designing, implementing and supporting networking solutions based on Cisco products. The extent of Progent's technical know-how and Progent's appreciation for the needs of small and midsize businesses make Progent a great partner for creating and maintaining a cost-effective, high-availability network.

How You Can Contact Progent's Experts for Disaster Recovery Planning Support
If you wish to ask Progent about technical expertise for disaster recovery planning, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.
















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