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 Non-stop Solutions Supported by Progent
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified consulting experts can assist your company to create an efficient, fault-tolerant environment that addresses key challenges encompassing a broad range of infrastructure technologies and operations including:

Business Continuity Planning
Progent's business continuity engineers can show you how to create a business continuity plan so you can restore network operations in the event of an information network disaster. Progent can help you to define a complete disaster recovery plan that includes periodic disaster recovery assessments and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified professionals can also help you create an affordable, fault-tolerant network solution that addresses availability issues involving a wide range of network technologies and procedures. To learn more, visit Workplace Recovery Consulting and Support Services.

Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent offer small and medium-sized organizations an affordable end-to-end service for reliable backup/disaster recovery (BDR). For a fixed monthly price, ProSight DPS automates your backup activities and enables rapid recovery of vital data, apps and virtual machines that have become unavailable or damaged as a result of component failures, software bugs, natural disasters, human mistakes, or malicious attacks such as ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you protect, retrieve and restore files, folders, apps, system images, plus Microsoft 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 provide advanced support to configure ProSight DPS to to comply with government and industry regulatory requirements like HIPPA, FIRPA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, whenever needed, can help you to restore your business-critical data. Read more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Cloud Backup.

Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity experts can help you to plan and deploy a DR system based on Microsoft's latest Failover Clustering tools including Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade for non-intrusive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for crash-consistent Recovery Point Objective (RPO), Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class network-attached storage using low-cost hardware, VM Load Balancing for enhancing the performance and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while minimizing capital investment and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for easy, affordable deployment of a stretch cluster quorum arbitration point. To learn more, go to Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Support.

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 brought world-class availability and system recovery to Microsoft's clustering platform. Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this technology and provides significant enhancements offering more expandability, better disk storage availability for server applications, easier management, faster automatic failover, and additional flexibility for architecting clusters. To learn more, go to 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 allows you to specify, automate and test a consistent runbook for restoring applications and services rapidly after a breakdown. SRM supports centrally controlled and automated recovery, application mobility, and non-disruptive site relocation, failback and site re-protect. SRM also allows non-disruptive testing for site recovery, updates and fixes and can generate reports to confirm complete service recovery, validate SLAs and prove DR compliance. Progent can provide the skills of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consultant to help your organization to plan, deploy, test and maintain a DR system based on VMware Site Recovery Manager.

NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Software
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery software suite that uses array-based storage clustering with synchronous replication to provide rapid, zero RPO disaster recovery between sites that are up to 300km apart from each other. Progent can provide the skills of a certified NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can assist your business to design, configure, administer, upgrade, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery solution based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you to select a topology for your MetroCluster deployment that aligns with your technical requirements and IT budget. Progent can ensure you adhere to best practices for installing your MetroCluster solution by providing guidance with tasks such as assigning shelf IDs, determining plexes layout, provisioning volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, installing switches, implementing a tiebreaker, setting up a configuration replication network, and verifying your MetroCluster disaster recovery solution to show compliance with information assurance standards and regulatory mandates.

Fault Tolerant Load Balancing
Progent provides fault tolerant load balancing consulting covering network load balancing, load balanced programs, LAN/WAN backbone routing, and content delivery products such as F5 Networks 3DNS. Fault tolerant load balancing solutions for which Progent can provide consulting expertise include Microsoft Windows 2003 and 2008 Server Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Presentation Server, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Content Distribution Manager and LocalDirector 400 series, and F5 Networks BIG-IP. For more information, see Non-stop Load Balancing.

Fault Tolerant Colocation
Progent's Data Center consultants can help you find zero-downtime data centers that meet the specific requirements of your business. High availability off-site data centers are particularly attractive to small and mid-size businesses because of their low cost and convenience in comparison to taking a do-it-yourself approach. Trying to build an in-house data center with even a minimum degree of fault tolerance is too costly for the majority of small companies. Progent can help you reap all the benefits of 24x7 colo centers by offering a complete range of engineering and support services. To learn more, visit High-Availability Data Centers Solutions.

Fault Tolerant Interoffice Connectivity
Progent’s branch office network infrastructure professionals can help organizations achieve fault tolerant inter-site connections through fully redundant system architectures featuring transparent failover. Progent’s Cisco-qualified CCIE network engineers can design and deploy fault-tolerant Inter-office networks supported by non-stop EIGRP routers or zero-downtime OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how multi-path connections and transparent fail-over can provide affordable non-stop interoffice connectivity. For more information, go to High-Availability Inter-office Networking.

Non-stop Internet Connectivity
Progent's Cisco-certified network engineers can help you design an affordable, high availability Internet configuration solution that can achieve 24x7 Internet access through a wide range of fault tolerant Internet access technologies including high availability BGP, automatic fail-over, and redundant Internet Service Providers. Progent can provide CCIE consultants to help you utilize the latest technology for fault tolerant Internet connections to build a cost-effective, completely redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other features to create fault tolerant Internet availability. To find out more, go to Fault Tolerant Internet Connectivity Solutions.

Backup and Recovery Technology Consulting and Support Services
Progent can provide economical online support from consultants with expertise in a wide array of products and technologies that provide solutions for protecting Microsoft Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX servers and desktops as well as laptops and handhelds. Progent can provide consulting support for all major backup platforms such as Acronis Backup and Recovery, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist, CrashPlan PRO, Double-Take Backup, MozyPro, Retrospect for Macintosh, Apple Time Machine, vSphere Data Protection, and Oracle Solaris FLARs. Progent can help you to implement, upgrade, or troubleshoot data backup systems for a variety of architectures including local, remote, cloud-based, or a mix. To read more, visit Backup and Restore Technology Consulting Services.

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Backup and Restore Consulting Services
Progent's certified System Center Data Protection Manager engineers can help you to develop an effective business continuity strategy, design a cost-effective high-availability IT infrastructure, configure a Microsoft SCDPM-based backup and recovery system, thoroughly validate your DPM system, train your IT personnel or regular consultants how to maintain System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide complete IT outsourcing such as off-site hosting of Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager machines in Progent's world-class data center facility. To learn more, see Microsoft SCDPM Consulting.

Altaro VM Backup Software for Backup and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup offers small and mid-size businesses a reliable and affordable platform for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-powered virtual machines (VMs). Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in on-premises, offsite, distributed, and cloud-hosted architectures and also supports low-cost backup to Azure storage. Headline capabilities include state-of-the-art Augmented Inline Deduplication to cut backup storage requirements, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup spacing as short as five minutes for minimizing your exposure to data loss, military-grade encryption, granular restore capability for individual files and emails, support for Windows Cluster Shared Volumes and VMware vCenter for managing large-scale environments, and support for Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to back up online virtual machines with zero downtime. Progent is an Altaro partner and can provide a broad range of consulting services to help you to plan, install, manage and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery solution powered by Altaro VM Backup software. To learn more, see Altaro VM Backup Consulting Services.

Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Backup and Recovery
Double-Take offers a selection of products intended to deliver small and midsize companies a range of affordable alternatives for replicating and restoring vital applications such as Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server, RIM Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progent’s disaster recovery planning experts have extensive backgrounds incorporating Double-Take Software technology into small company IT systems to create a high level of availability and business continuity capability at a budget-friendly cost. For details, visit Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup.

CRISC-certified IT Risk Control
The CRISC certification program was initiated by ISACA to verify a consultant's skills to design, implement, and support information system control mechanisms to reduce risk. Progent offers the services of a CRISC-certified engineer to assist you to develop and carry out a workplace continuity strategy that follows industry best practices identified by CRISC and crafted to align with your company's risk appetite, business objectives, and IT budget. To find out more, visit CRISC-certified network risk mitigation specialists.

Why Choose Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Partner and provides specialized application support for a wide variety of small business software programs, Progent can assist customers to arrive at efficient IT solutions that substantially enhance the productivity of your information system. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent can provide the expertise of qualified engineers and specialists with expertise in architecting, configuring and supporting networking solutions built on Cisco products. The broad scope of Progent's IT experience and Progent's familiarity with the needs of small and midsize businesses make Progent the perfect resource for building and maintaining an affordable, dependable network.

How You Can Access Progent's Experts for Business Continuity Solutions Help
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