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.

Additional Zero-Downtime Solutions Supported by Progent's Experts
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco consulting experts can help you to implement a sensible, non-stop IT architecture that resolves major issues encompassing a wide range of infrastructure solutions and processes including:

Business Continuity Planning
Progent's business continuity engineers can help you design a disaster recovery strategy that will allow you to restore network operations in case of an information system catastrophe. Progent can assist you to develop a complete disaster recovery plan that includes periodic disaster recovery assessments and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized engineers can also help you create an affordable, fault-tolerant system solution that takes into account reliability issues involving a broad range of network technologies and processes. To read more, see Workplace Recovery Expertise.

Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services offer small and mid-sized businesses an affordable and fully managed service for secure backup/disaster recovery. For a low monthly price, ProSight DPS automates your backup processes and allows rapid recovery of critical files, apps and virtual machines that have become unavailable or damaged due to hardware breakdowns, software glitches, disasters, human error, or malware attacks such as ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you protect, retrieve and restore files, folders, applications, system images, plus Hyper-V and VMware virtual machine images. Important data can be backed up on the cloud, to a local device, or to both. Progent's backup and recovery specialists can provide world-class support to set up ProSight DPS to be compliant with government and industry regulatory standards such as HIPPA, FIRPA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when necessary, can help you to restore your critical data. Learn more about ProSight DPS Managed Cloud Backup.

Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity experts can help your organization to plan and deploy a DR system built around Microsoft's latest Failover Clustering technologies such as Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade for non-intrusive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for crash-consistent recovery, Storage Spaces Direct for high-performance network-attached storage using commodity equipment, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for enhancing the performance and resilience of Failover Clusters while minimizing TCO and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for fast, affordable deployment of a stretch cluster quorum witness. For more information, see Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Expertise.

Microsoft Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 brought enterprise-class availability and recoverability to Microsoft's failover clustering platform. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this foundation and provides important enhancements offering more scalability, better storage availability for server applications, streamlined administration, faster automatic failover, and more flexibility for designing clusters. For more information, visit Windows Server 2012 Clustering Consulting Services.

VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager is a component of VMware vCenter that allows you to specify, automate and verify a repeatable runbook for restoring services rapidly following a breakdown. Site Recovery Manager provides centrally managed and automated recovery, application mobility, plus non-disruptive site migration, failback and site re-protect. Site Recovery Manager also allows transparent testing for disaster recovery, updates and fixes and can produce audit reports to verify complete service recovery, validate SLAs and demonstrate disaster recovery compliance. Progent offers the skills of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consulting expert to help you to plan, deploy, test and administer a DR system powered by VMware SRM.

NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Platform
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery software suite that combines array-based storage clustering with continual replication to deliver fast, zero RPO disaster recovery (DR) between sites that are as far as 185 miles (300km) apart. Progent offers access to a certified NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can help you to plan, deploy, manage, upgrade, test and repair a disaster recovery system based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to choose a topology for your MetroCluster environment that aligns with your functional needs and budget. Progent can ensure you adhere to best practices for configuring your MetroCluster environment by delivering guidance with procedures such as assigning disk pools, arranging plexes layout, setting up FlexVol volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, provisioning Cisco and Brocade switches, designing a tiebreaker mechanism, setting up a TCP/IP configuration replication network, and testing your MetroCluster DR system to show compliance with industry standards and regulatory mandates.

Fault Tolerant Load Balancing
Progent provides fault tolerant load balancing consulting covering system load balancing, load balanced applications, LAN/WAN infrastructure routing, and content delivery products including Cisco Content Engine. High availability load balancing solutions for which Progent can provide consulting expertise include Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Access Gateway, Cisco CSS, Cisco Distributed Director and LocalDirector 400 series, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. For details, visit Non-stop Load Balancing.

Non-stop Data Centers
Progent's Data Center professionals can show you how to select zero-downtime data centers that match the specific requirements of your company. Fault tolerant Internet Data Centers are especially appealing to small and mid-size businesses because of their affordability and convenience compared to pursuing a do-it-yourself strategy. Trying to build an in-house data center that offers even a basic degree of fault tolerance is financially prohibitive for typical small companies. Progent can show you how to reap all the advantages of non-stop data centers by offering a full array of engineering and support services. To read more, go to Fault Tolerant Data Centers Consulting.

24x7 Branch Office Networking
Progent’s multi-site connectivity engineers can help organizations create fault tolerant multi-site connectivity solutions through redundant system architectures with transparent failover. Progent’s Cisco-certified CCIE engineers can plan and implement fault-tolerant Inter-office connections based on non-stop EIGRP routers or zero-downtime OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how redundant connections and transparent fail-over can provide affordable non-stop interoffice networking. To find out more, see High-Availability Inter-office Connectivity.

High Availability Internet Connectivity
Progent's Cisco-certified IT engineers can help you create an affordable, high availability Internet configuration architecture that can achieve 24x7 Internet access through a wide range of high availability Internet network technologies including high availability BGP, transparent fail-over, and redundant ISPs. Progent offers Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert engineers to help you utilize the latest technology for fault tolerant Internet connectivity to create an economical, completely redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other capabilities to deliver fault tolerant Internet access. To find out more, see Fault Tolerant Internet Access Solutions.

Backup and Restore Solutions Consulting Experts
Progent can provide economical online support from IT engineers with expertise in a wide range of utilities and services that provide solutions for backing up Windows, Mac, and Linux physical and virtual servers and workstations plus laptops and handhelds. Progent can provide help for leading backup products including Acronis Backup and Recovery, Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, HP Data Protector, Double-Take Software, Mozy, Retrospect, Apple Time Machine, VMware Data Recovery (VDR), and FLARs. Progent can assist your company to install, enhance, or troubleshoot data backup solutions for a variety of environments such as on-premises, edge to datacenter, cloud, or a mix. To read more, visit Backup and Recovery Solutions Consulting and Support Services.

System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Backup and Recovery Consulting Services
Progent's certified System Center Data Protection Manager engineers can assist you to develop a practical disaster recovery strategy, design a cost-effective fault-tolerante IT infrastructure, deploy a SCDPM-powered backup and restore system, comprehensively test your system, educate your IT staff or regular consultants how to manage SCDPM, or provide complete IT support outsourcing including off-site housing of virtual or physical SCDPM servers in Progent's data center. To learn more, visit Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting Services.

Altaro VM Backup Solutions for Backup and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup software provides small and mid-size organizations a dependable and budget-friendly platform for backing up and recovering Hyper-V and VMware-powered virtual machines (VMs). Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in on-premises, remote, distributed, and cloud-hosted environments and also supports low-cost backup to Azure storage. Headline capabilities include state-of-the-art inline deduplication to cut backup storage requirements, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup spacing as short as five minutes for minimizing your Recovery Point Objective (RPO), advanced encryption, granular recovery options for individual files and emails, extensive support for Windows Server CSV and vCenter for managing large-scale environments, and support for Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to back up live virtual machines without downtime. Progent is a certified Altaro partner and can provide a broad range of consulting services to assist you to plan, deploy, optimize and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery solution based on Altaro VM Backup software. For more information, visit Altaro VM Backup Certified Consultants.

Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Backup/Restore
Double-Take offers a selection of products intended to deliver small companies a range of cost-effective solutions for backing up and recovering business-critical applications such as Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL, RIM Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progent’s business continuity planning experts have extensive backgrounds integrating Double-Take products into small company information systems to achieve an advanced state of fault tolerance and disaster recovery capability at an affordable price. For more information, go to Consulting for Double-Take Software for Data Backup.

CRISC-certified IT Risk Mitigation
The CRISC program was initiated by ISACA in 2010 to verify an IT professional's ability to plan, implement, and maintain IS control mechanisms to mitigate network risk. Progent can provide the services of a CRISC-certified consultant to help you to create and execute a business continuity plan that follows leading practices promoted by CRISC and geared to match your company's risk tolerance, business goals, and budgetary guidelines. For details, see CRISC-qualified IT risk management specialists.

Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Certified Partner and provides specialized application expertise for a broad variety of business software programs, Progent can assist clients to find comprehensive information technology solutions that optimize the productivity of your IT network. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent can provide the support of certified consultants and specialists with expertise in designing, configuring and maintaining infrastructure environments based on Cisco products. The breadth of Progent's IT know-how and Progent's sensitivity to the requirements of small and midsize companies make Progent the perfect partner for building and running an affordable, fault-tolerant network.

How to Access Progent's Engineers for Disaster Recovery Planning Help
If you wish to ask Progent about professional expertise for disaster recovery solutions, call 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.
















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