Progent's Online Expertise for Popular Backup and Recovery Products
Backing 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 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 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.
Microsoft 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.)
DoubleTake 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 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 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 (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 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.
Mozy 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 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 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 64-bit Mac client supports OS X 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.
Time 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.
VMware 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.
Solaris 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 CISSP-certified cybersecurity 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 Zero-Downtime Solutions Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified consultants can help you to implement a cost-effective, high-availability network that resolves key challenges covering a broad range of networking solutions and operations including:
Business Continuity Planning
Progent's disaster recovery professionals can help you create a workplace recovery strategy so you can resume IT operations in case of an IT network disaster. Progent can assist you to define a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy that incorporates periodic disaster recovery assessments and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized engineers can also help you build an affordable, high-availability network architecture that addresses availability issues involving a wide array of infrastructure technologies and processes. To learn more, see Business Continuity Consulting.
Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent offer small and mid-sized businesses an affordable end-to-end service for secure backup/disaster recovery. For a fixed monthly price, ProSight DPS automates your backup activities and enables fast restoration of critical data, applications and VMs that have become unavailable or damaged as a result of hardware failures, software glitches, natural disasters, human mistakes, or malware attacks such as ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you back up, retrieve and restore files, folders, apps, system images, plus Hyper-V and VMware images/. Important data can be backed up on the cloud, to an on-promises storage device, or mirrored to both. Progent's BDR consultants can provide advanced support to set up ProSight DPS to to comply with regulatory requirements such as HIPPA, FINRA, and PCI and, whenever necessary, can assist you to recover your business-critical data. Find out more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Cloud Backup.
Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity consultants can assist your organization to plan and deploy a DR system based on Microsoft's most advanced Failover Clustering tools including Cluster OS 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 industry-standard hardware, VM Load Balancing for improving the performance and resilience of Failover Clusters while minimizing TCO and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for easy, economical deployment of a stretch cluster quorum arbitration point. For more information, go to Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Consulting.
Microsoft Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced world-class fault tolerance and system recovery to Microsoft's clustering solution. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this technology and delivers significant improvements that offer more extensibility, better disk storage uptime for server applications, simpler administration, quicker automatic failover, and more options for designing clusters. For more information, go to 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 orchestrate, automate and test a consistent process for restoring applications and services rapidly following a breakdown. SRM supports centrally controlled and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, plus transparent site migration, failback and re-protect. SRM also allows transparent testing for site recovery, updates and patches and can generate reports to verify full service recovery, validate Service Level Agreements and demonstrate compliance. Progent can provide the support of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consulting expert to assist your organization to plan, deploy, test and maintain a disaster recovery solution based on VMware Site Recovery Manager.
NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Technology
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery software suite that uses failover storage clustering with synchronous replication to provide rapid, zero RPO disaster recovery (DR) between datacenters located as far as 185 miles apart from each other. Progent offers the skills of a certified NetApp MetroCluster expert who can assist you to plan, configure, manage, update, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery system built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you to select an architecture for your MetroCluster environment that aligns with your functional needs and budget. Progent can ensure you adhere to leading practices for configuring your MetroCluster environment by providing help with tasks such as assigning disk pools, arranging plexes layout, setting up NetApp FlexVol volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, provisioning Cisco and Brocade switches, implementing a tiebreaker, designing a configuration replication network between your peered clusters, and verifying your DR system to show compliance with industry standards and government mandates.
High Availability Load Balancing
Progent offers fault tolerant load balancing support that addresses network load balancing, load balanced programs, network infrastructure routing, and content dispatching technology including Cisco Content Engine. Fault tolerant load balancing solutions for which Progent offers consulting services include Microsoft Windows 2003 and 2008 Server Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Access Suite and Presentation Server, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Content Distribution Manager and ACNS, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. For details, see Fault Tolerant Load Balancing.
Non-stop Internet Data Centers
Progent's Data Center consultants can help you find zero-downtime data centers that match the particular needs of your business. Fault tolerant Internet Data Centers are particularly appealing to small and mid-size organizations because of their affordability and convenience compared to taking a do-it-yourself strategy. Attempting to create an in-house data center that offers even a minimum degree of fault tolerance is too expensive for typical small organizations. Progent can help you reap all the benefits of 24x7 Internet data centers by providing a complete range of engineering and support services. To learn more, go to Non-stop Data Centers Consulting.
High-Availability Inter-office Networking
Progentís branch office connection engineers can help companies achieve non-stop interoffice connections through redundant networks featuring automatic failover. Progentís Cisco-premier CCIE network engineers can plan and implement ultra-reliable Inter-office connections supported by zero-downtime EIGRP routers or non-stop OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how redundant connections and transparent fail-over offers economical non-stop interoffice connectivity. To find out more, visit Non-stop Inter-office Connectivity.
Fault Tolerant Internet Connections
Progent's Cisco-certified network experts can show you how to create an affordable, high availability Internet connection solution that can achieve 24x7 Internet access through a wide array of fault tolerant Internet access solutions including fault tolerant BGP, automatic fail-over, and multiple Internet Service Providers. Progent offers CCIE consultants to show you how to utilize the most up-to-date techniques for fault tolerant Internet connections to implement an economical, fully redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other features to deliver non-stop Internet connections. To find out more, go to Non-stop Internet Access Architecture.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Backup and Restore Consulting
Progent's expert System Center Data Protection Manager consultants can help you to develop an effective workplace recovery strategy, design an affordable fault-tolerante IT infrastructure, deploy a System Center Data Protection Manager-based backup and restore solution, comprehensively test your system, educate your administrative personnel or regular consultants how to manage Microsoft SCDPM, or provide extensive information technology outsourcing such as remote hosting of System Center Data Protection Manager servers in Progent's world-class data center facility. To learn more, see System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting Services.
Barracuda Backup Local, Offsite and Cloud Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is an affordable, subscription backup/restore service for small and medium-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup deployment can incorporate a custom-designed physical appliance manufactured by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with similar functionality but which utilizes your existing storage hardware. Barracuda Backup protects critical company data generated on-premises, at one or more remote sites, or in the cloud. For disaster protection, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon Web Services (AWS), or to any location with a Barracuda Backup appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consultants can provide a wide range of consulting services to assist your business to plan, integrate, manage and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery system based on Barracuda Backup. For additional information, visit Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consultants.
Altaro VM Backup Solutions for Backup and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup provides small businesses a reliable and budget-friendly platform for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-based virtual machines. Altaro VM Backup can be used for local, remote, multi-site, and cloud-hosted architectures and also supports cost-effective backup to Azure Block Blob storage. Headline features include industry-leading Augmented Inline Deduplication to reduce backup storage needs, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup intervals as short as five minutes for reducing your exposure to data loss, military-grade encryption, item-level recovery options for specific files and emails, support for Windows Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) and vCenter for managing larger environments, and support for Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service to back up online VMs with zero downtime. Progent is a certified Altaro partner and can provide a broad array of consulting services to assist you to plan, deploy, manage and troubleshoot a backup/restore system powered by Altaro VM Backup software. For details, visit Altaro VM Backup Consulting.
Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Data Backup/Restore
Double-Take Software publishes a selection of products designed to deliver small and midsize businesses a range of cost-effective solutions for backing up and restoring business-critical workloads such as Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL, RIM Blackberry, and Microsoft SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning consultants have in-depth backgrounds incorporating Double-Take products into small company IT networks to create an advanced state of fault tolerance and disaster recovery capability at an affordable price. For more information, see Consulting for Double-Take Software for Data Backup.
CRISC-Certified Network Risk Management
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) program was established by ISACA in 2010 to verify an IT professional's skills to design, implement, and maintain IS controls to reduce risk. Progent offers the services of a CRISC-certified engineer to assist your company to create and carry out a business continuity strategy that follows industry best practices identified by CRISC and crafted to align with your company's risk tolerance, business goals, and IT budget. To read more, go to CRISC-Premier network risk management specialists.
Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Partner and offers high-level application consulting for a wide variety of business software programs, Progent is able to assist clients to find complete information technology solutions that optimize the productivity of your IT network. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent offers the support of premier consultants and specialists with experience in architecting, deploying and managing networking solutions based on Cisco technology. The extent of Progent's technical experience and Progent's sensitivity to the requirements of small businesses make Progent a great partner for building and maintaining an affordable, high-availability network.
How to Access Progent's Consultants for Business Continuity Planning Help
In order to ask Progent about professional assistance for disaster recovery planning, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.