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.
Additional Non-stop Technologies Supported by Progent
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified consultants can assist you to build an affordable, zero-downtime environment that resolves critical problems covering a wide array of infrastructure solutions and operations including:
Workplace Recovery Planning
Progent's business continuity planning engineers can show you how to design a disaster recovery strategy that will allow you to resume network functionality in the event of an IT network catastrophe. Progent can help you to define a complete disaster recovery strategy that incorporates periodic disaster recovery assessments and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified consultants can also show you how to create an affordable, high-availability network architecture that takes into account reliability issues involving a broad array of network technologies and processes. To learn more, see Disaster Recovery Consulting Services.
Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services offer small and medium-sized organizations an affordable and fully managed service for reliable backup/disaster recovery. For a fixed monthly rate, ProSight DPS automates and monitors your backup activities and enables rapid restoration of critical data, applications and virtual machines that have become lost or corrupted due to hardware failures, software bugs, disasters, human error, or malicious attacks such as ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you back up, retrieve and restore files, folders, applications, system images, plus Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware images/. Important data can be protected on the cloud, to an on-promises storage device, or to both. Progent's cloud backup consultants can provide advanced expertise to configure ProSight DPS to to comply with government and industry regulatory requirements such as HIPPA, FIRPA, and PCI and, whenever needed, can help you to restore your critical information. Read more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Backup and Recovery.
Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity experts can help you to design a DR system based on Microsoft's most advanced Failover Clustering tools such as Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade for non-disruptive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for crash-consistent Recovery Point Objective (RPO), Storage Spaces Direct for high-performance storage clusters using industry-standard equipment, VM Load Balancing for improving the performance and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while minimizing TCO and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for fast, affordable creation of a stretch cluster quorum witness. To learn more, visit Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Expertise.
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced enterprise-class fault tolerance and recoverability to Microsoft's clustering solution. Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this technology and provides important new and enhanced features offering increased scalability, non-stop storage availability for server applications, simpler management, quicker automatic failover, and additional options for architecting failover clusters. For details, go to Windows Server 2012 Clustering Consulting and Support.
VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager (SRM) is an extension to VMware vCenter that lets you orchestrate, automate and verify a consistent workflow for restoring applications and services rapidly after an outage. SRM supports centrally managed and automated recovery, application mobility, plus transparent site migration, failback and site re-protect. SRM also enables transparent testing for disaster recovery, updates and patches and can generate audit reports to verify full service restoration, validate Service Level Agreements and demonstrate disaster recovery compliance. Progent can provide the skills of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consulting expert to assist your organization to design, configure, test and administer a disaster recovery system based on VMware SRM.
NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Technology
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery platform that combines failover storage clustering with synchronous replication to provide fast, zero RPO disaster recovery (DR) between datacenters that are up to 185 miles (300km) apart from each other. Progent offers online or on-premises access to a certified NetApp MetroCluster expert who can assist you to plan, deploy, administer, upgrade, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery solution built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to choose a topology for your MetroCluster deployment that aligns with your technical requirements and budget. Progent can ensure you adhere to best practices for installing your MetroCluster environment by providing guidance with procedures like assigning disk pools, determining plexes layout, provisioning NetApp FlexVol volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, installing switches, designing a tiebreaker mechanism, designing a configuration replication network between your storage clusters, and verifying your MetroCluster DR system to show adherence with industry standards and government mandates.
Network Load Balancing
Progent provides high availability load balancing consulting that addresses network load balancing, load balanced programs, LAN/WAN infrastructure routing, and content dispatching products such as F5 Networks 3DNS. High availability load balancing technologies for which Progent offers consulting expertise include Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Access Suite and Access Gateway, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Content Engine and Cisco CDN Software, and F5 Networks BIG-IP. To learn more, go to Non-stop Load Balancing.
High-Availability Data Centers
Progent's Data Center engineers can show you how to identify zero-downtime data centers that match the particular requirements of your business. High availability collocation sites are especially attractive to small and mid-size organizations because of their affordability and convenience compared to pursuing a do-it-yourself approach. Trying to create an on-site data center that offers even a minimum level of fault tolerance is too costly for the majority of small companies. Progent can help you get all the benefits of 24x7 colo sites by offering a complete array of engineering and support services. To read more, visit Fault Tolerant Colocation Solutions.
Fault Tolerant Interoffice Networking
Progentís branch office network infrastructure engineers can help companies achieve fault tolerant inter-site connectivity by means of fully redundant system architectures featuring transparent failover. Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE engineers can plan and deploy high-availability Inter-office connections based on zero-downtime EIGRP routers or zero-downtime OSPF configurations of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how multi-path connections and transparent fail-over can provide economical non-stop interoffice connectivity. To learn more, see Non-stop Inter-office Networking.
Fault Tolerant Internet Access
Progent's Cisco-certified IT consultants can show you how to build an economical, high availability Internet connection architecture that can achieve 24x7 Internet access through a broad range of high availability Internet access solutions including fault tolerant BGP, transparent fail-over, and redundant ISPs. Progent can provide Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert engineers to help you utilize the most advanced technology for high availability Internet access to build an economical, fully redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other capabilities to deliver zero-downtime Internet availability. To learn more, see Fault Tolerant Internet Connectivity Solutions.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Data Recovery Consulting and Support Services
Progent's certified Microsoft SCDPM consultants can assist your company to create a practical disaster recovery strategy, design a cost-effective high-availability IT infrastructure, configure a Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager-powered backup and recovery system, thoroughly test your DPM system, educate your IT personnel or local service providers how to maintain SCDPM, or provide extensive IT outsourcing such as remote housing of System Center Data Protection Manager servers in Progent's secure data center facility. To learn more, visit Microsoft SCDPM Consulting and Support Services.
Barracuda Backup Multi-site 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 solution can incorporate a custom-designed physical storage device manufactured by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with similar features but which uses your existing storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup protects critical business data generated locally, at one or multiple remote sites, or in the cloud. For disaster recovery, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon Web Services (AWS), or to any location with a physical or virtual Barracuda Backup appliance. Progent is a certified Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consultants can provide a wide range of consulting services to assist your business to design, integrate, manage and repair a BDR system built on Barracuda Backup. For details, go to Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting and management.
Altaro VM Backup Software for Data Protection and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup software provides small businesses a reliable and budget-friendly solution for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-powered virtual machines (VMs). Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in on-premises, offsite, multi-site, and cloud architectures and also enables low-cost cloud backup to Azure storage. Headline capabilities include state-of-the-art Augmented Inline Deduplication to cut backup storage needs, Continuous Data Protection with backup spacing as short as five minutes for reducing your Recovery Point Objective, advanced encryption, granular recovery options for specific files and emails, support for Windows Server CSV and vCenter for handling larger deployments, 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 wide range of consulting services to help you to design, deploy, optimize and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery solution powered by Altaro VM Backup. For more information, go to Altaro VM Backup Consulting Services.
Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Backup and Recovery
Double-Take offers a family of products designed to provide small businesses a variety of cost-effective alternatives for replicating and restoring business-critical workloads including Microsoft Exchange Server, SQL Server, Blackberry, and Microsoft SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning experts have extensive experience integrating Double-Take products into small business information networks to create a high state of availability and business continuity readiness at a budget-friendly cost. To learn more, visit Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Backup.
CRISC-Certified Network Risk Management
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) program was established by ISACA to verify a consultant's ability to plan, deploy, and support IS controls to reduce risk. Progent offers the services of a CRISC-certified engineer to assist you to create and execute a workplace continuity or disaster recovery strategy that follows industry best practices identified by CRISC and geared to match your company's risk appetite, business goals, and budgetary guidelines. To learn more, go to CRISC-Certified network risk control experts.
Why Choose Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Partner and provides specialized application consulting for a broad variety of small business applications, Progent can help clients to arrive at comprehensive information technology solutions that optimize the productivity of your IT network. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent offers the support of certified consultants and specialists with expertise in designing, installing and troubleshooting networking solutions built on Cisco products. The broad scope of Progent's technical experience and Progent's appreciation for the requirements of small and midsize companies make Progent the perfect resource for creating and running a cost-effective, high-availability information system.
How to Get in Touch with Progent's Experts for Disaster Recovery Solutions Help
In order to contact Progent about technical help for disaster recovery planning, phone 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.