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 Non-stop Solutions Offered by Progent
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco consulting experts can help your business to design a cost-effective, high-availability information network that addresses critical challenges covering a wide array of networking technologies and operations such as:
Business Continuity Planning
Progent's disaster recovery planning engineers can show you how to design a workplace recovery strategy in order to restore network functionality in case of an IT network disaster. Progent can help you to develop a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy that includes scheduled disaster recovery evaluations and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified consultants can also help you build an affordable, high-availability system solution that takes into account availability issues covering a broad array of infrastructure technologies and procedures. To read more, see Workplace Recovery Consulting.
Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services provide small and medium-sized businesses a low cost and fully managed solution for reliable backup/disaster recovery (BDR). Available at a fixed monthly cost, ProSight DPS automates your backup processes and allows fast recovery of vital data, applications and VMs that have become lost or damaged as a result of component breakdowns, software bugs, disasters, human mistakes, or malicious attacks such as ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you protect, recover and restore files, folders, applications, system images, plus Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware virtual machine images. Critical data can be backed up on the cloud, to a local device, or to both. Progent's BDR specialists can deliver world-class support to set up ProSight DPS to be compliant with regulatory requirements like HIPAA, FINRA, and PCI and, whenever needed, can assist you to recover your critical information. Find out more about ProSight DPS Managed Cloud Backup.
Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity consultants can help your organization to plan and deploy a disaster recovery solution built around 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 storage clusters using low-cost hardware, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for improving the speed and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while minimizing capital investment and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for easy, economical deployment of a stretch cluster quorum arbitration point. To learn more, visit Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Support.
Windows Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced enterprise-class availability and system recovery to Microsoft's failover clustering solution. Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this technology and delivers significant improvements that offer more scalability, better disk storage uptime for server applications, simpler administration, faster failover, and more flexibility for designing failover clusters. To find out more, visit Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clustering Migration 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 test a consistent process for recovering applications and services rapidly after a breakdown. SRM provides centrally managed and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, and non-disruptive site relocation, failback and re-protect. Site Recovery Manager also supports transparent testing for disaster recovery, updates and patches and can produce audit reports to verify complete service restoration, validate SLAs and demonstrate disaster recovery compliance. Progent can provide the support of a VCDX certified VMware SRM consulting expert to help your organization to plan, configure, test and maintain a disaster recovery system based on VMware SRM.
NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Platform
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery platform that combines array-based storage clustering with synchronous replication to provide fast, zero RPO disaster recovery between datacenters that are as far as 300km apart. Progent can provide the skills of a certified NetApp MetroCluster expert who can assist your business to plan, deploy, manage, upgrade, test and repair a disaster recovery system based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you to choose a topology for your MetroCluster environment that aligns with your functional requirements and budget. Progent can make sure you follow leading practices for installing your MetroCluster environment by providing guidance with procedures like assigning disk pools and shelf IDs, arranging plexes layout, provisioning FlexVol volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, provisioning Cisco and Brocade switches, designing a tiebreaker, designing a TCP/IP configuration replication network between your peered clusters, and verifying your MetroCluster disaster recovery solution to prove compliance with information assurance standards and government mandates.
High Availability Load Balancing
Progent offers high availability load balancing support that addresses system load balancing, load balanced programs, network backbone routing, and content dispatching technology including Cisco Content Engine. Non-stop load balancing solutions for which Progent offers consulting services include Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Access Suite and Access Gateway, Cisco CSS, Cisco Content Distribution Manager and LocalDirector 400 series, and F5 Networks BIG-IP. To learn more, visit Fault Tolerant Load Balancing.
Fault Tolerant Internet Data Centers
Progent's Data Center engineers can help you select zero-downtime data centers that meet the particular requirements of your company. Fault tolerant Internet Data Centers are especially appealing to small and mid-size organizations due to of their low cost and convenience compared to taking a do-it-yourself approach. Attempting to design an on-site data center with even a minimum level of fault tolerance is too expensive for the majority of small organizations. Progent is ready to show you how to reap all the advantages of 24x7 colocation facilities by offering a complete range of engineering and maintenance services. For details, go to High-Availability Internet Data Centers Consulting.
Fault Tolerant Inter-office Connectivity
Progentís branch office connectivity engineers can help organizations achieve non-stop multi-site connectivity through redundant networks with transparent failover. Progentís Cisco-premier CCIE network 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 demonstrate how redundant connections and transparent fail-over can provide affordable 24x7 interoffice connectivity. To find out more, go to Failsafe Interoffice Networking.
Non-stop Internet Connectivity
Progent's Cisco-authorized IT engineers can help you create an economical, fault tolerant Internet connection architecture that can deliver 24x7 Internet connectivity through a broad array of fault tolerant Internet network solutions including non-stop BGP, automatic fail-over, and multiple ISPs. Progent offers CCIE engineers to show you how to utilize the most advanced techniques for high availability Internet connectivity to implement an affordable, fully redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other features to deliver fault tolerant Internet access. For more information, see Non-stop Internet Connectivity Architecture.
System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Backup and Restore Consultants
Progent's expert System Center Data Protection Manager support professionals can help you to develop an effective business continuity strategy, implement a cost-effective high-availability network infrastructure, install a System Center Data Protection Manager-powered recovery system, comprehensively test your DPM system, train your IT personnel or regular consultants how to maintain System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide extensive IT outsourcing such as remote hosting of System Center Data Protection Manager servers in Progent's world-class data center facility. For more information, go to Microsoft SCDPM Consulting and Support Services.
Barracuda Backup Local, Offsite and Cloud Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is an affordable, subscription-based backup/restore platform for small and medium-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup solution can include a purpose-built physical appliance built by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with comparable features but which utilizes your own storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup protects vital business data generated locally, at one or more remote locations, or in the cloud. For disaster preparedness, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon Web Services (AWS), or to any site with a Barracuda appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts offer a wide range of consulting support services to help you to plan, integrate, manage and troubleshoot a BDR solution built on Barracuda Backup. For additional information, go to Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting.
Altaro VM Backup Software for Backup and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup provides small and mid-size businesses a dependable and budget-friendly solution for backing up and recovering Hyper-V and VMware-powered VMs. Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in on-premises, remote, multi-site, and cloud-hosted architectures and also supports cost-effective backup to Microsoft Azure Block Blob storage. Top capabilities include state-of-the-art inline deduplication to reduce backup storage needs, Continuous Data Protection with backup spacing as short as five minutes for reducing your Recovery Point Objective (RPO), advanced encryption, granular recovery options for specific files and emails, extensive support for Windows Server Cluster Shared Volumes and for vCenter for managing large-scale deployments, and support for Microsoft VSS technology to back up online VMs with zero downtime. Progent is an Altaro partner and can provide a broad array of consulting services to assist you to plan, install, optimize and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery system based on Altaro VM Backup software. For more information, see Altaro VM Backup Consulting Services.
Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Backup and Recovery
Double-Take Software offers a selection of tools designed to deliver small and midsize businesses a variety of cost-effective solutions for replicating and restoring business-critical applications including Exchange, SQL, Blackberry, and Microsoft Office SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning consultants have in-depth experience integrating Double-Take Software products into small company information networks to achieve an advanced level of fault tolerance and disaster recovery readiness at an affordable cost. To learn more, visit Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Backup.
CRISC-Certified IT Risk Mitigation
The CRISC certification program was initiated by ISACA in 2010 to validate a consultant's ability to design, deploy, and support information system control mechanisms to mitigate network risk. Progent can provide the services of a CRISC-certified consultant to assist your company to develop and execute a business continuity or disaster recovery strategy that follows industry best practices identified by CRISC and crafted to align with your organization's risk appetite, business goals, and IT budget. For more information, visit CRISC-Premier network risk control experts.
Why Choose Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Partner and offers specialized application support for a broad range of business applications, Progent can assist clients to find comprehensive information technology solutions that substantially enhance the business value of your IT network. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent can provide the support of certified consultants and specialists with expertise in designing, installing and supporting networking solutions built on Cisco technology. The depth and breadth of Progent's IT experience and Progent's appreciation for the needs of small and midsize companies make Progent a great partner for creating and maintaining an affordable, fault-tolerant information system.
How You Can Contact Progent's Engineers for Disaster Recovery Planning Help
To contact Progent about professional expertise for business continuity solutions, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.