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 Offered by Progent's Consultants
Progent's certified support professionals can help your company to implement an efficient, high-availability environment that addresses critical problems covering a broad array of networking solutions and operations including:
Disaster Recovery Planning
Progent's disaster recovery planning professionals can help you create a business continuity plan so you can resume network functionality in the event of an IT network catastrophe. Progent can assist you to define a complete disaster recovery strategy that includes scheduled disaster recovery evaluations and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified professionals can also show you how to build an affordable, high-availability network solution that addresses reliability issues involving a broad array of infrastructure technologies and procedures. To read more, visit Workplace Recovery Consulting.
Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services provide small and mid-sized organizations an affordable and fully managed service for secure backup/disaster recovery. Available at a fixed monthly cost, ProSight Data Protection Services automates your backup processes and enables fast recovery of vital data, applications and virtual machines that have become lost or corrupted as a result of hardware failures, software glitches, natural disasters, human mistakes, or malware attacks such as ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you protect, retrieve and restore files, folders, applications, system images, plus Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware virtual machine images. Important data can be protected on the cloud, to an on-promises storage device, or to both. Progent's BDR consultants can deliver world-class support to configure ProSight Data Protection Services to be compliant with government and industry regulatory requirements like HIPAA, FIRPA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, whenever necessary, can assist you to recover your business-critical data. Learn more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Backup.
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery experts can assist your organization to plan and deploy a DR solution based on Microsoft's most advanced Failover Clustering technologies including Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-disruptive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for crash-consistent Recovery Point Objective (RPO), Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class storage clusters using industry-standard hardware, VM Load Balancing for improving the speed and resilience of Failover Clusters while minimizing capital investment and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for fast, economical creation of a failover cluster quorum arbitration point. To learn more, see Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Expertise.
Microsoft Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced enterprise-class availability and system recovery to Microsoft's clustering solution. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this technology and provides important improvements offering more expandability, better storage availability for server applications, easier management, faster automatic failover, and more flexibility for architecting clusters. To learn more, visit Windows Server 2012 Clustering Consulting and Support.
VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager (SRM) is a component of VMware vCenter that lets you orchestrate, automate and test a consistent runbook for recovering services quickly after a breakdown. Site Recovery Manager provides centrally controlled and automated recovery, application mobility, and non-disruptive site relocation, failback and re-protect. SRM also allows transparent testing for disaster recovery, updates and patches and can produce audit reports to verify complete service recovery, validate SLAs and demonstrate DR compliance. Progent can provide the support of a VCDX certified VMware SRM consulting expert to help your organization to design, deploy, test and manage a DR solution powered by VMware SRM.
NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Technology
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery platform that uses array-based storage clustering along with synchronous replication to deliver fast, zero RPO disaster recovery between sites located as far as 185 miles apart from each other. Progent can provide online or on-premises access to a certified NetApp MetroCluster expert who can assist your business to plan, deploy, administer, update, test and repair a disaster recovery system built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to select a topology for your MetroCluster deployment that meets your functional requirements and IT budget. Progent can ensure you adhere to best practices for configuring your MetroCluster solution by delivering help with tasks like assigning disk pools and shelf IDs, arranging plexes layout, setting up NetApp FlexVol volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, provisioning switches, designing a tiebreaker mechanism, designing a configuration replication network, and verifying your disaster recovery system to verify adherence with information assurance standards and government mandates.
High Availability Load Balancing
Progent provides fault tolerant load balancing support covering network load balancing, load balanced programs, LAN/WAN backbone routing, and content delivery technology such as Cisco Content Engine. High availability load balancing technologies for which Progent offers consulting expertise include Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Access Suite and Access Gateway, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Content Distribution Manager and LocalDirector 400 series, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. To learn more, visit Fault Tolerant Load Balancing.
Fault Tolerant Colocation
Progent's Data Center engineers can help you select high availability data centers that meet the specific requirements of your company. Fault tolerant off-site data centers are particularly appealing to small and mid-size companies due to of their low cost and convenience in comparison to pursuing a do-it-yourself strategy. Attempting to create an in-house data center with even a basic level of fault tolerance is too costly for typical small companies. Progent is ready to help you get all the benefits of high-availability data centers by providing a full array of consulting and support services. To find out more, visit Non-stop Data Centers Expertise.
Fault Tolerant Inter-office Connectivity
Progent’s branch office connection professionals can help organizations achieve fault tolerant multi-site connectivity through fully redundant networks featuring transparent failover. Progent’s Cisco-premier CCIE network engineers can design and implement high-availability Inter-office connections supported by zero-downtime EIGRP routers or fault tolerant OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how multi-path connectivity and automatic fail-over offers affordable non-stop interoffice networking. To read more, go to Non-stop Interoffice Connectivity.
Fault Tolerant Internet Access
Progent's Cisco-authorized IT professionals can help you create an affordable, high availability Internet configuration solution that can achieve 24x7 Internet access through a wide range of high availability Internet access solutions including fault tolerant BGP, transparent fail-over, and redundant ISPs. Progent can provide Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert consultants to help you utilize the most up-to-date technology for fault tolerant Internet connectivity to create a cost-effective, completely redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other capabilities to deliver zero-downtime Internet availability. To find out more, visit 24x7 Internet Access Architecture.
System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Backup and Restore Consultants
Progent's expert Microsoft SCDPM support professionals can help your company to create a practical disaster recovery plan, implement a cost-effective high-availability network infrastructure, configure a Microsoft SCDPM-based backup and restore system, comprehensively test your DPM system, train your IT personnel or local consultants how to maintain SCDPM, or provide extensive information technology outsourcing including off-site housing of Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager servers in Progent's secure data center. For more information, go to System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting and Support Services.
Barracuda Backup Multi-site and Cloud Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription-based backup/restore platform for small and mid-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup deployment can include a custom-designed hardware appliance built by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with similar features but which uses your own storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup protects critical business data produced locally, at one or multiple remote sites, or in the cloud. For disaster preparedness, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon AWS, or to any site with a Barracuda Backup appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts can provide a wide range of consulting services to help you to plan, integrate, manage and repair a BDR system built on Barracuda technology. For more information, visit Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting and management.
Altaro VM Backup Solutions for Data Protection and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup offers small and mid-size businesses a reliable and budget-friendly platform for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-powered virtual machines. Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in local, offsite, distributed, and cloud-hosted architectures and also supports cost-effective backup to Azure Block Blob storage. Top features include industry-leading inline deduplication to reduce backup storage needs, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup spacing as little as five minutes for minimizing your exposure to data loss, advanced encryption, item-level restore capability for individual files and emails, extensive support for Windows Server Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) and VMware vCenter for managing larger deployments, and support for Microsoft VSS technology to back up live virtual machines without downtime. Progent is an Altaro partner and offers a broad array of consulting services to assist you to plan, deploy, manage and troubleshoot a backup/restore system powered by Altaro VM Backup. For more information, visit Altaro VM Backup Consulting.
Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Backup and Recovery
Double-Take Software publishes a selection of tools designed to deliver small businesses a variety of cost-effective solutions for replicating and recovering vital workloads including Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, Blackberry, and Microsoft Office SharePoint. Progent’s business continuity planning consultants have extensive experience incorporating Double-Take Software technology into small company information networks to achieve an advanced state of availability and business continuity readiness at a budget-friendly cost. To learn more, go to Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Data Backup.
CRISC-Premier Network Risk Management
The CRISC program was established by ISACA in 2010 to verify a consultant's ability to plan, implement, and maintain IS controls to reduce network risk. Progent offers the services of a CRISC-certified engineer to help your company to create and carry out a business continuity or disaster recovery plan that follows leading practices promoted by CRISC and geared to align with your organization's risk appetite, business goals, and budgetary guidelines. For details, see CRISC-Premier IT risk control experts.
Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Partner and offers high-level application expertise for a wide range of small business applications, Progent can assist clients to find complete IT solutions that optimize the business value of your IT network. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent can provide the expertise of certified engineers and specialists with experience in architecting, configuring and managing infrastructure solutions built on Cisco products. The extent of Progent's technical experience and Progent's familiarity with the requirements of small and midsize companies make Progent the perfect partner for creating and running an affordable, fault-tolerant information system.
How You Can Access Progent's Experts for Disaster Recovery Planning Support
To ask Progent about professional support for workplace recovery solutions, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.