Progent's Online Expertise for Popular Backup and Recovery Products
Backup/Restore ConsultingBacking 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 ConsultingBarracuda 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 ConsultingAltaro 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.

Azure Backup ConsultingMicrosoft 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.)

Double-Take Software ConsultingDoubleTake 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 ConsultingBackup 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 ConsultingBackupAssist 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 ConsultingHP 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 ConsultingCrashPlan 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.

MozyPro ConsultingMozy 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 ConsultingAcronis 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 ConsultingRetrospect 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.

Apple Time Machine ConsultingTime 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.

vSphere Data Protection ConsultingVMware 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.

Oracle Solaris FLARs ConsultingSolaris 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 High Availability Technologies Provided by Progent's Consultants
Progent's certified engineers can assist your business to implement an efficient, high-availability network that addresses major issues encompassing a wide array of infrastructure solutions and processes including:

Disaster Recovery Planning
Progent's disaster recovery engineers can help you design a disaster recovery plan in order to restore IT operations in case of an information system disaster. Progent can assist you to define a comprehensive disaster recovery plan that incorporates scheduled disaster recovery assessments and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized consultants can also help you create an affordable, high-availability system architecture that addresses availability issues involving a broad array of infrastructure technologies and procedures. For details, go to Business Continuity Consulting Services.

Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services offer small and medium-sized organizations a low cost and fully managed solution for reliable backup/disaster recovery. Available at a low monthly cost, ProSight Data Protection Services automates and monitors your backup activities and enables fast restoration of critical data, applications and virtual machines that have become unavailable or corrupted due to hardware failures, software bugs, natural disasters, human mistakes, or malicious attacks like ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you back up, retrieve and restore files, folders, applications, system images, plus Hyper-V and VMware images/. Critical data can be backed up on the cloud, to a local device, or mirrored to both. Progent's cloud backup specialists can provide advanced support to configure ProSight DPS to be compliant with regulatory requirements such as HIPPA, FIRPA, and PCI and, whenever necessary, can help you to recover your business-critical data. Learn 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 consultants can help your organization to design a disaster recovery solution built around Microsoft's latest Failover Clustering technologies including Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-intrusive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss Recovery Point Objective (RPO), Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class network-attached storage using commodity hardware, VM Load Balancing for enhancing the speed and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while reducing TCO and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for easy, affordable creation of a stretch cluster quorum arbitration point. To read more, see Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Support.

Microsoft Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Windows Server 2008 R2 brought world-class fault tolerance and system recovery to Microsoft's clustering solution. Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this technology and delivers important enhancements offering more scalability, non-stop storage availability for server applications, streamlined administration, quicker failover, and more options for designing clusters. To find out more, go to Windows Server 2012 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 allows you to specify, automate and test a consistent process for restoring services rapidly after a breakdown. SRM supports centrally managed and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, plus transparent site migration, failback and site re-protect. SRM also allows non-intrusive testing for site recovery, upgrades and patches and can generate audit reports to verify complete service restoration, validate Service Level Agreements and prove DR compliance. Progent can provide the skills of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consultant to assist your organization to design, configure, test and manage a DR system powered by 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 along with continual replication to provide fast, zero data loss disaster recovery between datacenters located as far as 300km apart from each other. Progent can provide online or on-premises access to a NetApp MetroCluster expert who can help your business to plan, configure, manage, update, test and repair a disaster recovery solution based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you to select an architecture for your MetroCluster environment that meets your technical requirements and IT budget. Progent can ensure you follow leading practices for installing your MetroCluster environment by delivering help with tasks such as assigning shelf IDs, arranging plexes layout, provisioning volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, installing switches, implementing a tiebreaker, setting up a TCP/IP configuration replication network between your peered clusters, and testing your DR system to verify adherence with information assurance standards and regulatory mandates.

High Availability Load Balancing
Progent offers fault tolerant load balancing support that addresses network load balancing, load balanced programs, network backbone routing, and content delivery technology such as F5 Networks 3DNS. High availability load balancing products for which Progent can provide consulting expertise include Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Access Suite and Presentation Server, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Content Engine and ACNS, and F5 Networks BIG-IP. To read more, go to Non-stop Load Balancing.

High-Availability Internet Data Centers
Progent's Data Center professionals can help you find zero-downtime data centers that match the specific requirements of your business. Fault tolerant co-location sites are especially appealing to small and mid-size businesses due to of their affordability and convenience compared to pursuing a do-it-yourself strategy. Attempting to build an on-site data center that offers even a minimum degree of fault tolerance is too costly for the majority of small organizations. Progent is ready to help you reap all the advantages of 24x7 colo centers by offering a full array of consulting and maintenance services. To learn more, see High-Availability Data Centers Consulting.

24x7 Inter-office Connectivity
Progentís inter-site connection engineers can help businesses achieve non-stop interoffice connectivity solutions by means of redundant system architectures with automatic failover. Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE network engineers can plan and implement fault-tolerant Inter-office connections supported by non-stop EIGRP routers or fault tolerant OSPF configurations of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how multi-path connectivity and automatic fail-over can provide affordable 24x7 interoffice networking. To learn more, see Fault Tolerant Inter-office Connectivity.

24x7 Internet Access
Progent's Cisco-certified IT engineers can show you how to design an economical, fault tolerant Internet connection architecture that can deliver non-stop Internet access through a wide range of high availability Internet access solutions including high availability BGP, transparent fail-over, and multiple ISPs. Progent offers CCIE engineers to help you utilize the most up-to-date techniques for 24x7 Internet access to create an affordable, fully redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other features to deliver zero-downtime Internet connections. To read more, go to 24x7 Internet Connectivity Solutions.

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Data Recovery Consulting
Progent's expert System Center Data Protection Manager engineers can assist you to create a practical disaster recovery strategy, design an affordable high-availability network infrastructure, deploy a Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager-based backup and recovery solution, comprehensively test your DPM system, train your IT staff or local service providers how to manage Microsoft SCDPM, or provide extensive information technology outsourcing such as remote housing of Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager machines in Progent's data center. To read more, go to System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Expertise.

Barracuda Backup Cloud and Offsite Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription-based backup/restore service for small and mid-size businesses. A Barracuda Backup deployment can include a custom-designed physical appliance manufactured by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with similar functionality but which utilizes your own storage hardware. Barracuda Backup safeguards critical business data generated locally, at one or multiple remote locations, 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 appliance. Progent is a certified Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts can provide a wide array of consulting support services to assist you to design, configure, operate and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery system built on Barracuda Backup. For details, see Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consultants.

Altaro VM Backup Software for Backup and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup offers small organizations a dependable and budget-friendly platform for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-powered VMs. Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in local, offsite, distributed, and cloud-hosted environments and also supports cost-effective backup to Microsoft Azure storage. Headline capabilities include industry-leading inline deduplication to cut backup storage requirements, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup spacing as little as five minutes for minimizing your Recovery Point Objective (RPO), advanced encryption, granular recovery capability for individual files and emails, extensive support for Windows Server CSV and for vCenter for managing larger environments, and support for Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service to back up live virtual machines with zero downtime. Progent is an Altaro partner and can provide a wide 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. To learn more, go to Altaro VM Backup Consulting.

Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Backup/Restore
Double-Take Software offers a family of tools designed to deliver small companies a range of cost-effective alternatives for backing up and recovering vital workloads including Microsoft Exchange Server, SQL, RIM Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning experts have extensive backgrounds incorporating Double-Take technology into small company IT networks to create an advanced level of availability and disaster recovery capability at a budget-friendly price. To learn more, visit Consulting for Double-Take Software for Backup.

CRISC-Certified IT Risk Management
The CRISC program was established by ISACA in 2010 to validate an IT professional's skills to design, implement, and support information system control mechanisms to reduce network risk. Progent offers the expertise of a CRISC-certified engineer to assist you to create and execute a business continuity or disaster recovery plan that follows industry best practices promoted by CRISC and crafted to match your organization's risk tolerance, business objectives, and IT budget. To find out more, visit CRISC-Certified network risk mitigation specialists.

Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Partner and provides high-level application support for a wide variety of small business software programs, Progent can assist clients to find complete information technology solutions that maximize the productivity of your network. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent can provide the expertise of premier engineers and specialists with experience in designing, implementing and maintaining networking solutions based on Cisco technology. The breadth of Progent's IT experience and Progent's sensitivity to the needs of small businesses make Progent the ideal partner for building and maintaining a cost-effective, dependable information system.

How to Get in Touch with Progent's Experts for Business Continuity Solutions Help
To contact Progent about consulting help for workplace recovery solutions, phone 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.

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