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 High Availability Technologies Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco support professionals can help your company to design an affordable, fault-tolerant system that addresses major challenges covering a wide array of infrastructure solutions and operations such as:
Disaster Recovery Planning
Progent's business continuity engineers can show you how to design a workplace recovery strategy so you can restore IT functionality in case of an IT system catastrophe. Progent can assist you to develop a comprehensive disaster recovery plan that includes scheduled disaster recovery assessments and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified professionals can also show you how to create an affordable, non-stop system architecture that takes into account reliability issues covering a broad range of network technologies and processes. For more information, see Disaster Recovery Consulting and Support Services.
Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent offer small and medium-sized businesses a low cost end-to-end service for secure backup/disaster recovery (BDR). For a low monthly rate, ProSight DPS automates your backup activities and enables fast restoration of critical files, apps and VMs that have become unavailable or damaged as a result of component breakdowns, software glitches, disasters, human error, or malicious attacks such as ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you protect, recover and restore files, folders, applications, system images/, as well as Hyper-V and VMware virtual machine images/. Important data can be protected on the cloud, to an on-promises device, or mirrored to both. Progent's cloud backup consultants can deliver world-class support to set up ProSight Data Protection Services to be compliant with regulatory standards such as HIPPA, FINRA, and PCI and, whenever needed, can help you to restore your critical information. Learn more about ProSight DPS Managed Backup.
Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery consultants can help your organization to plan and deploy a disaster recovery system built around Microsoft's most advanced Failover Clustering tools such as 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 commodity equipment, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for improving the speed and resilience of Failover Clusters while reducing capital investment and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for easy, affordable deployment of a stretch cluster quorum witness. To read more, visit Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Support.
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Windows Server 2008 R2 brought world-class fault tolerance and recoverability to Microsoft's failover clustering platform. Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this foundation and delivers important new and enhanced features that offer increased expandability, better storage availability for server applications, streamlined administration, quicker automatic failover, and more flexibility for designing clusters. For details, visit Windows Server 2012 Clustering Consulting Services.
VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager (SRM) is a component of VMware vCenter that lets you define, automate and verify a consistent runbook for restoring services quickly after a breakdown. Site Recovery Manager supports centrally controlled and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, plus non-disruptive site migration, failback and site re-protect. SRM also allows transparent testing for site recovery, updates and fixes and can produce reports to confirm complete service restoration, validate Service Level Agreements and demonstrate compliance. Progent can provide the skills of a VCDX certified VMware SRM consultant to assist you to plan, deploy, test and administer a DR system powered by VMware Site Recovery Manager.
NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Software
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery platform that uses array-based storage clustering with continual replication to provide rapid, zero RPO disaster recovery (DR) between sites located up to 185 miles apart. Progent can provide access to a certified NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can assist your business to plan, configure, administer, update, test and repair a disaster recovery system built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to choose a topology for your MetroCluster deployment that meets your functional requirements and IT budget. Progent can make sure you follow best practices for configuring your MetroCluster environment by delivering help with procedures such as assigning disk pools, determining plexes layout, setting up FlexVol volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, provisioning switches, designing a tiebreaker mechanism, setting up a TCP/IP configuration replication network between your storage clusters, and testing your DR solution 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, network infrastructure routing, and content dispatching technology including F5 Networks 3DNS. High availability load balancing solutions for which Progent offers consulting services include Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Presentation Server, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Content Distribution Manager and Cisco CDN Software, and F5 Networks BIG-IP. To read more, go to Non-stop Load Balancing.
Non-stop Data Centers
Progent's Data Center engineers can help you find fault-tolerant data centers that meet the specific requirements of your business. Fault tolerant colocation sites are especially appealing to small and mid-size organizations because of their low cost and simplified logistics in comparison to pursuing a do-it-yourself approach. Trying to create an in-house data center with even a basic degree of fault tolerance is too expensive for most small organizations. Progent is ready to help you get all the benefits of 24x7 data centers by offering a complete range of consulting and support services. To learn more, go to Fault Tolerant Data Centers Expertise.
Non-stop Inter-office Connectivity
Progentís interoffice connection engineers can help businesses achieve zero-downtime inter-site connectivity via redundant system architectures featuring automatic failover. Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE engineers can design and implement high-availability Inter-office networks based on non-stop EIGRP routers or fault tolerant OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how multi-path connections and automatic fail-over can provide economical 24x7 interoffice networking. To find out more, go to High-Availability Inter-office Connectivity.
Non-stop Internet Connectivity
Progent's Cisco-authorized IT engineers can show you how to design an economical, fault tolerant Internet connection architecture that can achieve 24x7 Internet connectivity through a wide range of fault tolerant Internet access technologies including high availability BGP, automatic fail-over, and redundant ISPs. Progent can provide CCIE professionals to show you how to utilize the latest techniques for 24x7 Internet connections to build an economical, completely redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other features to create fault tolerant Internet availability. To learn more, visit Non-stop Internet Connectivity Solutions.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Backup and Recovery Consulting and Support Services
Progent's certified System Center Data Protection Manager engineers can assist you to create a practical disaster recovery plan, implement an affordable fault-tolerante IT architecture, install a Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager-based recovery solution, thoroughly test your DPM system, educate your IT staff or local service providers how to manage System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide complete IT support outsourcing such as remote housing of SCDPM machines in Progent's secure data center facility. To learn more, go to Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting and Support Services.
Barracuda Backup Local, Offsite and Cloud Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription-based backup/restore service for small and mid-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup solution can incorporate a custom-designed hardware appliance built by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with comparable features but which utilizes your own storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup protects critical business data generated on-premises, at one or more 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 Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts can provide a broad range of consulting services to help your business to plan, configure, operate and repair a backup and disaster recovery solution built on Barracuda Backup. For additional information, see Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting and management.
Altaro VM Backup Software for Backup and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup software provides small businesses a reliable and budget-friendly platform for backing up and recovering Hyper-V and VMware-based virtual machines. Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in on-premises, remote, distributed, and cloud-hosted environments and also enables cost-effective backup to Microsoft Azure Block Blob storage. Top features include state-of-the-art Augmented Inline Deduplication to reduce backup storage needs, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup intervals as little as five minutes for minimizing your Recovery Point Objective, advanced encryption, granular recovery capability for specific files and emails, support for Windows Server Cluster Shared Volumes and VMware vCenter for managing larger environments, and the ability to leverage Microsoft VSS technology to back up live VMs with zero downtime. Progent is a certified Altaro partner and can provide a broad range of consulting services to help you to design, deploy, optimize and troubleshoot a backup/restore system powered by Altaro VM Backup. To find out more, go to Altaro VM Backup Consulting.
Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Data Backup/Restore
Double-Take Software publishes a selection of products intended to deliver small businesses a variety of affordable solutions for replicating and recovering business-critical applications such as Microsoft Exchange Server, SQL, RIM Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning consultants have extensive backgrounds integrating Double-Take technology into small company information networks to achieve a high state of fault tolerance and disaster recovery readiness at an affordable price. To find out more, see Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Backup.
CRISC-certified IT Risk Control
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification program was established by ISACA to verify an IT professional's ability to plan, implement, and support information system controls to reduce risk. Progent offers the services of a CRISC-certified engineer to help you to develop and carry out a business continuity strategy that follows leading practices promoted by CRISC and geared to align with your company's risk tolerance, business goals, and budgetary guidelines. To read more, see CRISC-certified network risk mitigation specialists.
Why Choose Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Certified Partner and offers professional application consulting for a broad range of business applications, Progent can assist customers to arrive at complete IT solutions that optimize the productivity of your network. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent can provide the expertise of certified engineers and specialists with experience in designing, implementing and maintaining networking solutions built on Cisco products. The broad scope of Progent's IT know-how and Progent's sensitivity to the needs of small and midsize businesses make Progent the perfect resource for creating and maintaining an affordable, dependable network.
How to Get in Touch with Progent's Experts for Business Continuity Solutions Support
If you wish to contact Progent about professional assistance for disaster recovery solutions, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.