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 Fault Tolerant Technologies Provided by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco consulting experts can assist your company to build a cost-effective, high-availability environment that addresses key challenges covering a wide range of networking solutions and operations such as:
Workplace Recovery Planning
Progent's disaster recovery planning professionals can show you how to design a business continuity strategy in order to resume IT operations in the event of an information network catastrophe. Progent can assist you to define a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy that incorporates periodic disaster recovery evaluations and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified professionals can also help you build an affordable, zero-downtime system architecture that takes into account reliability issues covering a broad range of infrastructure technologies and procedures. For details, see Disaster Recovery Consulting Services.
Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services offer small and mid-sized businesses an affordable end-to-end solution for secure backup/disaster recovery (BDR). For a low monthly cost, ProSight DPS automates your backup processes and allows rapid recovery of vital files, applications and virtual machines that have become unavailable or corrupted as a result of hardware failures, software glitches, disasters, human mistakes, or malware attacks such as ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you back up, retrieve and restore files, folders, apps, system images/, plus Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware images/. Important data can be backed up on the cloud, to an on-promises storage device, or mirrored to both. Progent's BDR specialists can provide world-class support to configure ProSight DPS to be compliant with regulatory requirements such as HIPPA, FIRPA, and PCI and, when necessary, can help you to recover your business-critical information. Find out more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Cloud Backup.
Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity experts can help you to design a disaster recovery system based on Microsoft's most advanced Failover Clustering technologies such as Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade for non-disruptive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss recovery, Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class network-attached storage using commodity equipment, VM Load Balancing for enhancing the speed and resilience of Failover Clusters while reducing capital investment and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for fast, affordable creation of a failover cluster quorum arbitration point. For more information, visit Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Consulting.
Microsoft Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced world-class availability and system recovery to Microsoft's failover clustering solution. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this foundation and delivers significant new and enhanced features offering increased expandability, better storage uptime for server applications, simpler administration, quicker failover, and additional options for architecting clusters. For details, see Windows Server 2012 Clustering Consulting Services.
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 verify a repeatable workflow for recovering services quickly following a breakdown. Site Recovery Manager provides centrally managed and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, plus transparent site migration, failback and site re-protect. SRM also enables non-disruptive testing for site recovery, upgrades and patches and can produce audit reports to verify complete service recovery, validate Service Level Agreements and prove DR compliance. Progent can provide the skills of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consultant to assist you to plan, configure, test and maintain a disaster recovery solution powered by VMware SRM.
NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Technology
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery software suite that uses failover storage clustering along with synchronous replication to deliver fast, zero RPO disaster recovery between sites that are up to 185 miles apart from each other. Progent offers the skills of a NetApp MetroCluster expert who can assist your business to design, deploy, administer, update, test and repair a disaster recovery solution built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you to choose an architecture for your MetroCluster deployment that meets your functional requirements and budget. Progent can ensure you adhere to best practices for installing your MetroCluster solution by providing help with tasks like assigning shelf IDs, determining aggregate and plexes layout, setting up FlexVol volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, installing switches, implementing a tiebreaker, designing a configuration replication network, and testing your disaster recovery solution to verify compliance with information assurance standards and regulatory requirements.
Fault Tolerant Load Balancing
Progent provides high availability load balancing support covering system load balancing, load balanced applications, LAN/WAN backbone routing, and content dispatching technology such as F5 Networks 3DNS. High availability load balancing solutions for which Progent can provide consulting expertise include Microsoft Windows 2003 and 2008 Server Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Access Suite and Access Gateway, Cisco CSS, Cisco Distributed Director and LocalDirector 400 series, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. For more information, see Fault Tolerant Load Balancing.
Non-stop Internet Data Centers
Progent's Data Center consultants can help you find high availability data centers that match the particular requirements of your company. High availability collocation sites are especially appealing to small and mid-size organizations because of their affordability and convenience in comparison to taking a do-it-yourself strategy. Attempting to design an on-site data center with even a basic level of fault tolerance is too expensive for the majority of small companies. Progent is ready to help you reap all the advantages of high-availability colo sites by offering a full array of engineering and maintenance services. To find out more, go to Fault Tolerant Internet Data Centers Solutions.
Fault Tolerant Inter-office Connectivity
Progentís multi-site network infrastructure consultants can help companies achieve non-stop branch office connectivity by means of fully redundant networks featuring transparent failover. Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE engineers can plan and deploy ultra-reliable Inter-office connections supported by fault tolerant EIGRP network routers or non-stop OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how redundant connections and transparent fail-over can provide affordable 24x7 interoffice networking. To learn more, go to 24x7 Interoffice Connectivity.
Fault Tolerant Internet Connections
Progent's Cisco-authorized IT consultants can help you create an economical, fault tolerant Internet connection solution that can achieve 24x7 Internet connectivity via a wide array of high availability Internet network solutions including fault tolerant BGP, automatic fail-over, and redundant ISPs. Progent can provide Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert consultants to show you how to utilize the most advanced techniques for high availability Internet connectivity to build a cost-effective, completely redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other capabilities to create non-stop Internet access. To find out more, go to Fault Tolerant Internet Connectivity Architecture.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Data Recovery Consultants
Progent's certified Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager consultants can assist you to create a practical disaster recovery plan, implement a cost-effective fault-tolerante network infrastructure, deploy a Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager-powered backup and recovery solution, thoroughly validate your DPM system, train your IT personnel or regular service providers how to maintain Microsoft SCDPM, or provide extensive information technology outsourcing including remote housing of virtual or physical SCDPM servers in Progent's world-class data center facility. To find out more, visit Microsoft SCDPM Consulting Services.
Barracuda Backup On-premises and Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription backup/restore service for small and mid-size businesses. A Barracuda Backup solution can incorporate a purpose-built hardware storage device built by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with comparable features but which uses your own storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup protects vital business data generated on-premises, at one or more remote sites, or in the cloud. For disaster protection, 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 consultants can provide a broad array of consulting services to assist your business to plan, configure, manage and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery solution built on Barracuda technology. For more information, see Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting and management.
Altaro VM Backup Solutions for Data Protection and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup software provides small and mid-size businesses a reliable and affordable platform for backing up and recovering Hyper-V and VMware-powered virtual machines (VMs). Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in on-premises, remote, multi-site, and cloud architectures and also supports low-cost backup to Microsoft Azure storage. Top features include state-of-the-art inline deduplication to cut backup storage needs, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup spacing as low as five minutes for reducing your Recovery Point Objective, military-grade encryption, granular restore capability for specific files and emails, support for Windows Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) and VMware vCenter for handling larger deployments, and support for Microsoft VSS technology to back up online VMs with zero downtime. Progent is a certified Altaro partner and can provide a wide array of consulting services to assist you to plan, install, manage and troubleshoot a backup/restore system based on Altaro VM Backup. To learn more, go to Altaro VM Backup Consulting Services.
Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup and Recovery
Double-Take offers a family of tools designed to deliver small and midsize companies a range of affordable alternatives for backing up and recovering business-critical workloads such as Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, RIM Blackberry, and Microsoft SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning experts have in-depth experience incorporating Double-Take products into small business information systems to achieve a high level of availability and disaster recovery readiness at a budget-friendly cost. To learn more, go to Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Backup.
CRISC-qualified Network Risk Mitigation
The CRISC certification program was initiated by ISACA to validate an IT professional's skills to design, deploy, and maintain information system controls to reduce network risk. Progent offers the expertise of a CRISC-certified engineer to assist your company to create and carry out a workplace continuity or disaster recovery plan based on leading practices identified by CRISC and geared to match your organization's risk tolerance, business goals, and IT budget. To learn more, visit CRISC-certified network risk mitigation experts.
Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Partner and offers specialized application expertise for a broad variety of business applications, Progent can assist customers to arrive at comprehensive information technology solutions that maximize the business value of your IT network. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent can provide the expertise of certified consultants and specialists with expertise in designing, implementing and troubleshooting networking environments built on Cisco products. The breadth of Progent's IT experience and Progent's sensitivity to the requirements of small and midsize companies make Progent the ideal resource for creating and maintaining an affordable, fault-tolerant network.
How to Access Progent's Experts for Disaster Recovery Planning Support
In order to contact Progent about technical assistance for business continuity solutions, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.