Paragon Software Top Fundraiser for Free Wheelchair Mission’s ‘Run For Mobility’

Paragon Software Group Gives Back, Stands Out as Top Fundraiser for Free Wheelchair Mission’s ‘Run For Mobility’ at the Surf City Marathon Two Years in a Row

Irvine Software Development Firm’s Passion to Help Others Fuels Substantial Wheelchair Donation in Support of Local Charity

Super Bowl Sunday wasn’t all about football, especially not for Paragon
Software Group. The Irvine-based company’s president Tom Fedro, joined by several colleagues, took to the streets in Huntington Beach on Feb. 2 to once again emerge as the top team fundraiser at Free Wheelchair Mission’s (FWM) annual Run for Mobility event at the Surf City Marathon. Paragon, a backup and disaster recovery software developer, also earned added recognition, with Fedro finishing the race as the top individual fundraiser.

This is the second year in a row that both Fedro and Paragon were named as top individual and team fundraisers, respectively. The Run for Mobility fundraising event is presented in partnership with the Surf City Marathon, and since it began, athletes have raised $1.8 million for the charity and sent over 35,000 wheelchairs to recipients around the globe.

“We got involved with FWM because it’s a great locally-based charity here in Irvine that does tremendous outreach worldwide to provide mobility to folks who are literally crawling on the ground,” says Fedro, who, with Paragon, has been actively involved with FWM for four years. “On behalf of the Paragon team, we’re extremely proud to play a role in making a difference in our community and for helping to improve the lives of those in need around the world.”

FWM is a 501c3 nonprofit that provides wheelchairs for free to people with disabilities living in developing countries around the world. The inspiration for FWM came about when Dr. Don Schoendorfer (FWM president and founder) was on vacation with his wife in Morocco and witnessed an elderly woman crawling on her hands and knees laboring to cross the street. As a biomedical engineer, Dr. Schoendorfer had a vision to help, and he built a prototype wheelchair with common materials that could be manufactured and delivered cost effectively. His efforts have now changed the lives of millions of people as FWM has extended its reach worldwide. Since incorporating in 2001, FWM has provided over 734,000 wheelchairs in 91 countries around the world.

“Through all the proceeds from the Run for Mobility event so far, we could line up wheelchairs wheel-to-wheel along the entire 26.2 mile beachfront course of the marathon,” says Reed Hartley, Executive Director for Free Wheelchair Mission. “We’re extremely grateful for Tom’s continued passion and dedication to FWM through his and the Paragon Software Group’s involvement over the years. Over the past four years, the Paragon team has personally provided wheelchairs to more 450 people. We’d like to extend our sincere thanks to Tom and his team for their wonderful work supporting our mission. We look forward to working with them in the years to come!”

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Paragon Celebrates 15 Years of Flexible Licensing for Field Techs

“I searched for nine months for software that enabled me to migrate my customers’ servers to new drives or all new hardware without hassle and without any risk of data loss. I narrowed it down to two products: one, at nearly $1,000 per server, was pretty much cost-prohibitive; the second, Paragon Hard Disk Manager fit the bill perfectly. Not only does it offer twice the features at half the cost as the other option, but it also comes as a Technician License, which brings the per-server cost down even more. On a server restore or migration, no other software comes close in restore time, reliability and ease-of-use. I recommend HDM TL for any company with field technical support.”

David Ward, president of Guardian I.T. Services, is one of many VARs and company-wide field technicians who have benefited for the last 15 years from Paragon’s feature-rich backup and disk management software, personal technical service, and highly-competitive licensing options.

Disk maintenance field tech licenseHard Disk Manager Technician License (TL) is the perfect software for companies with support teams that are maintaining a large number of systems in the field, such as medical or other high-tech equipment manufacturers, or large organizations with a highly distributed environment, e.g. financial institutions or large restaurant chains. Many customers combine Tech Licenses with per-seat and volume licenses for maximum license coverage and flexibility.

For IT organizations and help desk operations, Paragon Hard Disk Manager is the “must have” solution for servers and workstations. It is a comprehensive all-in-one disk management utility, allowing IT administrators to efficiently maintain physical and virtual Windows systems throughout their life cycle with minimal effort. The software package includes: Backup & Disaster Recovery, Imaging, Migration, Virtualization, Partitioning, and Disk Wiping, as well as a variety of other useful system utilities.

Other Customer Testimonials:

“Paragon was the only backup and disaster recovery software vendor offering the most comprehensive software solution and knowledgeable staff. Hard Disk Manager did everything I needed it to do, providing the best value,” said Ben Spain, IT manager for Industrial Molds.

“We needed to decrease the amount of time we were spending on reimaging machines. One of the features I looked for in a solution was the ability to process multiple restores on the network — Paragon was the only vendor offering the features I needed as well as disk partition and other disk management tools. HDM is a time saver that comes with useful tools for added flexibility. It also gives me the ability to back up a hard drive before reimaging, providing peace of mind that if it fails I can restore the drive to its original state,” Corey Simpson, IT coordinator for Boise State University.

Hard Disk Manager Top Five Features

  1. Backup and Disaster Recovery: Incremental and differential backups; seamless restore to dissimilar hardware (HIR); customizable recovery media
  2. Migration: Migrate systems to SSDs and AFDs
  3. Virtualization: Instant disaster recovery through virtualization; Connect to virtual disks as if they were physical; Convert P2V or V2V between different hypervisors
  4. Partitioning: Advanced disk partitioning and partition alignment
  5. Disk Wiping: US DoD-level wipe algorithm plus nine others, along with options to create custom wipe algorithms

Insight Investments Maximizes Image Deployment with Deployment Manager

Mass Image Deployment with Paragon Deployment ManagerSystem integrators, Insight Investments, selected Paragon’s Deployment Manager as a reliable and scalable software to simplify the imaging process of tens of thousands of laptops for use in educational institutions across the country.

“About 70 percent of our business is with K-12 school districts as well as universities,” said Jay Johnson, vice president of operations at Insight Investments. “Each district has 10 to 45 schools. They come to us to purchase refurbished laptops in bulk. The schools send us a copy of the image they want duplicated onto their machines; a typical image includes the operating system, applications and 50 to 60 gigabytes of data. Before implementing Paragon’s Deployment Manager, the process was tedious requiring the removal of each laptop’s hard drive for imaging; now we can reimage the machines without disassembling them and connecting the hard drive to a duplicator.”

Paragon Software’s Deployment Manager is a powerful deployment solution for servers, workstations, laptops, and tablets, enabling the deployment of a master image to thousands of systems simultaneously, multicast, or manually to individual machines, unicast. One key feature of the software is its ability to deploy the same image to machines with completely different hardware, which significantly simplifies the deployment project. Furthermore, it offers pre- and post-deploy configuration options, a scripting engine for automated and remote operation, and customizable Linux and WinPE-based boot media.

“Needing to simplify our laptop deployment process, we looked at all leading deployment solutions and decided to go with Paragon’s Deployment Manager,” said project manager Calvin Yeung. “Having worked with Paragon Software in the past, I knew they would be a great partner for our project. Their technology has been proven to meet the most demanding requirements. Their technical support team always follows through and is very responsive.”

“We are excited to welcome Insight Investments to the Paragon family,” said Tom Fedro. “Deployment Manager is the perfect solution for any system integrator or IT department that needs to deploy images quickly, efficiently and in mass.”

To request an evaluation copy or schedule a demo, call Paragon at (888) 347-5462 or visit

Nasdaq Trading Down to Failed Processor??

CNBC Reports Nasdaq Halts Trading Due to Processor Failure

CNBC Reports Nasdaq Halts Trading Due to Processor Failure

A recent story by CNBC informed readers that the trading exchange, Nasdaq, went down for a couple of hours: “All Nasdaq markets halting trading due to processor issue“. What if your business systems failed? How fast could you be back online?

According to the Small Business Administration, 1 out of every 5 businesses never recover from a disaster. Whether you are the IT engineer for a non-profit or a for-profit, there is a solution out there for every budget. To help sell backup and recovery to business executives, gathering statistics will help when presenting the argument for a backup solution.

For example, Paragon partnered with StarWind to sell high-availability backup and restore at a fraction of the cost of proprietary systems. Through a software-defined storage (SDS) environment based on off-the-shelf hardware, an IT shop can quickly recover from any system failure.

Paragon is constantly holding free demos on a variety of cost-effective backup and disaster recovery software solutions, no matter the size of the organization. And, the plus with working with Paragon? Class A customer service.

To sign up for a Webinar/demo, visit: