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Paragon Kicks Off Disaster Recovery Awareness Month

In an effort to help bring awareness of the importance of backing up business data in the event of a disaster, Paragon is offering free disaster recovery assessments, and guides for proactive planning during the month of July.

With the 2013 hurricane season expecting to be very active, it is important to help bring awareness around the fact that so many businesses are not prepared. June 1st marked the first day of hurricane season; Tropical Storm Andrea, the first storm of the season, developed four days after the official launch of the season.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) expects a very active hurricane season for 2013. Throughout the month of July, businesses can sign up for a one-hour disaster recovery assessment and download free disaster recovery planning guides and samples.

According to the Small Business Administration, a quarter of businesses never reopen after a disaster.

Paragon’s free disaster recovery planning materials include

  • One-hour Disaster Recovery Assessment Call
  • The Essential Guide to Disaster Recovery and Continuity Planning
  • Disaster Recovery Planning Guide
  • Sample Disaster Recovery Plan

“Paragon is in the information management business and delivering key data backup and recovery technologies has been a cornerstone of the company since its inception,” said Tom Fedro, president of Paragon Software Group. “We are partnering with the Business Recovery Group Consulting team to move beyond just the technologies involved in a successful business continuity program by promoting free guides, sample plans and a one-hour assessment to help companies be proactive in preparing a comprehensive Disaster Recovery Plan before a disaster strikes.”

During the year, any number of natural occurrences can have an effect on a business: hurricanes, massive thunderstorms, fires, tornados, heat waves, earthquakes, blizzards, ice storms, and floods. “Hurricane Sandy demonstrated that even after a perceived danger timeframe has passed, a late-season storm can hit,” warns Paragon DR planning consultant Collier Johnson. “In addition, a disaster recovery plan is also needed to recover quickly from site outages, where your office building is not accessible for your employees due to a local disaster, or an isolated incident, for example water damage, structural issues with the building, local power outage, or a local fire.”

To download the free disaster recovery planning materials and/or register for a free one-hour disaster recovery and business continuity assessment visit bit.ly/12jJA4h on Paragon Software Group’s Free Product Trial Downloads Web site.

Paragon offers a suite of backup and disaster recovery products for businesses of all sizes. Visit www.Paragon-Downloads.com for free trial downloads of Paragon’s software solutions.

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Paragon Discusses Disaster Recovery Preparation on This Week in Enterprise Tech TWIT.TV

Paragon backup and recovery solutionsEarlier this month, Paragon was invited to join in a discussion about proactive disaster recovery preparation in light of Hurricane Sandy, on This Week in Enterprise Tech, archived as Episode 21, “The Shocking Truth About DC.” Paragon’s own Francisco Gillett participated during a live feed on http://twit.tv/twiet netcast, along with the hosts, Fr. Robert Ballecer a.k.a., Father Tech (yes, he really is a Jesuit priest), Brian Chee, and Curtis Franklin.

Brian Chee, senior contributing editor to the InfoWorld Test Center and the founder and manager of the Advanced Network Computing Laboratory at the University of Hawai’i School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, an avid user of Paragon’s backup and recovery software introduced the segment by mentioning the fact that he was up all the previous night working on a failed server and how he planned to “…to use Paragon Software to do a restore after we get off the air.” (Quick note, in Hawaii, he prefers optical backup to tape because of the humidity.)

After a bit of a discussion about using DC power in the data center, they jumped into personal favorite topic, disaster recovery preparation and best practices, focusing on Verizon’s flooded data center as case-study material.

When Fr. Ballecer asked Paragon’s Gillett for his recommendation on Best Practices before disaster strikes, Gillett shared the following:

  1. Have a disaster recovery backup process in place; a solid backup allows you to get your system up and running reliably
  2. Secure a secondary location to store the archive

Your ability to get back online is based upon how good your backup strategy is, advised Gillette. He went on to say that while a backup of a database is good, businesses in the banking or ecommerce industries should have a duplicate system offsite so they can get up and running quickly and not lose any business. Another important tip recommended by the panel included practicing restores.

During the discussion, one of the chat room participants stated that his boss didn’t authorize him to replace a $12 part on a generator and as a result, it cost the company $12,000 when Sandy hit (48 mins).

In decided how much to spend in a backup and recovery solutions, Gillette suggested that technicians determine first how much you can afford to lose. Evaluate the recovery time and recovery point objectives,”How old of a backup can your system go back to and still function? If it affect money coming in then you definitely need to spend on that infrastructure so you can keep the profits coming in.”

The panel also dove into the differences among hot, warm, and cold IT sites for disaster preparedness as well as the high failure rate of tape backup (50%). Curtis Franklin, senior contributing editor to the InfoWorld Test Center, said, “A greater number [of tech engineers] don’t want to admit they are vulnerable. If you really practice business recovery, on some levels you are admitting that a disaster can occur. When a disaster does occur, you’ll find how cheap backup can really be. Considering the possibility of a disaster, ensuring your backup will actually work is a lower cost than going through the disaster and it doesn’t work.”

Three Levels of Preparedness:

Curtis: The bare minimum is standard tape backup with three levels of tape, rotating ABC. Level two is a warm backup site. And, Level three is a hot, fully redundant backup site.

Cisco: “Best practices for each level: first step, local backup; Secondary, offsite, where it is cloud-base or a secondary location…; third level hot location, running in the cloud.”

Chee: In an academic environment, “My three layers are not that different from the others. It’s data regardless of whether it’s coming from the ocean floor or the bank machine. Have a server that plays like a NAS, flag folders after time, take it from online storage to nearline storage. And have the ability to eventually take it offline. ”

In reference to Hurricane Sandy’s impact on the infrastructure of the Verizon’s Broad Street vault, Franklin’s words of wisdom are well-heeded: “The ‘good enough’ is the enemy of ‘the best’,” and went on to say, “This [Hurricane Sandy’s impact on Verizon] serves as a wake-up call to every telecom that has a presence in low-lying coastal community, and that, frankly, is most of the majors…move to fiber…and that way you keep things on and you look like heros when disaster strikes.”

Get prepared before you’re hit by a disaster. Through the end of December, Paragon’s is offering a free one-hour phone consultation and self-assessment BC/DR checklist.

Watch the program in its entirety:

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If disaster strikes your business – will it survive? (Webinar 10/18/12)

Join Paragon Software Group in this webcast to learn about the key elements of an effective Business Recovery and Continuity Plan.
Peace of mind – that’s what comes from knowing your business is ready for any situation. As a key person in your organization you know that proper planning and processes enable business continuity.
What happens when a disaster strikes? Are you truly prepared? Have you looked in every nook & cranny of the organization to cover all the details?
In this webinar we will discuss:
•   Why you need a Business Recovery & Continuity Plan

•   How to define your business critical functions
    processes & people
•   A fast re-start plan – using the tools & systems
    required to enable your business recovery
•   A Business Recovery and Continuity Plan template

Featured Speaker
Collier Johnson, President, Business Recovery Group Consulting

Differentiating between Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning

business continuity vs disaster planningIt is easy to confuse planning for disaster recovery vs business continuity. Both have a similar goal: to ensure the business can bounce back from a disaster whether man-made or by mother nature. To help clarify, one must look at the task from two different perspectives.

Disaster Recovery (DR) planning takes into account the time, tasks, and resources needed for an organization’s users, communications systems, computer systems, and working environment to be brought back online and running in a productive manner, during and immediately after a disastrous event.  A Business Continuity (BC) plan consists of even more detailed information about an organization’s business processes, operations, and implemented technologies, which includes a company’s DR plan among other content.

A DR plan should not be outlined prior to first having created and taken into account the company’s BC plan.  The BC plan will help the DR planner understand the unique requirements from each business unit, rather than making assumptions which may or may not deliver in a time of need.

To avoid gaping holes in DR planning, create or review a BC plan first; you’ll find the DR plan will come together much easier once the BC is in place and you have a better understanding of your organizations overall requirements.

In cases of either DR or BC planning, it’s imperative to seek the input and participation from all levels of the company, to ensure every critical detail has been addressed and that a trained and informed team will be available to help carry out either plan, if and/or when needed.

Jim Thomas, Director of Technical Services at Paragon Software Group

Paragon Migrate OS to SSD now packaged with Centon Electronics’ SSD Notebook kits

Transfer OS to SSD - system migration to solid state drivesBeating out the competition, Paragon Migrate OS to SSD software was selected by Centon Electronics Inc. for inclusion in its SSD Notebook kits, packaged with their solid state drives (SSDs). Paragon Migrate OS to SSD provides easy migration of system data including the operating system, data files and applications to Centon’s SSDs.

Established in 1978 by Gene Miscione, Centon Electronics, Inc. is a privately-owned corporation based in Aliso Viejo, California. Centon offers a full line of DRAM, flash memory, USB drives, and SSD Drives for consumers’ digital needs.

“After testing another party’s software with our SSDs, we decided to look for a more intuitive software solution,” said Aaron Campbell, product marketing manager for Centon Electronics. “I had worked with Paragon in the past, asked for a copy to test, and it worked perfectly. It was simple, quick and accurate. Exactly the solution we were searching for.”

The task of migrating the operating system, applications and files from one storage drive to another can be a slow and tedious process. Paragon Migrate OS to SSD 2.0 simplifies the migration process by providing an intuitive wizard-driven interface. Paragon Migrate OS to SSD automatically downsizes the source system volume, if needed; auto-aligns the copied system partition; and provides intelligent selection of specific files and folders for migration — all without rebooting the system.

“Paragon was very responsive and more than willing to work with us even though we were not a large corporation,” continued Campbell. “The customer and technical support was excellent and made us feel we were just as important as an International firm.”

“When we work with our customers, our goal is to keep them as a Paragon customer for life,” said Tom Fedro, president of Paragon Software Group. “We are happy to see that as product marketing professionals, IT managers, software engineers, and other highly skilled individuals move from one company to another, that they return to Paragon for our superior software and service. We are happy to count Centon as one of our partners and look forward to a long business relationship.”

Key features and benefits of Paragon Migrate OS to SSD include the following:

  • Upgraded file exclusion technology increases migration speed
  • Simple and convenient wizard-driven graphical interface
  • Automatic partition resize capability (prevents common issues when migrating system data from an HDD to a smaller SSD)
  • Automatic partition alignment awareness (to prevent redundant read/write operations)
  • Microsoft Reserved Partition awareness
  • File exclusion/selection capability
  • Hot copy, without system restart
  • Smooth migration process regardless of the operating system

For more information on Paragon Migrate OS to SSD, visit http://www.paragon-software.com/home/migrate-OS-to-SSD/index_new.html.

Paragon Drive Backup bundles available for SMBs

We are happy to announce the availability of two new product bundles for the small-to-medium business (SMB) market. Available through Paragon’s partners, the new products allow customers with limited budgets to take advantage of the cutting-edge, image-based backup and disaster recovery technology, which was previously reserved for larger companies.

Paragon Drive Backup offers backup and disaster recovery for physical and virtual environments, protecting data, minimizing downtime, and lowering data storage and management costs, while ensuring business continuity through instant system recovery. Live server migration technology (P2V, V2P, V2V and P2P) makes conversions easy, and leverages virtual environments for powerful and flexible disaster recovery strategies.

The Drive Backup 11 Server SMB 5-Pack includes five server licenses, a 1-year subscription for Hard Disk Manager Standard Technician License (for imaging of up to 10 servers and 100 workstations), and one year of upgrades and technical support for only $1,995 MSRP. A 10-Pack bundle is also available.

The Drive Backup Small Business Server Premium license bundles one Drive Backup Small Business Server, one Drive Backup ServerParagon Exchange Granular Recovery, and one year of upgrades and technical support for $799 MSRP.

“Paragon Drive Backup is a great alternative to Symantec Backup Exec/System Recovery or Acronis True Image,” explains Daniel Eickhoff, director of channel sales at Paragon. “In fact, 75 percent or our new customers are switching to Paragon from Symantec or Acronis backup solutions. Customers choose Paragon because of our innovative technology, cost-effective licensing and outstanding US-based technical support.”

To find a Paragon reseller in your area, please use our reseller locator or call Paragon customer service at (888) 347-5462.

For more information on becoming a Paragon Software reseller visit http://www.paragon-software.com/partners/channel/ or call Paragon customer service at (888) 347-5462.

Paragon Drive Backup 11 Now Available

Paragon Software Drive Backup DB 11We recently announced the availability of the newest version of our popular software, Drive Backup (DB). DB 11 is reliable, high-performance, imaging software designed for data protection and business continuity for workstations and servers.

With the new upgrade, Paragon enhanced the Drive Backup product family, which now includes the ability to exclude database applications on servers, thereby avoiding potential data inconsistencies when multiple backup procedures and products are implemented within the operating environment.

Additionally, Paragon DB 11 now supports the creation of incremental images, in addition to the traditional full-system images, of hard drives and partitions. Incremental images save IT administrative time and space on backup storage.

“For well over a decade now IT administrators have incorporated Paragon’s Drive Backup software into their disaster recovery and business continuity plans,” said Tom Fedro, president of Paragon Software Group.  “With this new version of Drive Backup, Paragon jumps to the head of the class in providing small- to mid-enterprise businesses a complete solution at a very competitive price point.”

Drive Backup 11 key features include the following:

  • Application-level exclude for servers
  • Incremental imaging
  • Updated P2V copy and P2V restore
  • Adaptive Restore 3.0
  • Oracle Virtual Box 4 support
  • Connect VD with non-destructive and snapshot mode
  • 2.2+ TB hard-disk drive support
  • USB 3.0 support
  • Encrypted backup
  • Paragon WinPE Boot Media Builder wizard
  • Latest Linux boot medium based on Suse 11.4 support
  • Asynchronous writing functionality for increased backup speed
  • Backup- status email notification
  • File-level exclude for data migration to smaller disk space

For virtual environments, Paragon’s exclusive technology, ConnectVD, directly connects to offline ESX-based virtual hard disks and performs all major backup-and-restore operations on the virtual storage platform. Since more than one virtual hard drive can be connected simultaneously to Paragon Drive Backup 11 Server, backups of multiple volumes can be accomplished as easily as backups of physical devices.

Available editions of Paragon Drive Backup 11 include DB 11 Workstation, DB 11 Server, and DB 11 Small Business Server.