Category Archives: Disk Imaging

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
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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 www.Paragon-Downloads.com.

McCarty-Hull Depends upon Hard Disk Manager for Reliable, Affordable Imaging and DR

McCarty-Hull FacilityFood and beverages distributor, McCarty-Hull chose Hard Disk Manager (HDM) Premium over other competitive products in the market place for the software’s ease of remote system deployment, dependable backup and recovery, job-scheduling features and cost effectiveness.

Located in Amarillo, TX, part of Tornado Alley, their facility covers over 400,000 square feet including 250,000 cubic feet of frozen and refrigerated storage.  McCarty-Hull’s sophisticated order processing and picking systems gives them the capacity to pick and load up to 600 orders per day with well over 99% accuracy. Over 90% of the orders are delivered by their own trucks within 24 hours and the rest within 48 hours.  We have the capacity to supply any product or supply item you need, when you need it. With this superior guarantee to its customers, McCarty-Hull cannot afford to have any downtime due to crashed servers or other systems.

“When we originally purchased Paragon’s software, we needed connectivity to our remote users’ machines for easy maintenance,” said Dale Titus, network administrator at McCarty-Hull. “A colleague recommended that I look into Paragon Software. Paragon’s product supports all of the operating system versions required and includes not only backup scheduling, but also supports unattended, scheduled operations of system maintenance tasks without me having to log into every PC. It was a huge timesaver for us.”

“We’re happy to have McCarty-Hull as a long-time customer; this is their third year of renewing,” said Daniel Eickhoff, director of channel sales. “We develop our products with the user and their day-to-day challenges in mind, and we continue to improve the software as technology changes, to make sure our customers can get the job done fast and reliably.”

HDM is powerful image-based backup and disaster recovery software that protects data, minimizes downtime, and lowers 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 enables IT managers to make use of virtual environments for flexible disaster recovery strategies.

Features include

  • Incremental and differential backups
  • Fast backup and restore speeds
  • Seamless bare-metal restore and hardware-independent restore (HIR)
  • Instant system recovery to a virtual machine (VM)
  • Scheduling wizard for set-and-forget operation
  • Scripting to facilitate unique backup scenarios
  • Connect VD to access offline virtual disks
  • 2.2TB+ drive support, Windows® 8 and Windows® Server 2012 support

Engineering Firm Selects Hard Disk Manager Premium over Symantec, Dell and Acronis for Comprehensive Features, Superior Technical Support and Highest Value

industrial-molds-logoEngineering firm Industrial Molds selected Paragon Software Group’s Hard Disk Manager (HDM) Premium over the products of its competitors Symantec, Dell and Acronis for its comprehensive feature set and superior technical support, resulting in the best value in the marketplace. HDM provides fast, easy image-based “Backup and Restore” functionality incorporated with live server snapshots and seamless P2V migration technology.

“For three years I worked on securing the budget for a backup strategy,” explains Ben Spain, IT manager for Industrial Molds. “It took almost losing a server with critical CAD data to facilitate approval.” After three years of thoroughly researching competitive backup products, the decision to go with Paragon’s Hard Disk Manager came quickly.  Spain’s deciding factors included cost, features, and quality of technical support. “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.”

HDM is powerful image-based backup and disaster recovery software that protects data, minimizes downtime, and lowers 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 enables IT managers to make use of virtual environments for flexible disaster recovery strategies.

Features include

  • Incremental and differential backups
  • Fast backup and restore speeds
  • Seamless bare-metal restore and instant recovery of virtual machines
  • Scheduling wizard for set-and-forget operation
  • Scripting to facilitate unique backup scenarios
  • ConnectVD accesses offline virtual disks
  • 2.2TB+ drive support

“Although we have had no emergency yet, we have tested restores to a virtual machine (VM),” Ben adds. “It was easy, fast and very straightforward.”

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.

Paragon Software Makes More Inroads into New Zealand and Australia

Paragon Software expands into Australia and New ZealandPartnering up with value added distributor VADIS, Disaster recovery and data protection software developer Paragon Software Group (PSG), is well on its way to establishing a foothold in the Australia and New Zealand region. VADIS Systems plans to attract top VARs and MSPs to help Paragon service its fast-growing customer base for its backup / disaster recovery and storage management products.

Focused on the channel, Paragon’s reseller program offers great benefits such as lead distribution, competitive upgrades, aggressive margins and joint marketing. All sales and technical training and certifications are free of charge for partners. With aggressive revenue goals for upcoming years, Paragon is focusing on VAR recruitment and training during 2012 to expand its presence in the ANZ IT channel.

Paragon’s market share is growing rapidly, with about 70 percent of new customers switching to Paragon backup and disaster recovery products from Symantec, Acronis and StorageCraft. Industry reviewers frequently rate it above the competition.

“We only work with the best of the best vendors, so we are very careful about with whom we partner,” said Sepp Stepanian, managing director and co-founder of VADIS Systems. “Paragon offers innovative technology, top technical support, and a channel-friendly business model; we look forward to growing business for both companies.”

“We are proud to have been selected as VADIS Systems’ Backup and DR vendor of choice, and we are extremely excited to be working with VADIS. Their reputation in the storage space is outstanding, and with their focused expertise and vast experience, as well as their ‘no-nonsense’ way of doing business, VADIS will be instrumental in helping Paragon grow its business in Australia and New Zealand,” said Daniel Eickhoff, director of channel sales at Paragon Software Group, Inc. “Paragon is a great choice for companies looking for highly innovative, proven and cost-effective software products. We look forward to growing our relationship with VADIS for years to come.”

VADIS Systems carries all of Paragon’s product line, including the highest selling Backup 10 Server/Virtual ServerHard Disk Manager 11 Server/Virtual Server, and the Paragon Alignment Tool 3.0. Read the full release.

New Case Studies Added to Paragon Software’s Library

Vacation time is always a great time to get desktops refreshed in the education environment. If you are planning deployments and refreshes this spring, be sure to check out Technical High School Saves Time with Paragon Software’s Deployment Manager (Deployment Manager – Technical High School) in our Case Study Library.

We’ve also added a new case study spotlighting Paragon’s Hard Disk Manager. Colorado’s Fire Police Pension Association depends on Paragon Deployment Manager image-based backup for reliability and ease of use to safeguard its critical financial records: The Fire Police Pension Association of Colorado Chooses Paragon Software Hard Disk Manager for Reliable, Quick Image-based Disaster Recovery Software (Hard Disk Manager – Financial – FPPA of CO).