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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

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.

Life Insurance Company Protects Data with Paragon Drive Backup Server

Paragon Drive Backup beats out SymantecWith $600 million dollars of insurance policies in force, North Coast Life needed to ensure their data was well protected in case of hardware failure or a disaster. Their backup software was coming up for renewal; not entirely happy with the service or the cost, the information systems director, Jeff Shaver, decided to conduct research on alternative software solution available on the market.

After evaluating three competing products, Shaver decided on Paragon’s Drive Backup Server software. Paragon was selected for its ease-of-use, reliability, dependability, customer service and price point. One month of the purchase and implementation, North Coast experienced the loss of one of its main web servers running RAID 5, which lost a drive and refused to allow a new drive to be introduced into the RAID. Within 25 minutes the web server running Windows 2003 Server was back up and running.

According to Shaver, “Now I can sleep at night since I have already used Drive Backup under the worst possible scenario, and Paragon came through with flying colors.”

To read the details, please read the entire case study, “North Coast Life Protects Insurance Data with Paragon Drive Backup.”

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.

Paragon’s Daniel Eickhoff Recognized as 2012 Channel Chief by CRN

Daniel Eickhoff: Director of Channel Sales for Paragon Software, CRN Channel ChiefUBM Channel’s CRN named Daniel Eickhoff, director of channel sales at Paragon, as a 2012 Channel Chief. CRN’s list of the most influential and powerful leaders in the IT channel recognizes those executives directly responsible for driving channel sales and growth within their organization, while promoting and defending the importance of the channel throughout the entire technology industry.

Channel Chiefs were chosen by UBM Channel editorial staff on criteria including policy and program innovations made during the past year, the amount of revenue their company generates through partners, their willingness to speak out publicly on behalf of the channel, and the number of years they have dedicated to channel activities.

Daniel Eickhoff, CRN Channel Chief for 2012, director of channel sales at Paragon“The 2012 Channel Chiefs list recognizes vendor executives dedicated to driving channel programs in the IT marketplace,” said Kelley Damore, VP, Editorial Director, UBM Channel.  “Being named a Channel Chief is one of the most prestigious honors in the technology industry. This year’s Channel Chiefs list offers tremendous insight into the who’s who of the channel. Top channel executives consistently ensure that the channel’s voice is heard when strategic decisions are being made and continually nurture mutually profitable relationships. We applaud the 2012 Channel Chiefs for their successful partner programs and strategies.”

Eickhoff focuses on evangelizing the company’s products by recruiting and training VAR partners, implementing best practices for channel success, and enabling partners to be successful with Paragon to grow their business. With over 10 years of channel experience and the ability to translate his partners’ needs and the customers’ requirements into a successful channel program, Eickhoff continues to build a strong reseller community.

“Receiving this award is a great honor, but much of the credit goes to everyone here at Paragon Software as well as our outstanding partners,” said Eickhoff. “Paragon has always embraced the indirect sales model, and over the past three years we restructured our sales, marketing and support organizations entirely around the channel. By the end of last year, we achieved our goal of over 95 percent of our business going through the channel.”

Paragon had another record year in 2011 thanks to signing 104 new VARs, the introduction of many new products, significant investments in strategic demand and lead generation to fuel the channel, and hiring several first-class channel managers to service our growing partner-base. “As a result, our existing partners were able to increase their Paragon revenue by an average of 25 percent, with many of our top partners growing by more than 50 percent,” said Eickhoff.

Selected by CRN’s editorial staff, the 2012 Channel Chiefs list is featured in the February issue of CRN Magazine and will be featured online at www.crn.com.

In 2011, Paragon Software Hard Disc Manager Suite earned PC Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award for the second year in a row, beating out both Symantec and Acronis.

Portable, Reliable Backup & Restore by Idealstor and Paragon Software

Idealstor and Paragon Software Group announced on Tuesday that Idealstor is embedding Paragon’s Drive Backup software as an integrated component of all of their backup systems.  The new product provides an unparalleled level of protection and backup portability for Windows servers, virtual machines, databases and desktops.

Idealstor manufactures removable disk backup systems that are designed to replace or augment tape backup by using SATA disks as portable backup media.  Systems range in capacity from 1 removable drive bay up to 8 with the ability to use up to a 4TB disk per bay (max system capacity currently 32TB).  Unlike most disk to disk backup systems on the market today that are simply designed for storing data like NAS, SAN or RAID, Idealstor uses a combination of hardware and software making the disks ejectable so they can be sent offsite for storage and disaster recovery.

With the addition of Drive Backup Server from Paragon Software Group, Idealstor is now able to offer a revolutionary hardware solution that lets you fully recover your servers or virtual machines anytime, anywhere.  Drive Backup Server from Paragon Software utilizes sector-based backups, giving server administrators the ability to image an entire server including files, data and applications. When the backup is complete, Paragon lets you dial in the level of recovery you need including file-based recovery, bare metal system restore and even individual email recovery for Microsoft Exchange.

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