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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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D-Link Embeds exFAT, NTFS, and HFS+ Driver Technology into Upcoming Products

exFAT, HFS+, NTFS drivers for OEMsParagon Software Group recently inked a deal with D-Link to license Paragon’s Universal File System Driver (UFSD) technology on select products. Bringing D-Link into the Paragon Software family fold is exciting to say the least as we are adding to our growing list of networking and mobility clients.

OEMs embed Paragon Software’s exFAT/NTFS/HFS+ driver technology into their network appliances and smart devices to ensure seamless connectivity regardless of the operating systems involved. Paragon’s cross-platform file access technology enables storage devices, network appliances, smartphones, tablets, set top boxes, multimedia players, routers, NAS and other hardware to communicate with storage media regardless of the chip set platform or operating system. As a result, consumers can stream multimedia content to network and entertainment devices or external storage for later playback on a device of their choosing.

As one of the pioneers in the embedded Linux and Android space, Paragon has been at the forefront of innovation for platform independence and file access drivers. Working closely with D-Link product management, we are delivering the next generation of products that will set the bar for performance, reliability, and device interoperability.

“Paragon’s Universal File System Driver software is the market leader in interoperability, with compelling performance and unique data protection that will deliver increased performance to our customers,” said Bradley Joe, vice president business operations and alliances, D-Link Systems, Inc.

Furthermore, Paragon’s drivers support the latest SDXC cards, which are used for expanding storage on a variety of devices in the marketplace including cameras, smartphones, smart TVs, tablets, and routers.

Paragon Ranked As One of the Best Places to Work in Orange County!

We are excited to share our latest news: Paragon was named one of the best places to work in Orange County by the Orange County Business Journal. The October 29, 2012 issue will publish the rankings in its annual report on the Best Places to Work.

“Paragon is honored and humbled to be included as one of the county’s Best Places to Work,” said Tom Fedro, president of Paragon Software Group. “We have been successful in direct proportion to our ability to attract the best and the brightest people to join our team. With very low turnover and a profitable revenue growth rate of 1198 percent since 2008, we are doing all we can to provide a great working environment for our crew. We believe if we maintain a happy and healthy staff, success in all its measures will continue to follow Paragon.”

Designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in Orange County the program benefits the county’s economy, workforce and businesses. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process, analyzed the data and determined the final rankings. Companies from across the county entered the two-part survey process. The first part, worth 25 percent, consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The second part, worth 75 percent, consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. Based on the results of the extensive evaluation, Paragon Software Group was named one of this year’s Best Places to Work in Orange County.

Thank you to all our employees who participated in the process!

Paragon In the News

Following up on our coverage in CRN during the months of February and April, we announced the release (and soon-to-be-shipping) of Hard Disk Manager 12 Server. Pre-ship coverage:

SoCalTechApril 27, 2012: Paragon Updates Disaster Recovery Software

April 26, 2012: Paragon Software Releases Hard Disk Manager Updates

Paragon partners with NetGearApril 25, 2012: Paragon Software debuts Hard Disk Manager 12 Server for backup, disaster recovery and disk optimization

SMB Nation logo paragon softwareApril 25, 2012: Paragon Software Group Announces Release of New Hard Disk Manager 12 Suites

Paragon Software Is Awarded Five Stars in CRN 2012 Partner Program Guide

Paragon Software: CRN 5 Start Channel Program5-Star Award Follows on the Heels of Daniel Eickhoff’s Acknowledgement in CRN’s 2012 Channel Chief

Paragon Software is excited to share the news that the Paragon Channel Partner Program was awarded the highest rating in Computer Reseller News’ (CRN’s) 2012 Partner Program Guide. Spotlighted on CRN’s Web site, “The 5-Star Partner Program rating recognizes the elite subset of Partner Program Guide vendors that give solution providers the best partnering elements in their channel programs. The 5-Star Partner Program Guide is assembled by UBM Channel Research using a methodology it developed for assessing information provided in vendors’ PPG applications.” Specifically, CRN editors evaluated submissions based on objective data such as “vendor investments in program offerings, partner profitability, partner training, education and support, marketing programs and resources, sales support and communication.”

The guide provides useful information that IT service companies need to evaluate current and prospective IT vendors. Participating vendors were required to submit detailed information about all aspects of their partner programs. According to Rick Whiting’s 2012 Partner Programs Guide: Star Turn report, “UBM Channel Research crunched the numbers and designated some programs as 5-Star Partner Programs.

The 5-Star Partner Program rating recognizes the elite subset of Partner Program Guide vendors that give solution providers the best partnering elements in their channel programs. The 5-Star rating is bestowed on programs whose overall rating is among the elite segmented by company size: enterprise (annual revenue of more than $1 billion), midsize (revenue between $100 million and $1 billion), small (revenue less than $100 million) and emerging companies (founded in 2006 or later).”

“Paragon has always embraced the indirect sales model,” explains Daniel Eickhoff, Director of Channel Sales for Paragon Software. “From the founding of the company, our sales, marketing and support organizations have been focused exclusively on satisfying the needs of the channel.”

In 2011 strong revenue and profit growth allowed Paragon to make significant investments in strategic demand and lead generation initiatives to fuel the channel, while at the same time expanding its team of first-class channel managers to service Paragon’s 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.

To learn more about CRN’s evaluation of Paragon’s Channel Partner Program visit Paragon’s listing in CRN. To see CRN’s evaluation of Daniel Eickhoff’s contribution to Paragon’s channel program, visit CRN’s 2012 Channel Chief Listing.

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.