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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!”

For more information on Paragon Software Group, visit www.paragon-software.com or Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. For more information about Free Wheelchair Mission, please visit www.freewheelchairmission.org

Paragon Software Employees Volunteer Time and Labor to OC-Based Charities throughout the Year

Support Needed for Orange County Foodbank, Miracles for Kids, Free Wheelchair Mission, and Family Assistance Ministries

Paragon Software Group (PSG), a leader in data storage, backup and recovery, may not have a charity of their own, but the company’s employees are very active in supporting charities within Orange County serving those in need both domestically and abroad. Every quarter, employees pool together their time and energy to help others.

“We are so fortunate to live and work in Orange County and to be in an industry that keeps growing exponentially over time,” said Tom Fedro, president of Paragon Software Group. “Giving back to the community is an important part of our culture; we are very happy to participate in a variety of worthy causes that provide a positive impact locally and around world.”

Paragon Software at OC Food Bank

Orange County Charities Supported by Paragon

Family Assistance Ministries provides food, shelter, and client-aid to thousands of people in South Orange County. The charity provides help with shelter, utilities, transportation, medical, dental, prescriptions, financial counseling, and courses. The charity also collaborates with other social services organizations to provide referrals and medical screenings, immunizations, eye glasses, and more.

Free Wheelchair Mission is a humanitarian, faith-based, non-profit organization that distributes free wheelchairs to the disabled poor in developing countries. To date, they have provided over 682,000 wheelchairs in 87 countries. There is an estimated 100 million people who cannot walk due to the effects of war and landmines, untreated birth defects and injuries, polio, and malaria. Many literally drag themselves across the ground or rely on loved ones to carry them to meet their most basic needs. Providing the gift of mobility gives them independence to go outside, attend school, and become employed. Each February, the Paragon Software Group running team  participates in a ½ marathon to help raise funds. In 2013, runners raised over $100,000 — providing over 1,300 people with a new wheelchairs!

Miracles for Kids’ mission is to improve the lives of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. The organization has different programs to carry out their mission including grants for patients and their families, Fund-a-Family, Basket of Miracles and funding for research programs.

The Orange County Food Bank distributes nearly 20 million pounds of food annually and provides food and personal-care items to more than 400 other helping organizations including churches, shelters, and senior centers. At the food bank’s warehouse, volunteers receive and package 26,000 boxes of food each month, which its clients can pick up at 50 sites across the county.

For more information on Paragon Software’s outreach programs, or to suggest another worthy cause please contact info@paragon-downloads.com.

Confused IT Pros in a Quandary Seeking Partition Management Software

An increase in industry education is needed while we transition from the 512 to the new 4K storage standard. As more Advanced Format drives enter the market, it will take some time for the operating system, drivers, and applications to catch up with the new technology. So it is not surprising that here at Paragon we’ve seen an increase in calls this past year by IT pros seeking partition management software, specifically, partition alignment tools to aid in aligning their the new 4K drives — especially for virtual machines running VMware. Technical teams have been caught unaware of potential problems due to a lack of 512-to-4K transition awareness in the industry as a whole.

Although some vendors include a partition alignment tool with the new hard drives, there are still instances out in the marketplace that require a third-party partition management software solution.

At first, a new drive can show huge improvements in processing power; however over time, if there the drive’s partitions are not aligned, the system will experience degradation in performance due to the excessive read/write processes associated with the drive alignment problem. When a system’s reduction in performance, especially in servers, starts affecting productivity, the IT team is left scrambling for an explanation. Every IT department can potentially encounter this problem as they upgrade their systems.

Tom Coughlin, founder of Coughlin Associates (www.tomcoughlin.com) and organizer of the storage industry’s annual trade show, Storage Visions, is helping to create awareness with his most recent white paper, Aligning with the Future of Storage. He and Paragon held a recent Webinar as well to help bring more attention to the potential problems. Informationweek is in the forefront of covering the situation as well, spotlighted in Robert Mullins’ July article, “Upgraded Storage Standard Causes Headaches.”

Until the software and operating systems catch up with the new format, we can expect to have partition alignment problems pop up occasionally in the server room.

Paragon recently released an affordable partition alignment tool, the Paragon Alignment Tool (PAT) 3.0. The Paragon Alignment Tool is designed to resolve partition alignment problems associated with virtualization (such as systems running VMware, Hyper-V, or Citrix), 4K Advance Format HDDs, SSDs, RAID, SAN. The user-friendly partition management software will automatically determine if a drive is misaligned, and then properly realign all existing partitions, including boot partitions (and any data they contain) to new 4K sector boundaries. When the data protection settings are optimized for speed, PAT will process over 1GB of data per minute.