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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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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

Backup & Disaster Recovery Checklist Webinar

Thursday | November 1st | 11:00am PT/2:00pm ET

Join Paragon Software Group in this webcast to discuss the 5 essential considerations when implementing or upgrading a Disaster Recovery Strategy and be eligible to win a Kindle Fire HD.
In this webinar we will discuss:
•   Latest technologies/industry trends

•   Virtualization changes the game
•   Objectives: RTO vs RPO

•   Leveraging existing IT infrastructure to optimize ROI

•   Planning and testing for high confidence levels
We’ll have a live demo of our Drive Backup Server solution and extensive Q & A with one of our engineers.

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

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 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