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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
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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.

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).

Simplify Deployments without Taxing Resources with Image-based “Set It and Forget It” Backup Software

Offering low tax rates and readily accessible air transportation, universities, shopping and entertainment the City of Mt. Juliet, TN, boasts a business- and family-friendly environment. However, when it comes time to refresh employees systems every four years, the task of uploading the operating system and applications for each machine can become daunting. With only two IT staff professionals to maintain its systems, Mt. Juliet needed to find new software to simplify and speed up the process for new desktop deployments. Employing Symantec’s Ghost for new deployments, wasn’t meeting their needs since it required a manual and time-consuming process.

After completing an extensive evaluation process, the IT staff decided Paragon’s image-based backup software was the perfect replacement. We were happy to welcome a new customer to the Paragon family.

Deployment Manager Feature Highlights

Deployment Manager provides multicast or individual deployment and re-imaging over LAN or from bootable media. Regardless of the size of an IT department, Deployment Manager saves time and resources.

  • Automated or manual deployment of individual or hundreds of systems
  • Customizable Linux- and WinPE-based boot media
  • Cyclic multicast session; add new systems while the deployment session is running
  • Adaptive imaging tools; deploy one image to dissimilar systems
  • Scripting engine for added flexibility and automation

Disk Imaging Offers the Best Backup Software Solution on the Market

By Tom Fedro

Hard Disk Manager offers the best backup software method, disk imagingAs president of Paragon Software Group, I believe that the best backup software is disk imaging. At www.paragon-downloads.com , you can test drive our disk imaging software to see if it meets your needs.

In addition to publishing the best backup software solution, at Paragon we go above and beyond with our technical services support — located here in the U.S.A. We run a tight ship with only the highest quality staff. Whether you are a value-added reseller (VAR), a systems integrator or an OEM looking to bundle disk imaging into your hardware, you will be hard pressed to find a more responsive team.

For example, recently we worked with one of NASA’s prime contractors to develop a custom-coded disk imaging software solution for the International Space Station. After evaluating our competitors in the market, they found that Paragon came closest to meeting their requirements. To finalize the deal, we went the extra mile by developing a restore script that automated the system restore process utilizing a USB-bootable flash drive with the click of a button.

One of our most popular disk imaging software products is Paragon Drive Backup Server. This easy-to-use software protects your 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 allows you to get the most from your virtual environments.  It is a powerful and flexible solution to add to your disaster recovery strategy.

We offer multiple ways to backup a server with a complete line of disaster recovery, disk imaging products that help you secure and manage your data and optimize storage management for PCs, servers and networks. Streamlining disk image backup, virtualization, migration and deployment processes through central management and automation frees up IT personnel and boosts productivity and ROI on your IT investments.

Drive Copy 10 Giveaway

MakeUseOf.com is giving away 100 licenses of Drive Copy 10 Personal. Drive Copy is a great utility for upgrading hard drives, creating a single image of your computer for recovery if the PC crashes, and many others. If you would like to grab a free copy, head over to MakeUseOf.com and read the post.

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Added Bonus:

They are giving away our personal version that will not work on servers.

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Drive Copy 10 Server, Go HERE.

A Major Problem With Solid State Drives (SSD)

The Misaligned partitions problem is even more important for SSD drives than for traditional hard disk drives. Many modern SSD drives have an internal memory page size 4096 bytes or larger accordingly to 4K size, which are some analogue for 4K sectors. Thus all previously mentioned problems are the same for SSD partitions alignment.

This issue of SSD misalignment was highlighted in a recent OCZ forum where it was stated:

Take note here, partition alignment with SSD is the most important factor you have to deal with when installing your new drive. Tuning the drive’s alignment can add 30 to 50% more performance so failing to apply the correct alignment could ruin the experience you have with the drive.

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There is one crucial SSD issue besides file system speed decline (which is not so noticeable in comparison to traditional HDD). It is the SSD memory cells degradation after some amount of write operations. So if partitions on SSD are misaligned beside downgraded system speed you put your solid state drive in danger. After partitions alignment, PAT eliminates all redundant read/write operations and thus provides speed boost and grants the SSD a longer lifetime.

Is SSD alignment an issue for you? Find out here. Read the rest of Why Misaligned Partitions are a Problem for SSD.