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  • 1. Paragon Software Group 2012 Public Relations Press
  • 2. Paragon and Insight Integrated Systems Partner This is a Press Release edited by StorageNewsletter.com on Wed, January 11th, 2012 2012 Press Coverage For companies suffering from HDD partition misalignment Paragon Software Group partnered with Insight Integrated Systems (IIS), a division of Insight Investments LLC, in technology solutions and financing options, to provide theParagon Alignment Tool (PAT) to companies suffering from disk drive partition misalignment. Insight Integrated Systems will also offer Paragon's Hard Disk Manager (HDM) 11 Server for disaster recovery and as a tool for system migration and virtualization projects. 2 With the transition from the 512-byte to the 4k-byte sector storage standard, many drives are experiencing performance degradation between 20 and 40 percent due to partition misalignment. Misalignment can appear under a number of different scenarios. For companies utilizing virtual environments, performance problems are amplified. "As a leading IT services companies in the U.S., we are in the trenches working side-by-side with our clients and as a result, we are at the forefront for offering only the best software solutions for our customers," said Rob Flannery, SVP of National Sales "We decided to partner with Paragon because we found their service and products to be top-notch and at an attractive price for our clients." "We see many companies struggle with alignment issues," said Daniel Eickhoff, director of channel sales at Paragon Software Group. "The performance issues are critical, but IT managers are often unfamiliar with the problem of misalignment and unsure about the best course of action to resolve the issue with minimal impact on their organization - our software simplifies the alignment process to get their servers humming at full speed again as quickly as possible." "We are proud to be partnering with Insight Integrated Systems to provide their customers with affordable and proven solutions," said Eickhoff.
  • 3. Paragon and Insight Integrated Systems Partner (Cont.) This is a Press Release edited by StorageNewsletter.com on Wed, January 11th, 2012 2012 Press Coverage Who May Be Affected by Partition Misalignment? Computer systems within companies are being affected by partition misalignment; whether running one virtual server or 1,000 - if virtual disks are misaligned, applications, databases, etc. are running at sub-optimal performance. Almost every storage device, storage system architecture and application is vulnerable to partition misalignment, including Advanced format (AF) hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs) Database applications, storage virtualization environments, RAID and other distributed data architectures Problems with misalignment increase as the number of storage devices in the network increases. Misalignment of the logical partition sectors and actual physical sectors leads to redundant read/write operations, which results in a critical decrease in I/O performance and drive longevity. With the Paragon Alignment Tool (PAT) Enterprise Edition, you can align your drive to eliminate these problems. Other available editions are: PAT ESX, PAT Scriptable Staging Edition and PAT NetApp Edition. HDM 11 Server provides a backup and disaster recovery software solution for physical and virtual environments. The product offers the ability to perform instant system recovery and bare-metal restores to dissimilar hardware. HDM includes 4K-aware migration and virtualization utilities, as well as advanced partitioning and data wiping tools. 3
  • 4. New Storage Devices Come To Light At CES 2012, Storage Visions By Joseph F. Kovar, CRN 4:00 PM EST Thu. Jan. 12, 2012 2012 Press Coverage Paragon Software: New Version Of Its Backup, DR Bundle Paragon Software Group, Irvine, Calif., used CES to discuss the upcoming version 12 of its Hard Disk Manager Server. HDM Server provides a complete backup and disaster recovery software bundle for physical and virtual environments, and features instant system recovery and bare-metal restores to dissimilar hardware. It also includes 4-KB data block-aware migration and virtualization utilities, as well as advanced partitioning and data wiping tools. Version 12 of HDM Server is slated to be released next month. Paragon also unveiled a new reseller relationship with Insight Integrated Systems, a Costa Mesa, Calif.-based solution provider. 4
  • 5. Idealstor joins with Paragon Software Group improving data protection and backup portability WEDNESDAY, 08 FEBRUARY 2012 06:52 2012 Press Coverage Idealstor, a manufacturer of removable disk-to-disk backup solutions, announced Tuesday that they are now offering Drive Backup Server software from backup and recovery publisher Paragon Software Group as an integrated component of their backup systems. Combining the best attributes of Idealstor and Paragon, this new offering promises to deliver an enhanced 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 that are 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 users dial in the level of recovery needed including file-based recovery, bare metal system restore and even individual email recovery for Microsoft Exchange. “We are happy to welcome Idealstor as our newest partner,” said Tom Fedro, president of Paragon Software Group. “Idealstor hardware paired with our Drive Backup Server software provides a complete turnkey solution for customers.” Traditionally, these Paragon system images were sent to local disk storage, which could then be backed up to tape or the cloud to store this critical data offsite. By combining Paragon’s software with Idealstor removable disk media, images can now be backed up straight to portable disk media, which in turn can then be stored in any location, offering flexible backup and disaster recovery. “We are very excited to announce our partnership with Paragon Software Group and to be able to offer their award winning disaster recovery software with our backup systems,” said Nandan Arora, chief technology officer at Idealstor. “We’ve been in the backup game since 2003 and have never come across a more complete software solution. By bundling Paragon’s Drive Backup Server with our removable disk hardware we feel we have an unmatched solution in the market that will allow our customers and channel partners even more options when it comes to protecting their critical data.” 5
  • 6. 2012 Channel Chiefs Daniel Eickhoff, Director, Channel Sales, Paragon Software Group 4:00 PM EST Thu. Jan. 12, 2012 2012 Press Coverage 2012 Channel Chiefs: Daniel Eickhoff, Director, Channel Sales, Paragon Software Group 6
  • 7. 2012 Channel Partner Program Guide: Paragon Software Receives 5 Stars Posted on 04/02/2012 2012 Press Coverage http://www.crn.com/partner-program-guide/ppg2012-details.htm?c=104 7
  • 8. Paragon Software Wins NETGEAR Friday, April 6, 2012 2012 Press Coverage http://www.socaltech.com/paragon_software_wins_netgear/s-0041971.html 8 Irvine-based Paragon Software said this week that it has been selected by NETGEAR, to provide its NTFS for Linux technology for NETGEAR's Linux-based wireless routers. Paragon said its software is being used in NETGEAR's new N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router. Paragon's software is being used to enable access to NTFS USB hard drives. Financial impact of the win was not disclosed. Privately held Paragon is headed by Tom Fedro.
  • 9. Netgear uses Paragon Software’s NTFS for Linux for Netgear’s N900 wireless dual band gigabit routers Thursday, 05 April 2012 09:29 2012 Press Coverage http://wwpi.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14481:netgear-uses-paragon- softwares-ntfs-for-linux-for-netgears-n900-wireless-dual-band-gigabit-routers&catid=326:breaking- news&Itemid=2701743 9 Storage software developer, Paragon Software Group announced this week that Netgear Inc., a global networking company that delivers products to consumers, businesses and service providers, selected Paragon’s NTFS for Linux technology for embedding into Netgear’s Linux-based network product lines including their new N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router, which feature Netgear’s ReadySHARE USB Storage Access for transparent communication with Windows-formatted storage devices. The Netgear N900 router provides up to 900 megabits per second of combined WiFi speed and greater WiFi range for maximum performance with even the most demanding tasks, such as wireless 3D and HD video streaming, multiplayer gaming and backup of large files. Paragon’s NTFS for Linux enables high-speed access to Windows (NTFS-formatted) USB hard drives, and delivers high read/write performance, which is critical where multiple users on a network will be accessing files and streaming multimedia content simultaneously. Consumers using the Netgear N900 will enjoy high bandwidth storage sharing with worry-free compatibility regardless of operating systems. Paragon provides high-quality, comprehensive software applications for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to enhance the functionality and compatibility of their products. Tapping into Paragon’s core expertise, OEM partners can get to market without the time-consuming task of developing technology outside of their primary business focus. Paragon’s OEM Program is designed for partners interested in integrating or bundling Paragon hard-drive and network management applications with their products as a value-added solution. Continued…
  • 10. Netgear uses Paragon Software’s NTFS for Linux for Netgear’s N900 wireless dual band gigabit routers Thursday, 05 April 2012 09:29 2012 Press Coverage http://wwpi.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14481:netgear-uses-paragon- softwares-ntfs-for-linux-for-netgears-n900-wireless-dual-band-gigabit-routers&catid=326:breaking- news&Itemid=2701743 10 Continued… “With the increasing number of internet enabled devices in the home, it is critical to provide easily accessible central storage,” said Sandeep Harpalani, senior product line manager – Wireless Networking. “ReadySHARE USB Storage Access provides an excellent way to provide this by converting your local USB Hard drive to a central storage. The Paragon NTFS for Linux software provides the required improvement in performance for accessing this central USB hard drive from any PC in the network,” he added. “The N900 router is truly state of the art in today’s market,” said Tom Fedro, president at Paragon Software Group. “We are very excited to have NETGEAR as an OEM partner using our cross-platform Universal File System Driver (USFD) technology to simplify and increase the utility of their router products for their customers.” Paragon provides partners with access to its comprehensive line of hard drive and network management applications, support and application upgrades provided as part of the partnership, as well as offers key value-added features and competitive differentiation to a partners’ products.
  • 11. Paragon Software Group Announces Release of New Hard Disk Manager 12 Suites Posted by Heather C on Wednesday, 25 April 2012 in Technology News 2012 Press Coverage http://www.smbnation.com/index.php?option=com_easyblog&view=entry&id=446&Itemid=124 11 Today, Paragon Software Group, a company devoted to data protection and disaster recovery, announced the release of the updated Hard Disk Manager 12 Server for Professional and Virtual Editions. Both of these offerings are all-in-one suites of disk management optimization tools, and are designed to be efficient and cost-effective for all sizes of business. Tom Fedro, President of Paragon Software Group, is excited about the updated suites of disk management tools: “Our Hard Disk Manager product is a well-known, proven work horse; truly an all- in-one solution for the professional IT administrator, this reputation continues with our latest version, HDM 12,” he said in a press release today. “HDM 12 includes many new tools; an example would be the ability to connect directly to virtual disks, allowing an administrator to manage any virtual disk on the network with the same ease as a direct-attached physical disk.” The updated Hard Disk Manager 12 allows users to restore critical system components within 2-3 minutes via a virtual machine. A few key features of these solutions include: • Partition management tools, including the fastest-to-date partitioning engine • File-based and image-based drive backup • Migration tools • Disaster recovery • Disk wiping software • Instant recovery capabilities • Easy-to-use scheduling wizards • Scripting engine, for customer’s unique backup needs • Central or remote management • HFS to NTFS conversion without data loss, and vice versa • Flexible file system report • Support for Virtual Box 4, Windows 8 and Server 2008 R2 The Paragon Software Group is currently offering this solution as a Technician’s License as well. For more information about the Hard Disk Manager 12 Server, please see the site here. More Information about Paragon Software Group See the Press Release here
  • 12. Paragon Software Releases Hard Disk Manager Updates Posted April 26th, 2012 by CJ Arlotta 2012 Press Coverage http://www.mspmentor.net/2012/04/26/paragon-software-releases-hard-disk-manager-updates/ 12 Paragon Software Group (PSG), a disaster recovery and data protection software developer, announced its recent release of Hard Disk Manager (HDM) 12 Server, Virtual and Professionals Editions. What exactly does the recent suite include? Image-based drive backup, disaster recovery, partition management, migration, storage media optimization and disk wiping software are all features included in PSG’s latest software bundle. With PSG’s latest update, IT administrators can restore a critical system within two to three minutes by using a virtual machine. The ability to connect directly to virtual disks will enable administrators to manage any virtual disk on the network. New features include: • Instant recovery capability through virtualization • Seamless restore to dissimilar hardware with 3rd generation of Adaptive Restore(TM) technology • Incremental and differential backups • Updated wizards for easy scheduling and set-and-forget operation • Scripting engine to accommodate unique backup strategies • Central, remote management available • New partitioning engine — fastest to date • Resize, move, split/merge, delete/undelete partitions • Partition alignment during restore • HFSNTFS conversion without data loss • UEFI support • GPT support and conversion to MBR • Flexible file system support • Highly secure disk wiping technology • VirtualBox 4 support • Windows 8, Server 2008 R2 support • Customizable WinPE and DOS/Linux recovery media More information about the company’s partner program is available here. Paragon Software is currently seeking channel, technology and affiliate partners for its program. PSG focuses mostly on two dynamic growth markets: data storage and mobile productivity. Not only does Paragon Software have offices in the USA, but it also in Germany, Japan, Poland and Russia. The company’s main product line for the data storage market seeks to address the needs of data security, storage and management for PCs, servers and networks. To fulfill its second market, PSG focuses on mobile productivity applications for handheld devices.
  • 13. Paragon Updates Disaster Recovery Software Friday, April 27, 2012 2012 Press Coverage http://www.socaltech.com/paragon_updates_disaster_recovery_software/s-0042392.html 13 Irvine-based Paragon Software, the developer of data storage and mobile software, reported earlier this week that it has updated its Hard Disk Manager (HDM) software. The firm, which is led by Tom Fedro, said the updated software now includes support for virtual disks, incremental backup of sector-based image backups, and more. The new upgrades are aimed at helping IT administrators back up users using virtual machines.
  • 14. Paragon Software debuts Hard Disk Manager 12 Server for backup, disaster recovery and disk optimization Wednesday, 25 April 2012 09:03 2012 Press Coverage http://wwpi.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14557:paragon-software-debuts-hard-disk-manager-12-server- for-backup-disaster-recovery-and-disk-optimization&catid=326:breaking-news&Itemid=2701743 14 The latest version of HDM supports incremental backups with sector-based images, in addition to differential backups, to provide maximum protection for physical and virtual servers, as well as workstations. In case of a disaster, an IT administrator can restore a critical system within two to three minutes by using a virtual machine. “Our Hard Disk Manager product is a well-known, proven work horse; truly an all-in-one solution for the Disaster recovery and data protection software developer, Paragon Software Group (PSG), released Wednesday Hard Disk Manager (HDM) 12 Server, Virtual and Professional Editions, each a bundled suite of disk management optimization tools. The suite includes file- and image-based drive backup, disaster recovery, partition management, migration, storage media optimization, and disk wiping software. With one suite, administrators have everything needed to maintain, safeguard and dispose of their computer systems, all in one competitively priced software bundle. professional IT administrator, this reputation continues with our latest version, HDM 12,” said Tom Fedro, president of Paragon Software Group. “HDM 12 includes many new tools; an example would be the ability to connect directly to virtual disks, allowing an administrator to manage any virtual disk on the network with the same ease as a direct-attached physical disk.” Included in HDM 12 is Paragon’s WinPE recovery environment that guarantees the best hardware compatibility when booting in case of an emergency or for offline usage and advanced migration features that help to move existing systems to new physical and virtual environments. Continued…
  • 15. Paragon Software debuts Hard Disk Manager 12 Server for backup, disaster recovery and disk optimization Wednesday, 25 April 2012 09:03 2012 Press Coverage http://wwpi.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14557:paragon-software-debuts-hard-disk-manager-12-server- for-backup-disaster-recovery-and-disk-optimization&catid=326:breaking-news&Itemid=2701743 15 Continued… The other features include instant recovery capability through virtualization, seamless restore to dissimilar hardware with third generation of Adaptive Restore technology, incremental and differential backups, updated wizards for easy scheduling and set-and-forget operation, scripting engine to accommodate different backup strategies, and central, remote management available. It also offers new partitioning engine to resize, move, split/merge, delete/undelete partitions, partition alignment during restore, HFS–NTFS conversion without data loss, UEFI support, GPT support and conversion to MBR, flexible file system support, secure disk wiping technology, VirtualBox 4 support, Windows 8, Server 2008 R2 support, and customizable WinPE and DOS/Linux recovery media. “Looking at the IT administrator’s software toolset market, I don’t think you will find any other product that offers this wide of a range of features, including comprehensive virtual disk and system support, in one package,” concluded Fedro. Available editions include HDM 12 Professional, HDM 12 Server, and HDM 12 Virtual Server. The product is also available as a Technician License.
  • 16. Paragon Updates Disaster Recovery Software – socalTech.com Wednesday, 27 April 2012 09:03 2012 Press Coverage http://www.exporter.com/global-healthcare/disaster-relief/paragon-updates-disaster-recovery-software-socaltech-com/ 16 Continued… Paragon Updates Disaster Recovery Software socalTech.com Irvine-based Paragon Software, the developer of data storage and mobile software, reported earlier this week that it has updated its Hard Disk Manager (HDM) software. The firm, which is led by Tom Fedro, said the updated software now includes support ... Read more Tags: Syndicate Category: Disaster Relief
  • 17. Paragon Updates Disaster Recovery Software Wednesday, 27 April 2012 09:03 2012 Press Coverage http://socaltech.com/paragon_updates_disaster_recovery_software/s-0042392.html 17 Irvine-based Paragon Software, the developer of data storage and mobile software, reported earlier this week that it has updated its Hard Disk Manager (HDM) software. The firm, which is led by Tom Fedro, said the updated software now includes support for virtual disks, incremental backup of sector-based image backups, and more. The new upgrades are aimed at helping IT administrators back up users using virtual machines.
  • 18. Paragon Software is awarded FIVE STARS in CRN 2012 Partner Program Guide from Paragon Software Blog Disaster Recovery, System Virtualization & Embedded Platforms Technologies 2012 Press Coverage http://www.informationweek.com/sociative/software/4d596a464979512b574b6247304372506a4734552b673d3d 18 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.”
  • 19. NETGEAR is on product development at Paragon Technology - Review Android Speichern 2012 Press Coverage May 16, 2012 19 NETGEAR, a leading global provider of innovative and technologically advanced networking solutions for home users, corporate networks and service provider uses in the development of its products to Paragon technology. Founded in 1996, with headquarters in the U.S. embeds the driver “NTFS for Linux” Paragon Software Group in parts of its Linux-based one product line, and thus also in the new N900 Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Router. The products are characterized by Netgear’s “Ready Share ®” USB-memory access, which enables easy communication with Windows-formatted storage devices. N900 wireless router a combined speed of up to 900 megabits per second, and an improved range of the radio network provides. In order for a maximum performance is achieved with the demanding tasks can be done, such as the wireless transmission of 3D and HD video, the organization of multi-player games and the backup of large files. Paragon NTFS for Linux provides an extremely fast access to Windows NTFS formatted USB hard disc drives, providing the highest reading and writing performance on the market. This advantage is of crucial importance when multiple users simultaneously on a network disk access, which are connected to the router and are formatted with the NTFS file system widely used.
  • 20. NETGEAR is on product development at Paragon Technology - Review Android Speichern (Cont.) 2012 Press Coverage May 16, 2012 20 Paragon manufactures for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) comprehensive software applications of high quality in order to achieve an improvement in functionality and compatibility of OEM products. By making the core competencies Paragon advantage to OEM partners can quickly position their products on the market without spending an unnecessary amount of time for the development of technologies that are outside their main business area. Paragon’s OEM program is designed for partners who are interested in the integration of Paragon Technologies for volume management and configuration as well as highly flexible file system drivers. “The number of Internet-enabled devices in the household increases,” stated Sandeep Harpalani, senior product line manager for wireless networking at NETGEAR. It should therefore become essential to provide easily accessible central repository. “With the help of USB Storage Access ReadyShare can ensure this well by the local USB hard drive will be converted into a central store. Paragon NTFS for Linux provides the required performance improvement provided for access to these key USB hard drive – from any PC on the network “ . “The N900 is the router to the latest technology on the market today,” said Konstantin Komarov, CEO of Paragon Software Group. “We are very pleased that NETGEAR as our OEM partners, our cross-platform UFSD technology uses (Universal File System Driver) to simplify the operation of its router products to customers and to enhance their usefulness.” advantages of an OEM partnership with Paragon: – access to Paragon’s comprehensive product line “disk-and network management applications”; – Provision of support and application upgrades are part of the partnership; – providing critical value-added features and competitive specialization partner for products . Paragon designs and implements fully integrated software solutions for its OEM partners worldwide and provides them with more effective in competitiveness on the market today. A market that is characterized by ever tighter product cycles and ever increasing demands on the functional breadth of products. More information about Paragon NTFS for Linux: http://www.ntfs-linux.com/
  • 21. 2012 Press Coverage From PC to Mac: my opinion, 10-months later 21 Summary: 10 months ago, I bought a Mac after 15 years of Windows usage! Did I “switch” permanently, sell the Mac, or something else altogether? The answer awaits herein… Last year, I decided to take the plunge into the world of OS X (as well as iOS, for that matter). It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 months already, but I figure it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty with an update. I love how passionate users are about their operating systems, but for all of you OS X users who hoped to see me “switch” after ~3-4 months, I’m sorry to say that I still prefer Windows 7; HOWEVER, don’t go lambasting me in the comments just yet! The reason I haven’t “switched” has everything to do with why I bought a Mac in the first place: to learn a new skill set. http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/from-pc-to-mac-my-opinion-10-months-later/77581 By Stephen Chapman | May 21, 2012, 9:02pm PDT As my regular readership knows, I am not exactly a fan of brand loyalty, because I feel that such a mentality sells people short on products they might enjoy (see: Thank you Microsoft, Apple, and Google). Instead, I’m an advocate of a much more flexible philosophy: use what works for you. And that’s exactly what I do.
  • 22. 2012 Press Coverage From PC to Mac: my opinion, 10-months later (Cont.) 22 Now, 10 months later, here are the things I use my MacBook Air for: iOS development: As I recently wrote about, I’ve decided to learn mobile development — specifically, iOS. At the moment, my MacBook Air is the tool for this job. This isn’t a decision I saw coming when I purchased the device, but when I did make it, I already had the right tool for the job. Writing: Most of my writing is done on my MacBook Air. It took me a while to get used to its keyboard layout and all of the multi-key shortcuts needed to perform tasks that only require one key on a PC (such as the delete key), but, overall, I quite enjoy writing on it — which is good, considering how much I write. Traveling: Prior to my MacBook Air, I took my Alienware m11x with me everywhere I went — primarily, due to its gaming power. Now, when I travel, I rarely engage in PC gaming, so handing over the travel duties to my MacBook Air is a no-brainer. It’s lightweight, compact, and plays home to the two most important facets of my work-related life: writing and mobile development. Ladies: I enjoy walking around with it to impress the ladies. Though I’ve long-since adapted to most of the differences between OS X and Windows, it was incredibly frustrating initially — so much so, that I even considered returning my Mac. But, I persevered, and now, a long-time Windows-user friend of mine is going through many of the same tribulations. As such, I was reminded of the very first application I purchased for my Mac: Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X. Basically, this little wonder allows you to read/write/modify NTFS partitions (the file system used by Windows in NT, 2000, XP, Vista, and 7). That means you’ll be able to freely move data between Windows and OS X. As a word of caution, I should also note that I’ve seen a number of complaints from people attempting to use Paragon’s software; however, my experiences have been 100% painless using it on OS X Lion, but your mileage may vary. http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/from-pc-to-mac-my-opinion-10-months-later/77581 By Stephen Chapman | May 21, 2012, 9:02pm PDT
  • 23. 2012 Press Coverage From PC to Mac: my opinion, 10-months later (Cont.) 23 Anyway, I still use PC for gaming, research, browsing, video editing, and far more. There are just too many applications I use for those purposes that are PC-only. The right tool for the job; that’s what I’m an advocate of. Why focus on completely “switching” if you don’t feel it’s necessary to do as such? I was open to the possibility, but I had a feeling the end result would be just as it is: me, a PC user and a Mac user. (And for what it’s worth, my phone is an Android-powered device.) All-in-all, the venture was well-worth the price — but that’s taking largely into consideration the fact that I’ve recently gotten into iOS development. If you’re looking to “switch” completely, I think it would be worth the price, but again, there are many ways I use Windows that I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to on any other OS, so be sure to take that into consideration before you take the leap. Is anyone else out there a fan of simply using what works for them, and not just what works within what a particular brand has to offer? Alternately, have you ever tried to “switch” from PC to Mac, or vice versa? Let me know your thoughts/experiences in the comments below! -Stephen Chapman http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/from-pc-to-mac-my-opinion-10-months-later/77581 By Stephen Chapman | May 21, 2012, 9:02pm PDT
  • 24. 2012 Press Coverage Why I Hate Backup 24 Summary: Backup disgusts me. It is the white flag of defeat in a never-ending battle to preserve our stuff against storage devices that don’t store reliably. And it’s boring. A few weeks ago was World Backup Day, a worthy attempt to get people to backup and to check their restores. But I couldn’t get excited about it. Which led me to think about why? After all, I backup daily. I encourage my friends to backup and help them set up good backup strategies. Then I saw this press release from Paragon Software, a maker of storage management and data protection software, from a survey of their Hard Disk Manager customers. Remember, these are people who bought the software, which means they are far savvier than most users. The headline: A Significant Number of Home PC Users Don’t Practice Effective Personal Data Safety Measures. My favorite: 15% of Paragon’s customers who do backup - not all do - backup to the same disk drive that has their data. http://www.zdnet.com/blog/storage/why-i-hate-backup/1673 By Robin Harris | May 17, 2012, 10:15am PDT
  • 25. 2012 Press Coverage Why I Hate Backup (Cont.) 25 My head hurts. Where to start? But I don’t blame consumers for not understanding backup. I blame storage companies for building devices that can’t preserve our data. Virtually all storage devices and systems should come with a bright orange sticker that says “Data loss guaranteed if you don’t backup!” Yes, that’s a buzz killer. But it needs to be - until someone perfects highly reliable storage. The Storage Bits take There are storage systems that don’t require backup - one of which survived Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. They rely on data replication and geographic separation. But for the mobile device world - where your data is one theft away from loss - the goal has to be to make backup automatic and invisible. You get your new device, connect to the web and your data starts repopulating your device. Or get rid of local storage entirely. But can you trust the cloud? This isn’t an easy problem or it would have been already solved. But we need storage that is as reliable as a book. When was the last time you backed up a book? Inventors, the world is waiting. Comments welcome, of course. I quadruple copy critical data, both locally and into the cloud. http://www.zdnet.com/blog/storage/why-i-hate-backup/1673 By Robin Harris | May 17, 2012, 10:15am PDT
  • 26. 2012 Press Coverage Paragon Software Hard Disk Manager 12 Professional review 26 Paragon Hard Disk Manager 12 Professional is as comprehensive a toolset for hard drives as you'll find. It has full backup, imaging, and partitioning capabilities, and it also supports virtualisation software such as VirtualBox and VMware by allowing you to create virtual machines for those programs. HDM hasn't changed a whole lot since the last version; it was already so comprehensive, however, that Paragon simply didn't have that much to add. The short list of partition functions includes creating, moving, formatting, deleting, backing up, burning to CD, converting the file system, and wiping. You can do the same things with entire disks, as well as convert them from MBR to GPT. You can also back up and restore individual files and folders. http://review.techworld.com/storage/3363239/paragon-software-hard-disk-manager-12-professional- review/?intcmp=rv-md-rv-rm By Jon L. Jacobi | PC World | Published: 18:10, 11 June 2012
  • 27. 2012 Press Coverage Paragon Software Hard Disk Manager 12 Professional review 27 Editorial Review of Paragon Hard Disk Manager Professional Paragon Hard Disk Manager 12 Professional ($100 as of June 1, 2012) is as comprehensive a toolset for hard drives as you'll find. It has full backup, imaging, and partitioning capabilities, and it also supports virtualization software such as VirtualBox and VMware by allowing you to create virtual machines for those programs. http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,133336-order,4/description.html By Jon L. Jacobi | PC World | Published: 18:10, 11 June 2012 HDM hasn't changed a whole lot since the last version; it was already so comprehensive, however, that Paragon simply didn't have that much to add. The short list of partition functions includes creating, moving, formatting, deleting, backing up, burning to CD, converting the file system, and wiping. You can do the same things with entire disks, as well as convert them from MBR to GPT. You can also back up and restore individual files and folders. Included in HDM 12 Pro are all the features offered in the company's Virtualization Manager: You can convert a partition to a virtual machine and back, convert a Windows 7 backup image to a VM, and restore from a VM to diverse hardware. The program also handles dynamic disks, merges images, manages multiple backups in archives, and performs a host of other tasks I don't have the room to discuss here. A features list comparison between the professional edition and the less expensive suite version is available at the company's website. I love the everything-under-one-roof concept of HDM 12's interface. It's far more convenient than jumping around between modules, as with other programs such as Acronis True Image and Disk Director. I also like the fact that you define a series of actions, and then set them in motion using the Apply button. However, I don't see why the program needs to instill even a slight hint of paranoia by asking if you really want to apply the changes when all you're doing is backing up. (On the other hand, you can set several backup jobs to go off consecutively using the define/apply methodology.) On top of that, while the interface is fairly straightforward, I'd rather see standard Windows file dialog boxes, which are to my mind easier to use than Paragon's custom boxes.
  • 28. 2012 Press Coverage Paragon Software Hard Disk Manager 12 Professional review 28 Editorial Review of Paragon Hard Disk Manager Professional (Continued) For version 12, Paragon is touting a new imaging engine with better performance. Normally I dismiss claims like this as overblown before I've even tested them, and usually I'm correct in my assumptions. In this case, though, I found HDM 12 to be not only fast but also noninterfering. In fact, I wrote the majority of this review with the program humming away in the background, and I forgot that it was running. http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,133336-order,4/description.html By Jon L. Jacobi | PC World | Published: 18:10, 11 June 2012 One feature that is missing from HDM 12 is the ability to mount an image as a virtual hard drive that you can peruse in Windows Explorer. R- Drive Image and True Image do this, and I've found it to be a handy way to quickly pull a file or two out of a backup. HDM 12 lets you connect to an image to perform partition and other operations on it, but doesn't mount it. Backup, virtual machines, partitioning, conversion--Hard Drive Manager 12 Professional is a powerful toolkit. At $100, it is a bit pricey for the average user, so be sure to check out the aforementioned $50 suite version to see if that will cover your needs. Note: The Download button takes you to the vendor's site, where you must register to download the latest version of the software. --Jon L. Jacobi
  • 29. 2012 Press Coverage Paragon Software Hard Disk Manager 12 Professional review (Cont.) 29 Included in HDM 12 Pro are all the features offered in the company's Virtualisation Manager: You can convert a partition to a virtual machine and back, convert a Windows 7 backup image to a VM, and restore from a VM to diverse hardware. The program also handles dynamic disks, merges images, manages multiple backups in archives, and performs a host of other tasks I don't have the room to discuss here. A features list comparison between the professional edition and the less expensive suite version is available at the company's website. I love the everything-under-one-roof concept of HDM 12's interface. It's far more convenient than jumping around between modules, as with other programs such as Acronis True Image and Disk Director. I also like the fact that you define a series of actions, and then set them in motion using the Apply button. However, I don't see why the program needs to instill even a slight hint of paranoia by asking if you really want to apply the changes when all you're doing is backing up. (On the other hand, you can set several backup jobs to go off consecutively using the define/apply methodology.) On top of that, while the interface is fairly straightforward, I'd rather see standard Windows file dialog boxes, which are to my mind easier to use than Paragon's custom boxes. For version 12, Paragon is touting a new imaging engine with better performance. Normally I dismiss claims like this as overblown before I've even tested them, and usually I'm correct in my assumptions. In this case, though, I found HDM 12 to be not only fast but also noninterfering. In fact, I wrote the majority of this review with the program humming away in the background, and I forgot that it was running. One feature that is missing from HDM 12 is the ability to mount an image as a virtual hard drive that you can peruse in Windows Explorer. R-Drive Image and True Image do this, and I've found it to be a handy way to quickly pull a file or two out of a backup. HDM 12 lets you connect to an image to perform partition and other operations on it, but doesn't mount it. http://review.techworld.com/storage/3363239/paragon-software-hard-disk-manager-12-professional- review/?intcmp=rv-md-rv-rm By Jon L. Jacobi | PC World | Published: 18:10, 11 June 2012
  • 30. Paragon Software debuts Drive Backup 11, offers backup and recovery protection WEDNESDAY, 27 JUNE 2012 08:23 2012 Press Coverage http://www.wwpi.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14800:paragon-software-debuts-drive-backup-11-offers- backup-and-recovery-protection&catid=320:breaking-news&Itemid=2701739 30 Disaster recovery and data protection software developer, Paragon Software Group (PSG), announced Wednesday the latest release of its backup and recovery software product, Drive Backup 11. Paragon Drive Backup 11 is a reliable, high-performance, imaging software solution designed for workstation and server data protection and comprehensive business continuity. With the new upgrade, Paragon enhances the Drive Backup product family with 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. Further, Paragon Drive Backup 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 virtual environments, Paragon's ConnectVD technology 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. "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.“
  • 31. Paragon Software debuts Drive Backup 11, offers backup and recovery protection (Cont.) WEDNESDAY, 27 JUNE 2012 08:23 2012 Press Coverage http://www.wwpi.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14800:paragon-software-debuts-drive-backup-11-offers- backup-and-recovery-protection&catid=320:breaking-news&Itemid=2701739 31 Drive Backup 11 features application-level exclude for servers, incremental imaging, updated P2V copy and P2V restore, Adaptive Restore 3.0, Oracle Virtual Box 4 support, ability to 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, and file-level exclude for data migration to smaller disk space. Available editions of Paragon Drive Backup 11 include DB 11 Workstation, DB 11 Server, and DB 11 Small Business Server.
  • 32. Paragon Software rolls out Drive Backup 11 solution for disaster recovery June 27, 2012 2012 Press Coverage http://businessonlinebackup.org/paragon-software-releases-drive-backup-11-provides-maximum-backup-and-recovery-protection- msnbc-com/ 32 Paragon Software Group, which develops disaster recovery and offers data protection, during the time of disasters has rolled a new data continuity software product known as “ Drive backup 11”. The all new Drive Backup 11 is reliable, high performance oriented and is also capable of featuring an imaging software solution which is offered for server data protection and workstations. Drive Backup 11 offers Incremental images, which will save IT administrative time and space on backup storage. Paragon Software’s Drive Backup 11 is also available for virtual environments as it offers “ ConnectVD” feature, which can connect to offline ESX based virtual hard disks and this enables all major back-up and restore operations involved in the virtual storage platform. Paragon Drive Backup 11 server can connect to multiple virtual hard disks and so it can take up backup of multiple volumes on virtual hard drives, similar to the physical devices backup. “Since a decade and more, IT managers have been using Paragon Drive Backup software which is now upgraded as Paragon Drive Backup 11 software. This software offers disaster recovery and business continuity plans,” said Tom Fedro, president of Paragon Software Group. The all new Drive backup 11 offers a complete recovery and backup solution to SMBs and that too at a very competitive price. Paragon Software group new Drive Backup 11 offers features such as Incremental backup, adaptive restore 3.0, Oracle virtual box 4 support, USB 3.0 support, Encrypted backup, Asynchronous writing functionality which supports increased backup speed and backup status email alerts.
  • 33. Paragon Rolls Out Drive Backup 11 ($799) This is a Press Release edited by StorageNewsletter.com on Fri, June 29th, 2012 2012 Press Coverage Able to exclude database applications on servers Paragon Software Group (PSG) announced its backup and recovery software product, Drive Backup 11. It is an, imaging software solution designed for workstation and server data protection and BC. With the upgrade, Paragon enhances the Drive Backup product family with 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. 33 Further, it 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 virtual environments, Paragon's 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 Drive Backup 11 Server, backups of multiple volumes can be accomplished as easily as backups of physical devices. "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."
  • 34. Paragon Rolls Out Drive Backup 11 ($799) (cont.) This is a Press Release edited by StorageNewsletter.com on Fri, June 29th, 2012 2012 Press Coverage 34 (Continued) Drive Backup 11 key features include: 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 HDD support USB 3.0 support Encrypted backup Paragon WinPE Boot Media Builder wizard 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 Available editions of Drive Backup 11 include DB 11 Workstation and DB 11 Small Business Server.
  • 35. Protect your data with Paragon Drive Backup 11… By Mike Williams Published 7/2/2012 Also published: http://www.pcauthority.com.au/News/307102,paragon-drive-backup-11-genie- backup-manager-pro-90-released.aspx 2012 Press Coverage 35 Paragon Software has released Drive Backup 11 ($95.95 for Workstation), the latest edition of its business-oriented tool. And the headline improvement this time is new sector-level incremental disk imaging, which, Paragon says, has boosted the efficiency of this backup type by 200%. Paragon Software has released Drive Backup 11 ($95.95 for Workstation), the latest edition of its business-oriented tool. And the headline improvement this time is new sector-level incremental disk imaging, which, Paragon says, has boosted the efficiency of this backup type by 200%. Elsewhere, file-based backups can now be encrypted by a password. There’s the option to back up your data to an FTP/ SFTP server. Support for working with virtual disks has now been improved, and new asynchronous data transfer means backup performance has considerably improved. Add the improved hardware support, which ensures the program is equally at home with SSD, AFD, 2TB+, USB 3.0 and non-512B sector sized disks, and Paragon Drive Backup 11 seems to be a solid and reliable update. There’s not enough here to change anyone’s mind about the program, but if you’re already a Paragon fan you’ll appreciate the enhancements. Drive Backup has some strong competition in the professional backup market, though, not least from Genie Backup Manager Pro 9.0 ($69.95), also just released. The new build benefits from an even wider range of backup destinations. As well as saving to local, removable and network drives, then program can now also upload your archive to Amazon S3 accounts or Secure FTP servers. And while other new features aren’t so impressive (“Outlook 2010 support” is something we’d have expected long ago), there’s plenty to like here, including Windows 8 support, reduced memory requirements and all- round improved backup performance. All of which is packaged in an excellent and easy-to-use interface. Our pick? Maybe Paragon Drive Backup 11 for image-based backups, Genie Backup Manager Pro 9.0 for files, but it’s a tough call. If you’re looking for a professional backup tool then both are worthy of consideration.
  • 36. Paragon UFSD 9.0 Embedded for Smart TV This is a Press Release edited by StorageNewsletter.com on Tue, July 10th, 2012 2012 Press Coverage 36 Secures recording on removable external storage media. Paragon Software Group (PSG) announces the Paragon UFSD 9.0 Embedded, a technology to ensure data security when removing external storage devices from Smart TVs. Based on the performing Universal File System Driver (UFSD) technology, UFSD 9.0 Embedded guarantees fast, highest-quality playback and recording of HD video content to or from Smart TV devices of any platform. Users of embedded systems such as routers, media players, smartphones, tablets or NAS devices want to be free to disable removable media quickly and without having to take further actions - like clicking on the 'safely remove hardware' icon, while also ensuring that the data is safe. In embedded systems there are often no built-in 'safe removal' functions available. Paragon's solution to this problem is the 'Standby mode' option that allows users in a matter of seconds to disconnect the external storage device, at the same time guaranteeing data safety. In addition to safety, recording speeds are necessary for the ability to transfer HD-quality data to external storage media. To ensure the maximum recording speed, Linux Kernel utilizes 'deferred' or 'postponed' recording, writing and recording multiple changes in a single write operation to a disk or flash drive, which requires much more time than changing the data in RAM - therefore cached write operations sometimes require more than 30 seconds to get user data to the storage safely. Continued…
  • 37. Paragon UFSD 9.0 Embedded for Smart TV (cont.) This is a Press Release edited by StorageNewsletter.com on Tue, July 10th, 2012 2012 Press Coverage 37 Continued… UFSD 9.0 Embedded facilitates safe, consistent flushing of all modified structures of the file system and user data to the disk in less than 10 seconds, allowing users to remove their storage media without worrying about file system integrity. UFSD 9.0 Embedded line for Smart TVs includes Paragon exFAT 9.0 Embedded, Paragon HFS+ 9.0 Embedded and Paragon NTFS Embedded with driver solutions for NTFS / HFS + / exFAT for Linux / Android systems.
  • 38. Buffalo Selects Paragon Software's exFAT and NTFS for Android Drivers to Embed Into Next Generation Android Smart Box Products Published 7/11/2012 2012 Press Coverage 38 Cross-platform software developer Paragon Software Group (PSG) today announced that Buffalo Inc. selected Paragon Software's exFAT and NTFS for Android drivers for embedding into Buffalo's next generation of Smart Box product lines. Paragon's NTFS for Android driver allows consumers to attach their NTFS (Windows®) formatted USB Key or Hard Drive to the Smart Box and now with Paragon's exFAT for Android driver also included, consumers can get the full utility of the new high capacity exFAT-formatted SDXC cards in the Smart Box. "Paragon has been a strong partner for Buffalo; their first-class OEM support as well as the superior performance and features of their technology are key reasons we have chosen PSG for our Smart Box project," said Kentaro Odaka, General Manager of Product Development Div. Buffalo Inc. "This expansion of our partnership provides the tools necessary for our customers to access and enjoy digital content on a variety of devices.“ Paragon's drivers offer superior management of file system integrity, fast mount speed, comprehensive data protection, powerful file system check and repair utilities, and strong journaling capabilities. Paragon's proprietary replay journal feature protects a consumer's data on a USB HDD or SDXC card when unsafely removed from a Smart Box, TV, or Monitor. Without this feature there is a high potential that the file system on their USB HDD or SDXC card could become unrecognizable to Windows and cause data loss. "We are very excited about extending our partnership with Buffalo to include our latest Universal File System Driver (UFSD) offerings -- including exFAT for Android," said Tom Fedro, president of Paragon Software Group. "This partnership will provide the very best experience for end users as they are now able to view, modify and save content regardless of the type of storage medium utilized.“ Paragon's driver technology enables any device on the network, from tablets to smartphones to servers, PCs and workstations, regardless of their operating system, to communicate and share files. For over 10 years now, Paragon UFSD technology has been providing operating systems and embedded kernels (Android, Linux, Windows, Mac, ThreadX, VxWorks, eCos, etc.) with access to file systems (exFAT, NTFS, HFS+, Ext, etc) that normally would not be fully supported. Beyond access, Paragon's UFSD technology provides the highest data throughput speeds possible -- equivalent to, or exceeding, native performance. This is especially important for flawless recording and playback of High-Definition, Blu-ray quality movies and videos.
  • 39. Buffalo Selects Paragon Software's exFAT and NTFS for Android Drivers to Embed Into Next Generation Android Smart Box Products Published 7/11/2012 2012 Press Coverage 39 Cross-platform software developer Paragon Software Group (PSG) today announced that Buffalo Inc. selected Paragon Software's exFAT and NTFS for Android drivers for embedding into Buffalo's next generation of Smart Box product lines. Paragon's NTFS for Android driver allows consumers to attach their NTFS (Windows ) formatted USB Key or Hard Drive to the Smart Box and now with Paragon's exFAT for Android driver also included, consumers can get the full utility of the new high capacity exFAT-formatted SDXC cards in the Smart Box. "Paragon has been a strong partner for Buffalo; their first-class OEM support as well as the superior performance and features of their technology are key reasons we have chosen PSG for our Smart Box project," said Kentaro Odaka, General Manager of Product Development Div. Buffalo Inc. "This expansion of our partnership provides the tools necessary for our customers to access and enjoy digital content on a variety of devices.“ Paragon's drivers offer superior management of file system integrity, fast mount speed, comprehensive data protection, powerful file system check and repair utilities, and strong journaling capabilities. Paragon's proprietary replay journal feature protects a consumer's data on a USB HDD or SDXC card when unsafely removed from a Smart Box, TV, or Monitor. Without this feature there is a high potential that the file system on their USB HDD or SDXC card could become unrecognizable to Windows and cause data loss. "We are very excited about extending our partnership with Buffalo to include our latest Universal File System Driver (UFSD) offerings -- including exFAT for Android," said Tom Fedro, president of Paragon Software Group. "This partnership will provide the very best experience for end users as they are now able to view, modify and save content regardless of the type of storage medium utilized.“ Paragon's driver technology enables any device on the network, from tablets to smartphones to servers, PCs and workstations, regardless of their operating system, to communicate and share files. For over 10 years now, Paragon UFSD technology has been providing operating systems and embedded kernels (Android, Linux, Windows, Mac, ThreadX, VxWorks, eCos, etc.) with access to file systems (exFAT, NTFS, HFS+, Ext, etc) that normally would not be fully supported. Beyond access, Paragon's UFSD technology provides the highest data throughput speeds possible -- equivalent to, or exceeding, native performance. This is especially important for flawless recording and playback of High-Definition, Blu-ray quality movies and videos.
  • 40. Buffalo Selects Paragon Software’s exFAT and NTFS for Android Drivers to Embed into Next Generation Android Smart Box Products Published 7/12/2012 2012 Press Coverage 40 Irvine, USA and Nagoya, JAPAN - July 12, 2012 - Cross-platform software developer Paragon Software Group (PSG) today announced that Buffalo Inc. selected Paragon Software's exFAT and NTFS for Android drivers for embedding into Buffalo's next generation of Smart Box product lines. Paragon's NTFS for Android driver allows consumers to attach their NTFS (Windows®) formatted USB Key or Hard Drive to the Smart Box and now with Paragon's exFAT for Android driver also included, consumers can get the full utility of the new high capacity exFAT- formatted SDXC cards in the Smart Box. "Paragon has been a strong partner for Buffalo; their first-class OEM support as well as the superior performance and features of their technology are key reasons we have chosen PSG for our Smart Box project," said Kentaro Odaka, General Manager of Product Development Div. Buffalo Inc. "This expansion of our partnership provides the tools necessary for our customers to access and enjoy digital content on a variety of devices.“ Paragon's drivers offer superior management of file system integrity, fast mount speed, comprehensive data protection, powerful file system check and repair utilities, and strong journaling capabilities. Paragon's proprietary replay journal feature protects a consumer's data on a USB HDD or SDXC card when unsafely removed from a Smart Box, TV, or Monitor. Without this feature there is a high potential that the file system on their USB HDD or SDXC card could become unrecognizable to Windows and cause data loss. "We are very excited about extending our partnership with Buffalo to include our latest Universal File System Driver (UFSD) offerings - including exFAT for Android," said Tom Fedro, president of Paragon Software Group. "This partnership will provide the very best experience for end users as they are now able to view, modify and save content regardless of the type of storage medium utilized.“ Paragon's driver technology enables any device on the network, from tablets to smartphones to servers, PCs and workstations, regardless of their operating system, to communicate and share files. For over 10 years now, Paragon UFSD technology has been providing operating systems and embedded kernels (Android, Linux, Windows, Mac, ThreadX, VxWorks, eCos, etc.) with access to file systems (exFAT, NTFS, HFS+, Ext, etc) that normally would not be fully supported. Beyond access, Paragon's UFSD technology provides the highest data throughput speeds possible - equivalent to, or exceeding, native performance. This is especially important for flawless recording and playback of High-Definition, Blu-ray quality movies and videos.
  • 41. Using Virtual Machines for Instant Server Recovery Monday, 16 July 2012 12:58 2012 Press Coverage http://www.wwpi.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14861:using-virtual-machines-for-instant-server- recovery&catid=319:ctr-exclusives&Itemid=2701738 41 by Jim K. Thomas According to a recently conducted survey of small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) by Aberdeen Research, 69 percent of the respondents are reported to have implemented virtualization technology into their server environments. As virtualization becomes a normal element of a networked environment, more administrators are using virtual machines for instant recovery. The use of virtualized servers is increasing for several reasons; the most significant being budgetary. Virtual servers are a cost-effective alternative to purchasing new hardware. But exactly how does virtualization fit in with a disaster recovery plan? Virtualizing tier-1 applications amplifies the critical nature of building in quick recovery of virtual machines (VMs). With little tolerance for application downtime, businesses need assurance that their data will be quickly available in the event of hardware failure. Interestingly enough, in a 2010 data protection survey performed by VMware, IT Administrators report backing up only 68 percent of their virtual environments. The biggest reasons given for this gap were costs of hardware, software and complexity of the process. There is software available in the marketplace that simplifies the backup process for virtual environments. By implementing image-based backup software for servers, backups can be scheduled for different configurations: physical-to-virtual (P2V), V2V and V2P, and P2P. By scheduling operations to be performed on a regular basis, your data is protected at all times. The benefit is that you can restore a server instantly to a VM and there is no need for fail-over hardware to sit idle gathering dust. For instant recovery, all an administrator has to do is import the new VM into the virtual environment and then power on the machine. If it's a scheduled process, such as when you're updating and overwriting the virtual disk file, the configuration is pre-existing (you're just updating the data), no import is needed. Just boot up the virtual machine in this situation.
  • 42. Using Virtual Machines for Instant Server Recovery (Cont.) Monday, 16 July 2012 12:58 2012 Press Coverage http://www.wwpi.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14861:using-virtual-machines-for-instant-server- recovery&catid=319:ctr-exclusives&Itemid=2701738 42 According to Thomas Coughlin, founder of Coughlin and Associates, “By enabling physical-to-virtual migration and virtual system recovery, customers should experience faster recovery times and if managed properly, greater overall system reliability. This capability increases the total return and leverages the efficiency of a virtual environment to make a more resilient and self-healing system environment.” Virtualization is becoming the standard rather than the exception when implementing or upgrading an existing disaster recovery strategy, saving hours of recovery time and significant storage space. If you’re looking for the ability to recover servers instantly, look for backup software that offers the following: • Sector-level hard disk and partition copy; • Support for top-tier virtualization platforms: VMware, MS Hyper-V, Oracle VirtualBox, etc.; • Migration support to dissimilar hardware; and • Scheduling for convenient “set and forget” operation. Use-Case Example A Christian-based non-profit organization with 550 employees had limited finances to invest in disaster recovery software. When they consulted with their IT reseller, he could offer nothing within their price range that met their needs, so the organization decided to conduct a search for affordable backup and restore software on their own. They came across Paragon Software Group’s Drive Backup Server and Virtual Editions. While evaluating the software, they discovered a host of other features they had never considered in their original search. When they compared the software to the other solutions originally recommended by their consultant, nothing came close for the price. The software’s features and functionality helped them save capital by enabling backup and instant server restoration using virtual machines, rather than expensive hardware. Jim K. Thomas is the director of technical services at Paragon Software Group (Irvine, CA). www.paragon- software.com
  • 43. Impact Report: Paragon Software bundles backup/recovery and disk management tools Analyst: Dave Simpson 16 Jul, 2012 2012 Press Coverage 43 Recent enhancements could put the company's data protection and disk management software in the same league as backup/recovery specialists such as Symantec and Acronis. But who are these guys? This report falls under the following categories. Click on a link below to find similar documents. Company: Paragon Software Group Other Companies: Acronis, CA Technologies, Cisco Systems, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Mercedes-Benz, Morton Salt, NASA, NEC, NetVault, Nokia, Northrop Grumman, Oracle, Paragon Technologie, Quest Software, Seagate Technology, Sony, StorageCraft Technology, Symantec, Toshiba, Veeam Software, VirtualBox, VMware, Vodafone Group, Western Digital Analyst(s): Dave Simpson Sector(s): Storage / Data Protection / Backup and recovery
  • 44. Games Workshop Uses Paragon Alignment Tool This is a Press Release edited by StorageNewsletter.com on Tue, July 24th, 2012 2012 Press Coverage 44 To boost servers and workstation performance Paragon Software Group (PSG), announced that Games Workshop LLC, the designer and manufacturer of fantasy miniatures, choses Paragon Alignment Tool (PAT) to boost server and workstation performance due to misaligned partitions. Games Workshop employs both a modern VMware virtual server environment running Windows 2008 Datacenter and a legacy physical server environment running older Windows 2000 and Windows 2003 OS. "We had a number of older servers that we migrated into our virtual environment and noticed that we did not get the performance that we expected." said Jon Howell, North America IT director for Games Workshop. "A little research revealed that since they were older OS versions, the partitions were not aligned correctly. The Paragon alignment tool cleaned things up nicely and increased the performance." In the recently IHS iSuppli report Hard Disk Drive Pricing: Will it Reach Pre-Flood Level in the Near Future?, prices for HDD are expected to remain above pre-flood levels through 2014. This partition alignment tool is made for extending the life of hardware still utilizing older OSs; it also increase server performance for little investment in time or dollars. Continued…
  • 45. Games Workshop Uses Paragon Alignment Tool (cont.) This is a Press Release edited by StorageNewsletter.com on Tue, July 24th, 2012 2012 Press Coverage 45 Continued… Partition Alignment Tool ESX Benefits : • Measurably increase I/O performance of virtual machines by a factor of 2X to 3X • Control, manage, and align centrally and remotely dozens of virtual drives belonging to different virtual machines (no need to manually install software on every virtual machine) • Reduces complexity and hardware requirements of alignment projects (no need for extra storage, because PAT performs in-place alignment - no migration required) "As the use of virtual machines continues to expand, partition alignment is becoming more and more relevant to the IT departments that manage servers and workstations utilizing older versions of Microsoft operating systems." said Tom Fedro, president of Paragon Software Group. "Paragon's line of partition alignment software is specifically designed with a powerful feature set and easy-to-use interface to ensure maximum performance from older operating systems running on new, advanced format drives (AFDs)."
  • 46. Centon Selects Paragon Migrate OS to SSD Software This is a Press Release edited by StorageNewsletter.com on Tue, August 6th, 2012 2012 Press Coverage 46 To integrate solid-state drive into notebook Backup and hard disk management software developerParagon Software Group (PSG) announced that Centon Electronics Inc. selected Paragon Migrate OS to SSD software for inclusion in its SSD Notebook kits packaged with their SSDs. It provides migration of system data including the OS, data files and applications to Centon's SSDs. "After testing another party's software with our SSDs we decided to look for a more intuitive software solution," said Aaron Campbell, product marketing manager for Centon Electronics. "I had worked with Paragon in the past, asked for a copy to test, and it worked perfectly. It was simple, quick and accurate. Exactly the solution we were searching for." The task of transferring (a.k.a. migrating) a software environment (the OS, applications and files) to another storage device can be a slow and painful process. Migrate OS to SSD 2.0 simplifies the migration process by providing a wizard-driven interface. It automatically downsizes the source system volume, if needed; auto- aligns the copied system partition; and provides intelligent selection of specific files and folders for migration - without rebooting the system. Continued…
  • 47. Centon Selects Paragon Migrate OS to SSD Software (cont.) This is a Press Release edited by StorageNewsletter.com on Tue, August 6th, 2012 2012 Press Coverage 47 Continued… "Paragon was very responsive and more than willing to work with us even though we were not a large corporation," continued Campbell. "The customer and technical support was excellent and made us feel we were just as important as an International firm." "When we work with our customers, our goal is to keep them as a Paragon customer for life," said Tom Fedro, president of Paragon Software Group. "We are happy to see that as product marketing professionals, IT managers, software engineers, and other highly skilled individuals move from one company to another, that they return to Paragon for our superior software and service. We are happy to count Centon as one of our partners and look forward to a long business relationship." Features and benefits of Migrate OS to SSD include: • Upgraded file exclusion technology increases migration speed • Wizard-driven graphical interface • Automatic partition resize capability (prevents common issues when migrating system data from an HDD to a smaller SSD) • Automatic partition alignment awareness (to prevent redundant read/write operations) • Microsoft Reserved Partition awareness • File exclusion/selection capability • Hot copy, without system restart • Migration process regardless of the OS
  • 48. Centon Electronics to incorporate Paragon Software's Migrate OS to SSD in its SSD Notebook kits Published 07 August 2012 2012 Press Coverage 48 The software simplifies the migration of a software environment to another storage device process by providing a wizard-driven interface DRAM, flash memory, USB drives and SSD Drives manufacturer Centon Electronics has integrated backup and hard disk management software developer, Paragon Software's Migrate OS to SSD software in its SSD Notebook kits packaged with their solid state drives (SSDs). The software provides easy migration of system data including the operating system, data files and applications to Centon's SSDs. Paragon Migrate OS to SSD 2.0 simplifies the migration of a software environment to another storage device process by providing a wizard-driven interface. It also reduces the source system volume, if needed, auto-aligns the copied system partition; and provides intelligent selection of specific files and folders for migration, all without rebooting the system. Paragon Migrate OS to SSD includes an upgraded file exclusion technology increases migration speed, wizard- driven graphical interface, Microsoft Reserved Partition awareness and file exclusion/selection capability. It also features an automatic partition resize capability to prevent common issues when migrating system data from an HDD to a smaller SSD and an automatic partition alignment awareness to prevent redundant read/write operations. The software provides a hot copy, without system restart and also enables smooth migration process regardless of the operating system.
  • 49. Centon Electronics to incorporate Paragon Software's Migrate OS to SSD in its SSD Notebook kits Published 07 August 2012 2012 Press Coverage 49 Paragon Software Group (PSG), the leader in developing cross-platform driver technology, today announced that it joined the SD Association. The SD Association was founded to ensure standards across the SD card industry. SD standards apply to storage media for mobile phones, digital audio players, car navigation systems and electronic books. For over a decade, Paragon's driver technology has enabled compatibility for mobile devices across a variety of operating systems (Windows(TM), Mac, Linux, Android(TM), etc.). "Over the last few years, demand for cross-platform drivers has just exploded," said Tom Fedro, president of Paragon Software Group. "With the brisk development of Smart Devices, from Smartphones to Smart TVs, the trend shows no evidence of slowing down. Being a member of the SD Association will ensure Paragon continues to set the standard for embedded driver technology development.“ Paragon Software's cross-platform drivers include exFAT, NTFS and HFS+ for Android and Linux. Paragon's Universal File System Driver (UFSD) technology solves incompatibility issues between exFAT, NTFS, and HFS+ file systems and operating systems & embedded kernels including Android, Linux, ThreadX, and Windows CE. With Paragon's UFSD support for all popular file systems built into modern digital devices, consumers can now use > 32GB SDXC cards and Windows/Mac USB drives with their multimedia players, digital televisions, set-top boxes, mobile and connected devices. OEMs' use of SD card technology continues to expand as the consumer electronics device markets cross boundaries and merge. For example, Smart TVs have SD card readers so that consumers can view videos and photos over their televisions without the need of a cable to connect the device to the TV. Consumers expect their Smart devices to recognize external media regardless of its operating system and to perform at full speed, allowing recording and playback for full HD and 3D video content. Paragon's driver technology not only ensures compatibility, but also the integrity of the consumer's stored data -- a critical OEM requirement. Continued…
  • 50. Centon Electronics to incorporate Paragon Software's Migrate OS to SSD in its SSD Notebook kits Published 07 August 2012 2012 Press Coverage 50 Continued… Consumer electronics devices integrated with Paragon's driver technology provide the highest performance in the marketplace, satisfying even the most demanding users. The level of quality is due to kernel-level implementation, hardware acceleration support, OEM platform customization and optimization. Android and Linux devices embedded with Paragon's drivers reach over 140 MB/s read/write performance on modern external storage and are only limited by the available bandwidth of the storage interface (SDIO, USB, etc.). Paragon Software's new technology ensures smooth recording and playback of Full HD Video content. Optimized usage of lower-speed interfaces enables mobile Android devices to fully utilize the bandwidth of SDIO interfaces (e.g. SDXC, SDHC) and delivers smoother read and write operations, improved performance on slower interfaces, and increased cost efficiency. For more information visit http://www.paragon- software.com/technologies/.
  • 51. Boise State University Selects Paragon Software’s Hard Disk Manager August 16, 2012 2012 Press Coverage Cross-platform driver developer, Paragon Software Group, recently announced its membership in the SD Association. Membership in the association provides validation to OEMs looking to partner with companies like Paragon that potential partners meet industry standards across the SD card industry. 51 SD standards apply to storage media for mobile phones, digital audio players, car navigation systems and electronic books. Founded in 1994, Paragon’s driver technology has enabled compatibility for mobile devices across a variety of operating systems (Windows™, Mac, Linux, Android™, etc.) for over a decade. OEMs use of SD card technology continues to expand as the consumer electronics device markets cross boundaries and merge. For example, Smart TVs have SD card readers so that consumers can view videos and photos over their televisions without the need of a cable to connect the device to the TV. Consumers expect their Smart devices to recognize external media regardless of its operating system and to perform at full speed, allowing recording and playback for full HD and 3D video content. Paragon’s driver technology not only ensures compatibility, but also the integrity of the consumer’s stored data –a critical OEM requirement. Paragon Software’s cross-platform drivers include exFAT, NTFS and HFS+ for Android and Linux. Paragon’s Universal File System Driver (UFSD) technology solves incompatibility issues between exFAT, NTFS, and HFS+ file systems and operating systems & embedded kernels including Android, Linux, ThreadX, and Windows CE. With Paragon’s UFSD support for all popular file systems built into modern digital devices, consumers can now use >32GB SDXC cards and Windows/Mac USB drives with their multimedia players, digital televisions, set-top boxes, mobile and connected devices. Continued…
  • 52. Boise State University Selects Paragon Software’s Hard Disk Manager August 16, 2012 2012 Press Coverage Continued… “Over the last few years, demand for cross-platform drivers has just exploded,” said Tom Fedro, president of Paragon Software Group. “With the brisk development of Smart Devices, from Smartphones to Smart TVs, the trend shows no evidence of slowing down. Being a member of the SD Association will ensure Paragon continues to set the standard for embedded driver technology development.” 52 According to the announcement, Paragon’s high-quality technology is due to kernel-level implementation, hardware acceleration support, and OEM platform customization and optimization. Android and Linux devices embedded with Paragon’s drivers reach over 140 MB/s read/write performance on modern external storage and are only limited by the available bandwidth of the storage interface (SDIO, USB, etc.). Paragon Software’s new technology ensures smooth recording and playback of Full HD Video content. Optimized usage of lower-speed interfaces enables mobile Android devices to fully utilize the bandwidth of SDIO interfaces (e.g. SDXC, SDHC) and delivers smoother read and write operations, improved performance on slower interfaces, and increased cost efficiency.
  • 53. Paragon Software Joined SD Association This is a Press Release edited by StorageNewsletter.com on Tue, August 21st, 2012 2012 Press Coverage 53 For exFAT driver enabling SDXC card support for Android and Linux Paragon Software Group (PSG) joined the SD Association. The SD Association was founded to ensure standards across the SD card industry. SD standards apply to storage media for mobile phones, digital audio players, car navigation systems and electronic books. For over a decade, Paragon's driver technology has enabled compatibility for mobile devices across a variety of OS (Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, etc.). "Over the last few years, demand for cross-platform drivers has just exploded," said Tom Fedro, president of Paragon. "With the brisk development of Smart Devices, from Smartphones to Smart TVs, the trend shows no evidence of slowing down. Being a member of the SD Association will ensure Paragon continues to set the standard for embedded driver technology development." Paragon's cross-platform drivers include exFAT, NTFS and HFS+ for Android and Linux. Paragon's Universal File System Driver (UFSD) technology solves incompatibility issues between exFAT, NTFS, and HFS+ file systems and OS and embedded kernels including Android, Linux, ThreadX, and Windows CE. With Paragon's UFSD support for popular file systems built into modern digital devices, consumers can now use >32GB SDXC cards and Windows/Mac USB drives with their multimedia players, digital televisions, set-top boxes, mobile and connected devices . Continued…
  • 54. Paragon Software Joined SD Association (cont.) This is a Press Release edited by StorageNewsletter.com on Tue, August 21st, 2012 2012 Press Coverage 54 Continued… OEMs use of SD card technology continues to expand as the consumer electronics device markets cross boundaries and merge. For example, Smart TVs have SD card readers so that consumers can view videos and photos over their televisions without the need of a cable to connect the device to the TV. Consumers expect their smart devices to recognize external media regardless of its operating system and to perform at full speed, allowing recording and playback for full HD and 3D video content. Paragon's driver technology ensures compatibility and the integrity of the consumer's stored data -a critical OEM requirement. CE devices integrated with Paragon's driver technology provide performance. The level of quality is due to kernel-level implementation, hardware acceleration support, OEM platform customization and optimization. Android and Linux devices embedded with Paragon's drivers reach over 140 MB/s read/write performance on modern external storage and are only limited by the available bandwidth of the storage interface (SDIO, USB, etc.). The new technology ensures smooth recording and playback of Full HD Video content. Optimized usage of lower-speed interfaces enables mobile Android devices to utilize the bandwidth of SDIO interfaces (e.g. SDXC, SDHC) and delivers smoother read and write operations, improved performance on slower interfaces, and increased cost efficiency.
  • 55. Paragon Sees OEM Demand For Drivers | socalTECH.com Wednesday, August 22, 2012 2012 Press Coverage 55 Irvine-based Paragon Software, the developer of data storage and mobile applications and software, says that it is seeing "unprecedented growth in demand" for its file sytsem driver technology from Android, Linux, and embedded device manufacturers. According to the firm, it has seen a significant number of OEms using its drivers to support exFAT, NTFS, and HFS+ file systems as a part of a move by manufacturers to support SDXC and Windows/Mac USB drives as part of their devices. Paragon did not say what the wins translate to financially, but said it now supplies its drivers to such manufacturers as Acer, ASUS, Buffalo, Cisco Systems, Hitachi Ltd., NETGEAR, Logitech, LG Electronics, Western Digital, EMC/Iomega, Seagate, and Lenovo.
  • 56. Paragon Attracts OEMs This is a Press Release edited by StorageNewsletter.com on Thu, September 6th, 2012 2012 Press Coverage 56 For exFAT, NTFS, and HFS+ Android and Linux platforms Paragon Software Group announced experiencing a growth in demand from Android and Linux mobile and embedded device manufacturers for its cross-platform exFAT, NTFS, and HFS+ driver technology. Their OEM program has seen requirements to specify its cross-platform Universal File System Driver (UFSD) technology grow as a result of consumer demand for Android-powered Smart TVs/Monitors/Set Top Boxes, Smartphones, Tablets and connected devices, which support SDXC cards and Windows/Mac USB drives. Over 10 years ago, Paragon recognized a need for UFSD technology to provide cross-platform access to all of the file systems under diverse platforms (Android, Linux, Windows, and Mac) where these file systems are not natively supported - while maintaining data integrity. Paragon's technology bridges the gap between file system and the various OSs or embedded kernels in the market. Representative UFSD Tier 1 OEM Paragon customers for Android- and Linux-based devices include top manufacturers such as the following: Continued…
  • 57. Paragon Attracts OEMs (cont.) This is a Press Release edited by StorageNewsletter.com on Thu, September 6th, 2012 2012 Press Coverage 57 Continued… • Acer • ASUS • Buffalo • Cisco Systems • Hitachi Ltd. • NETGEAR • Logitech • LG Electronics • Western Digital • EMC/Iomega • Seagate • Lenovo "Paragon has been a strong partner for Buffalo; their first-class OEM support as well as the superior performance and features of their technology are key reasons we have chosen PSG for our Smart Box project," said Kentaro Odaka, GM of Product Development Div. at Buffalo Inc. Paragon proved its leadership in cross-platform technology with millions of satisfied end users worldwide. Compared to alternatives, its portfolio of Android and Linux drivers provide data throughput performance combined with data protection capabilities to ensure file system integrity - even in the case of unsafe removal of the storage device or a power outage. A feature set complimented by chip set support from Intel, Nvidia and Qualcomm to Marvell Semiconductor, Realtek Semiconductor, PLX Technology, Cavium Networks, and Applied Micro has propelled Paragon to be the standard in cross-platform file sharing for the mobile device and embedded system marketplace segments. "The Paragon driver's performance on our ARMADA 1500 DMP platform was very compelling and it enhanced the value of the platform," said Edward Silva, Senior product manager at MarvellSemiconductor. "We look forward to promoting it to our customers.“ "We continue to be impressed with the variety of devices utilizing our driver technology that our OEMs and chip manufacturers are bringing to market; from next-generation smart phones and smart TVs to tablets, set- top boxes and advanced digital media players. It's a very exciting time for the company," said Tom Fedro, president of Paragon.
  • 58. Paragon Collaborating With AppliedMicro This is a Press Release edited by StorageNewsletter.com on Wed, October 10th, 2012 2012 Press Coverage ParagonSoftwareGroupannounced its collaboration with AppliedMicroCorp., in energy conscious computing and communications solutions for data center, telecom, enterprise and consumer applications, for the development of solution for the AppliedMicro PACKET pro family of single and multi-core processors for NAS applications. 58 Paragon's NTFS, exFAT and HFS+ for Linux drivers will target the new APM86xxx SoC processor family. The solution speeds up communication between AppliedMicro-based network appliances and attached storage. NTFS, exFAT and HFS+ for Android and Linux drivers enable read/write access via USB 3.0 interface to Windows and Mac-formatted drives and support the exFAT-formatted SDXC cards on AppliedMicro's Riviera advanced OEM storage platform for next-generation consumer and SMB NAS, Wireless Access Point and Media Servers/Gateways. The Riviera platform, based on the APM86491 processor, allows consumers to simultaneously store, stream and share multimedia content in the connected digital home. Continued…
  • 59. Paragon Collaborating With AppliedMicro (Cont.) This is a Press Release edited by StorageNewsletter.com on Wed, October 10th, 2012 2012 Press Coverage Continued… "The digital home is converging towards an all-in-one network appliance that serves as a router, wireless access point and a networked storage drive," said Majid Bemanian, senior director of marketing for AppliedMicro. "By leveraging Paragon's cross-platform technology, AppliedMicro provides customers an all- in-one media network solution, balancing performance and feature set leadership. With this solution, we address customer's sensitivity for performance, simplicity, and flexibility by being OS- and storage medium- agnostic.“ With the Paragon embedded cross-platform drivers, the Riviera platform provides enterprise NAS read/write performance to Windows/Mac-formatted USB 3.0 drives with twice the throughput and performance of competing devices, exceeding 200MB/s. This means that users can download and share a 4GB file such as a HD video of a feature-length movie or clip in less than ten seconds. "We are very excited to partner with AppliedMicro on their next-generation processor family," said Tom Fedro, president of Paragon. "The OEM community is designing and delivering new, innovative, Smart Devices to the marketplace faster than ever before; they will demonstrably benefit from the incredible performance and utility provided by the AppliedMicro/Paragon collaboration." 59
  • 60. Paragon Software Launches Business Continuity Planning Service Thursday, November 15, 2012 2012 Press Coverage http://www.socaltech.com/paragon_software_launches_business_continuity_planning_service/s- 0046272.html 60 Irvine-based backup and disaster recovery software developer Paragon Software is extending itself into the service market, saying this week that it has launched a new Business Recovery and Continuity (BRC) Planning service. The firm said its extension into services is aimed at helping to design a comprehensive, best practice BC/DR plan for companies following disasters, such as recent super storm Sandy. Pricing on the new services was not announced by the company.
  • 61. Paragon Adds Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Planning to Product Lineup November 14, 2012 2012 Press Coverage Paragon recently launched a Business Recovery and Continuity (BRC) Planning service to complement their backup and disaster recovery software products. Paragon suggests that now is a good time to evaluate the effectiveness and make improvements of company’s plans while hurricane Sandy is still uppermost in everyone’s minds. To that end, the company is offering a free one-hour phone consultation and a checklist through the end of 2012. 61 The addition of the BRC Planning service extends Paragon’s ability to help businesses prepare for disaster and significantly minimize downtime. Furthermore, regulatory bodies such as Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPAA require accurate recovery estimates and well-designed plans for businesses to meet compliance requirements. “We have been providing the technology and processes enabling effective business continuity for years; formalizing the portfolio into a comprehensive service offering is a natural extension for Paragon,” said Daniel Eickhoff, director of channel sales at Paragon. “The recent mega-storm, Sandy, demonstrated that the need in the community is great; many companies see that now is a good time to audit their plans and make necessary adjustments to ensure they are a survivor and not a victim of the next disaster.” Paragon’s specialists will design a comprehensive, best practices BC/DR plan for staff to follow during a disaster. Service Highlights • Onsite departmental interviews • High-level risk assessment • Full review of the current plan • Gap analysis • New-plan development • Onsite table-top exercise • Employee training
  • 62. Paragon Software Launches Business Continuity Planning Service … Posted on November 19, 2012 2012 Press Coverage http://www.erp-software-expert.com/?p=2594 62 Here’s something else interesting: I’m using time to post these. Irvine-based backup and disaster recovery software developer Paragon Software is extending itself into the service market, saying this week that it has launched a newBusiness Recovery and Continui. Read the original here: Paragon Software Launches Business Continuity Planning Service … ERP Software Expert, Dennis Aaron’s Blog
  • 63. 53% Secure Data on Local Server Storage, 51% on NAS, 39% on Tape, 30% on Cloud This is a Press Release edited by StorageNewsletter.com on Fri, November 23rd, 2012 2012 Press Coverage Survey by Paragon Software Backup and DR software developer Paragon Software Group(PSG) conducted a survey among 377 IT professionals from August 29 - September 7, 2012. The results show that of those surveyed, utilizing local server storage was the most popular method (52.6%) for securing critical data in the IT environment, followed closely by NAS (51.2%); with only about a 30% adoption rate of cloud services. Tape still maintains a footprint with a use of 38.8%. (Note: In some cases, multiple storage methods are employed within the same IT environment thus resulting in a totaling of storage methods greater than 100%.) Paragon's numbers regarding the use of cloud services align with InformationWeek's annual cloud survey (Dell, HP Create Clouds for the 'Rest of Us', April 23, 2012, by Art Wittmann), which indicates that the adoption rate of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), a key element of cloud storage, may have reached its peak and is now trending to slower growth. Further, the survey results show that, of those surveyed, cloud services were not implemented in several industries including healthcare and aerospace/aeronautics. Also of note, the finance industry's unique mix of very short system-recovery and long data-retention requirements makes it the market segment with the highest integration of cloud services (36.8%) in the storage environment. Finance is also the highest integrator of tape into the storage mix, 68.4% of those surveyed. The logistics (66.7%) and government (56.0%) industries were the second and third highest users of tape backup by industry. Percentage of Local Server, Cloud, and Tape Use in Storage Environment by Industry: 63
  • 64. Data Storage survey results are as follows November 24, 2012 2012 Press Coverage Paragon Software Group, a well known Data Backup and Disaster Recovery solution provider, recently conducted a survey on data storage. The survey was conducted in between August- September 2012 and included 377 IT professionals representing various enterprises from different parts of the world. The results of survey revealed that over 53% of organizations preferred to store their most critical data on local servers. From among those professionals, a large proportion of respondents agreed that, they were using NAS services to keep their data readily available. As a part of business continuity planning, most of the enterprises also had IP SAN or iSCSI san solutions in place, to achieve high availability, performance and attain data continuity on time. The survey numbers revealed that the tape storage solution was still alive and was much preferred for archival storage. Moreover, almost 43% of respondents agreed that Tape was much preferred solution for storing archived data, as it was cost effective and was within their budget. Paragon Software survey also revealed the fact that, almost 30% of the enterprise data was fed to the cloud. The survey also included the results forwarded by InformationWeek’s annual cloud survey and came to a conclusion that the adoption rate of Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), which is a key element of cloud storage, has reached a saturation point and is now showing slower growth from the past 16 months. Continued… 64
  • 65. Data Storage survey results are as follows November 24, 2012 2012 Press Coverage Continued… Paragon’s numbers suggest that the finance sector, which needs very short term disaster recovery and long data retention requirements, was the leading sector to embrace cloud services. The finance sector also happens to be the highest integrator of tape, which it uses as an archival solution. The logistics sector was the next behind finance to use tape solutions on a high note and it was immediately followed by government industries. The results also revealed a fact that, cloud based services, which includes storage, is being ignored by industries such as healthcare and aeronautics. Going by the percentage of data storage solutions used by different industries, the results are as follows Aeronautics industry has stored 60% of data on their servers and has moved the remaining 40% of data to tape. In a similar fashion, Education sector stored its 50% of data on local servers, 30% on tape and the remaining 20% was moved to the cloud. Finance sector retained almost 45% of data on its server, while 35% of data was moved to tape. Remaining 20% was moved to the cloud. Coming to the healthcare sector, it retained 50% of its data on local servers and 50% was retained on tape medium. Government organizations moved 20% of data to the cloud and 30% of their data was on tape. Remaining percentage, which happens to be critical data, was stored on local servers. Insurance, logistics, manufacturing sectors maintained 40% of data on local servers and 50% were moved to archival solutions. Remaining 10% was retained on cloud. Coming to Real estate, retail telecommunications and transportation almost most of the data was maintained on local servers and a small proportion was distributed on to tape & Cloud. Note- Data stored on local servers includes solution such as DAS, NAS and IP SAN on it. 65
  • 66. Boise State University Selects Paragon Software’s Hard Disk Manager December 5, 2012 2012 Press Coverage Boise State University’s TRiO Educational Talent Search and TRiO Upward Bound Programs selected Paragon’s Hard Disk Manager (HDM) to save time and resources to deploy and/or reimage desktop systems. HDM is a complete solution for image-based backup and disaster recovery. An available Virtual Server add-on component enables technicians to back up virtual servers and leverage an existing virtual environment for instant server recovery. The departments reimaging process without software assistance took three to four hours for each machine. With IT resource time valuable, Corey Simpson, IT coordinator for Boise State University’s ETS and Upward Bound program, conducted research on a variety of reimaging software solutions then scheduled a demonstration of Paragon’s HDM. “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 backup a hard drive before reimaging, providing peace of mind that if it fails I can restore the drive to its original state.” With HDM, the process now requires 30 to 40 minutes. “Paragon HDM is a great alternative to Symantec Ghost or Backup Exec 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. Customers choose Paragon because of our innovative technology, cost- effective licensing and outstanding US-based technical support.” Boise State University’s TRiO Educational Talent Search (ETS) and Upward Bound programs provide outreach and assistance to first-generation college bound and low-income students. The programs maintain ten to twelve off-site classrooms with three to five computers each, requiring regular reimaging. 66
  • 67. CASE STUDIES 2012
  • 68. Paragon Software Case Study Hard Disk Manager Technician License (HDMTL) Organization: Boise State University TRiO Educational Talent Search and TRiO Upward Bound Program Industry: Higher Education Organization Size: 15 employees Key Challenges: Reduce staff time and resources reimaging networked machines Environment: Windows XP and Vista Software Solution: Paragon Hard Disk Manager Technician License (HDMTL) Business Benefits: Quick reimaging of classroom machines Boise State University’s TRiO Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound Program Reduces Reimaging Process from 3 – 4 Hours per Machine to Well Under One Hour with Paragon Hard Disk Manager “We needed to decrease the amount of time we were spending on reimaging machines,” said Simpson. “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.” —Corey Simpson, IT Systems Coordinator Boise State University TRiO Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound Program Boise State University’s TRiO Educational Talent Search (ETS) and TRiO Upward Bound programs provide outreach and assistance to first-generation college bound and low-income students encouraging them on a path to higher education. The program maintains ten to twelve off-site classrooms. One classroom may have three to five computers, requiring occasional reimaging. After conducting an Internet search (reviewing product reviews and feature comparison charts) and narrowing the field of competitors, Corey Simpson, IT coordinator for Boise State University’s ETS and Upward Bound program, scheduled a demonstration of Paragon Software’s Hard Disk Manager Technician License (HDMTL), for advanced imaging and disaster recovery. “We needed to decrease the amount of time we were spending on reimaging machines,” said Simpson. “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.” Before purchasing Paragon’s HDMTL, the reimaging process took about three to four hours per system — essentially each machine requiring a rebuild for each machine. With Paragon it now takes around 30 to 40 minutes per machine. “Hard Disk Manager is a time saver and comes with a multitude of useful tools for added flexibility,” continued Simpson. “Additionally, the software gives me the ability to backup a hard drive before reimaging it, providing a freedom of conscience that if it fails I can restore the drive to its original state.” HDM Tech License is based on Hard Disk Manager Server Edition Hard Disk Manager Server is a complete software package for image-based backup and disaster recovery and disk management and optimization. An available Virtual Server add-on component enables technicians to backup virtual servers and leverage an existing virtual environment for instant server recovery. Other key features include: bare-metal restore to dissimilar hardware, instant server recovery, incremental and differential backups, live server migrations and virtualizations, scheduling and retention wizards, scripting engine, and advanced disk wiping algorithms (DoD certified). While HDM Server is licensed per server, the Technician License is license per user and is available as a 1, 2, or 3-year subscription. © 1994-2012 Paragon Software Group 888.347.5462 sales_usa@paragon-software.com
  • 69. Paragon Software Case Study Paragon Migrate OS to SSD for OEMs Organization: Centon Electronics Industry: Manufacturing (OEM) Size: 70 employees, $30M in Revenues Key Challenges: Ease transfer of operating system to new SSD Environment: Included as a CD in a Notebook Kit. Software Solution: Paragon Migrate OS to SSD Business Benefits: Simplify installation of new SSD in Centon notebooks Centon Electronics Bundles Paragon Migrate OS to SSD Software in SSD Notebook Kits; Ensures Reliable System Transfer “I had worked with Paragon in the past, asked for a copy to test, and it worked perfectly. It was simple, quick and accurate. Exactly the solution we were searching for.” — Aaron Campbell, Product Marketing Manager Centon Electronics Founded in 1978, Centon Electronics, Inc. is a privately owned corporation based in Aliso Viejo, California. Centon offers a full line of DRAM, flash memory, USB drives, and SSD Drives for consumer’s digital needs. Product marketing manager, Aaron Campbell, needed reliable migration software to bundle with their SSD Notebook kits for easy transfer of the operating system, critical applications and files. "After testing another party’s software with our SSDs, we decided to look for a more intuitive software solution. I had worked with Paragon in the past, asked for a copy [of Paragon’s Migrate OS to SSD] to test, and it worked perfectly. It was simple, quick and accurate. Exactly the solution we were searching for.” The task of migrating a software environment (the operating system, applications and files) to another storage device can be a slow and painful process. Paragon Migrate OS to SSD 2.0 simplifies the migration process by providing an intuitive wizard-driven interface. Paragon Migrate OS to SSD automatically downsizes the source system volume, if needed; auto-aligns the copied system partition; and provides intelligent selection of specific files and folders for migration — all without rebooting the system. “Paragon was very responsive and more than willing to work with us even though we were not a large corporation,” continued Campbell. “The customer and technical support was excellent and made us feel we were just as important as an international firm.” Paragon Migrate OS to SSD Software Key features and benefits of Paragon Migrate OS to SSD include upgraded file exclusion technology to increase migration speed, simple and convenient wizard- driven graphical interface, automatic partition resize capability (to prevent common issues when migrating system data from an HDD to a smaller SSD), automatic partition alignment awareness (to prevent redundant read/write operations), Microsoft Reserved Partition awareness, file exclusion/selection capability, hot copy without requiring a system restart, and a smooth migration process regardless of the operating system. © 1994-2012 Paragon Software Group 888.347.5462 sales_usa@paragon-software.com
  • 70. Paragon Software Case Study Hard Disk Manager (HDM) Organization: Fire and Police Pension Association of Colorado Industry: Financial Employees: 60 Key Challenges: Needed disaster recovery that was affordable, not client dependent and could get the system quickly restored in the event of a disaster. Environment: Windows Server 2008 and Linux Software Solution: Paragon Hard Disk Manager (HDM) Business Benefits: Simple image-based restoration process gets system back online within an hour. The Fire Police Pension Association of Colorado Chooses Paragon Software Hard Disk Manager for Reliable, Quick Image-based Disaster Recovery Software “We use Paragon Software’s HDM image-based software primarily for disaster recovery. If we lose a workstation, we can have a replacement up and running in 30 minutes; a server within an hour; whereas it may take up to 10 hours otherwise to rebuild a server.” —Jeff Anderson, Network Engineer, Fire Police Pension Assoc. of CO The Challenge and Search for the Perfect Solution The Fire and Police Pension Association of Colorado (FPPA) administers a statewide multiple-employer public-employee retirement system that provides defined benefit plan coverage as well as death and disability coverage for police officers and firefighters throughout the State of Colorado. Looking for affordable, reliable and quick disaster recovery software, FPPA evaluated three primary image-based products. One was too expensive and the other required installation of client software on all the PCs, lacked an intuitive interface, and encountered issues when faced with restoring to dissimilar hardware. Paragon Software’s Hard Disk Manager (HDM) offered the best image-based disaster recovery software to meet their needs. “Should disaster strike, we needed a flexible and affordable disaster recovery solution that could get us up and running within an hour,” said Jeff Anderson, network engineer for FPPA. “With Paragon’s HDM, we can reimage a workstation within 30 minutes — quick and simple.” The Bottom Line “HDM is rock solid in ease of use with flawless workstation/server P2P restore, regardless of the platform,” continued Anderson. Backup & Disaster Recovery Software Feature Highlights Paragon’s backup and disaster recovery solutions offer comprehensive features including sector and file-based backup, differential and incremental backups, bare-metal restore to dissimilar hardware and virtual machines, and a wizard driven backup scheduler for convenient “set and forget”-type operation. It also allows for backups into a hidden, local partition for self-contained system restore with only a couple of key strokes. © 1994-2012 Paragon Software Group 888.347.5462 sales_usa@paragon-software.com
  • 71. Paragon Software Case Study Drive Backup Server Organization: North Coast Life Industry: Insurance Size: 450 agents in 7 states with $600M of life insurance in force. Key Challenges: Replace outdated backup solution with easy-to-use, reliable, cost-effective software. Environment: Windows 2003 Server Software Solution: Paragon Drive Backup Business Benefits: Fast, reliable, easy-to-use backup software package at an affordable price. North Coast Life Protects Insurance Data with Paragon Drive Backup “Right after purchasing the software, I backed up an important RAID 5 Server. One week later it crashed completely. Drive Backup restored the entire server in 25 minutes, saving critical data and a huge amount of work. 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.” —Jeff Shaver, Director Information Systems, North Coast Life Background North Coast Life’s web site is vital to the company’s $600 Million life insurance business. The site controls all transactions, lead generation, recruiting and inventory. Further, the site integrates with the company’s ERP system that manages orders, deliveries, etc. “The service license on Symantec Backup Exec was up for renewal,” said Jeff Shaver, director of information services for North Coast Life. “After using their software for nearly 10 years, it was time to look for a better solution.” The accessibility of the company’s point of sale system and the ability to recover data and entire systems reliably and quickly in case of disaster, was absolutely critical. Other important requirements on their IT disaster recovery checklist included strong scripting capabilities to automate scheduled disk maintenance operations and virtualization and migration functionality. The Evaluation Process “I reviewed three other competing products before deciding on Paragon,” continued Shaver, “Symantec Backup Exec, Barracuda Backup, and NovaStor Backup.” The evaluation of Symantec’s upgraded Backup Exec software revealed a cumbersome new interface that came with lengthy user manuals and a long learning curve. The renewal also came with a price tag that was out of reach for the SMB. Continued… © 1994-2012 Paragon Software Group 888.347.5462 sales_usa@paragon-software.com
  • 72. Paragon Software Case Study Drive Backup Server North Coast Life Protects Insurance Data with Paragon Drive Backup Continued… Paragon Drive Backup Server’s intuitive interface was up and running in minutes with virtually no time wasted pouring through manuals. “Paragon was easy to use,” said Shaver. “It restored machines just as promised. I took four different workstations and two different servers and restored them to different hardware and each one came back as advertised. Great customer support was a major factor in our decision as well. Every time I called with a question, a support engineer was willing and ready to help (I was lucky if the sales rep from another company would call me back for pre-purchase questions).” © 1994-2012 Paragon Software Group 888.347.5462 sales_usa@paragon-software.com After an in-depth testing phase and comparison North Coast Life decided to replace their existing backup software with Paragon’s Drive Backup Server, which combines highly innovative features for backup, disaster recovery, virtualization and migration — all in one product. Results “One month after purchasing Paragon's Drive Backup Server, one of our main web servers running RAID 5 lost a drive and refused to allow a new drive to be introduced into the RAID. Paragon to the rescue! It only took 25 minutes and our web server running Windows 2003 Server was back up and running.” Priced at 40 percent under Symantec’s renewal cost and bundled with better features, including Windows support, securing data is now a stress-free operation for North Coast Life. About Drive Backup Server 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, leveraging virtual environments for powerful and flexible disaster recovery strategies. Click on the image to view a demonstration of Drive Backup
  • 73. Paragon Software Case Study Partition Manager Server Organization: Polytechnic Institute of New York University Industry: Education Size: About 1,200 faculty and staff; the university offers programs throughout the region and around the globe. Key Challenges: Minimize downtime during disk partitioning process. Environment: Windows, UNIX / LINUX, and OS X Software Solution: Paragon Partition Manager Business Benefits: Reliable partitioning software with an affordable licensing model. Polytechnic Institute of New York University Minimizes Server Downtime with Paragon Partition Manager “Paragon’s Partition Manager filled a void in our technicians’ tool chest. We elected to partner with Paragon because Partition Manager is reliable software that saves us downtime and is backed by a very professional company. Equally important is that Paragon’s superior technical support is always ready to help when needed.” —Hani Basilious, Technical Director for Information Systems Polytechnic Institute of New York University Polytechnic Institute of New York University (formerly Polytechnic University), an affiliated institute of New York University, is a comprehensive school of engineering, applied sciences, technology and research, and is rooted in a 158- year tradition of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship: i2e. The institution, founded in 1854, is the nation’s second-oldest private engineering school. On a tight budget, the university’s IT department staff needed to minimize downtime to repartition servers. Important to Hani Basilious, technical director for Information Systems at Polytechnic, was to partner with a software provider that produced reliable and dependable products, along with providing superior customer service. Reasonable licensing and pricing models were also a factor in the decision process. “Paragon’s Partition Manager filled a void in our technicians’ tool chest,” said Basilious. “We elected to partner with Paragon because Partition Manager is reliable software that saves us downtime and is backed by a very professional company. Equally important is that Paragon’s superior technical support is always ready to help when needed.” Paragon Partition Manager Server Partition Manager includes all the necessary tools to maximize storage while minimizing downtime and man hours required when administering Windows Servers. The software suite provides drive re-partitioning and file system optimization, partition alignment to boost the performance of storage devices, comprehensive bootable environments, backup and disaster recovery options, and a disk editor and boot corrector. A Virtual Server Edition and Technician Licenses are also available. © 1994-2012 Paragon Software Group 888.347.5462 sales_usa@paragon-software.com
  • 74. © 1994-2012 Paragon Software Group 888.347.5462 sales_usa@paragon-software.com Paragon Software - Use Case Deployment Manager Customer Industry Education Company Size 15 IT Staff; ~800 Students Key Challenges Manage new desktop and laptop deployments quickly and efficiently; as well as bare-metal restores to dissimilar hardware. Environment: Microsoft 2003, Windows XP, Vista, and 7 Software Solution: Paragon Deployment Manager (300 licenses) Business Benefits: Deployment Manager saves time and resources, as well as simplifies deployment of multiple machines. Technical High School Saves Time with Paragon Software’s Deployment Manager Eases deployments, offers multicast features, and provides bare-metal restores to dissimilar hardware at a cost-effective price. The Challenge and Search for the Perfect Solution Recognized for its high educational standards in technology-focused education and its ability to prepare students for college and jobs, an east coast-based high school sought a software solution that could save its small IT staff of 15 a significant amount of time refreshing desktops in their computer training classrooms; as well as preparing hundreds of machines simultaneously for staff use. One of the requirements was ensuring that deployments could be conducted to bare- metal, dissimilar hardware. The second, was to develop an efficient method of processing new deployments (it would have taken the IT team weeks to manually deploy hundreds of machines) and refreshing classroom PCs quickly and easily. It needed to automate the process of installation/refreshment and wanted expert tools and advice to conduct the deployments quickly and cost-effectively. After evaluating several competing software solutions in the market, the administrator selected Paragon’s Deployment Manager for its • Time saving automated deployment process • User-friendly interface and ease of setup • Multicast to machines with dissimilar hardware • Bare-metal restores to dissimilar hardware • Paragon’s superior customer service As it turns out, the desktop refreshing process is so simple that the teaching staff performs the deployments without the aid of IT staff, freeing up their time for other projects. 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
  • 75. © 1994-2012 Paragon Software Group 888.347.5462 sales_usa@paragon-software.com Paragon Software - Use Case Hard Disk Manager Customer Industry State Government Key Challenges Incorporate cost-effective, reliable image-based backup and disaster recovery solution. Environment: Microsoft Server 2003, Windows XP, Vista, and 7 Software Solution: Paragon Hard Disk Manager Server (7 licenses) Business Benefits: After RAID controller failure restored server from system snapshot within 4 hours. Restoration with Paragon’s Hard Disk Manager Server after RAID Controller Failure Reliable, cost-effective backup and disaster recovery software The Challenge and Search for the Perfect Solution Located in the hurricane belt, one southern state’s governor’s office knew the importance of being prepared in case of a disaster. When the director of technical services started his new position, one of the first tasks on his agenda was to replace the aging tape backup system with a more reliable, and cost-effective, image-based backup software solution, backing up to a NAS. Soon after receiving the new storage device, the director tested Paragon Software’s Hard Disk Manager backup software for servers. Within weeks of having the new backup system in place, they faced their first test of the software. After the SCSI RAID controller and backplane on one of their servers went out on a Sunday, they switched over to a SATA controller. Because they had their image backup securely in place, before lunch time on Monday they were safely restored. Hard Disk Manager Server Feature Highlights Hard Disk Manager Server provides a complete system backup and disaster recovery solution. An available Virtual Server add-on component allows the user to back up virtual servers and leverage an existing virtual environment for instant server recovery. Other key features include: • Bare-metal restore to dissimilar hardware and instant server recovery • Incremental and differential backups • Live server migrations (P2P, P2V, V2V, V2P) • Wizards and easy scheduling for set-and-forget operations • Scripting engine for advanced or unique requirements • Customizable WinPE and DOS/Linux recovery media • Advanced disk wiping algorithms (DoD certified) • Automatic partition alignment