Paragon Protect & Restore is an all-in-one software solution for backing up virtual and physical IT infrastructures. No matter whether your IT infrastructure is based on VMware, vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, physical servers or a combination thereof, Paragon Protect & Restore offers quick and flexible restoration functions, easy replication of virtual machines and efficient archiving. Thanks to the free versions of Paragon Protect & Restore, high availability is no longer a budgetary issue – so get started!
The use of a common availability solution for protecting, ESX/ESXi, Hyper-V and physical Windows systems drastically reduces IT administration work, thus lowering the associated expenses. Protect & Restore is also ideal if either physical or virtual systems are used exclusively.
Control – Simple control and monitoring!
Paragon Protect & Restore lets you manage all backup tasks for various systems from a central management console. Support is included for all conventional monitoring solutions and offers extended testing, reporting and analysis functions.
Smooth integration & scalability
Is your business growing? Protect & Restore will grow right along with it!
Flexible licensing for flexible companies – Paragon Protect & Restore adapts to your IT requirements and can also be expanded retroactively for using in tandem with hypervisors from other manufacturers (such as VMware and Hyper-V). Storage reconfiguration and infrastructure expansion can be accomplished in minutes.
High availability and continuity of business operations
Paragon Protect & Restore adapts to your company’s Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPO). Near CDP, instant replication (failover), automatic data validation, test failover and much more ensure continuity and constant availability.
Efficient use of data storage
The more efficiently backup solutions make use of available storage memory, the easier it will be on your IT budget. Multi-tier storage support, archiving functions and expanded data duplication options are only a few of the functions which make Protect & Restore one of the most cost-efficient solutions on the market.
Disaster recovery since 1994
Paragon Protect & Restore is based extensive know-how gathered over 22 years in technology development and customer service. Over 7 million customers have already reaped the benefits of Paragon products!
Backing up vSphere guests Unlike traditional backup tools designed to work with physical machines, PPR can operate at the virtualization layer and directly employ the VMware snapshot mechanism to do backups. It doesn’t need an agent on a target virtual machine to create its point-in-time copy including its configuration, operating system, apps, etc. This approach significantly enhances backup performance, while minimizing the load on target machines and the hypervisor during the process. Besides, there’s no need to provide credentials for every guest to do backups.
Replicating vSphere guests For high-availability virtual environments that run first tier applications, PPR complements VM Backup with VM Replication. Replication provides the best RTO (Recovery Time Objective), as this technique implies creation of clones (replicas) of target machines to a specified ESX datastore and their registration on the host under unique names. Replicas are stored uncompressed in their native format, thus they are ready-to-go at any moment. All changes since the initial full replica are written to VMware native snapshot files, acting as restore points, thus allowing use of the VMware revert-to-snapshot mechanism to further accelerate disaster recovery scenarios, providing relatively zero downtime operation.
Backing up physical machines. Target machines should either be added to the infrastructure directly from the console or installed on-site to embed a special agent that will interact with the infrastructure and accomplish backup tasks. It’s possible to create a special policy that will periodically check Active Directory OUs for new members and automatically add them to the Protect & Restore infrastructure upon detection. When setting up a physical backup policy, you can specify as a backup object entire computers or separate volumes. All backup images are being highly compressed during creation by using redundant data exclusion filters and Paragon’s VHD backup format, which eases the backup storage requirements.
Agent-based protection of virtual machines. The agent-based backup technique can also be applied to protecting guests hosted by non-commercial VMware ESX, where the VMware snapshot mechanism is unavailable, or for VMware fault-tolerant configurations that do not allow agentless protection. Moreover, it can help to protect MS Hyper-V hosts as well as Windows guest machines hosted by other hypervisors.
MS Exchange Protection PPR offers agent-based protection of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007/2010/2013 and its email databases. By operating at the application level through the MS VSS (Volume Shadow Copy) API, administrators have no need to allocate time for backup windows, as PPR enables consistent database backups without any impact on the production email server.
Dual protection PPR supports a two-tier storage infrastructure that optimizes the backup window and network traffic for backups performed simultaneously. In this type of infrastructure, the first-tier (primary) storage can reside as close to the target machines as possible, thus ensuring the highest backup or replication performance. During the dual protection process, first, all target machines are backed up or replicated to the primary, local storage, minimizing the impact on the production environment, and then these primary backups are copied (archived) to second-tier (secondary) storage during a time that ensures minimum impact on the network. Advanced dual protection scenarios may involve utilizing two second-tier storages.
Jan Hörber, System Administrator at Baß Antriebstechnik GmbH
"Paragon’s solution gives us just what we were looking for: Functionality, simple operation, omission of unnecessary added functions. If we have new locations added, we will continue to rely on Paragon Software’s backup solution and implement it at future locations."
"Paragon’s backup and restore software has proven itself many times over with quick, easy and reliable recoveries."
Uwe Muckel, System Administrator at E&K LEITERPLATTEN GmbH
»During this time, we also ran several small disaster recovery tests – with successful results. You immediately get a good feeling when you know that your backup system doesn’t just exist, it also works.«
Canute Underwood, Sr. Account Executive at MicroAge
"Having worked with Paragon on prior projects, we knew the support would be top-notch, which was an important factor for our customers."
Technical support is a vital part of the total Paragon Software Group customer experience. Paragon offers a suite of effective, top-quality support packages to meet your specific needs. We want you to get the most from our products long after the initial sale and installation. We are dedicated to ensure that every issue is resolved to your satisfaction!