Paragon Protect & Restore 3.2

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Advanced backup and disaster recovery for virtual and physical environments with centralized management for SMBs and large enterprises

  • Management of virtual and physical machines from one console
  • Agentless backup and replication of ESX guest machines
  • Agentless backup of Hyper-V guest machines*
  • Agent-based backup of Hyper-V host, Windows physical machines and fault-tolerant systems
  • Application-level backup of MS Exchange email databases
  • Remote recovery and on-site hardware independent restore (HIR)
  • Multi-tier storage infrastructure and exclusive data deduplication
Features Benefits
vSphere Protection
Agentless backup of guests Significantly enhances backup performance, while minimizing the load on target machines and the hypervisor during the process. PPR enables to back up entirely any online or offline virtual machine hosted by vSphere (Windows, Linux, etc.)
Agentless replication of guests Replication provides the best RTO, as it utilizes clones (replicas) of target machines on a certain ESX datastore
Agent-based backup of fault-tolerant systems and non-commersial ESX Since agentless protection through the VMware snapshot mechanism is unavailable for VMware fault-tolerant systems and guests hosted by a non-commersial ESX, PPR enables to protect them through on-site agents
Replica launch The specified replica will be correctly detached from the replication process and then launched, which may take only a couple of seconds, allowing PPR Admin to get a failed system back on track with minimal downtime
Restore to original/new location When restored to the original location, the original machine will be automatically deleted. When restored to a new location Administrator will be prompted to provide a new name for the machine, and a host and datastore to reside it. The VM configuration file will be modified accordingly
VMware CBT support The use of VMware Changed Block Tracking ensures full or incremental backups or replicas are created with the minimum time and impact on ESX
Paragon ITE support Paragon’s Image Transfer Engine is an alternative way of tracking data changes. It’s automatically used when VMware CBT fails
Hyper-V Protection*
New  Agentless backup of guests PPR backs up any online or offline virtual machine hosted by Windows Hyper-V Server 2012 (Windows, Linux, etc.)
New  Agent-based backup of Hyper-V host PPR can protect Hyper-V hosts in their entirely or by individual volumes, through an embedded physical agent
New  Restore VMs to original/new location When restored to the original location, the original virtual machine will be automatically deleted. When restored to a new location, the Administrator will be prompted to provide a new name for the virtual machine, as well as a host and datastore to associate with it. The VM configuration file will be modified accordingly
New  Paragon ITE support Paragon’s Image Transfer Engine is used to track data changes, ensuring full or incremental backups are created fast, with minimum impact on the Hyper-V host
Physical Machines Protection
Agent-based physical backup A special agent embedded to every target Windows-based physical machine interacts with the infrastructure and accomplishes backup tasks
Entire machines backup Protection of entire machines guarantees complete data safety
Granular backup Protection of particular volumes allows minimization of backup windows and storage requirements
One-Stop-Wizard for immediate protection One-Stop-Wizard helps to instantly configure and initiate protection of a single physical server or workstation
Out of domain backup PPR enables to protect not only members of a domain where it is deployed, but any machine on the net
Remote restore Administrator can initiate recovery of data (non-system) volumes remotely from one of the management consoles
Bare-metal recovery The problem machine is started up from a special WinPE recovery media. After connection to the infrastructure, Administrator manually specifies the desired machine, volume, and restore point
Paragon Recovery-ID Automatically and remotely perform a restore operation without local user-interaction
Restore to dissimilar hardware Allows Administrator to restore a Windows-based machine directly to dissimilar hardware without having to reinstall OS, applications, and re-configure the system
MS Exchange Protection
New  Application-level protection PPR can treat MS Exchange 2007/2010/2013 at the application level, opening up the option to create consistent database backups without any impact on the production email server
New  Incremental chains and block-level data deduplication Usage of incremental backups allows additional flexibility by having different time-stamps while block-level delta for full backups contributes to minimization of backup storage requirements
New  Single instant block backup Even when creating a full backup, PPR analyzes and transfers only blocks of databases which have been changed since the last backup, thus providing for the server load optimization and backup storage minimization
New  Automated recovery from broken increments When MS Exchange refuses to allow creating an incremental backup, PPR automatically initiates a full backup
New  Wide restore options at database level PPR enables to restore separate data stores or storage groups or all groups at once either to the original or some alternative location with the option to create a dialtone database if necessary
New  Flexible restore at mailbox level PPR also allows non-destructive restore of certain mailboxes. By default, their contents will be restored to the original location, provided none of the already existed email items are lost. If necessary, Administrator can specify any mailbox and a folder where you’d like the restored data to be placed to
New  Exchange replicas and cluster configurations support PPR completely supports DAG (Database Availability Group), SCC (Single Copy Cluster), LCR (Local Continuous Replication), CCR (Cluster Continuous Replication), SCR (Standby Continuous Replication), SIOS (Single Instance Object Storage), and High Availability and Site Resilience
New  Close integration with PEGR If using PPR together with PEGR, Administrator can easily connect a backup email database to MS Outlook to view and extract certain emails
General Imaging and Replication Options
Supported storage ties PPR enables to store backup data on ESX datastores, local disks, UNC (network shares), NAS, SAN, FTP/SFTP, cloud (Amazon S3)
Multi-tier storage infrastructure PPR has a solid solution to the problem of dual protection. Dual backup or replication to managed (fully controlled by PPR infrastructure) storages or archiving of backup data from managed to unmanaged storages (like Tape or FTP/SFTP that PPR infrastructure cannot control) enables to double protect target systems with minimal impact on the production environment
Enhanced backup format Paragon introduces a pVHD (Paragon Virtual Hard Drive) format – a special VHD, optimized for storing backups of virtual and physical machines. It’s very efficient in handling incremental chains, data de-duplication and synchronization. pVHD does away with all limitations of a standard virtual drive format, such as a poor compression ratio, integrity control, and encryption capabilities. As a result it allows obtaining backups that are up to four times smaller than original backup objects
New  Backup data deduplication Significantly reduces backup storage footprint. By linking existing local and network backup storages to a local deduplication storage, Administrator can make sure storages do not contain data duplicates, thus significantly cutting on storage requirements. Besides, deduplication enables to cut even more on network traffic, as again only unique blocks of data are transferred to storages, thus having a positive effect on backup timings, RTOs and RPOs of company’s IT infrastructure
Flexible scheduling mechanism Protection policies can be scheduled from every few minutes (nCDP – near Contonuous Data Protection) to hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly
Enhanced data retention mechanism Enables to effectively control backup lifespan and occupied space on storages
New  Backup data exclude/include filters Allow speeding up backup process, while minimizing storage requirements
File-level recovery PPR allows browsing contents of virtual or physical backup images as well as VM replicas to do granular recovery of separate files and/or folders. Required data can be restored either locally (on a machine where PPR Console is installed) or to a network share, provided the original directory structure is kept intact if necessary
Instant restore Instant restore (launch out of backup image) is available through NFS (Network File System) or UIM (Paragon’s Universal Image Mounter)
Storage Browser For easier administration all storages are open for browsing. Having a list of all created backups and replicas at hand, Administrator can easily find and initiate an integrity checkup for those he considers critical, or delete those he doesn’t need any more, or initiate restore
Microsoft VSS support The use of Microsoft’s Volume Shadow Copy Service allows 100% data consistency when taking snapshots of Windows machines
Paragon UFSD support Paragon’s Universal File System Driver provides fast and reliable access to major file systems