While Apple’s new file system promises the snapshot, Paragon Software delivers it

One of the most exciting features Apple announced at WWDC 2016 was a new file system APFS (Apple File System) that’s going to replace CoreStorage, FileVault, FusionDrive, and the more than decade-old HFS by eventually becoming the default file system for all Apple gadgets in the coming years, from the Apple Watch to Mac computers.

Among other novelties APFS, currently available as part of the macOS Sierra beta, brings a long-anticipated file system mechanism called snapshot. In short, snapshot allows users to grab an instant copy of the file system at a specific point in time — effectively “freezing” data — while continuing to use and modify the file system while keeping old data intact. It does so in a space-efficient manner, where changes are tracked and only new data blocks take up additional space, which is extremely valuable for regular backup.

There are various snapshot technologies on the market, but the most well-known today is Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), which is integrated into Windows XP and later. It’s no wonder most PC backup vendors utilize it instead of developing their own online backup solutions: Invoked by a supported backup utility (requestor, in Microsoft parlance), VSS saves the initial state of data blocks residing on disks by creating shadow copies for each volume involved in the process as virtual read-only devices. The backup utility then copies data from those shadow copies to a backup location, while OS and applications continue writing to the original volumes. This trick ensures consistency of backup data at any given moment, while allowing standard read/write operations for target storage devices during a backup process. Once the backup task is completed, the shadow copies are deleted.

Obviously, the arrival of similar snapshot functionality in APFS promises big changes to Time Machine, which promises to completely replace the creaky, aging mechanism of hard links that it builds and maintains – a slow and resource-consuming process. Currently, Time Machine has to wait until user applications are closed and locked files become available to process files, while ignoring system files at all, which is why OS X has a two-step restore procedure: Users first reinstall the operating system before restoring apps and user files from a backup image. Snapshot opens the door for fast, regular backup imaging of the entire system including user files, running applications, and operating system. By only saving changes when a file is updated, a snapshot-based backup app also requires much less disk space. All this promises that in the not-too-distant future, Time Machine backups could be faster and occupy less space than they do today.

In the meantime, the only snapshot technology available to Mac users is our Snapshot for Mac OEM. The concept of the Paragon Snapshot for Mac technology is based on embedding a special filter driver into a kernel input-output (I/O) stack between a block device and the file system. The goal is to save the initial state of data blocks on a disk at the time the snapshot is taken to provide backup data consistency, while the OS or applications continue modifying data on the same disk.

When attempting to write something to a block device for which a snapshot has been taken, the filter driver first copies existing data from the targeted blocks to a special temporary file called the backstore, and only then the writing operation is allowed. This way, Snapshot for Mac doesn’t prohibit rewriting data on the block device snapshot, but only postpones it until old data is copied to the backstore. Thus, for data blocks changed after a snapshot is taken, Snapshot for Mac provides a backup engine for initial data from the backstore, while unchanged blocks are stored directly on the device.

If you develop your own backup solution for Mac or represent a vendor of disaster recovery solutions for businesses of all sizes, you can make it even more robust by accelerating backup routines while increasing customer satisfaction and loyalty. Paragon Snapshot for Mac will help you to increase your target audience with companies whose businesses rely on Macs: For example, design firms, movie production studios, and more.

Paragon Snapshot for Mac OEM allows you to easily and quickly back up running applications and system-locked files, create RAW disk images, or an image of any volumes (e.g. NTFS or ExtFS-formatted Windows or Linux partitions).

In the newly updated version, Paragon Snapshot for Mac OEM doesn’t require a post-installation reboot, no longer loads and runs in the background when OS X starts up — all of which helps minimize any potential slowdown for the Mac. We designed it to achieve maximum productivity with a minimum of required operating system resources.

While Apple’s new file system promises the snapshot, Paragon Software delivers it — check out the full features of this amazing solution on our website!

Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac

  • The first snapshot technology for OS X;
  • The only solution for sector-level imaging;
  • 2-4 times faster than file-level backup/restore procedures!

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Special for users of earlier OS X version: Try our full-functional Paragon NTFS for Mac Yosemite Free!

Despite its name, this multilingual product supports all OS X versions up to OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard!

Paragon NTFS for Mac eliminates boundaries between Mac and Windows operating systems, delivering full read and write support for NTFS-formatted drives on OS X. Paragon NTFS for Mac achieves the speed of native drivers and is the industry’s fastest solution for Mac users who want to share data between Mac and Windows systems, so that the user doesn’t even notice on which platform their files are.

Paragon NTFS for Mac 14

Paragon NTFS for Mac Yosemite Free is based on Paragon’s proprietary Universal File System Driver (UFSD) technology. Paragon UFSD provides full access (read/write, format, etc.) to volumes of the most popular file systems under all popular platforms (Mac, Windows, Linux, Android and DOS).

Availability:
Paragon NTFS for Mac Yosemite Free is available for download absolutely free of charge! For Mac users of El Capitan, the commercial 14th version is available at $19.99.
For other Mac products, please visit Mac ToolBox Portal.

NTFS for Mac 14 Preview grants full access to NTFS volumes under OS X El Capitan Preview

Read, write, create, edit, copy, transfer NTFS partitions easily and safely. Download now for free and use without registration for 60 days!

Paragon NTFS for Mac® 14 Preview provides full read and write access to Windows-formatted NTFS partitions on Apple’s OS X El Capitan Preview. To ensure a higher level of security, the new release by Apple delivers a new protection feature. System Integrity Protection prevents modifications to certain system files, folders and processes. This protects components on disk and at run-time, only allowing system binaries to be modified by the system installer and software updates. Code injection and runtime attachments to system binaries are no longer allowed. Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 is fully compatible with Apple’s new security policy ensuring fast, hassle-free and safe access to NTFS partitions from the new Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan Preview.

Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 Preview is available for immediate download, without registration, to all Mac enthusiasts testing Apple’s OS X El Capitan Preview. All users who purchased NTFS for Mac OS X 12 will get a free upgrade to Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 when the commercial version is released.

Join Paragon’s beta program to win one of 100 commercial licenses of Hard Disk Manager for Mac

Paragon Software Releases Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac Beta

Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac beta is a new powerful tool to handle all of your disk management tasks. Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac is the result of more than 20 years of development in data protection, backup and disaster recovery on Windows and OS X now making it available to dual-boot users working on OS X-based systems.

Paragon Software is opening the road to Hard Disk Manager for Mac, powerful management solution for OS X! In order to improve the quality of the product and integrate as much customer input as possible, we would like to offer beta testers and Mac enthusiasts a unique opportunity to test Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac Beta at its still early stage of development. Much of the feedback collected will be considered and implemented in the commercial version of the product slated for summer 2015. Some features may change or be added as a result of early feedback. Share with us your experience about the utility’s performance and your vision for the final product.

Send your feedback via email to: beta-test@paragon-software.com or post it on our Community Forum.

Most active beta testers who provide the most valuable feedback or suggestions will receive free commercial licenses of Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac. However we appreciate any input and all beta-testers will get 30% discount on the final commercial version of program.

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Paragon Disk Wiper 15 for Mac OS X Free and other tools on MacToolbox portal

Paragon Mac ToolBox portal offers an array of Mac tools to solve anything from operating systems incompatibility issues to redistribution of free space between Mac and Windows partition

We are excited to announce Paragon Disk Wiper 15 for Mac OS X Free – a utility to efficiently clean hard disks and SSDs or permanently erase critical data on separate partitions or entire hard disks. With the new tool, wiping is not accomplished under Mac OS X, but from a Linux-based flash stick that can be easily created with the program. After booting the Mac from this device, the Wipe Wizard can irreversibly remove confidential data in just a few easy steps.

Learn more about the product and its outstanding!

New Mac ToolBox portal is now available for Mac users!

Visit our brand-new Paragon Mac ToolBox portal that makes it easy to find the right solution for Mac-related problems. Many tools are absolutely free of charge, like Paragon Boot Camp Backup Free, to back up Windows under OS X, while all commercial products are available on a time-limited demo basis.

Paragon Protect & Restore 3.5 for businesses of all sizes protects data and restore objectives in virtual and physical environments

Unified, scalable protection solution for heterogeneous IT infrastructures now with enhanced performance, a new powerful deduplication mechanism, the most efficient Exchange database backup and recovery, protection of virtual machines hosted by Microsoft Hyper-V, Paragon’s proprietary patent-pending data processing techniques and more!

Paragon Software Group releases  Paragon Protect & Restore 3.5 – an advanced backup and disaster recovery solution with centralized IT management for organizations employing diverse platforms and technologies in physical and virtual environments. The new PPR 3.5 delivers rock-solid security in heterogeneous IT environments consisting of domain and non-domain machines.

Paragon Protect & Restore (PPR) provides fast backup and best-in-class recovery capabilities. It ties in seamlessly with hypervisors for agentless backups, VM replication and instant restores. This makes PPR the ideal solution for IT admins of complex IT infrastructures and companies with rather small and basic installations alike. The central management console allows the user to configure backup and retention policies, storage locations, and perform restores, all conveniently from one console.

Learn morea about the key features and benefits.

Moreover, with PPR 3.5, Paragon introduces a new and more flexible licensing model, with options to suit various scenarios.  To find out more about Paragon’s cost-efficient starter packages for small and medium-sized companies, volume and non-profit discounts, please send inquiries to sales@paragon-software.com.

To download a free evaluation copy, please visit. To schedule a free webinar, please visit.

Paragon Boot Camp Backup Beta is on testing!

Paragon Software is happy to invite all interested users to test the beta version of the upcoming Paragon Boot Camp Backup!

The only solution to back up Windows under OS X provides sector-level backup, incremental imaging, selective restore and much more under OS X 10.10 Yosemite!

More key features and benefits

Become a beta tester and download the product for free!

Five of the most active beta testers, who provide the most valuable feedback or suggestions will receive free commercial licenses of Paragon Boot Camp Backup. However we appreciate any input and all beta-testers will get 30% discount on the final commercial version of program.

Try an absolutely new technological solution before its commercial release and bring your input to get a free license of the commercial product!

New Paragon QNX Driver Embedded enables car owners to exchange data between embedded infotainment systems and digital assistants

Data Exchange Between QNX-based Media Centers and Laptops, Tablets and Desktop PCs Made Easy. The Largest Selection of Additional Cross-platform Tools for Users of Incompatible Consumer Electronics on Android, Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Available at Paragon Portal

Paragon Software Group (PSG) announces the release of Paragon QNX Driver Embedded, the software solving compatibility and interoperability issues between QNX-based in-car infotainment systems and storage devices running on other operating systems, including Windows and Mac OS X. Paragon QNX Driver Embedded is targeted, foremost, towards middleware developers in the automotive industry who want to make the car owner’s experience as convenient as possible.

Paragon QNX Driver Embedded is based on the company’s proprietary UFSD cross-platform technology that enables any device to communicate and gain access to storage media regardless of file system type.

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Paragon Software’s Hard Disk Manager selected by Vancrest Health Care Centers

Provides Fast and Reliable Disaster Recovery with Flexible Licensing Options

Vancrest Health Care Centers selected  Hard Disk Manager (HDM) for backup, recovery and disk management for the entire organization comprised of nine separate facilities across Ohio.

HDM is a software suite that offers system imaging as well as file-based backup for disaster recovery, to protect data, minimize downtime, and lower data storage and management costs while ensuring business continuity through near-instant system recovery. Furthermore, the software suite includes a set of disk management tools for live server migration and virtualization (P2V, V2P, V2V, and P2P), partitioning and alignment, along with secure disk wiping.

After extensive online research and hands-on evaluations of several of the top-tier backup and recovery vendors, Eric Burk, director of technology services at Vancrest, decided upon Paragon Hard Disk Manager. “We studied a lot of different product reviews to develop a short list of prospective vendors. Paragon’s suite fit all of our needs and was competitively priced,” said Eric Burk. “Our spot testing was very successful; I would recommend Paragon’s solution to other colleagues who are looking for a great product that comes with fantastic tech support.”

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Paragon Software Group’s Deployment Manager selected by Insight Investments for mass deployment of laptops

Disk Imaging Software Saves Time and Money by Providing Quick, Cost-Effective and Easy-to-Manage Multicast Imaging

Paragon Software Group’s Deployment Manager was selected by Insight Investments, LLC, system integrators based in California, as a reliable and scalable software to simplify the imaging process of tens of thousands of laptops for use in educational institutions across the country.

“About 70 percent of our business is with K-12 school districts as well as universities,” said Jay Johnson, vice president of operations at Insight Investments. “Each district has 10 to 45 schools. They come to us to purchase refurbished laptops in bulk. The schools send us a copy of the image they want duplicated onto their machines; a typical image includes the operating system, applications and 50 to 60 gigabytes of data. Before implementing Paragon’s Deployment Manager, the process was tedious requiring the removal of each laptop’s hard drive for imaging; now we can reimage the machines without disassembling them and connecting the hard drive to a duplicator.”


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