Paragon Software Now Shipping Hard Disk Manager 12 Server for Complete Backup and Recovery for Virtual and Physical Environments

Extends Data Media Management Capabilities to VMware ESX including Partitioning, Maintenance and Configuration of Storage Media; Flexible Licensing Models Offered

New Hard Disk Manager (HDM) 12 Server, Virtual Server and Professional Editions include file- and image-based 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. Paragon Software offers flexible licensing plans for Hard Disk Manager 12.

With the latest upgrade, Paragon adds increased speed and functionality to the Hard Disk Manager line of products. The backup of operating systems can now exclude database applications on servers to avoid data inconsistency. This approach takes into account company policies that may incorporate different backup processes for databases. Furthermore, incremental backups with sector-based images are now supported, in addition to differential backups, to provide maximum protection for physical and virtual servers, as well as workstations. System images are not limited to being stored in Paragon’s backup container format. Drive Backup 11 can create a clone to a virtual hard drive for instant disaster recovery; an IT administrator can easily restore a critical system within two to three minutes by just booting it on a virtual machine.

“Our Hard Disk Manager product is a well-known, proven work horse; truly an all-in-one solution for the professional IT administrator and 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.”

Paragon’s exclusive ConnectVD technology now directly connects to ESX hosted virtual hard drives and performs all major operations on the virtual storage device. Since Hard Disk Manager can be connected to more than one virtual hard drive at the same time, even partition migration can be accomplished as easily as migrating to physical devices.

HDM 12 comes with Paragon’s Boot Media Builder that creates a WinPE recovery environment to guarantee the best hardware compatibility when booting in case of an emergency or for offline usage. Further, the boot media provides additional migration features that help to move existing systems to new physical and virtual environments. Other key features include the following:

  • Instant recovery capability through virtualization
  • Seamless restore to dissimilar hardware with 3rd generation Adaptive Restore™ 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
  • HFS to NTFS, or vice versa, conversion without data loss
  • UEFI support
  • GPT support and conversion to MBR
  • Flexible file system support
  • Highly secure disk wiping technology
  • VirtualBox 4 support
  • Customizable WinPE and DOS/Linux recovery media
  • Windows 8*, Server 2008 R2 support

* Tested with Windows 8 Developer and Consumer Preview versions only

Available editions include HDM 12 Professional, HDM 12 Server, and HDM 12 Virtual Server. The product is also available as a Technician License. For a full list of features and benefits, please visit:


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