Cisco Datacenter Solutions ConsultingData centers are the focal point of utilizing IT assets to optimize the business value of an information system. For small businesses, data centers have often grown in a haphazard fashion, resulting in a situation where servers and storage devices are deployed inefficiently, usable communications bandwidth is wasted, collaboration and knowledge sharing is limited, support requirements are excessive, expansion or reconfiguring is costly, security is patchy, nominally simple changes turn into giant hassles, and complete recovery from catastrophic failure is almost impossible.

Cisco's most recent networking products and tools enable a new model of data center architecture that allows continual enhancements in processor, storage, connectivity topology, and applications in a manageable and cost-effective way. Progent's engineers can assist you to select and implement Cisco's connectivity products to build a solid basis for your data center and to streamline your data center processes in critical areas such as:

  • Processor and disk utilization
  • Comprehensive security policy enforcement
  • Server consolidation
  • Regulatory requirements
  • Disaster recovery

The important benefits that can be realized from engaging Progent's network experts to streamline your data center include:

  • Reduced TCO: permits IT management to substantially lower acquisition expenses through consolidation and more efficient use of formerly separate network resources, lower maintenance expenses through simplifying and automating management tasks, and reduce air conditioning and power costs.
  • Greater Business Flexibility: permits IT to respond quickly to evolving business demands by facilitating fast deployment of application and network services from common pools of integrated processor, storage, and connectivity technologies. This helps improve administrative procedures and support policy-based control.
  • Enhanced Network Robustness: enables IT management to react to disruptions or intrusions by guarding connections, applications, and data through advanced degrees of fault tolerance, comprehensive security, and disaster recovery.
  • Improved Service Levels: permits IT to improve business service levels by providing safe, fast connectivity to data center-hosted applications and data from any location and at any moment across the enterprise.
Examples of Progent's Consulting Services for Cisco-powered Data Centers
Progent's network consultants offer a wide range of consulting services that can enable companies of all sizes design a Cisco-based infrastructure that will give your data center a stable and protected foundation for current applications and downstream growth. Support services feature:
  • Designing efficient firewall security solutions based on PIX and ASA firewall devices
  • Deploying and supporting secure VPN connections for connecting data centers to other data centers, corporate sites, and mobile users
  • Designing, and implementing complete fault tolerant switching, routing, and Internet access architectures so that single point breakdowns do not interrupt delivery of services
  • Configuring multiple Internet providers with seamless failover based on Border Gateway Protocol (BGP). Progent can help customers through the entire chain of interaction with Internet authorities, getting Autonomous System numbers and IP addresses allotted, dealing with Internet Service Providers to prepare their networks, and configuring and testing client devices.
  • Implementing segmented and protected virtual LAN (VLAN architectures to compliment VMware and Microsoft virtual server systems
  • Designing, installing and helping clients to manage proactive intrusion prevention systems (IPS) so that attacks can be identified quickly and remediated so they don't disrupt your business
  • Designing, configuring, and supporting load balancing systems. Consulting with customers, Progent can map customer requirements to the appropriate solutions and deploy load balancing at the application and server levels, or connectivity infrastructure layer. Such solutions permit seamless and scalable expansion, reliability, security, and redundancy.
  • Progent knows how to create affordable network management strategies using Simple Network Management Protocol and Netflow protocols, along with Cisco Security Manager and CiscoWorks and various 3rd party products that allow customers a useful real-time view into the health of their data center's network
  • Configuring and troubleshooting advanced data center class infrastructure appliances such as the Catalyst 4500, 6500, and 6800 switches, Cisco Nexus 5000 and 7000 family switches, and Cisco 7200, 7600, and 12000 Series routers.

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