Cisco Datacenter Management SupportData centers are the focal point of leveraging information technology assets to optimize the business value of a computer network. For small companies, data centers have often evolved in a haphazard manner, creating a state where servers and disks are underutilized, usable communications bandwidth is wasted, collaboration and knowledge sharing is minimal, support requirements are excessive, expansion or repurposing is expensive, security is poor, seemingly simple modifications turn into major challenges, and full recovery from catastrophic failure is almost undoable.

Cisco's latest network products and tools support a new generation of data center design that allows ongoing improvements in server, storage, connectivity infrastructure, and application technologies in a maintainable and economical way. Progent's engineers can help you to select and implement Cisco's network technology to create a robust foundation for your data center and to streamline your operations in critical areas including:

  • Processor and storage efficiency
  • End-to-end security policy enforcement
  • Processor proliferation
  • Regulatory requirements
  • Business continuance

The business advantages that can be realized from using Progent's network experts to enhance your data center include:

  • Reduced costs: allows IT to substantially lower acquisition expenses via integration and more efficient utilization of previously separate equipment, slash operational expenses by simplifying and automating administrative jobs, and cut air conditioning and power costs.
  • Greater Business Agility: enables IT management to react quickly to evolving business demands by allowing rapid deployment of application and infrastructure functions from shared pools of consolidated server, disk, and network resources. This can streamline administrative processes and support policy-based management.
  • Better Network Robustness: allows IT management to defend against breakdowns or intrusions by protecting connections, applications, and data through advanced levels of fault tolerance, comprehensive protection, and disaster recovery.
  • Improved Service Levels: allows IT to improve business service levels by providing safe, accelerated access to data center-hosted applications and information from anywhere and at any time across the enterprise.
Samples of Progent's Consulting Assistance for Cisco-powered Data Centers
Progent's network experts can provide a wide range of services that can enable organizations of all sizes implement a Cisco-powered infrastructure that will offer your data center a stable and protected basis for current applications and downstream expansion. Progent's consulting services include:
  • Designing efficient firewall security configurations powered by Cisco PIX and ASA firewall appliances
  • Deploying and troubleshooting secure Virtual Private Network access for linking data centers to other data centers, corporate offices, and mobile workers
  • Designing, and implementing complete fault tolerant LAN and Internet access systems so that single point breakdowns do not disrupt operation of the network
  • Configuring backup Internet providers with transparent failover using Border Gateway Protocol (BGP). Progent can guide clients along the complete chain of interaction with Internet supervisors, having ASN numbers and IP addresses allotted, working with ISP carriers to set up their networks, and deploying and checking client devices.
  • Implementing segmented and secure virtual LAN (VLAN environments to support VMware and Microsoft virtual server systems
  • Architecting, deploying and helping clients to manage proactive intrusion prevention systems (IPS) so that assaults can be identified quickly and remediated so they don't impact productivity
  • Planning, setting up, and supporting load balancing solutions. Working with clients, Progent can match customer requirements to the most sensible solutions and implement load balancing at the application and server levels, or network infrastructure layer. Such solutions permit transparent and convenient growth, reliability, performance, and fault tolerance.
  • Progent can plan affordable network management strategies using Simple Network Management Protocol and Netflow protocols, along with Cisco Security Manager and a variety of outside vendor products that offer network managers a useful real-time view into the activity of their data center's infrastructure
  • Configuring and supporting high-end data center capable infrastructure appliances including the Catalyst 6500 and 6800 switches, Nexus 5000 and 7000 family switches, and Cisco 7600 and 12000 Series routers.

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