Cisco Datacenter Management HelpData centers are the key to leveraging information technology resources to maximize the competitive value of an information system. For small businesses, data centers have often evolved in a piecemeal fashion, resulting in a state where servers and storage devices are underutilized, usable communications bandwidth is wasted, collaboration and information sharing is limited, support requirements are high, scaling or repurposing is costly, protection is patchy, nominally minor modifications become giant hassles, and full recovery from disastrous failure becomes almost impossible.

Cisco's most recent networking devices and technologies support a new generation of data center design that allows continual enhancements in processor, storage, connectivity infrastructure, and applications in a manageable and affordable way. Progent's Cisco-certified professionals can help you to identify and implement Cisco's connectivity technology to create a robust foundation for your data center and to streamline your data center operations in vital areas including:

  • Server and disk utilization
  • End-to-end security policy enforcement
  • Processor consolidation
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Business continuance

The key advantages that can be realized as a result of engaging Progent's Cisco-certified experts to optimize your data center include:

  • Reduced ownership cost: permits IT management to substantially cut capital expenses via consolidation and more efficient use of previously isolated equipment, slash operational costs through simplifying and automating administrative jobs, and reduce HVAC and energy costs.
  • Greater Business Agility: permits IT to react dynamically to changing competitive conditions by facilitating fast deployment of application and network services from shared aggregations of consolidated processor, storage, and network technologies. This helps streamline operational procedures and enable policy-based control.
  • Better Business Resilience: allows IT management to respond to disruptions or intrusions by protecting connections, applications, and data through advanced degrees of availability, comprehensive protection, and business continuance.
  • Optimized Service Levels: enables IT management to improve business service levels by providing safe, accelerated connectivity to data center-resident applications and information from any location and at any moment across the organization.
Samples of Progent's Professional Services for Cisco-powered Data Centers
Progent's certified Cisco consultants offer a broad array of consulting services that can enable organizations of all sizes design a Cisco-powered architecture that will give your data center a stable and protected foundation for existing applications and downstream expansion. Professional services include:
  • Designing efficient firewall protection configurations powered by PIX and ASA firewall appliances
  • Installing and troubleshooting protected Virtual Private Network connections for connecting data centers to other data centers, corporate sites, and mobile users
  • Designing, and implementing resilient fault tolerant switching, routing, and Internet access systems so that single component failures do not disrupt delivery of services
  • Setting up multiple Internet providers with seamless failover using Border Gateway Protocol (BGP). Progent can assist clients along the complete path of interaction with Internet supervisors, getting ASN numbers and IP addresses allocated, working with ISPs to prepare their systems, and deploying and testing client devices.
  • Implementing segmented and protected virtual LAN environments to compliment VMware virtual server deployments
  • Designing, installing and assisting customers to manage proactive intrusion prevention systems (IPS) so that attacks can be identified quickly and defeated before they impact productivity
  • Designing, configuring, and supporting load balancing systems. Consulting with clients, Progent can align expressed needs to the most sensible technology and deploy load balancing at the application level, server level, or network infrastructure layer. Progent's load balancing designs permit transparent and scalable expansion, dependability, security, and fault tolerance.
  • Progent can create affordable network management strategies based on Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) and Netflow protocols, along with Cisco Security Manager and a variety of 3rd party products that present customers a useful look into the health of their data center's network
  • Configuring and supporting high-end data center class infrastructure appliances such as the Catalyst 4500 and 6500 switches, Nexus 5000, 6000, and 7000 family switches, and Cisco 7200, 7600, and 12000 routers.

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