Cisco Datacenter Management HelpData centers are the key to utilizing information technology resources to optimize the competitive value of an IT network. For small organizations, data centers have often evolved in a piecemeal manner, resulting in a state where processors and storage devices are deployed inefficiently, usable communications bandwidth is overlooked, teamwork and information sharing is minimal, maintenance requirements are high, expansion or reconfiguring is costly, protection is patchy, nominally simple changes turn into major hassles, and full recovery from disastrous breakdowns is virtually impossible.

Cisco's most recent networking devices and technologies enable a new model of data center architecture that permits ongoing improvements in processor, storage, network topology, and applications in a manageable and affordable way. Progent's engineers can help you to select and implement Cisco's connectivity solutions to build a solid basis for your data center and to improve your data center operations in vital areas including:

  • Server and disk utilization
  • End-to-end security policy enforcement
  • Server proliferation
  • Regulatory issues
  • Disaster recovery

The important benefits that can accrue from engaging Progent's network experts to optimize your data center include:

  • Lower costs: permits IT management to significantly lower capital costs via integration and higher use of formerly separate network resources, lower maintenance expenses by streamlining and automating administrative tasks, and cut HVAC and energy costs.
  • Greater Business Flexibility: enables IT to react dynamically to changing business demands by allowing fast deployment of application and infrastructure functions from common aggregations of integrated server, storage, and network technologies. This can improve administrative procedures and enable policy-driven management.
  • Enhanced Network Robustness: allows IT to react to breakdowns or attacks by guarding infrastructure, applications, and information with advanced levels of fault tolerance, comprehensive protection, and business continuance.
  • Optimized Service Levels: allows IT management to optimize business service levels by implementing secure, accelerated connectivity to data center-resident applications and information from any location and at any time across the enterprise.
Examples of Progent's Professional Help for Cisco-based Data Centers
Progent's network consultants offer a wide array of consulting services that can enable businesses of any size design a Cisco-based architecture that will offer your data center a dependable and protected basis for existing applications and downstream growth. Professional services feature:
  • Designing efficient firewall security solutions based on Cisco PIX and ASA firewall products
  • Installing and supporting secure Virtual Private Network access for connecting data centers to other data centers, corporate sites, and mobile workers
  • Designing, and implementing resilient zero-downtime LAN and Internet access environments in which single point breakdowns do not disrupt operation of the network
  • Setting up multiple Internet providers with transparent transfer using Border Gateway Protocol (BGP). Progent can assist clients along the complete path of interaction with Internet authorities, having ASN numbers and IP addresses allotted, working with ISP carriers to prepare their environments, and deploying and testing customer equipment.
  • Implementing segmented and protected virtual LAN architectures to compliment VMware and Microsoft virtual server deployments
  • Designing, installing and helping customers to administer 24x7 intrusion prevention systems (IPS) so that assaults can be identified rapidly and defeated so they don't disrupt your business
  • Designing, setting up, and supporting load balancing systems. Working with customers, Progent can match expressed needs to the appropriate technology and deploy load balancing at the application and server levels, or network infrastructure layer. Such designs permit transparent and convenient expansion, reliability, performance, and redundancy.
  • Progent can plan affordable network management strategies based on SNMP and Netflow protocols, along with Cisco Security Manager and CiscoWorks and a variety of outside vendor solutions that offer network managers a useful real-time view into the health of their data center's infrastructure
  • Setting up and troubleshooting high-end data center class routers and switches such as the Catalyst 4500, 6500, and 6800 Series switches, Cisco Nexus 6000 and 7000 switches, and Cisco 7200 and 7600 Series routers.

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