Cisco Datacenter Solutions HelpData centers are the key to utilizing IT assets to optimize the competitive value of an IT network. For small organizations, data centers have typically evolved in a haphazard manner, resulting in a situation where processors and storage devices are deployed inefficiently, available communications bandwidth is overlooked, collaboration and information sharing is minimal, maintenance requirements are high, scaling or repurposing is costly, protection is poor, nominally minor changes turn into giant challenges, and full recovery from catastrophic breakdowns is virtually impossible.

Cisco's most recent networking appliances and technologies enable a new model of data center architecture that permits continual enhancements in processor, storage, network infrastructure, and application technologies in a manageable and cost-effective way. Progent's engineers can help you to select and deploy Cisco's network technology to create a solid basis for your data center and to streamline your data center operations in vital areas including:

  • Processor and storage efficiency
  • Comprehensive security enforcement
  • Server proliferation
  • Regulatory requirements
  • Disaster recovery

The business advantages that can accrue from using Progent's network experts to optimize your data center include:

  • Lower costs: permits IT to significantly reduce capital costs via integration and higher utilization of formerly separate equipment, slash operational costs by simplifying and automating management tasks, and cut HVAC and power bills.
  • Greater Business Agility: enables IT management to react quickly to changing business conditions by allowing fast provisioning of application and network services from shared pools of consolidated server, storage, and connectivity technologies. This can improve administrative processes and enable policy-based control.
  • Enhanced Business Robustness: allows IT to defend against disruptions or intrusions by protecting infrastructure, programs, and data through the highest levels of availability, pervasive protection, and business continuance.
  • Improved Service Levels: enables IT management to optimize network service levels by implementing safe, accelerated connectivity to data center-hosted applications and information from any location and at any time across the enterprise.
Samples of Progent's Consulting Services for Cisco-powered Data Centers
Progent's certified Cisco experts can provide a wide range of services that can help companies of all sizes implement a Cisco-powered environment that will offer your data center a reliable and protected foundation for current applications and downstream growth. Support services include:
  • Designing efficient firewall security configurations using Cisco PIX and ASA firewall appliances
  • Installing and supporting protected VPN access for linking data centers to other data centers, business offices, and mobile users
  • Planning, and integrating resilient non-stop switching, routing, and Internet connectivity architectures in which single component breakdowns do not interrupt availability of services
  • Setting up backup ISPs with seamless failover based on BGP protocols. Progent can help customers along the complete path of interaction with Internet authorities, getting ASN numbers and IP addresses assigned, working with ISP carriers to set up their systems, and deploying and testing customer devices.
  • Building segmented and secure virtual LAN architectures to support VMware and Microsoft virtual server systems
  • Architecting, installing and helping customers to administer 24x7 IPS systems so that attacks can be detected rapidly and remediated before they impact productivity
  • Planning, setting up, and supporting load balancing systems. Consulting with customers, Progent can match customer needs to the appropriate solutions and deploy load balancing at the application level, server level, or network infrastructure layer. Such designs allow for transparent and scalable expansion, dependability, performance, and fault tolerance.
  • Progent knows how to plan effective network management solutions based on SNMP and Netflow protocols, along with Cisco Security Manager and CiscoWorks and various outside vendor solutions that allow network managers a useful real-time view into the health of their data center's network
  • Configuring and troubleshooting high-end data center capable routers and switches such as the Cisco Catalyst 6500 and 6800 Series switches, Nexus 6000 and 7000 family switches, and Cisco 7200 and 7600 family routers.

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