Cisco Datacenter Management SupportData centers are the focal point of leveraging IT resources to maximize the business value of an information system. For small organizations, data centers have often grown in a piecemeal fashion, creating a state where processors and disks are deployed inefficiently, available communications capacity is wasted, teamwork and information sharing is limited, maintenance demands are high, expansion or repurposing is expensive, security is patchy, seemingly simple changes turn into giant hassles, and complete recovery from catastrophic failure is virtually impossible.

Cisco's most recent networking appliances and technologies enable a new generation of data center architecture that permits ongoing improvements in server, storage, connectivity topology, and application technologies in a manageable and cost-effective way. Progent's engineers can help you to identify and deploy Cisco's network technology to create a solid basis for your data center and to streamline your data center operations in critical areas such as:

  • Server and storage utilization
  • End-to-end security policy enforcement
  • Server proliferation
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Business continuance

The key advantages that can accrue from engaging Progent's network consultants to streamline your data center include:

  • Reduced total cost of ownership: enables IT management to substantially lower acquisition costs through consolidation and more efficient use of previously isolated equipment, lower maintenance costs by streamlining and automating management tasks, and cut cooling and power costs.
  • Greater Business Agility: permits IT to react dynamically to changing business demands by allowing rapid deployment of application and infrastructure services from common aggregations of consolidated processor, storage, and connectivity technologies. This helps improve administrative procedures and support policy-based control.
  • Better Business Robustness: allows IT to defend against disruptions or attacks by guarding infrastructure, applications, and information through the highest degrees of fault tolerance, comprehensive security, and disaster recovery.
  • Improved Service Levels: permits IT management to optimize business service levels by implementing safe, fast connectivity to data center-resident applications and information from anywhere and at any time across the enterprise.
Examples of Progent's Consulting Assistance for Cisco-based Data Centers
Progent's certified Cisco consultants can provide a broad array of consulting services that can enable companies of any size design a Cisco-powered infrastructure that will offer your data center a dependable and protected basis for existing applications and downstream expansion. Professional services feature:
  • Designing efficient firewall protection solutions based on PIX and ASA firewall products
  • Deploying and troubleshooting secure Virtual Private Network access for linking data centers to other data centers, corporate sites, and mobile users
  • Designing, and integrating complete fault tolerant switching, routing, and Internet connectivity architectures in which single component failures do not interrupt operation of the network
  • Setting up multiple Internet providers with seamless failover using BGP protocols. Progent can help clients along the complete process of paperwork with Internet authorities, having Autonomous System numbers and IP addresses allocated, working with ISP carriers to set up their environments, and deploying and testing customer equipment.
  • Implementing segmented and secure virtual LAN (VLAN architectures to support VMware virtual server deployments
  • Designing, deploying and assisting customers to administer 24x7 intrusion prevention systems (IPS) so that attacks can be detected quickly and defeated so they don't impact productivity
  • Designing, configuring, and troubleshooting load balancing solutions. Consulting with customers, Progent can align expressed needs to the appropriate solutions and implement load balancing at the application level, server level, or connectivity infrastructure layer. Such designs allow for seamless and scalable expansion, reliability, security, and fault tolerance.
  • Progent knows how to plan practical network management strategies based on Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) and Cisco's Netflow protocols, along with Cisco Security Manager and a variety of 3rd party solutions that offer customers a powerful look into the activity of their data center's network
  • Setting up and troubleshooting high-end data center capable infrastructure appliances such as the Cisco Catalyst 4500 and 6500 family switches, Nexus 6000 and 7000 switches, and Cisco 7200, 7600, and 12000 Series routers.

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