Fault Tolerant Data Center ConsultingInternet Data Centers offer an attractive option for companies with the need to host applications that are delivered to a geographically dispersed user base.

For costs that are well within the IT budget of virtually any small business (often starting as low as $100 per month), companies can immediately enjoy the advantages of housing their equipment in a professional-grade Data Center whose benefits include Internet availability that usually exceeds 99.999% uptime, dramatic savings in management expenses due to the elimination of common infrastructure failures, lighting-fast Internet connections that are usually at least 60 times faster than the fastest Internet connections available to most small businesses, the highest levels of physical security, and electrical power that is immune to blackouts, brownouts, and internal breakdown.

Data Centers offer useful features including "remote hands" capability, a service in which Data Center staff can provide rudimentary but valuable assistance such as pushing a reset button or power cycling a server. This value-added service avoids the cost of having your in-house support personnel travel to the office to perform simple troubleshooting steps. Better yet, such Data Center services are available on a 24x7 basis, 365 days a year, relieving stress and cutting expenses by dramatically simplifying the logistics required to maintain high network availability.

There are over 75 mission-critical class Internet Data Centers in Northern California, and Progent's Data Center consulting experts can help you select one that meets the particular requirements of your business, including geographic proximity, space, connectivity, affordability, and value-added features and services.

For companies concerned about the risks associated with potentially catastrophic impacts caused by major earthquakes in the Bay Area, world-class Data Centers in the Sacramento area offer close proximity to your business while significantly reducing your network's exposure to damage from seismic events.

Internet Data Centers are especially appealing to small businesses because of their affordability and feasibility in comparison to taking a do-it-yourself approach. Trying to build an in-house data center with even a minimum level of fault tolerance by installing features such as a local computer room generator for power protection, redundant air conditioning systems, multiple Internet T1 lines, and a physically secure infrastructure, is for most small businesses either impossible due to facility limitations or financially prohibitive.

By using multiple data centers, businesses can enhance not only fault-tolerance but also performance. For example, by deploying F5 Networks' BIG-IP controller in each data center to load balance a farm of web servers, and then F5's BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager (formally 3-DNS) product at each data center, Internet traffic will be spread automatically between multiple, geographically dispersed sites. The BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager routes web requests to different data centers based on their proximity to the requester, availability and current utilization/response times. This approach can accelerate application performance by up to three times, ensure that priority applications are served first, and offload expensive server cycles. For more information about Progent's support for fault tolerant technology from F5 Networks, visit Load Balancing Consulting.

Other Zero-Downtime Solutions Provided by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco support professionals can help your business to design a cost-effective, zero-downtime environment that addresses critical problems covering a broad array of networking technologies and processes such as:

Disaster Recovery Planning
Progent's business continuity planning professionals can show you how to create a business continuity plan in order to resume IT operations in case of an IT network disaster. Progent can help you to develop a complete disaster recovery strategy that incorporates scheduled disaster recovery assessments and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified consultants can also show you how to build an affordable, non-stop system solution that addresses availability issues covering a broad range of network technologies and processes. To learn more, visit Disaster Recovery Consulting Services.

Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent offer small and mid-sized organizations a low cost and fully managed service for secure backup/disaster recovery. Available at a low monthly cost, ProSight DPS automates and monitors your backup activities and enables rapid restoration of vital files, applications and virtual machines that have become lost or corrupted as a result of hardware failures, software glitches, disasters, human error, or malware attacks like ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you back up, recover and restore files, folders, applications, system images, as well as Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware virtual machine images. Important data can be backed up on the cloud, to an on-promises storage device, or mirrored to both. Progent's cloud backup consultants can deliver advanced expertise to configure ProSight DPS to be compliant with government and industry regulatory requirements like HIPPA, FINRA, and PCI and, whenever necessary, can help you to recover your business-critical data. Read more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Cloud Backup.

Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery consultants can assist you to design a DR solution based on Microsoft's cloud-tested Failover Clustering technologies including Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-intrusive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss recovery, Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class network-attached storage using industry-standard hardware, VM Load Balancing for enhancing the performance and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while minimizing TCO and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for easy, economical creation of a stretch cluster quorum arbitration point. To read more, visit Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Support.

Windows Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced world-class fault tolerance and system recovery to Microsoft's failover clustering solution. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this technology and provides important enhancements offering increased expandability, non-stop disk storage availability for server applications, easier management, faster automatic failover, and additional flexibility for architecting failover clusters. For details, see Windows Server 2012 Clustering Migration and Support.

VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager (SRM) is an extension to VMware vCenter that lets you define, automate and verify a repeatable workflow for recovering applications and services quickly after a breakdown. Site Recovery Manager provides centrally managed and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, plus non-intrusive site migration, failback and site re-protect. SRM also allows non-disruptive testing for site recovery, upgrades and fixes and can generate audit reports to confirm full service restoration, validate Service Level Agreements and prove disaster recovery compliance. Progent offers the skills of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consultant to assist your organization to plan, configure, test and maintain a disaster recovery solution based on VMware Site Recovery Manager.

NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Technology
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery platform that combines array-based storage clustering along with continual replication to deliver rapid, zero RPO disaster recovery between sites located as far as 300km away from one another. Progent offers online or on-premises access to a certified NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can assist your business to plan, configure, manage, update, test and repair a disaster recovery system based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you to choose a topology for your MetroCluster environment that meets your functional needs and IT budget. Progent can ensure you follow best practices for configuring your MetroCluster solution by providing help with procedures like assigning shelf IDs, determining aggregate and plexes layout, setting up volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, installing switches, designing a tiebreaker mechanism, designing a configuration replication network, and verifying your disaster recovery solution to verify adherence with information assurance standards and regulatory mandates.

Fault Tolerant Load Balancing
Progent provides high availability load balancing consulting covering system load balancing, load balanced programs, LAN/WAN backbone routing, and content dispatching products such as Cisco Content Engine. High availability load balancing solutions for which Progent offers consulting services include Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Access Suite and Presentation Server, Cisco CSS, Cisco Content Distribution Manager and Cisco CDN Software, and F5 Networks BIG-IP. For details, visit High Availability Load Balancing.

24x7 Inter-office Connectivity
Progentís branch office network infrastructure professionals can help businesses create zero-downtime inter-site connectivity solutions via redundant networks featuring automatic failover. Progentís Cisco-qualified CCIE engineers can plan and deploy high-availability Inter-office connections based on non-stop EIGRP network routers or fault tolerant OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how redundant connections and transparent fail-over offers affordable 24x7 interoffice connectivity. To read more, go to 24x7 Inter-office Connectivity.

High Availability Internet Connections
Progent's Cisco-certified network consultants can show you how to build an economical, fault tolerant Internet connection architecture that can achieve 24x7 Internet connectivity through a broad array of high availability Internet access solutions including non-stop BGP, automatic fail-over, and multiple ISPs. Progent offers Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert consultants to help you utilize the most up-to-date techniques for fault tolerant Internet connectivity to build an affordable, completely redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other features to deliver zero-downtime Internet availability. For more information, go to High Availability Internet Connectivity Solutions.

Backup and Restore Technology Consulting and Support Services
Progent offers affordable online access to engineers with expertise in a wide range of utilities and technologies that deliver solutions for protecting Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux/UNIX servers and desktops as well as notebooks and smartphones. Progent can provide help for all major backup products such as Acronis Backup and Recovery, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist, CrashPlan, Double-Take Backup, Mozy, Retrospect, Apple Time Machine, VMware Data Recovery (VDR), and Solaris FLARs. Progent can assist your company to deploy, upgrade, or maintain backup/restore systems for a variety of architectures such as local, remote, cloud-based, or a mix. For more information, see Backup and Restore Technology Consulting and Support Services.

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Backup and Restore Consultants
Progent's expert Microsoft SCDPM support professionals can assist you to create an effective business continuity strategy, design an affordable fault-tolerante IT infrastructure, configure a Microsoft SCDPM-based backup and restore solution, comprehensively validate your system, educate your administrative staff or regular service providers how to manage Microsoft SCDPM, or provide extensive IT outsourcing services including remote hosting of virtual or physical SCDPM servers in Progent's world-class data center facility. To read more, see System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Consulting Services.

Barracuda Backup Cloud and Offsite Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is an affordable, subscription backup and disaster recovery service for small and medium-size businesses. A Barracuda Backup deployment can incorporate a custom-designed hardware appliance manufactured by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with similar features but which uses your existing storage hardware. Barracuda Backup protects critical company data generated locally, at one or more remote sites, or in the cloud. For disaster preparedness, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon Web Services (AWS), or to any site with a physical or virtual Barracuda Backup appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts can provide a broad array of consulting support services to help you to design, integrate, manage and repair a BDR system built on Barracuda Backup. For details, go to Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting and management.

Altaro VM Backup Software for Data Protection and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup provides small organizations a reliable and affordable platform for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-based virtual machines (VMs). Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in on-premises, remote, multi-site, and cloud environments and also supports low-cost backup to Microsoft Azure Block Blob storage. Top capabilities include industry-leading Augmented Inline Deduplication to cut backup storage needs, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup intervals as little as five minutes for reducing your Recovery Point Objective, military-grade encryption, granular restore capability for specific files and emails, support for Windows Server Cluster Shared Volumes and VMware vCenter for managing larger deployments, and the ability to leverage Microsoft VSS technology to back up online virtual machines without downtime. Progent is an Altaro partner and can provide a broad range of services to assist you to design, deploy, optimize and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery system based on Altaro VM Backup software. For more information, go to Altaro VM Backup Certified Consultants.

Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Data Backup and Recovery
Double-Take publishes a family of tools designed to deliver small and midsize businesses a variety of cost-effective alternatives for replicating and restoring business-critical workloads including Microsoft Exchange Server, SQL, RIM Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning experts have in-depth backgrounds integrating Double-Take Software products into small business IT networks to achieve an advanced state of availability and disaster recovery readiness at a budget-friendly cost. To find out more, go to Consulting for Double-Take Software for Data Backup.

CRISC-qualified Network Risk Management
The CRISC certification program was initiated by ISACA in 2010 to verify an IT professional's skills to plan, deploy, and support IS control mechanisms to reduce risk. Progent can provide the services of a CRISC-certified engineer to assist your company to develop and execute a workplace continuity strategy that follows leading practices identified by CRISC and geared to match your organization's risk tolerance, business objectives, and budgetary guidelines. To learn more, visit CRISC-qualified IT risk control experts.

Why Choose Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Partner and provides specialized application consulting for a wide range of small business software programs, Progent is able to assist clients to find complete IT solutions that optimize the business value of your information system. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent can provide the expertise of qualified consultants and specialists with experience in architecting, implementing and managing networking solutions built on Cisco technology. The depth and breadth of Progent's technical experience and Progent's sensitivity to the needs of small companies make Progent the perfect resource for building and running a cost-effective, high-availability network.

How You Can Contact Progent's Experts for High Availability Network Services
In order to contact Progent about professional expertise for fault tolerant LAN design, phone 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.
















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