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.

Additional Non-stop Technologies Provided by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco engineers can assist your business to design an affordable, non-stop information network that resolves key challenges covering a broad array of networking solutions and processes including:

Business Continuity Planning
Progent's business continuity planning engineers can show you how to create a disaster recovery strategy so you can restore network functionality in the event of an information system catastrophe. Progent can help you to develop a complete disaster recovery plan that incorporates periodic disaster recovery evaluations and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized professionals can also help you build an affordable, fault-tolerant network solution that takes into account availability issues covering a wide range of network technologies and procedures. To find out more, visit Business Continuity Consulting.

High Availability Internet Connectivity
Progent's Cisco-certified network experts can help you create an affordable, fault tolerant Internet configuration architecture that can deliver non-stop Internet connectivity via a wide range of fault tolerant Internet network technologies including fault tolerant BGP, automatic fail-over, and redundant Internet Service Providers. Progent offers CCIE engineers to show you how to apply the latest techniques for 24x7 Internet access to create an economical, fully redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other features to create fault tolerant Internet connections. To read more, go to Fault Tolerant Internet Access Solutions.

Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity experts can assist you to plan and deploy a disaster recovery solution based on Microsoft's cloud-tested Failover Clustering tools such as Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-intrusive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss Recovery Point Objective (RPO), Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class storage clusters using industry-standard equipment, VM Load Balancing for improving the performance and resilience of Failover Clusters while minimizing capital investment and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for easy, affordable deployment of a stretch cluster quorum witness. To read more, see Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Support.

Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Windows Server 2008 R2 brought world-class availability and recoverability to Microsoft's clustering platform. Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this foundation and delivers important enhancements that offer increased extensibility, non-stop disk storage availability for server applications, simpler administration, quicker failover, and additional options for architecting clusters. For more information, see Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clustering Consulting 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 orchestrate, automate and test a consistent runbook for recovering services rapidly following an outage. Site Recovery Manager supports centrally controlled and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, and non-disruptive site relocation, failback and re-protect. Site Recovery Manager also allows non-disruptive testing for site recovery, upgrades and patches and can produce reports to confirm full service restoration, validate SLAs and prove compliance. Progent can provide the support of a VCDX certified VMware SRM consulting expert to help you to design, configure, test and manage a DR system powered by VMware SRM.

NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Technology
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery software suite that uses failover storage clustering with continual replication to provide fast, zero data loss disaster recovery between datacenters that are up to 185 miles away from one another. Progent offers online or on-premises access to a certified NetApp MetroCluster expert who can help you to design, deploy, 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 technical requirements and budget. Progent can ensure you adhere to leading practices for configuring your MetroCluster solution by providing guidance with tasks such as assigning disk pools and shelf IDs, arranging aggregate layout, provisioning volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, provisioning switches, designing a tiebreaker, setting up a configuration replication network between your storage clusters, and verifying your MetroCluster DR system to verify compliance with industry standards and government mandates.

High Availability Load Balancing
Progent provides fault tolerant load balancing support covering system load balancing, load balanced applications, network infrastructure routing, and content delivery technology such as Cisco Content Engine. Non-stop load balancing products for which Progent offers consulting services include Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Presentation Server, Cisco CSS, Cisco Content Engine and Cisco CDN Software, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. For more information, visit Non-stop Load Balancing.

High-Availability Inter-office Networking
Progentís branch office connection consultants can help businesses achieve zero-downtime multi-site connectivity by means of fully redundant system architectures featuring transparent failover. Progentís Cisco-qualified CCIE network engineers can design and deploy fault-tolerant Inter-office networks supported by non-stop EIGRP routers or fault tolerant OSPF configurations of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how redundant connectivity and automatic fail-over can provide affordable 24x7 interoffice networking. For details, go to 24x7 Interoffice Networking.

System Center Data Protection Manager Backup and Recovery Consultants
Progent's expert Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager consultants can help you to create an effective workplace recovery strategy, implement an affordable high-availability IT infrastructure, install a Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager-based recovery system, comprehensively validate your system, educate your administrative personnel or local consultants how to manage System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide extensive IT outsourcing services such as remote hosting of virtual or physical SCDPM machines in Progent's secure data center facility. To learn more, go to System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting and Support Services.

Fully Managed Offsite DPM Backup Service
Progentís affordable Offsite DPM Backup Service Package incorporates the advanced capabilities of Data Protection Manager with the state-of-the-art security and availability features of the QTS (formerly Herakles) Colocation Center in Sacramento to provide ongoing, non-disruptive backup for up to 2.5TB of critical data from one or more of your Windows servers. Progent's service offering includes all configuration, management, and tracking needed for a complete offsite backup solution. For more information, visit Managed Offsite Data Protection Manager Backup Service Package.

Backup and Recovery Technology Consulting Experts
Progent can provide affordable online support from consultants with expertise in a wide range of products and services that provide solutions for protecting Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux physical and virtual servers and desktops plus notebooks and smartphones. Progent offers expertise for leading backup products such as Acronis, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, CrashPlan, Double-Take, Mozy, Retrospect for Macintosh, Apple Time Machine, VMware Data Recovery (VDR), and FLARs. Progent's consultants can assist you to deploy, upgrade, or troubleshoot backup/restore solutions for a range of topologies such as local, remote, cloud, or a mix. To read more, visit Backup and Recovery Technology Consulting.

Consulting for Double-Take Software for Backup/Restore
Double-Take Software publishes a family of products intended to deliver small businesses a range of affordable alternatives for backing up and recovering vital applications such as Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning consultants have in-depth experience incorporating Double-Take Software technology into small company information networks to create an advanced level of fault tolerance and business continuity readiness at a budget-friendly cost. To find out more, visit Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup.

CRISC-certified IT Risk Control
The CRISC certification program was established by ISACA in 2010 to verify a consultant's ability to design, deploy, and maintain information system controls to reduce network risk. Progent can provide the services of a CRISC-certified consultant to assist you to develop and execute a workplace continuity or disaster recovery plan that follows industry best practices promoted by CRISC and crafted to match your organization's risk appetite, business goals, and IT budget. For more information, see CRISC-certified IT risk control specialists.

Why Choose Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Gold Partner and offers specialized application consulting for a wide range of business applications, Progent is able to assist clients to find complete IT solutions that optimize the productivity of your IT network. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent can provide the services of qualified consultants and specialists with experience in architecting, deploying and managing networking environments based on Cisco technology. The broad scope of Progent's technical know-how and Progent's appreciation for the requirements of small and midsize companies make Progent a great resource for creating and maintaining a cost-effective, fault-tolerant network.

How to Contact Progent's Experts for Fault Tolerant Computing Support
In order to contact Progent about technical expertise for fault tolerant networking, call 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.

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