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 Fault Tolerant Technologies Supported by Progent
Progent's certified consulting experts can assist you to create a sensible, fault-tolerant IT architecture that resolves major challenges encompassing a wide array of infrastructure solutions and processes including:

Business Continuity Planning
Progent's disaster recovery professionals can show you how to design a workplace recovery plan in order to restore network functionality in the event of an IT network disaster. Progent can help you to create a complete disaster recovery plan that includes scheduled disaster recovery evaluations and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified engineers can also help you build an affordable, high-availability network solution that addresses availability issues covering a wide range of infrastructure technologies and processes. To find out more, go to Workplace Recovery Consulting Services.

Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services offer small and mid-sized organizations an affordable and fully managed service for secure backup/disaster recovery (BDR). Available at a fixed monthly price, ProSight Data Protection Services automates and monitors your backup activities and allows fast recovery of critical files, apps and virtual machines that have become unavailable or corrupted due to component breakdowns, software bugs, natural disasters, human error, or malicious attacks such as ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you protect, retrieve and restore files, folders, apps, system images, as well as Hyper-V and VMware images. Critical data can be protected on the cloud, to an on-promises device, or to both. Progent's BDR consultants can deliver world-class support to set up ProSight DPS to to comply with government and industry regulatory standards like HIPPA, FINRA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when necessary, can help you to recover your critical data. Read more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Backup and Recovery.

Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery consultants can help you to plan and deploy a disaster recovery solution based on Microsoft's cloud-tested Failover Clustering technologies such as Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade for non-disruptive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for crash-consistent recovery, Storage Spaces Direct for high-performance storage clusters using low-cost hardware, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for enhancing the speed and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while reducing capital investment and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for easy, affordable creation of a failover cluster quorum witness. To learn more, visit Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Expertise.

Microsoft Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced world-class fault tolerance and system recovery to Microsoft's clustering solution. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this foundation and provides important new and enhanced features offering more extensibility, better disk storage uptime for server applications, easier management, quicker automatic failover, and additional flexibility for designing failover clusters. To find out more, see Windows Server 2012 Clustering Integration.

VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager (SRM) is a component of VMware vCenter that allows you to specify, automate and verify a consistent runbook for restoring applications and services quickly after a breakdown. Site Recovery Manager supports centrally managed and automated recovery, application mobility, plus transparent site migration, failback and site re-protect. Site Recovery Manager also allows non-intrusive testing for site recovery, upgrades and patches and can generate reports to verify full service restoration, validate Service Level Agreements and demonstrate compliance. Progent can provide the support of a VCDX certified VMware SRM consulting expert to assist your organization to design, deploy, test and administer a disaster recovery solution powered by VMware SRM.

NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Technology
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery software suite that combines failover storage clustering along with continual replication to provide rapid, zero data loss disaster recovery between datacenters that are as far as 185 miles away from one another. Progent offers online or on-premises access to a certified NetApp MetroCluster expert who can assist you to design, deploy, administer, upgrade, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery solution based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you to choose a topology for your MetroCluster environment that aligns with your technical needs and budget. Progent can ensure you adhere to leading practices for installing your MetroCluster solution by providing guidance with tasks like assigning shelf IDs, arranging aggregate and plexes layout, setting up NetApp FlexVol volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, installing Cisco and Brocade switches, implementing a tiebreaker, setting up a TCP/IP configuration replication network, and testing your disaster recovery solution to verify compliance with industry standards and regulatory mandates.

Network Load Balancing
Progent offers high availability load balancing support covering network load balancing, load balanced applications, network infrastructure routing, and content delivery products such as F5 Networks 3DNS. High availability load balancing products for which Progent offers consulting services include Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Access Gateway, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Content Engine and LocalDirector 400 series, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. To learn more, see Non-stop Load Balancing.

24x7 Inter-office Connectivity
Progentís multi-site connection consultants can help businesses achieve fault tolerant multi-site connections via redundant networks featuring transparent failover. Progentís Cisco-qualified CCIE engineers can design and implement high-availability Inter-office connections supported by zero-downtime EIGRP network routers or non-stop OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how redundant connectivity and automatic fail-over can provide affordable 24x7 interoffice connectivity. To find out more, visit 24x7 Interoffice Networking.

High Availability Internet Connectivity
Progent's Cisco-authorized network professionals can show you how to build an affordable, fault tolerant Internet connection solution that can achieve non-stop Internet access via a wide range of high availability Internet access solutions including non-stop BGP, transparent fail-over, and redundant ISPs. Progent offers Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert consultants to show you how to utilize the most advanced techniques for 24x7 Internet access to build an economical, completely redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other capabilities to create non-stop Internet availability. To read more, go to Non-stop Internet Connectivity Solutions.

Backup and Restore Solutions Consulting Services
Progent can provide economical online access to IT engineers skilled in a wide array of utilities and services that deliver solutions for protecting Microsoft Windows, Mac, and Linux servers and desktops as well as laptops and smartphones. Progent offers help for leading backup products including Acronis Backup and Recovery, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, CrashPlan PRO, Double-Take, MozyPro, Retrospect, Apple Time Machine, vSphere Data Protection, and Oracle Solaris FLARs. Progent's consultants can assist you to install, upgrade, or troubleshoot backup solutions for a variety of environments such as on-premises, remote, cloud-based, or a mix. To learn more, visit Backup and Recovery Solutions Consulting and Support Services.

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Backup and Restore Consulting
Progent's expert Microsoft SCDPM consultants can help your company to create a practical business continuity strategy, implement a cost-effective high-availability IT architecture, configure a System Center Data Protection Manager-powered backup and recovery system, comprehensively test your system, educate your administrative staff or local service providers how to maintain Microsoft SCDPM, or provide extensive information technology outsourcing including remote housing of SCDPM machines in Progent's secure data center. To find out more, go to System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting Services.

Barracuda Backup Multi-site and Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription backup/restore platform for small and medium-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup solution can include a purpose-built hardware storage device built by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with comparable functionality but which uses your own storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup protects vital business data generated on-premises, at one or more remote sites, or in the cloud. For disaster recovery, 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 consultants offer a broad range of consulting support services to assist your business to design, configure, operate and troubleshoot a BDR system built on Barracuda technology. For details, see Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting.

Altaro VM Backup Solutions for Backup and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup provides small and mid-size organizations a dependable and affordable platform for backing up and recovering Hyper-V and VMware-based virtual machines. Altaro VM Backup can be used for on-premises, remote, multi-site, and cloud architectures and also supports low-cost cloud backup to Azure storage. Headline capabilities include state-of-the-art Augmented Inline Deduplication to cut backup storage needs, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup spacing as short as five minutes for reducing your Recovery Point Objective, advanced encryption, granular restore capability for specific files and emails, extensive support for Windows Server CSV and for VMware vCenter for managing larger environments, and the ability to leverage Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to back up online virtual machines with zero downtime. Progent is an Altaro partner and can provide a wide array of consulting services to help you to plan, install, optimize and troubleshoot a backup/restore solution based on Altaro VM Backup. For details, see Altaro VM Backup Consulting.

Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Backup and Recovery
Double-Take Software publishes a selection of products intended to deliver small businesses a variety of affordable solutions for replicating and recovering business-critical applications such as Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Blackberry, and Microsoft SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning consultants have extensive backgrounds incorporating Double-Take Software technology into small business IT networks to create an advanced level of fault tolerance and business continuity readiness at an affordable price. To learn more, see Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Data Backup.

CRISC-certified Network Risk Control
The CRISC program was established by ISACA to verify a consultant's ability to design, implement, and support IS control mechanisms to reduce risk. Progent can provide the services of a CRISC-certified engineer to help your company to create and execute a workplace continuity or disaster recovery strategy based on leading practices promoted by CRISC and geared to align with your company's risk appetite, business goals, and budgetary guidelines. For details, go to CRISC-qualified network risk management experts.

Why Choose Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and provides specialized application consulting for a wide variety of small business applications, Progent is able to help customers to find comprehensive IT solutions that maximize the productivity of your IT network. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent offers the services of qualified engineers and specialists with experience in architecting, deploying and maintaining infrastructure solutions built on Cisco technology. The depth and breadth of Progent's technical know-how and Progent's appreciation for the needs of small and midsize businesses make Progent the ideal resource for creating and maintaining an affordable, fault-tolerant information system.

How to Access Progent's Consultants for Non-stop Computing Support
If you wish to get in touch with Progent about engineering support for high availability networking, call 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.
















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