Fault Tolerant Internet ConsultingConnectivity to the Internet has emerged as a mission-critical capability for many small businesses. The use of the Internet to distribute information has mushroomed to the point that many organizations are unable to perform day-to-day functions without Internet connectivity.

Traditional applications such as internal email clearly lose much of their value when they canít be used to communicate with customers or vendors, but as organizations increasingly adopt Internet-based information delivery for line-of-business applications, even core functions can grind to a halt when Internet access becomes unavailable.

Until recently, only large organizations could afford to build fully redundant and transparent Internet connections that could survive a failed Internet link or router. Such seamless fault tolerance requires T1-class Internet lines, an option that in the past overstretched the budgets of most small businesses. As T1 prices have dropped to as low as a few $100 per month, and as alternative connections have become available, the opportunity for small businesses to achieve enterprise-class fault tolerance has become economically feasible. But even though the cost for lines has become affordable, the complexity of implementing these solutions has not.

Few small businesses have the in-house expertise required to work effectively with multiple ISPs, coordinate the necessary configuration steps with Internet numbering authority organizations, and implement advanced routing protocols such as Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) and Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP). Progent offers Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) consulting to help you apply the latest connectivity technology to implement a cost-effective fault-tolerant solution.

Today multiple options exist for building automatic and semi-automatic failover solutions. These can involve a mix of T1, DSL and wireless Internet connections. The viability of high-speed fixed-wireless links has recently opened up new alternatives for achieving transparent fault tolerance. By establishing diverse physical paths to the Internet, small businesses gain insurance against costly outages caused by events out of their control, such as a construction crew accidentally digging up phone lines.

As companies rush to deploy VoIP solutions, the potential productivity loss that could result from an interruption in Internet access increases dramatically. This creates another strong incentive to configure a fault-tolerant architecture. Current technologies from Cisco and other networking companies make it possible to build high-availability voice and data solution that have even better uptime potential than conventional voice and data services.

For small business with extremely limited budgets, fault-tolerant failover solutions are possible by utilizing redundant, low-cost DSL services. While not providing all the transparency of more complex and expensive solutions, this alternative can provide significant functionality and avoid costly productivity loss in the event of line failure.

As companies have shifted away from dedicated leased T1 and frame relay lines to Internet-based VPN connections, the demand for fault-tolerant Internet connectivity has accelerated. Businesses can apply the cost savings from retiring legacy leased circuits to upgrading their Internet infrastructure so that they will not only protect their connectivity to remote offices but also the Internet connectivity of office users. Absent those cost savings, many small companies are reluctant to invest in fault-tolerant Internet configurations.

Other Zero-Downtime Solutions Provided by Progent's Consultants
Progent's certified consultants can help you to create a sensible, zero-downtime IT architecture that resolves critical problems encompassing a wide range of networking technologies and processes including:

Disaster Recovery Planning
Progent's business continuity planning professionals can show you how to design a disaster recovery plan that will allow you to resume network operations in case of an IT network catastrophe. Progent can help you to develop a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy that incorporates scheduled disaster recovery evaluations and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified consultants can also show you how to build an affordable, high-availability system solution that takes into account availability issues covering a wide array of infrastructure technologies and processes. For details, see Disaster Recovery Consulting.

Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent provide small and medium-sized organizations an affordable and fully managed solution for secure backup/disaster recovery. Available at a fixed monthly price, ProSight DPS automates your backup processes and allows rapid recovery of critical data, applications and VMs that have become lost or damaged due to hardware failures, software glitches, natural disasters, human mistakes, or malware 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. Important data can be backed up on the cloud, to a local storage device, or mirrored to both. Progent's backup and recovery consultants can provide world-class support to set up ProSight DPS to to comply with regulatory standards such as HIPPA, FIRPA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when needed, can assist you to restore your critical data. Read more about ProSight DPS Managed Cloud Backup.

Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery experts can help you to design a DR solution built around Microsoft's most advanced 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 network-attached storage using low-cost equipment, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for enhancing the speed and resilience of Failover Clusters while reducing capital investment and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for fast, economical creation of a stretch cluster quorum witness. To learn more, go to Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Support.

Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced enterprise-class fault tolerance and system recovery to Microsoft's failover clustering platform. Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this technology and delivers important new and enhanced features that offer more expandability, non-stop storage availability for server applications, easier administration, quicker failover, and more options for architecting failover clusters. To learn more, see Windows Server 2012 Clustering Integration.

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

NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Technology
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery software suite that combines failover storage clustering along with continual replication to provide rapid, zero RPO disaster recovery (DR) between datacenters located up to 300km apart from each other. Progent can provide access to a certified NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can help your business to plan, deploy, manage, upgrade, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery solution built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you to select a topology for your MetroCluster deployment that aligns with your technical requirements and budget. Progent can ensure you follow leading practices for installing your MetroCluster environment by delivering help with tasks such as assigning shelf IDs, arranging aggregate layout, provisioning FlexVol volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, provisioning switches, implementing a tiebreaker, designing a configuration replication network between your peered clusters, and testing your DR system to verify compliance with information assurance standards and government requirements.

Fault Tolerant Load Balancing
Progent offers fault tolerant load balancing support that addresses system load balancing, load balanced applications, network infrastructure routing, and content dispatching technology such as Cisco Content Engine. Non-stop load balancing technologies for which Progent can provide consulting expertise include Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Access Suite and Presentation Server, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Content Distribution Manager and LocalDirector 400 series, and F5 Networks BIG-IP. To find out more, visit High Availability Load Balancing.

High-Availability Internet Data Centers
Progent's Data Center professionals can help you find zero-downtime data centers that match the particular needs of your company. Fault tolerant collocation sites are especially appealing to small and mid-size organizations due to of their low cost and convenience compared to taking a do-it-yourself strategy. Trying to create an on-site data center that offers even a basic degree of fault tolerance is financially prohibitive for the majority of small organizations. Progent can help you get all the benefits of high-availability colocation facilities by offering a complete range of engineering and maintenance services. To read more, visit High-Availability Data Centers Expertise.

High-Availability Inter-office Networking
Progentís branch office connectivity consultants can help businesses create non-stop branch office connectivity by means of fully redundant system architectures with transparent failover. Progentís Cisco-qualified CCIE network engineers can plan and implement ultra-reliable Inter-office connections based on zero-downtime EIGRP network routers or zero-downtime OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how multi-path connectivity and automatic fail-over offers economical 24x7 interoffice networking. For details, go to High-Availability Interoffice Connectivity.

Backup and Restore Solutions Consulting Experts
Progent can provide economical online support from consultants with expertise in a broad array of utilities and technologies that provide solutions for backing up Microsoft Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX physical and virtual servers and desktops as well as laptops and handhelds. Progent offers consulting support for leading backup platforms including Acronis Backup and Recovery, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, CrashPlan PRO, Double-Take Backup, Mozy, Retrospect, Time Machine, VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP), and Solaris FLARs. Progent's consultants can help you to design, upgrade, or troubleshoot backup solutions for a range of architectures including on-premises, remote, cloud, or a mix. To learn more, visit Backup and Recovery Technology Consulting Services.

System Center Data Protection Manager Backup and Restore Consulting Services
Progent's certified Microsoft SCDPM engineers can assist your company to create a practical workplace recovery plan, design an affordable high-availability network infrastructure, install a Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager-powered backup and recovery system, comprehensively validate your system, educate your administrative personnel or regular service providers how to maintain Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide complete information technology outsourcing services such as remote housing of Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager servers in Progent's world-class data center. To read more, go to Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting and Support Services.

Barracuda Backup Local, Offsite and Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is an affordable, subscription-based backup/restore platform for small and mid-size businesses. A Barracuda Backup deployment can include a custom-designed physical storage device built by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with similar features but which uses your own storage hardware. Barracuda Backup safeguards vital company data produced on-premises, at one or more remote locations, or in the cloud. For disaster recovery, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon AWS, or to any location with a Barracuda appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consultants can provide a broad array of consulting support services to help you to plan, integrate, operate and troubleshoot a BDR system built on Barracuda technology. For details, see Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting and management.

Altaro VM Backup Software for Backup and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup offers small businesses a dependable and budget-friendly platform for backing up and recovering Hyper-V and VMware-powered virtual machines. Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in local, remote, multi-site, and cloud architectures and also enables low-cost backup to Microsoft Azure storage. Top capabilities include industry-leading inline deduplication to reduce backup storage needs, Continuous Data Protection with backup spacing as little as five minutes for minimizing your Recovery Point Objective, advanced encryption, item-level recovery capability for individual files and emails, extensive support for Windows Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) and vCenter for managing large-scale environments, and support for Microsoft VSS technology to back up online VMs with zero downtime. Progent is a certified Altaro partner and can provide a broad range of consulting services to assist you to design, deploy, optimize and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery solution powered by Altaro VM Backup. To find out more, see Altaro VM Backup Consulting.

Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Backup and Recovery
Double-Take offers a selection of products intended to deliver small companies a variety of cost-effective solutions for replicating and restoring vital workloads including Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, RIM Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning consultants have in-depth experience incorporating Double-Take products into small business IT systems to create an advanced level of availability and disaster recovery readiness at an affordable price. For details, go to Consulting for Double-Take Software for Backup.

CRISC-qualified Network Risk Mitigation
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification program was established by ISACA in 2010 to verify an IT professional's skills to design, deploy, and support IS controls to mitigate network risk. Progent offers the services of a CRISC-certified engineer to help your company to create and execute a workplace continuity strategy that follows industry best practices identified by CRISC and crafted to align with your organization's risk tolerance, business objectives, and budgetary guidelines. To read more, visit CRISC-qualified network risk mitigation specialists.

Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Partner and offers professional application expertise for a wide variety of small business software programs, Progent can assist clients to arrive at complete information technology solutions that maximize the business value of your IT network. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent offers the services of certified consultants and specialists with expertise in designing, implementing and managing networking solutions based on Cisco products. The depth and breadth of Progent's technical experience and Progent's appreciation for the needs of small and midsize businesses make Progent the perfect partner for creating and maintaining an affordable, fault-tolerant network.

How You Can Get in Touch with Progent's Consultants for Fault Tolerant Computing Support
If you wish to ask Progent about consulting help for fault tolerant IT design, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.
















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