Fault Tolerant Interoffice Connectivity ConsultingMost companies with more than one office have some type of IP-based interoffice communications method. Common connectivity solutions include legacy frame relay lines, private T1 circuits, managed VPN, private IP, and unmanaged Internet VPNs. Communications failures for these interoffice links can significantly downgrade  business productivity.

Loss of interoffice connectivity means that users in remote offices are cut-off from key central systems and can be left without the ability to perform even the most basic day-to-day functions required to carry out critical business transactions. As a result, customers are disappointed, orders are delayed, and the afflicted business pays for workers to wait for the network to come back online.

The vast majority of small business interoffice communications infrastructures have virtually no fault tolerance. A single downed communications line or a single router failure can bring vital business processes to a halt. All too often, single-point failures can take hours, and occasionally days, to repair. Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE engineers have the knowledge and experience to design and implement sophisticated fault-tolerant architectures for interoffice connectivity. Progent's consultants are expert at fault-tolerant Cisco router configuration based on Interior Gateway Protocols including OSPF, or Open Shortest Path First, and EIGRP, or Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol.

The explosion of low-cost Internet connectivity options provides new opportunities to create affordable, truly fault-tolerant, fully redundant interoffice connections that seamlessly failover in the event of a single-point breakdown. In the past, the high cost of private T1 lines often exceeded reasonable cost/risk assessments for small businesses. But with the diverse selection of low-cost DSL, cable modem, and wireless ISP connections now available, companies can craft cost-effective solutions that offer protection from single points of failure. By utilizing the advanced fault-tolerant features available in Ciscoís IOS operating system, critical failures can be made invisible to users. With proper alert mechanisms, in-house IT resources or outside consultants can work efficiently to restore primary communications links without working under the intense pressure associated with crippling outages.

The business case for implementing fault-tolerant interoffice connectivity has never been more compelling. Low-cost DSL links can be configured as a backup to expensive T1 private lines for as little as 1/20th of the monthly operating cost of the primary link. The availability of business-class wireless links makes it possible to create a fault-tolerant communications architecture that completely eliminates the risk of rare but debilitating wired network failures, such as fiber cuts caused by construction work, or traffic accidents that take down utility poles or telephone wiring junction boxes. These solutions are affordably priced and offer acceptable performance in failover situations.

Additional High Availability Technologies Offered by Progent's Experts
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco engineers can help your business to implement an efficient, high-availability information network that addresses major challenges encompassing a wide range of infrastructure technologies and operations including:

Business Continuity Planning
Progent's disaster recovery professionals can help you create a workplace recovery plan so you can resume IT functionality in case of an IT network disaster. Progent can help you to define a comprehensive disaster recovery plan that includes periodic disaster recovery evaluations and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized engineers can also show you how to build an affordable, high-availability network architecture that takes into account availability issues covering a wide array of network technologies and procedures. To learn more, visit Workplace Recovery Consulting.

Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent offer small and mid-sized organizations a low cost end-to-end solution for reliable backup/disaster recovery. Available at a fixed monthly cost, ProSight Data Protection Services automates your backup activities and allows rapid restoration of critical data, apps and VMs that have become unavailable or damaged due to hardware failures, software bugs, disasters, human error, or malicious attacks such as ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you back up, retrieve and restore files, folders, applications, system images, plus Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware virtual machine images. Critical data can be backed up on the cloud, to a local device, or mirrored to both. Progent's backup and recovery specialists can deliver world-class support to set up ProSight DPS to to comply with government and industry regulatory requirements such as HIPPA, FIRPA, and PCI and, whenever needed, can help you to restore your critical data. Find out more about ProSight DPS Managed Backup.

Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity consultants can assist your organization to design a disaster recovery system built around Microsoft's most advanced Failover Clustering tools such as Cluster Operating System 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 commodity hardware, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for enhancing the performance and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while reducing capital investment and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for easy, affordable deployment of a stretch cluster quorum arbitration point. For details, visit Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Expertise.

Windows Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced enterprise-class availability and system recovery to Microsoft's clustering solution. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this technology and provides important enhancements offering increased extensibility, better storage uptime for server applications, easier management, quicker automatic failover, and more flexibility for designing clusters. To find out more, visit Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clustering Migration and Support.

VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager is a component of VMware vCenter that allows you to define, automate and test a consistent workflow for restoring services quickly after an outage. SRM supports centrally controlled and automated recovery, application mobility, plus transparent site migration, failback and site re-protect. SRM also allows transparent testing for site recovery, updates and patches and can produce audit reports to confirm complete service recovery, validate Service Level Agreements and prove DR 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 system powered by VMware SRM.

NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Technology
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery platform that uses failover storage clustering with replication to deliver fast, zero RPO disaster recovery between sites located as far as 300km apart from each other. Progent can provide access to a NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can assist you to plan, configure, manage, update, test and repair a disaster recovery solution based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you to select an architecture for your MetroCluster deployment that aligns with your functional requirements and IT budget. Progent can ensure you follow best practices for configuring your MetroCluster solution by delivering guidance with procedures like assigning disk pools and shelf IDs, determining aggregate and plexes layout, setting up volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, provisioning switches, designing a tiebreaker, setting up a TCP/IP configuration replication network, and verifying your DR system to show compliance with industry standards and regulatory requirements.

High Availability Load Balancing
Progent provides fault tolerant load balancing support that addresses network load balancing, load balanced programs, LAN/WAN backbone routing, and content dispatching products such as Cisco Content Engine. Fault tolerant load balancing products for which Progent offers consulting services include 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 3-DNS. To read more, visit High Availability Load Balancing.

Fault Tolerant Data Centers
Progent's Data Center consultants can help you find high availability data centers that meet the specific needs of your business. High availability collocation sites are especially attractive to small and mid-size businesses because of their affordability and convenience in comparison to taking a do-it-yourself approach. Attempting to create an on-site data center that offers even a basic level of fault tolerance is financially prohibitive for the majority of small organizations. Progent can help you get all the benefits of high-availability Internet data centers by offering a complete array of engineering and support services. For more information, go to Non-stop Data Centers Consulting.

Fault Tolerant Internet Access
Progent's Cisco-authorized network engineers can help you design an economical, high availability Internet connection architecture that can deliver 24x7 Internet access via a broad array of fault tolerant Internet network solutions including fault tolerant BGP, transparent fail-over, and redundant Internet Service Providers. Progent offers Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert consultants to show you how to utilize the most advanced techniques for high availability Internet connectivity to build an economical, completely redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other capabilities to create non-stop Internet access. To learn more, see Non-stop Internet Connectivity Architecture.

Backup and Recovery Solutions Consulting Experts
Progent offers economical remote access to engineers with expertise in a broad array of utilities and technologies that deliver solutions for backing up Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux/UNIX physical and virtual servers and desktops as well as laptops and handhelds. Progent can provide consulting support for all major data protection products including Acronis Backup and Recovery, Backup Exec, BackupAssist, CrashPlan PRO, Double-Take, Mozy, Retrospect, Time Machine, VMware Data Recovery (VDR), and FLARs. Progent's consultants can help you to install, upgrade, or troubleshoot backup/restore solutions for a range of architectures such as local, remote, cloud, or a mix. To learn more, go to Backup and Recovery Technology Consulting Services.

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Backup and Recovery Consulting
Progent's certified System Center Data Protection Manager support professionals can help you to develop a practical business continuity strategy, design a cost-effective high-availability network infrastructure, deploy a SCDPM-based backup and restore system, comprehensively validate your DPM system, educate your IT personnel or regular consultants how to manage System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide complete information technology support outsourcing such as off-site housing of System Center Data Protection Manager servers in Progent's data center. For more information, see System Center Data Protection Manager Expertise.

Barracuda Backup Cloud and Offsite Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription backup and disaster recovery service for small and mid-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup deployment can incorporate a purpose-built physical storage device built by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with comparable features but which utilizes your own storage hardware. Barracuda Backup protects critical business data produced locally, 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 Barracuda appliance. Progent is a certified Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts offer a wide array of consulting services to help you to design, configure, operate and repair a backup and disaster recovery solution based on Barracuda Backup. For more information, go to Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consultants.

Altaro VM Backup Solutions for Backup and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup provides small organizations a dependable and budget-friendly solution for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-powered virtual machines (VMs). Altaro VM Backup can be used for local, remote, distributed, and cloud architectures and also supports cost-effective cloud backup to Azure Block Blob storage. Top capabilities include state-of-the-art inline deduplication to cut backup storage requirements, Continuous Data Protection with backup spacing as low as five minutes for reducing your exposure to data loss, military-grade encryption, granular recovery options for specific files and emails, extensive support for Windows CSV and VMware vCenter for managing larger environments, and the ability to leverage Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to back up live VMs with zero downtime. Progent is an Altaro partner and can provide a broad range of services to help you to design, deploy, optimize and troubleshoot a backup/restore system based on Altaro VM Backup. To read more, see Altaro VM Backup Consulting.

Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Backup/Restore
Double-Take Software offers a selection of tools designed to deliver small companies a variety of cost-effective alternatives for replicating and restoring vital workloads including Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning consultants have in-depth experience incorporating Double-Take Software technology into small company information systems to create an advanced state of availability and disaster recovery readiness at a budget-friendly cost. For details, visit Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Backup.

CRISC-qualified IT Risk Mitigation
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) program was established by ISACA in 2010 to verify a consultant's skills to plan, implement, and support IS control mechanisms to mitigate risk. Progent offers the expertise of a CRISC-certified engineer to assist you to create and execute a workplace continuity or disaster recovery plan based on leading practices promoted by CRISC and crafted to match your company's risk appetite, business goals, and IT budget. To find out more, visit CRISC-certified network risk mitigation experts.

Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Gold Partner and provides specialized application consulting for a broad variety of business software programs, Progent is able to help customers to find complete IT solutions that maximize the business value of your IT network. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent can provide the expertise of certified consultants and specialists with experience in architecting, implementing and supporting infrastructure environments built on Cisco products. The extent of Progent's IT know-how and Progent's appreciation for the needs of small and midsize businesses make Progent a great resource for creating and running a cost-effective, fault-tolerant information system.

How You Can Contact Progent's Consultants for High Availability System Services
If you wish to contact Progent about engineering assistance for non-stop LAN design, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.
















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