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.

Other High Availability Solutions Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified support professionals can assist you to implement an affordable, fault-tolerant network that resolves critical challenges covering a wide range of infrastructure technologies and processes such as:

Disaster Recovery Planning
Progent's business continuity planning professionals can help you create a disaster recovery plan that will allow you to restore IT operations in case of an IT network catastrophe. Progent can help you to create a complete disaster recovery plan that incorporates periodic disaster recovery assessments and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified engineers can also show you how to create an affordable, non-stop network solution that takes into account availability issues covering a broad array of infrastructure technologies and processes. To read more, see Business Continuity Consulting.

Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services offer small and medium-sized organizations a low cost end-to-end solution for reliable backup/disaster recovery (BDR). Available at a low monthly cost, ProSight Data Protection Services automates and monitors your backup activities and enables rapid recovery of critical data, applications and VMs that have become unavailable or damaged as a result of hardware breakdowns, software glitches, natural disasters, human error, or malware attacks such as ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you back up, retrieve and restore files, folders, applications, system images, as well as Hyper-V and VMware images. Critical data can be backed up on the cloud, to a local storage device, or to both. Progent's cloud backup specialists can provide advanced support to set up ProSight Data Protection Services to be compliant with regulatory standards like HIPPA, FINRA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when necessary, can help you to recover your business-critical data. Read more about ProSight DPS Managed Cloud Backup and Recovery.

Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery consultants can assist your organization to plan and deploy a DR solution based on Microsoft's cloud-tested Failover Clustering tools including Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-intrusive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for crash-consistent recovery, Storage Spaces Direct for high-performance storage clusters using low-cost hardware, VM Load Balancing for improving the performance and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while minimizing capital investment and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for fast, economical creation of a stretch cluster quorum witness. To learn more, go to Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Support.

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced world-class availability and recoverability to Microsoft's failover clustering platform. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this technology and provides significant enhancements that offer more extensibility, non-stop storage uptime for server applications, easier administration, quicker failover, and additional options for architecting failover clusters. To learn more, see Windows Server 2012 Clustering Consulting and Support.

VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager is an extension to VMware vCenter that allows you to orchestrate, automate and test a consistent runbook for restoring services rapidly after a breakdown. Site Recovery Manager supports centrally controlled and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, plus transparent site migration, failback and site re-protect. SRM also enables non-disruptive testing for disaster recovery, upgrades and patches and can generate audit reports to confirm full service restoration, validate Service Level Agreements and demonstrate DR compliance. Progent can provide the support of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consulting expert to help you to plan, configure, test and administer a disaster recovery system powered by VMware SRM.

NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Platform
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery software suite that uses array-based storage clustering along with replication to deliver fast, zero RPO disaster recovery (DR) between sites that are up to 300km away from one another. Progent offers access to a NetApp MetroCluster expert who can help you to plan, configure, administer, update, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery solution built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to choose a topology for your MetroCluster environment that meets your technical requirements and IT budget. Progent can make sure you adhere to best practices for configuring your MetroCluster environment by delivering help with procedures like assigning disk pools and shelf IDs, arranging plexes layout, provisioning FlexVol volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, provisioning switches, implementing a tiebreaker mechanism, setting up a TCP/IP configuration replication network, and testing your disaster recovery solution to prove compliance with information assurance standards and regulatory mandates.

Network Load Balancing
Progent provides high availability load balancing consulting covering network load balancing, load balanced applications, LAN/WAN infrastructure routing, and content delivery products including Cisco Content Engine. High availability load balancing technologies for which Progent offers consulting expertise include Windows 2003 and 2008 Server Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Access Suite and Access Gateway, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Content Engine and LocalDirector 400 series, and F5 Networks BIG-IP. To read more, see Fault Tolerant Load Balancing.

Zero Downtime Internet Data Centers
Progent's Data Center professionals can help you find zero-downtime data centers that match the specific needs of your business. High availability off-site data centers are especially attractive to small and mid-size organizations due to of their low cost and simplified logistics in comparison to taking a do-it-yourself approach. Attempting to design an on-site data center with even a minimum degree of fault tolerance is too costly for typical small businesses. Progent can help you reap all the advantages of non-stop data centers by providing a full range of engineering and support services. To find out more, go to High-Availability Internet Data Centers Expertise.

Non-stop Internet Connectivity
Progent's Cisco-authorized network engineers can help you design an affordable, high availability Internet configuration solution that can deliver non-stop Internet access via a broad range of fault tolerant Internet network solutions including high availability BGP, automatic fail-over, and redundant Internet Service Providers. Progent can provide Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert professionals to show you how to apply the most advanced techniques for high availability Internet connectivity to build a cost-effective, fully redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other capabilities to create non-stop Internet connections. To read more, see Fault Tolerant Internet Connectivity Solutions.

Backup and Recovery Technology Consulting
Progent can provide affordable remote support from IT engineers with expertise in a wide array of products and services that deliver solutions for backing up Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux/UNIX servers and desktops as well as laptops and smartphones. Progent offers consulting support for leading backup platforms including Acronis Backup and Recovery, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist, CrashPlan PRO, Double-Take Backup, MozyPro, Retrospect, Apple Time Machine, VMware Data Recovery, and FLARs. Progent's consultants can help you to implement, enhance, or maintain backup solutions for a variety of topologies including on-premises, remote, cloud, or a mix. To read more, see Backup and Restore Solutions Consulting.

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Backup and Restore Consulting Experts
Progent's certified Microsoft SCDPM support professionals can assist you to develop a practical workplace recovery strategy, implement a cost-effective high-availability IT infrastructure, configure a SCDPM-powered backup and restore system, comprehensively validate your DPM system, educate your administrative personnel or local service providers how to maintain System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide complete information technology outsourcing services such as off-site hosting of virtual or physical SCDPM servers in Progent's world-class data center facility. To read more, visit System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting and Support Services.

Barracuda Backup Multi-site and Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription-based backup/restore service for small and mid-size businesses. A Barracuda Backup solution can include a custom-designed physical storage device built by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with comparable features but which uses your own storage hardware. Barracuda Backup protects vital business data produced on-premises, at one or more remote sites, or in the cloud. For disaster protection, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon AWS, or to any location with a physical or virtual Barracuda appliance. Progent is a certified Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts can provide a wide array of consulting services to assist your business to design, integrate, manage and repair a BDR system built on Barracuda technology. For details, visit Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting.

Altaro VM Backup Software for Data Protection and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup software provides small and mid-size businesses a reliable 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, distributed, and cloud-hosted environments and also enables cost-effective cloud backup to Microsoft Azure Block Blob storage. Top capabilities include industry-leading Augmented Inline Deduplication to reduce backup storage needs, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup intervals as little as five minutes for reducing your Recovery Point Objective, advanced encryption, item-level recovery options for individual files and emails, extensive support for Windows CSV and VMware vCenter for managing larger environments, and the ability to leverage Microsoft VSS technology to back up live VMs with zero downtime. Progent is an Altaro partner and can provide a wide array of consulting services to assist you to design, install, manage and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery system powered by Altaro VM Backup software. For more information, visit Altaro VM Backup Certified Consultants.

Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup/Restore
Double-Take publishes a selection of products intended to deliver small and midsize companies a range of affordable alternatives for replicating and restoring vital workloads including Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL, Blackberry, and Microsoft SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning experts have extensive experience incorporating Double-Take products into small company information networks to create an advanced level of availability and disaster recovery readiness at a budget-friendly price. For details, go to Consulting for Double-Take Software for Data Backup.

CRISC-certified Network Risk Control
The CRISC program was established by ISACA to validate an IT professional's ability to plan, implement, and support IS controls to mitigate risk. Progent can provide the expertise of a CRISC-certified engineer to help you to develop and carry out a business continuity or disaster recovery strategy based on industry best practices promoted by CRISC and crafted to align with your organization's risk appetite, business goals, and budgetary guidelines. To read more, go to CRISC-certified IT risk management experts.

Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Partner and provides professional application expertise for a wide variety of business applications, Progent can help clients to arrive at efficient information technology solutions that optimize the productivity of your information system. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent offers the services of certified engineers and specialists with experience in architecting, configuring and supporting infrastructure solutions built on Cisco technology. The breadth of Progent's IT know-how and Progent's appreciation for the requirements of small and midsize businesses make Progent a great resource for creating and maintaining a cost-effective, high-availability network.

How to Get Help from Progent's Experts for High Availability System Support
If you wish to ask Progent about engineering help for high availability networking, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.
















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