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 Fault Tolerant Solutions Provided by Progent's Consultants
Progent's certified engineers can help you to design an affordable, zero-downtime system that addresses key challenges encompassing a wide array of infrastructure solutions and processes including:

Business Continuity Planning
Progent's business continuity professionals can help you create a business continuity plan that will allow you to restore network operations in the event of an IT system disaster. Progent can help you to define a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy that includes scheduled disaster recovery evaluations and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified consultants can also show you how to build an affordable, high-availability network architecture that addresses reliability issues involving a wide array of network technologies and processes. For more information, go to Business Continuity Consulting.

High Availability Internet Connectivity
Progent's Cisco-certified network experts can help you create an affordable, fault tolerant Internet connection architecture that can deliver 24x7 Internet access through a broad range of fault tolerant Internet access solutions including high availability BGP, automatic fail-over, and multiple Internet Service Providers. Progent offers Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert consultants to show you how to utilize the most up-to-date technology for 24x7 Internet connectivity to build a cost-effective, completely redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other features to deliver non-stop Internet availability. To learn more, go to Non-stop Internet Connectivity Architecture.

Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery consultants can help your organization to plan and deploy a DR system built around Microsoft's most advanced Failover Clustering technologies including Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-intrusive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss recovery, Storage Spaces Direct for high-performance storage clusters using low-cost equipment, VM Load Balancing for enhancing the performance and resilience of Failover Clusters while reducing TCO and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for fast, economical deployment of a stretch cluster quorum arbitration point. To read more, visit Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Consulting.

Microsoft Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 brought enterprise-class fault tolerance and system recovery to Microsoft's failover clustering platform. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this technology and delivers significant enhancements that offer increased scalability, non-stop storage uptime for server applications, streamlined administration, faster failover, and additional flexibility for architecting failover clusters. For details, go to Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clustering Integration.

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 verify a repeatable runbook for recovering applications and services rapidly after an outage. SRM supports centrally managed and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, and transparent site relocation, failback and site re-protect. Site Recovery Manager also supports non-disruptive testing for site recovery, updates and fixes and can generate audit reports to verify full service recovery, validate Service Level Agreements and prove compliance. Progent offers the support of a VCDX certified VMware SRM consulting expert to help your organization to design, configure, test and maintain a DR solution powered by VMware SRM.

NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Platform
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery platform that uses array-based storage clustering with replication to provide fast, zero data loss disaster recovery (DR) between datacenters that are as far as 185 miles (300km) apart. Progent can provide access to a NetApp MetroCluster expert who can help your business 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 budget. Progent can make sure you adhere to leading practices for installing your MetroCluster solution by delivering guidance with procedures such as assigning disk pools, determining aggregate layout, setting up FlexVol volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, installing Cisco and Brocade switches, implementing a tiebreaker mechanism, designing a configuration replication network between your peered clusters, and verifying your DR system to verify adherence with information assurance standards and government mandates.

Fault Tolerant Load Balancing
Progent offers high availability load balancing support covering system load balancing, load balanced applications, network backbone routing, and content dispatching technology such as Cisco Content Engine. Non-stop load balancing products for which Progent offers consulting services include Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Access Suite and Access Gateway, Cisco CSS, Cisco Distributed Director and ACNS, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. To read more, see Non-stop Load Balancing.

High-Availability Colocation
Progent's Data Center consultants can show you how to select high availability data centers that meet the specific needs of your company. Fault tolerant off-site data centers are particularly attractive to small and mid-size businesses due to of their low cost and convenience in comparison to taking a do-it-yourself strategy. Attempting to build an in-house data center with even a basic degree of fault tolerance is financially prohibitive for most small organizations. Progent is ready to help you reap all the advantages of high-availability Internet data centers by providing a complete range of consulting and support services. To find out more, see Fault Tolerant Data Centers Solutions.

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Backup and Restore Consulting Experts
Progent's expert System Center Data Protection Manager support professionals can help your company to create an effective business continuity strategy, implement an affordable high-availability IT architecture, install a Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager-based backup and restore system, thoroughly validate your DPM system, educate your administrative personnel or regular consultants how to manage System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide complete information technology outsourcing services such as remote hosting of Microsoft SCDPM machines in Progent's secure data center. To find out more, visit Microsoft SCDPM Consulting and Support Services.

Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent offer small and medium-sized businesses an affordable and fully managed service for secure backup/disaster recovery (BDR). Available at a fixed monthly price, ProSight DPS automates your backup processes and allows rapid restoration of vital data, applications and virtual machines that have become lost or corrupted due to component failures, software glitches, disasters, human error, or malware attacks like ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you back up, 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 a local device, or mirrored to both. Progent's backup and recovery consultants can deliver world-class support to set up ProSight Data Protection Services to to comply with government and industry regulatory standards like IPPA, FINRA, and PCI and, whenever needed, can assist you to restore your business-critical information. Read more about ProSight DPS Managed Backup and Recovery.

Backup and Recovery Solutions Consulting
Progent can provide economical online support from consultants skilled in a wide array of utilities and services that provide solutions for protecting Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux/UNIX physical and virtual servers and workstations plus notebooks and smartphones. Progent can provide help for all major data protection platforms such as Acronis, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist, CrashPlan PRO, Double-Take Software, MozyPro, Retrospect, Apple Time Machine, VMware Data Recovery, and Solaris FLARs. Progent can help you to implement, upgrade, or maintain backup/restore systems for a variety of topologies such as local, edge to datacenter, cloud, or a mix. To read more, go to Backup and Recovery Technology Consulting and Support Services.

Consulting for Double-Take Software for Data Backup/Restore
Double-Take Software publishes a selection of products intended to provide small businesses a variety of cost-effective solutions for replicating and recovering business-critical workloads such as Exchange Server, SQL, Blackberry, and Microsoft Office SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning experts have extensive experience integrating Double-Take Software products into small company IT systems to create a high level of availability and disaster recovery capability at a budget-friendly cost. To read more, go to Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Data Backup.

CRISC-qualified Network Risk Mitigation
The CRISC certification program was established by ISACA to verify an IT professional's skills to design, deploy, and support IS controls to mitigate risk. Progent can provide the expertise of a CRISC-certified engineer to assist your company to develop and execute a business continuity strategy that follows industry best practices identified by CRISC and geared to align with your organization's risk appetite, business goals, and budgetary guidelines. For details, go to CRISC-certified IT risk management specialists.

Why Choose Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Gold Partner and offers specialized application support for a broad variety of small business applications, Progent can assist clients to find comprehensive IT solutions that substantially enhance the business value of your network. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent can provide the services of qualified consultants and specialists with expertise in architecting, deploying and troubleshooting networking solutions based on Cisco products. The broad scope of Progent's IT know-how and Progent's sensitivity to the needs of small companies make Progent the perfect partner for creating and running a cost-effective, high-availability information system.

How You Can Contact Progent's Engineers for High Availability System Services
If you wish to ask Progent about technical help for non-stop IT design, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.
















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