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 Zero-Downtime Technologies Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco consulting experts can help your business to implement a cost-effective, non-stop environment that resolves critical problems covering a wide array of infrastructure technologies and operations including:

Workplace Recovery Planning
Progent's business continuity planning consultants can show you how to create a workplace recovery plan so you can restore IT functionality in the event of an information network disaster. Progent can assist you to develop a complete disaster recovery plan that incorporates periodic disaster recovery evaluations and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified consultants can also help you build an affordable, non-stop system architecture that takes into account availability issues covering a wide range of network technologies and procedures. To learn more, go to Disaster Recovery Expertise.

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 secure backup/disaster recovery (BDR). Available at a low monthly cost, ProSight Data Protection Services automates and monitors your backup activities and allows rapid restoration of vital files, applications and VMs that have become unavailable or damaged due to component failures, software glitches, disasters, human mistakes, or malicious attacks like ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you protect, recover and restore files, folders, apps, system images, plus Hyper-V and VMware images. Critical data can be protected on the cloud, to a local storage device, or to both. Progent's BDR consultants can provide advanced support to set up ProSight Data Protection Services to be compliant with regulatory requirements such as HIPPA, FIRPA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when needed, can assist you to recover your critical data. Read more about ProSight DPS Managed Backup.

Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity consultants can help you to plan and deploy a disaster recovery system based on Microsoft's latest Failover Clustering tools such as Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade for non-disruptive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss recovery, Storage Spaces Direct for high-performance storage clusters using low-cost hardware, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for enhancing the performance and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while minimizing TCO and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for easy, affordable deployment of a stretch cluster quorum arbitration point. To learn more, see Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Expertise.

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced world-class availability and recoverability to Microsoft's clustering solution. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this technology and provides significant new and enhanced features offering more scalability, better disk storage uptime for server applications, streamlined administration, quicker failover, and additional flexibility for architecting clusters. To find out more, see Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clustering Integration.

VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager (SRM) is an extension to VMware vCenter that lets you specify, automate and verify a consistent process for restoring services quickly after a breakdown. SRM provides centrally controlled and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, and non-intrusive site relocation, failback and site re-protect. SRM also allows transparent testing for disaster recovery, upgrades and fixes and can generate reports to confirm complete service restoration, validate SLAs and prove compliance. Progent can provide the skills of a VCDX certified VMware SRM consultant to help your organization to design, deploy, test and administer a DR system based on VMware Site Recovery Manager.

NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Technology
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery platform that combines array-based storage clustering along with replication to provide rapid, zero data loss disaster recovery (DR) between sites that are up to 185 miles apart. Progent can provide online or on-premises access to a NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can assist your business to design, configure, manage, update, test and repair a disaster recovery solution built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you to choose a topology for your MetroCluster environment that aligns with your functional requirements and budget. Progent can ensure you adhere to leading practices for installing your MetroCluster solution by providing help with tasks such as assigning disk pools, arranging plexes layout, provisioning NetApp FlexVol volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, installing switches, designing a tiebreaker, setting up a TCP/IP configuration replication network between your storage clusters, and verifying your MetroCluster disaster recovery system to verify compliance with industry standards and government mandates.

High Availability Load Balancing
Progent offers high availability load balancing consulting that addresses system load balancing, load balanced applications, network infrastructure routing, and content dispatching technology including Cisco Content Engine. High availability load balancing products for which Progent can provide consulting expertise include Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Presentation Server, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Distributed Director and LocalDirector 400 series, and F5 Networks BIG-IP. To read more, see Non-stop Load Balancing.

Fault Tolerant Internet Data Centers
Progent's Data Center engineers can show you how to find high availability data centers that match the particular requirements of your company. High availability colocation sites are particularly attractive to small and mid-size companies due to of their affordability and simplified logistics in comparison to taking a do-it-yourself approach. Trying to create an on-site data center that offers even a basic level of fault tolerance is financially prohibitive for most small businesses. Progent is ready to help you get all the benefits of non-stop colo centers by offering a full array of consulting and support services. To read more, go to Non-stop Colocation Solutions.

Fault Tolerant Internet Connectivity
Progent's Cisco-authorized IT experts can show you how to build an economical, fault tolerant Internet configuration architecture that can deliver 24x7 Internet access through a broad range of fault tolerant Internet access solutions including high availability BGP, transparent fail-over, and multiple ISPs. Progent offers CCIE engineers to show you how to utilize the most advanced technology for fault tolerant Internet connections to create an affordable, fully redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other features to deliver zero-downtime Internet access. To find out more, visit High Availability Internet Access Architecture.

Backup and Restore Technology Consulting Experts
Progent offers affordable online support from consultants with expertise in a broad range of utilities and services that deliver solutions for backing up Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux physical and virtual servers and workstations plus laptops and handhelds. Progent can provide expertise for all major data protection platforms including Acronis, Backup Exec, BackupAssist, HP Data Protector, Double-Take Software, Mozy, Retrospect, Time Machine, VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP), and Oracle Solaris FLARs. Progent's consultants can assist your company to implement, enhance, or troubleshoot backup systems for a variety of topologies including on-premises, edge to datacenter, cloud, or hybrid. For more information, visit Backup and Restore Solutions Consulting Services.

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Backup and Restore Consulting Services
Progent's certified Microsoft SCDPM support professionals can assist you to create an effective business continuity plan, design a cost-effective fault-tolerante IT infrastructure, install a SCDPM-powered backup and recovery system, comprehensively test your DPM system, train your IT personnel or regular service providers how to maintain SCDPM, or provide extensive IT support outsourcing such as remote hosting of virtual or physical SCDPM servers in Progent's secure data center. For more information, see System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting Services.

Consulting for Double-Take Software for Data Backup and Recovery
Double-Take offers a family of tools designed to provide small and midsize companies a range of affordable alternatives for replicating and restoring business-critical workloads such as Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL, Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning consultants have extensive backgrounds integrating Double-Take technology into small company information systems to achieve an advanced state of availability and business continuity readiness at an affordable cost. To find out more, go to Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup.

CRISC-certified IT Risk Management
The CRISC certification program was initiated by ISACA in 2010 to validate an IT professional's ability to plan, deploy, and support information system control mechanisms to reduce network risk. Progent can provide the expertise of a CRISC-certified engineer to help you to develop and carry out a business continuity plan based on industry best practices promoted by CRISC and crafted to match your organization's risk tolerance, business objectives, and IT budget. For more information, see CRISC-qualified IT risk management 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 range of business applications, Progent can help customers to arrive at comprehensive IT solutions that maximize the business value of your information system. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent can provide the support of qualified engineers and specialists with expertise in architecting, installing and supporting infrastructure solutions based on Cisco technology. The broad scope of Progent's IT experience and Progent's sensitivity to the requirements of small companies make Progent a great partner for creating and maintaining a cost-effective, dependable network.

How to Get in Touch with Progent's Consultants for High Availability System Services
In order to get in touch with Progent about professional support for fault tolerant IT design, call 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.
















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