Fault Tolerant Load Balancing ConsultingIn situations where a single server or cluster canít provide the throughput required for a critical application, load balancing of multiple servers offers a solution that not only enhances performance but, as a natural byproduct, provides fault tolerance by working around failed servers in a load-balanced farm. Firewalls and routers can also be set up in a load-balanced and fault-tolerant configuration, so that failures of a single device have limited impact on overall system functionality. It is far easier for users and organizations to manage the impacts of reduced resources or bandwidth than to deal with complete outages.

Load balancing solutions area well suited for many web based applications where the front-end web servers can utilize the services of a back-end clustered SQL Server data repository. Applications such as web-based eCommerce are ideal candidates for a load-balanced configuration. Load balancing can provide greatly improved operational reliability because failed servers are transparently removed from the resource farm, thus making such failures nearly invisible to users.

Once you have established a base architecture for a load balancing environment, you have cleared the way for future growth and scalability because adding additional resources to the server farm is a seamless process.

Progent is experienced with a wide range of load balancing technologies covering server balancing, application balancing, and LAN/WAN infrastructure routing. Progent offers consulting expertise with products from the leading vendors of load balancing technology including Microsoft, Cisco, Citrix, and F-5 networks.

Windows Server 2016 Virtual Machine Load Balancing
VM Load Balancing is a new feature of Windows Server 2016 that can automatically and non-disruptively migrate virtual machines between nodes within a Failover Cluster. VM Load Balancing improves Failover Cluster availability and performance and can help you avoid the need to add physical servers to peak workloads. Virtual Machine M Load Balancing automatically determines whether a node has become over utilized and moves virtual machines from the over-committed node to an under-committed node, for example a server that has been freshly rebooted. This entails no cluster downtime, adheres to failure policies such as fault domains, and uses advanced heuristics for measuring VM memory pressure and CPU utilization of the node. Virtual Machine Load Balancing can be set up to run every 30 minutes or on demand. You can use PowerShell to pick one of three thresholds for establishing the aggressiveness of load balancing.

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VM Load Balancing automatically performs live migration of virtual machines from over-utilized to under-utilized nodes

Cisco Content Services Switches and Cisco IOS-based Routers
Through content fast switching and forwarding, the Cisco CSS 11500 Series switches improve utilization, responsiveness, availability, scalability, and security of Web sites, server farms, cache clusters, and firewall systems. Load balancing is a standard functionality of the Cisco IOS router software, and is available across all router platforms. It is based on standard routing protocols, such as Routing Information Protocol (RIP), RIPv2, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), and Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (IGRP), or derived from statically configured routes and packet forwarding mechanisms. Progent's Cisco-certified network engineers can help you select and deploy a Cisco-based network infrastructure that makes good business sense for your environment and can configure Cisco's IOS Server Load Balancing (SLB) service. To find out more about Progent's Cisco consulting services, see Cisco Consulting Support.

Citrix Metaframe, Presentation Server, and Access Gateway
Citrix Presentation Server is an application delivery system offering client-side and server-side application virtualization for enhanced application performance and flexible delivery options. Citrix Presentation Server allows organizations to centralize applications and data in secure data centers, reducing costs of management and support, increasing data security, and ensuring consistently high performance. MetaFrame Secure Access Manager technology has been integrated into Citrix Access Gateway, an SSL VPN that securely delivers any application with policy-based SmartAccess control. Users have easy-to use secure access to the applications and data they need to be productive. Organizations can cost effectively extend access to datacenter resources from outside the office while maintaining control through comprehensive SmartAccess policies. Progent's Citrix-certified consultants can help you implement Citrix products to help optimize application performance and availability.

F5 Networks BIG-IP and BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager
F5 Networksí BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is an application delivery networking system featuring a set of unified application infrastructure services. BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager removes single points of failure and virtualizes the network and applications using L7 intelligence. LTM improves application performance, increases the capacity of existing infrastructure, and lowers infrastructure costs. BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager uses topology-based load balancing to inspect a user's IP and determine the most efficient data center. When users try to access a data center that is overloaded or unreachable, BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager automatically and seamlessly directs them to a secondary data center. This capability makes BIG-IP GTM especially important for enterprises that need to maintain operations in the event of a natural disaster, power failure, or any other large-scale service disruption. Learn more about Progent's disaster recovery consulting.

Other Zero-Downtime Solutions Provided by Progent's Consultants
Progent's certified support professionals can assist your company to implement a sensible, high-availability IT architecture that addresses major issues encompassing a broad range of networking solutions and processes including:

Business Continuity Planning
Progent's disaster recovery planning engineers can help you create a workplace recovery strategy in order to resume IT operations in the event of an IT network catastrophe. Progent can help you to define a comprehensive disaster recovery plan that includes scheduled disaster recovery evaluations and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified consultants can also show you how to build an affordable, non-stop network architecture that addresses availability issues covering a broad array of network technologies and processes. To learn more, go to Business Continuity Consulting and Support Services.

Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent provide small and mid-sized businesses an affordable and fully managed service for reliable backup/disaster recovery (BDR). For a fixed monthly rate, ProSight DPS automates your backup activities and allows fast restoration of critical files, apps and virtual machines that have become lost or damaged as a result of hardware failures, software bugs, natural disasters, human error, or malicious attacks like ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you back up, recover and restore files, folders, applications, system images, plus Hyper-V and VMware images. Important data can be protected on the cloud, to an on-promises device, or to both. Progent's cloud backup specialists can deliver world-class expertise to configure ProSight DPS to be compliant with government and industry regulatory requirements such as HIPPA, FIRPA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when necessary, can assist you to restore your critical data. Find out more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Cloud Backup.

Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery experts can assist you to plan and deploy a DR system built around Microsoft's latest Failover Clustering technologies such as Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade for non-intrusive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss recovery, Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class network-attached storage using industry-standard equipment, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for improving the speed and resilience of Failover Clusters while minimizing TCO and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for fast, economical deployment of a stretch cluster quorum arbitration point. To read more, visit Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Support.

Microsoft Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 brought enterprise-class availability and recoverability to Microsoft's clustering solution. Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this foundation and provides important new and enhanced features offering increased extensibility, non-stop disk storage uptime for server applications, simpler administration, quicker automatic failover, and additional options for designing failover clusters. To find out more, see Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clustering Consulting Services.

VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager is a component of VMware vCenter that allows you to orchestrate, automate and verify a repeatable process for restoring services quickly following an outage. SRM supports centrally controlled and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, plus non-disruptive site relocation, failback and re-protect. Site Recovery Manager also enables non-disruptive testing for disaster recovery, updates and fixes and can produce reports to verify full service recovery, validate SLAs and prove compliance. Progent can provide the support of a VCDX certified VMware SRM consultant to assist your organization to plan, configure, 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 failover storage clustering along with synchronous replication to provide fast, zero RPO disaster recovery (DR) between sites that are as far as 185 miles (300km) apart from each other. Progent can provide the skills of a NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can help you to design, configure, administer, upgrade, test and repair a disaster recovery solution built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to select a topology for your MetroCluster deployment that aligns with your technical needs and budget. Progent can make sure you adhere to leading practices for installing your MetroCluster environment by providing guidance with procedures such as assigning disk pools and shelf IDs, arranging plexes layout, setting up FlexVol volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, installing switches, implementing a tiebreaker mechanism, setting up a TCP/IP configuration replication network between your storage clusters, and verifying your DR system to verify adherence with information assurance standards and regulatory mandates.

Zero Downtime Data Centers
Progent's Data Center professionals can show you how to select fault-tolerant data centers that meet the specific requirements of your business. Fault tolerant Internet Data Centers are particularly attractive to small and mid-size companies due to of their low cost and convenience in comparison to taking a do-it-yourself approach. Trying to build an on-site data center that offers even a minimum degree of fault tolerance is too costly for the majority of small businesses. Progent is ready to show you how to get all the benefits of non-stop colo sites by providing a full array of consulting and maintenance services. To find out more, see Fault Tolerant Colocation Consulting.

High-Availability Branch Office Networking
Progentís interoffice network infrastructure engineers can help businesses achieve zero-downtime inter-site connections through fully redundant system architectures featuring transparent failover. Progentís Cisco-qualified CCIE network engineers can design and deploy high-availability Inter-office connections based on zero-downtime EIGRP routers or fault tolerant OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how multi-path connections and transparent fail-over offers economical non-stop interoffice networking. For more information, see 24x7 Inter-office Networking.

High Availability Internet Access
Progent's Cisco-certified IT experts can help you create an economical, fault tolerant Internet configuration solution that can achieve non-stop Internet connectivity via a wide array of high availability Internet network technologies including high availability BGP, transparent fail-over, and redundant ISPs. Progent offers CCIE professionals to help you utilize the most up-to-date techniques for high availability Internet access to implement a cost-effective, completely redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other features to deliver non-stop Internet availability. For details, go to 24x7 Internet Access Solutions.

Backup and Restore Solutions Consulting Services
Progent offers economical remote support from IT engineers skilled in a broad array of utilities and technologies that provide solutions for backing up Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux/UNIX servers and desktops as well as laptops and handhelds. Progent offers expertise for all major backup platforms such as Acronis Backup and Recovery, Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, CrashPlan, Double-Take, Mozy, Retrospect for Macintosh, Time Machine, vSphere Data Protection, and Oracle Solaris FLARs. Progent can help you to install, enhance, or maintain backup/restore systems for a range of architectures such as local, remote, cloud, or a mix. For more information, visit Backup and Recovery Solutions Consulting.

System Center Data Protection Manager Backup and Restore Consulting
Progent's certified Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager support professionals can help you to develop an effective business continuity plan, design an affordable high-availability IT infrastructure, deploy a SCDPM-based backup and restore system, comprehensively validate your system, educate your administrative personnel or regular service providers how to manage Microsoft SCDPM, or provide complete IT outsourcing including remote hosting of virtual or physical SCDPM machines in Progent's secure data center. For more information, see Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Expertise.

Barracuda Backup Multi-site and Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription-based backup/restore platform for small and mid-size businesses. A Barracuda Backup solution can incorporate a custom-designed hardware storage device manufactured by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with similar functionality but which uses your own storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup safeguards vital company data produced on-premises, at one or more remote sites, or in the cloud. For disaster preparedness, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon Web Services (AWS), or to any site with a Barracuda Backup appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts can provide a broad range of consulting services to assist your business to design, integrate, manage and repair a backup and disaster recovery solution built on Barracuda technology. For details, go to Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consultants.

Altaro VM Backup Solutions for Backup and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup software offers small and mid-size businesses a reliable and affordable platform for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-based VMs. Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in on-premises, remote, distributed, and cloud-hosted architectures and also supports cost-effective cloud backup to Azure storage. Top capabilities include state-of-the-art inline deduplication to cut backup storage requirements, Continuous Data Protection with backup spacing as short as five minutes for minimizing your exposure to data loss, advanced encryption, granular restore capability for specific files and emails, extensive support for Windows Server Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) and for VMware vCenter for managing large-scale deployments, and the ability to leverage Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to back up online VMs without downtime. Progent is a certified Altaro partner and offers a broad array of services to assist you to design, install, manage and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery solution powered by Altaro VM Backup software. To find out more, visit Altaro VM Backup Certified Consultants.

Consulting for Double-Take Software for Backup and Recovery
Double-Take Software publishes a family of tools designed to deliver small and midsize companies a range of cost-effective solutions for replicating and recovering business-critical workloads such as Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning consultants have in-depth experience integrating Double-Take products into small company information networks to achieve an advanced level of fault tolerance and business continuity capability at an affordable cost. To find out more, visit Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup.

CRISC-qualified Network Risk Control
The CRISC program was established by ISACA in 2010 to validate an IT professional's skills to plan, implement, and support IS controls to mitigate risk. Progent can provide the services of a CRISC-certified consultant to assist you to create and carry out a workplace continuity strategy based on industry best practices promoted by CRISC and geared to match your company's risk appetite, business goals, and IT budget. For more information, go to CRISC-certified network risk mitigation specialists.

Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Gold Partner and provides professional application consulting for a wide range of small business applications, Progent is able to help clients to arrive at comprehensive IT solutions that optimize the business value of your information system. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent can provide the support of certified consultants and specialists with experience in designing, implementing and maintaining networking solutions built on Cisco products. The depth of Progent's technical experience and Progent's appreciation for the needs of small and midsize businesses make Progent a great resource for creating and maintaining an affordable, fault-tolerant network.

How You Can Get Help from Progent's Experts for Non-stop Network Services
If you wish to ask Progent about engineering expertise for high availability networking, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.
















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