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.

Windows Server 2016 VM Load Balancing Consultants

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 Fault Tolerant Solutions Offered by Progent's Experts
Progent's certified consultants can help your company to create a cost-effective, high-availability information network that resolves major issues covering a wide array of infrastructure technologies and processes including:

Business Continuity Planning
Progent's disaster recovery consultants can show you how to create a disaster recovery plan that will allow you to resume IT functionality in the event of an IT network catastrophe. Progent can assist you to create a complete disaster recovery plan that includes periodic disaster recovery evaluations and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized engineers can also help you build an affordable, non-stop system architecture that addresses reliability issues involving a broad range of infrastructure technologies and processes. To find out more, go to Workplace Recovery Consulting.

Fault Tolerant Internet Connections
Progent's Cisco-authorized IT consultants can show you how to build an affordable, fault tolerant Internet configuration solution that can deliver non-stop Internet access through a broad array of fault tolerant Internet network solutions including non-stop BGP, automatic fail-over, and redundant ISPs. Progent offers Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert engineers to help you utilize the latest technology for 24x7 Internet connections to implement a cost-effective, fully redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other features to create fault tolerant Internet availability. For more information, visit Non-stop Internet Connectivity Architecture.

Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery experts can assist your organization to design a DR system built around Microsoft's latest Failover Clustering tools such as Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade for non-disruptive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for crash-consistent recovery, Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class network-attached storage using low-cost hardware, VM Load Balancing for enhancing the performance and resilience of Failover Clusters while reducing capital investment and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for easy, affordable deployment of a failover cluster quorum witness. To read more, visit Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Support.

Microsoft Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Windows Server 2008 R2 brought enterprise-class fault tolerance and system recovery to Microsoft's failover clustering platform. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this foundation and delivers significant new and enhanced features that offer more extensibility, non-stop storage uptime for server applications, streamlined administration, quicker failover, and additional flexibility for designing 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 a component of VMware vCenter that allows you to orchestrate, automate and verify a consistent workflow for recovering applications and services rapidly after an outage. Site Recovery Manager supports centrally managed and automated recovery, application mobility, and non-intrusive site relocation, failback and re-protect. SRM also enables non-intrusive testing for site recovery, updates and fixes and can produce audit reports to confirm complete service recovery, validate SLAs and prove DR compliance. Progent offers the support of a VCDX certified VMware SRM consulting expert to help your organization to design, deploy, test and maintain a DR system powered by VMware Site Recovery Manager.

NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Technology
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery platform that combines failover storage clustering with continual replication to provide rapid, zero data loss disaster recovery between sites that are as far as 185 miles (300km) apart from each other. Progent can provide online or on-premises access to a NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can help your business to plan, deploy, administer, upgrade, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery solution built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to choose an architecture for your MetroCluster deployment that aligns with your functional needs and budget. Progent can ensure you follow leading practices for configuring your MetroCluster environment by providing help with tasks such as assigning shelf IDs, arranging plexes layout, provisioning volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, installing Cisco and Brocade switches, implementing a tiebreaker mechanism, setting up a configuration replication network between your peered clusters, and testing your DR solution to verify compliance with information assurance standards and regulatory requirements.

Fault Tolerant Internet Data Centers
Progent's Data Center engineers can show you how to identify high availability data centers that match the particular needs of your business. Fault tolerant Internet Data Centers are particularly appealing to small and mid-size organizations due to of their affordability and simplified logistics compared to pursuing a do-it-yourself approach. Attempting to create an on-site data center that offers even a minimum level of fault tolerance is too expensive for typical small businesses. Progent is ready to help you reap all the advantages of high-availability Internet data centers by offering a complete range of consulting and support services. To read more, visit High-Availability Internet Data Centers Expertise.

Non-stop Branch Office Connectivity
Progentís branch office network infrastructure engineers can help businesses achieve non-stop multi-site connectivity by means of fully redundant system architectures featuring automatic failover. Progentís Cisco-qualified CCIE network engineers can design and deploy ultra-reliable Inter-office networks based on zero-downtime EIGRP network routers or non-stop OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how multi-path connections and transparent fail-over offers affordable non-stop interoffice networking. For more information, see Non-stop Interoffice Networking.

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Data Recovery Consulting Experts
Progent's certified System Center Data Protection Manager consultants can assist your company to develop an effective business continuity strategy, design an affordable high-availability IT architecture, deploy a Microsoft SCDPM-powered backup and restore solution, comprehensively validate your DPM system, train your administrative staff or regular consultants how to maintain Microsoft SCDPM, or provide extensive IT support outsourcing such as remote housing of SCDPM servers in Progent's secure data center. For details, visit Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting.

Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services offer small and medium-sized organizations an affordable end-to-end solution for secure backup/disaster recovery. Available at a fixed monthly rate, ProSight Data Protection Services automates and monitors your backup activities and allows rapid restoration of critical data, applications and virtual machines that have become unavailable or corrupted as a result of component failures, software glitches, natural disasters, human mistakes, or malware attacks like ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you protect, retrieve and restore files, folders, applications, system images, plus Hyper-V and VMware virtual machine images. Important data can be backed up on the cloud, to an on-promises storage device, or to both. Progent's cloud backup specialists can provide world-class expertise to set up ProSight Data Protection Services to be compliant with government and industry regulatory standards like IPPA, FIRPA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when necessary, can help you to restore your business-critical information. Learn more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Cloud Backup.

Backup and Recovery Technology Consultants
Progent can provide affordable online support from engineers with expertise in a broad range of utilities and services that provide solutions for protecting Microsoft Windows, Mac, and Linux physical and virtual servers and desktops plus notebooks and smartphones. Progent can provide consulting support for all major data protection platforms such as Acronis Backup and Recovery, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, CrashPlan PRO, Double-Take Backup, MozyPro, Retrospect for Macintosh, Apple Time Machine, VMware Data Recovery (VDR), and FLARs. Progent's consultants can assist you to deploy, enhance, or troubleshoot backup systems for a range of topologies such as on-premises, edge to datacenter, cloud-based, or hybrid. To read more, visit Backup and Restore Solutions Consulting and Support Services.

Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup and Recovery
Double-Take publishes a selection of tools intended to provide small and midsize companies a variety of affordable solutions for replicating and recovering business-critical workloads such as Exchange, SQL Server, RIM Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning consultants have extensive experience integrating Double-Take Software products into small company information systems to create an advanced level of availability and disaster recovery readiness at an affordable price. To read more, go to Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup.

CRISC-certified IT Risk Mitigation
The CRISC certification program was initiated by ISACA in 2010 to verify an IT professional's skills to plan, implement, and support IS control mechanisms to mitigate risk. Progent offers the services of a CRISC-certified engineer to help your company to develop and execute a business continuity strategy that follows leading practices promoted by CRISC and geared to match your organization's risk tolerance, business goals, and budgetary guidelines. To learn more, see CRISC-certified network risk mitigation specialists.

Why Choose Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Gold Partner and offers high-level application expertise for a wide variety of small business applications, Progent is able to assist clients to find efficient IT solutions that optimize the productivity of your information system. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent can provide the support of qualified consultants and specialists with expertise in designing, implementing and troubleshooting infrastructure environments built on Cisco products. The depth of Progent's technical experience and Progent's familiarity with the requirements of small and midsize companies make Progent the perfect partner for creating and running a cost-effective, high-availability network.

How to Contact Progent's Consultants for High Availability System Services
In order to ask Progent about technical assistance for high availability LAN design, call 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.
















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