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 Technologies Provided by Progent
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified consulting experts can assist your company to build an affordable, zero-downtime system that resolves major problems covering a wide array of infrastructure technologies and processes such as:

Workplace Recovery Planning
Progent's business continuity planning engineers can show you how to create a business continuity strategy in order to resume IT operations in the event of an IT system catastrophe. Progent can assist you to create a complete disaster recovery plan that incorporates periodic disaster recovery assessments and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized professionals can also help you build an affordable, non-stop system solution that addresses reliability issues covering a broad array of network technologies and procedures. To learn more, visit Disaster Recovery Consulting.

Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services provide small and mid-sized organizations a low cost and fully managed solution for secure backup/disaster recovery. For a low monthly cost, ProSight DPS automates your backup processes and enables rapid recovery of critical files, apps and virtual machines that have become lost or corrupted due to component failures, software glitches, natural disasters, human mistakes, or malware 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 virtual machine images. Critical data can be backed up on the cloud, to a local device, or mirrored to both. Progent's cloud backup consultants can deliver advanced support to configure ProSight Data Protection Services to be compliant with regulatory standards like HIPPA, FINRA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, whenever needed, can assist you to restore your business-critical information. Find out more about ProSight DPS Managed Backup.

Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity experts can help your organization to design a disaster recovery system based on Microsoft's most advanced Failover Clustering technologies such as Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade for non-intrusive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss Recovery Point Objective (RPO), Storage Spaces Direct for high-performance network-attached storage using low-cost equipment, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for enhancing the performance and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while reducing capital investment and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for fast, affordable creation of a stretch cluster quorum witness. To read more, visit Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Expertise.

Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Windows Server 2008 R2 brought world-class fault tolerance and recoverability to Microsoft's clustering platform. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this technology and provides important new and enhanced features offering more scalability, non-stop storage availability for server applications, streamlined administration, quicker failover, and more options for architecting failover clusters. For details, visit 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 lets you define, automate and test a consistent runbook for recovering applications and services rapidly after an outage. SRM provides centrally managed and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, and non-disruptive site migration, failback and site re-protect. SRM also enables transparent testing for site recovery, updates and patches and can generate audit reports to verify full service recovery, validate SLAs and prove compliance. Progent offers the support of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consultant to assist you to plan, configure, test and manage a DR system powered by VMware SRM.

NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Platform
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery software suite that uses array-based storage clustering with synchronous replication to provide rapid, zero data loss disaster recovery (DR) between datacenters located as far as 185 miles (300km) away from one another. Progent can provide online or on-premises access to a certified NetApp MetroCluster expert who can help your business to plan, configure, manage, update, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery system based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you to choose an architecture for your MetroCluster deployment that aligns with your technical requirements and IT budget. Progent can ensure you follow leading practices for installing your MetroCluster environment by providing help with procedures like assigning shelf IDs, determining aggregate and plexes layout, provisioning volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, installing Cisco and Brocade switches, designing a tiebreaker, designing a configuration replication network between your peered clusters, and verifying your disaster recovery system to prove adherence with industry standards and regulatory requirements.

Zero Downtime Internet Data Centers
Progent's Data Center consultants can show you how to identify fault-tolerant data centers that match the specific requirements of your business. High availability co-location sites are especially appealing to small and mid-size companies due to of their affordability and convenience compared to pursuing a do-it-yourself strategy. Attempting to create an in-house data center with even a minimum degree of fault tolerance is financially prohibitive for most small businesses. Progent can help you get all the benefits of 24x7 colocation centers by offering a full range of consulting and support services. To learn more, see Non-stop Data Centers Consulting.

24x7 Inter-office Networking
Progentís interoffice connection professionals can help organizations achieve non-stop inter-site connectivity solutions via redundant networks with automatic failover. Progentís Cisco-qualified CCIE engineers can design and implement fault-tolerant Inter-office connections based on zero-downtime EIGRP network routers or zero-downtime OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how multi-path connections and automatic fail-over offers affordable non-stop interoffice networking. To learn more, visit Fault Tolerant Inter-office Connectivity.

Fault Tolerant Internet Connectivity
Progent's Cisco-certified network engineers can help you create an economical, fault tolerant Internet configuration solution that can achieve 24x7 Internet connectivity through a broad array of high availability Internet access technologies including high availability BGP, transparent fail-over, and redundant ISPs. Progent offers CCIE engineers to show you how to utilize the latest techniques for 24x7 Internet connectivity to build an economical, fully redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other capabilities to deliver non-stop Internet connections. For more information, see High Availability Internet Access Solutions.

Backup and Recovery Technology Consulting Services
Progent offers economical online access to consultants with expertise in a wide array of utilities and services that provide solutions for backing up Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux/UNIX servers and desktops plus notebooks and smartphones. Progent can provide expertise for leading backup products such as Acronis, Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, HP Data Protector, Double-Take, MozyPro, Retrospect for Macintosh, Time Machine, vSphere Data Protection, and Solaris FLARs. Progent can assist your company to install, enhance, or troubleshoot backup solutions for a range of topologies such as local, edge to datacenter, cloud, or a mix. To read more, go to Backup and Restore Technology Consulting and Support Services.

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Data Recovery Consultants
Progent's expert Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager engineers can assist your company to create an effective business continuity plan, implement a cost-effective high-availability IT infrastructure, deploy a Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager-powered backup and restore solution, thoroughly test your DPM system, educate your IT personnel or local service providers how to manage System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide extensive information technology outsourcing such as remote housing of SCDPM machines in Progent's secure data center. For details, visit Microsoft SCDPM Consulting and Support Services.

Barracuda Backup On-premises and Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription backup and disaster recovery service for small and medium-size businesses. A Barracuda Backup deployment can include a custom-designed physical storage device manufactured by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with similar functionality but which uses your existing storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup safeguards critical company data generated locally, at one or multiple remote locations, 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 physical or virtual Barracuda appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consultants offer a broad array of consulting support services to assist your business to plan, configure, manage and repair a backup and disaster recovery system built on Barracuda Backup. For additional information, see Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting and management.

Altaro VM Backup Software for Backup and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup offers small organizations a reliable and affordable platform for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-based VMs. Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in local, remote, distributed, and cloud environments and also supports low-cost backup to Microsoft Azure storage. Top features include industry-leading inline deduplication to cut backup storage needs, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup intervals as short as five minutes for reducing your exposure to data loss, advanced encryption, granular restore options for specific files and emails, extensive support for Windows Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) and VMware vCenter for managing larger environments, and support for Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to back up live virtual machines with zero downtime. Progent is a certified Altaro partner and offers a wide range of consulting services to help you to plan, deploy, manage and troubleshoot a backup/restore solution powered by Altaro VM Backup. To read more, go to Altaro VM Backup Certified Consultants.

Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Data Backup
Double-Take publishes a family of tools designed to provide small companies a variety of cost-effective solutions for replicating and restoring vital applications including Exchange, SQL Server, Blackberry, and Microsoft Office SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning consultants have in-depth backgrounds incorporating Double-Take Software technology into small business information systems to create an advanced state of availability and disaster recovery readiness at a budget-friendly cost. To learn more, see Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup.

CRISC-certified IT Risk Control
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) program was established by ISACA to verify an IT professional's skills to design, deploy, and support information system controls to reduce risk. Progent can provide the expertise of a CRISC-certified consultant to assist you to develop and execute a workplace continuity strategy that follows industry best practices promoted by CRISC and geared to match your company's risk tolerance, business goals, and IT budget. For more information, visit CRISC-certified IT risk management experts.

Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Partner and provides professional application support for a broad range of small business applications, Progent is able to help customers to arrive at efficient IT solutions that substantially enhance the business value of your information system. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent can provide the services of qualified consultants and specialists with expertise in designing, deploying and troubleshooting infrastructure environments built on Cisco technology. The breadth of Progent's IT know-how and Progent's familiarity with the needs of small companies make Progent a great resource for creating and maintaining an affordable, dependable network.

How You Can Contact Progent's Experts for Non-stop Network Support
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