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.

Additional Fault Tolerant Technologies Offered by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified support professionals can help you to implement a cost-effective, non-stop environment that addresses major challenges covering a wide array of infrastructure technologies and processes such as:

Disaster Recovery Planning
Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants can show you how to create a disaster recovery plan in order to resume network functionality in the event of an information system catastrophe. Progent can help you to develop a complete disaster recovery strategy that includes periodic disaster recovery assessments and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified professionals can also show you how to create an affordable, high-availability system solution that addresses availability issues involving a broad range of infrastructure technologies and processes. To find out more, go to Workplace Recovery Consulting Services.

Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent offer small and mid-sized organizations an affordable and fully managed solution for secure backup/disaster recovery (BDR). Available at a fixed monthly price, ProSight DPS automates and monitors your backup processes and allows rapid restoration of vital files, apps and virtual machines that have become unavailable or corrupted due to component failures, software glitches, natural disasters, human mistakes, or malware attacks such as ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you back up, retrieve and restore files, folders, applications, system images, as well as Hyper-V and VMware images. Critical data can be protected on the cloud, to an on-promises storage device, or mirrored to both. Progent's BDR specialists can provide advanced expertise to set up ProSight DPS to be compliant with government and industry regulatory standards such as HIPPA, FINRA, and PCI and, when necessary, can help you to recover your critical information. Learn more about ProSight DPS Managed Backup.

Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery consultants can assist you to plan and deploy a DR system based on Microsoft's cloud-tested Failover Clustering tools including Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade for non-disruptive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for crash-consistent Recovery Point Objective (RPO), Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class storage clusters using low-cost equipment, VM Load Balancing for improving the speed and resilience of Failover Clusters while reducing TCO and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for fast, affordable creation of a failover cluster quorum arbitration point. To read more, visit Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Consulting.

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 brought enterprise-class availability and system recovery to Microsoft's clustering platform. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this foundation and delivers significant enhancements that offer increased expandability, better disk storage availability for server applications, streamlined administration, quicker failover, and additional flexibility for architecting failover clusters. For details, see Windows Server 2012 Clustering Integration.

VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager is an extension to VMware vCenter that lets you orchestrate, automate and verify a repeatable process for recovering services rapidly following a breakdown. Site Recovery Manager provides centrally managed and automated recovery, application mobility, plus transparent site relocation, failback and site re-protect. SRM also enables transparent testing for site recovery, updates and fixes and can generate reports to confirm full service restoration, validate SLAs and demonstrate compliance. Progent can provide the skills of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consultant to help your organization to design, configure, test and manage a disaster recovery solution powered by VMware SRM.

NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Technology
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery platform that uses failover storage clustering along with continual replication to deliver fast, zero RPO disaster recovery between sites located up to 185 miles away from one another. Progent offers the skills of a NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can assist you to design, deploy, administer, upgrade, test and repair a disaster recovery system built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to select a topology for your MetroCluster environment that meets your technical needs and budget. Progent can make sure you follow leading practices for installing your MetroCluster solution by delivering help with tasks such as assigning shelf IDs, determining plexes layout, provisioning volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, installing Cisco and Brocade switches, implementing a tiebreaker mechanism, setting up a TCP/IP configuration replication network between your storage clusters, and verifying your MetroCluster disaster recovery solution to verify adherence with information assurance standards and regulatory mandates.

Fault Tolerant Internet Data Centers
Progent's Data Center professionals can show you how to find high availability data centers that match the particular needs of your business. Fault tolerant co-location sites are especially appealing 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 create an on-site data center with even a minimum degree of fault tolerance is financially prohibitive for most small organizations. Progent can show you how to get all the benefits of high-availability colo sites by providing a full array of engineering and maintenance services. For more information, go to High-Availability Data Centers Solutions.

Non-stop Branch Office Connectivity
Progentís branch office connectivity engineers can help companies create non-stop branch office connections via fully redundant networks featuring automatic failover. Progentís Cisco-qualified CCIE engineers can plan and deploy ultra-reliable Inter-office connections supported by non-stop EIGRP network routers or fault tolerant OSPF configurations of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how redundant connectivity and transparent fail-over offers affordable non-stop interoffice connectivity. To read more, see Fault Tolerant Inter-office Networking.

Non-stop Internet Connectivity
Progent's Cisco-certified IT professionals can help you build an economical, high availability Internet connection architecture that can deliver 24x7 Internet connectivity via a wide range of high availability Internet access technologies including high availability BGP, transparent fail-over, and multiple Internet Service Providers. Progent offers CCIE consultants to help you utilize the most advanced techniques for high availability Internet access to create an affordable, completely redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other features to create non-stop Internet connections. To read more, see Non-stop Internet Connectivity Solutions.

Backup and Recovery Solutions Consulting Services
Progent offers economical online support from engineers skilled in a wide range of utilities and services that deliver solutions for backing up Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux/UNIX physical and virtual servers and desktops as well as notebooks and handhelds. Progent offers help for leading data protection platforms including Acronis, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist, HP Data Protector, Double-Take, MozyPro, Retrospect for Macintosh, Time Machine, vSphere Data Protection, and Solaris FLARs. Progent's consultants can help your company to deploy, enhance, or troubleshoot backup/restore systems for a range of architectures including on-premises, remote, cloud-based, or a mix. For more information, visit Backup and Restore Solutions Consulting Services.

System Center Data Protection Manager Data Recovery Consulting Experts
Progent's certified Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager support professionals can help you to create an effective disaster recovery strategy, design a cost-effective fault-tolerante IT architecture, install a Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager-based recovery system, comprehensively test your system, train your administrative personnel or regular service providers how to maintain SCDPM, or provide extensive information technology support outsourcing such as off-site housing of System Center Data Protection Manager servers in Progent's world-class data center facility. To find out more, see System Center Data Protection Manager Expertise.

Barracuda Backup Multi-site and Cloud Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription backup/restore service for small and medium-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup deployment can incorporate a custom-designed physical appliance manufactured by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with comparable functionality but which uses your own storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup safeguards critical company data produced locally, at one or more remote locations, or in the cloud. For disaster recovery, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon AWS, or to any location with a Barracuda Backup appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consultants can provide a wide array of consulting services to help you to plan, configure, operate and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery system based on Barracuda technology. For more information, go to Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting and management.

Altaro VM Backup Software for Backup and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup offers small businesses a dependable and affordable platform for backing up and recovering Hyper-V and VMware-powered virtual machines (VMs). Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in local, offsite, multi-site, and cloud-hosted environments and also supports low-cost backup to Azure storage. Headline features include industry-leading Augmented Inline Deduplication to cut backup storage requirements, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup intervals as short as five minutes for minimizing your Recovery Point Objective (RPO), advanced encryption, item-level restore options for specific files and emails, support for Windows Server CSV and for vCenter for handling large-scale environments, and support for Microsoft VSS technology to back up online VMs without downtime. Progent is a certified Altaro partner and offers a broad array of consulting services to assist you to design, deploy, manage and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery system powered by Altaro VM Backup software. To read more, go to Altaro VM Backup Certified Consultants.

Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup
Double-Take Software offers a selection of tools designed to deliver small companies a variety of cost-effective alternatives for replicating and recovering business-critical applications such as Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, Blackberry, and Microsoft Office SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning consultants have in-depth backgrounds integrating Double-Take products into small company information networks to achieve a high state of availability and business continuity readiness at a budget-friendly price. To read more, see Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Backup.

CRISC-qualified IT Risk Mitigation
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification program was initiated by ISACA to validate a consultant's skills to design, deploy, and support IS controls to mitigate network risk. Progent offers the services of a CRISC-certified engineer to assist your company to create and carry out a workplace continuity strategy based on industry best practices promoted by CRISC and crafted to match your organization's risk tolerance, business goals, and IT budget. To learn more, go to CRISC-qualified IT risk management experts.

Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Certified Partner and provides specialized application expertise for a broad variety of business software programs, 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 offers the expertise of certified engineers and specialists with expertise in architecting, implementing and maintaining networking solutions built on Cisco technology. The breadth of Progent's IT experience and Progent's sensitivity to the needs of small and midsize companies make Progent the perfect partner for building and running a cost-effective, high-availability network.

How to Get in Touch with Progent's Engineers for Fault Tolerant Network Services
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