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 Fault Tolerant Technologies Provided by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco consulting experts can assist your business to design an efficient, zero-downtime information network that resolves major challenges encompassing a wide array of networking solutions and processes including:

Business Continuity Planning
Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants can show you how to design a workplace recovery strategy that will allow you to restore IT functionality in the event of an IT network disaster. Progent can assist you to create a complete disaster recovery strategy that incorporates periodic disaster recovery evaluations and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized engineers can also show you how to create an affordable, zero-downtime system solution that addresses reliability issues involving a broad range of infrastructure technologies and processes. To learn more, see Workplace Recovery Consulting and Support Services.

Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services offer small and medium-sized organizations a low cost and fully managed solution for reliable backup/disaster recovery (BDR). Available at a fixed monthly cost, ProSight DPS automates and monitors your backup activities and enables rapid restoration of critical files, applications and virtual machines that have become lost or corrupted as a result of hardware breakdowns, software bugs, disasters, human mistakes, or malware attacks like ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you protect, recover and restore files, folders, apps, system images, as well as Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware virtual machine images. Important data can be protected on the cloud, to a local device, or to both. Progent's BDR specialists can deliver advanced support to set up ProSight Data Protection Services to be compliant with regulatory requirements like HIPPA, FINRA, and PCI and, whenever needed, can assist you to restore your business-critical data. Read more about ProSight DPS Managed Backup.

Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery consultants can help your organization to plan and deploy a DR solution built around Microsoft's cloud-tested Failover Clustering technologies such as Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-intrusive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for crash-consistent Recovery Point Objective (RPO), Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class network-attached storage using commodity hardware, VM Load Balancing for improving the speed and resilience of Failover Clusters while minimizing capital investment and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for fast, affordable creation of a stretch cluster quorum arbitration point. For details, go to Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Help.

Windows Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced enterprise-class fault tolerance and system recovery to Microsoft's failover clustering platform. Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this technology and provides important enhancements that offer more expandability, better storage uptime for server applications, simpler management, faster failover, and additional flexibility for architecting 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 define, automate and verify a consistent runbook for recovering applications and services rapidly following an outage. Site Recovery Manager supports centrally controlled and automated disaster 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 produce reports to verify full service recovery, validate Service Level Agreements and prove DR compliance. Progent can provide the support of a VCDX certified VMware SRM consultant to assist your organization to plan, configure, test and administer a disaster recovery solution powered by VMware SRM.

NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Technology
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery software suite that uses failover storage clustering along with continual replication to deliver rapid, zero data loss disaster recovery between datacenters that are as far as 185 miles apart. Progent offers the skills of a NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can help your business to plan, configure, manage, update, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery system built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you to choose an architecture for your MetroCluster environment that aligns with your technical needs and IT budget. Progent can ensure you adhere to best practices for configuring your MetroCluster environment by delivering guidance with procedures like assigning shelf IDs, arranging plexes layout, provisioning FlexVol volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, provisioning Cisco and Brocade switches, designing a tiebreaker, designing a configuration replication network, and testing your MetroCluster DR system to prove adherence with industry standards and regulatory mandates.

High-Availability Internet Data Centers
Progent's Data Center professionals can show you how to find fault-tolerant data centers that meet the particular requirements of your business. Fault tolerant Internet Data Centers are particularly appealing to small and mid-size companies due to of their low cost and convenience in comparison to pursuing a do-it-yourself approach. Attempting to create an in-house data center that offers even a basic degree of fault tolerance is financially prohibitive for typical small organizations. Progent can show you how to get all the advantages of 24x7 colocation facilities by providing a complete range of consulting and maintenance services. To find out more, see High-Availability Data Centers Solutions.

Non-stop Inter-office Connectivity
Progentís multi-site connectivity professionals can help companies create non-stop interoffice connectivity solutions via redundant system architectures featuring transparent failover. Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE engineers can plan and implement ultra-reliable Inter-office connections supported by fault tolerant EIGRP network routers or fault tolerant OSPF configurations of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how redundant connections and automatic fail-over offers affordable 24x7 interoffice connectivity. To learn more, see Fault Tolerant Inter-office Networking.

24x7 Internet Connections
Progent's Cisco-authorized network consultants can show you how to build an affordable, fault tolerant Internet configuration solution that can achieve non-stop Internet connectivity via a wide range of high availability Internet access technologies including non-stop BGP, automatic fail-over, and redundant ISPs. Progent offers CCIE consultants to help you apply the most up-to-date technology for 24x7 Internet connectivity to create an affordable, completely redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other capabilities to deliver fault tolerant Internet access. To read more, go to Non-stop Internet Access Solutions.

Backup and Restore Solutions Consulting Services
Progent offers affordable online support from engineers with expertise in a broad range of utilities and services that provide solutions for backing up Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux/UNIX physical and virtual servers and workstations as well as laptops and handhelds. Progent can provide consulting support for leading backup platforms such as Acronis Backup and Recovery, Backup Exec, BackupAssist, CrashPlan PRO, Double-Take, Mozy, Retrospect for Macintosh, Apple Time Machine, vSphere Data Protection, and Solaris FLARs. Progent can help your company to deploy, upgrade, or troubleshoot data backup solutions for a variety of topologies including local, remote, cloud, or a mix. To read more, visit Backup and Recovery Technology Expertise.

System Center Data Protection Manager Backup and Recovery Consulting and Support Services
Progent's certified System Center Data Protection Manager engineers can help your company to develop a practical disaster recovery plan, design a cost-effective high-availability IT architecture, configure a Microsoft SCDPM-based recovery solution, thoroughly validate your DPM system, educate your administrative personnel or regular consultants how to maintain System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide complete information technology outsourcing including off-site hosting of System Center Data Protection Manager machines in Progent's data center facility. To learn more, see Microsoft SCDPM Consulting.

Consulting for Double-Take Software for Data Backup/Restore
Double-Take publishes a selection of tools intended to deliver small and midsize companies a variety of affordable solutions for backing up and restoring vital workloads such as Exchange, Microsoft SQL, Blackberry, and Microsoft Office SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning experts have in-depth experience integrating Double-Take Software technology into small business information systems to create a high level of availability and business continuity readiness at an affordable price. To learn more, visit Consulting for Double-Take Software for Data Backup.

CRISC-certified Network Risk Management
The CRISC program was established by ISACA to validate an IT professional's ability to plan, implement, and support information system controls to mitigate network risk. Progent can provide the services of a CRISC-certified engineer to assist you to develop and execute a business continuity or disaster recovery strategy that follows leading practices promoted by CRISC and geared to match your company's risk tolerance, business goals, and IT budget. To learn more, see CRISC-qualified IT risk management specialists.

Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and provides professional application support for a broad range of small business software programs, Progent is able to help clients to find comprehensive information technology solutions that maximize the productivity of your information system. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent can provide the support of certified engineers and specialists with expertise in designing, implementing and managing networking environments built on Cisco products. The extent of Progent's technical experience and Progent's appreciation for the needs of small businesses make Progent the ideal partner for creating and running an affordable, high-availability information system.

How to Access Progent's Consultants for Non-stop Computing Services
In order to contact Progent about professional support for fault tolerant computing, phone 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.

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