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 Experts
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified engineers can assist you to create a cost-effective, fault-tolerant network that resolves critical issues encompassing a broad array of networking technologies and operations including:

Business Continuity Planning
Progent's disaster recovery engineers 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 catastrophe. Progent can assist you to develop a comprehensive disaster recovery plan that incorporates periodic disaster recovery assessments and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized professionals can also help you create an affordable, non-stop network architecture that takes into account reliability issues covering a wide range of infrastructure technologies and processes. For more information, visit Business Continuity Consulting.

Fault Tolerant Internet Access
Progent's Cisco-certified network professionals can help you build an affordable, high availability Internet configuration architecture that can deliver 24x7 Internet access through a wide range of fault tolerant Internet network technologies including high availability BGP, transparent fail-over, and redundant Internet Service Providers. Progent can provide CCIE engineers to show you how to apply the most up-to-date techniques for 24x7 Internet connectivity to implement an economical, completely redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other features to deliver non-stop Internet connections. To find out more, go to Non-stop Internet Access Architecture.

Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity experts can help you to plan and deploy a disaster recovery system built around Microsoft's cloud-tested Failover Clustering tools such as Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade for non-disruptive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss Recovery Point Objective (RPO), Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class storage clusters using commodity equipment, VM Load Balancing for enhancing the speed and resilience of Failover Clusters while minimizing capital investment and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for easy, economical deployment of a stretch cluster quorum arbitration point. To read more, visit Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Expertise.

Windows Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced world-class fault tolerance and system recovery to Microsoft's clustering solution. Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this technology and delivers important new and enhanced features that offer more extensibility, non-stop storage availability for server applications, streamlined management, quicker failover, and additional flexibility for architecting failover clusters. To find out more, go to Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clustering Migration and Support.

VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager (SRM) is a component of VMware vCenter that allows you to orchestrate, automate and verify a repeatable runbook for recovering services rapidly following an outage. SRM provides centrally managed and automated recovery, application mobility, plus non-intrusive site migration, failback and site re-protect. SRM also allows transparent testing for disaster recovery, upgrades and patches and can produce reports to confirm full service restoration, validate Service Level Agreements and prove DR compliance. Progent can provide the support of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consultant to assist you to design, configure, test and administer a DR system based on VMware SRM.

NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Software
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery software suite that uses array-based storage clustering with replication to provide fast, zero data loss disaster recovery between sites located as far as 300km apart. Progent can provide the skills of a NetApp MetroCluster expert who can help you to plan, deploy, administer, upgrade, test and repair a disaster recovery system built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you to choose a topology for your MetroCluster environment that aligns with your technical needs and IT budget. Progent can ensure you follow best practices for configuring your MetroCluster solution by providing guidance with tasks such as assigning disk pools, arranging aggregate layout, provisioning NetApp FlexVol volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, installing Cisco and Brocade switches, designing a tiebreaker, designing a TCP/IP configuration replication network, and testing your DR system to prove adherence with information assurance standards and government mandates.

Fault Tolerant Colocation
Progent's Data Center professionals can show you how to find high availability data centers that match the particular requirements of your company. Fault tolerant colocation sites are especially appealing to small and mid-size companies due to of their low cost and simplified logistics compared to pursuing a do-it-yourself strategy. Trying to design an on-site data center that offers even a minimum degree of fault tolerance is too costly for most small companies. Progent is ready to show you how to get all the benefits of 24x7 colo sites by offering a full array of consulting and support services. For more information, go to Fault Tolerant Colocation Consulting.

Failsafe Branch Office Networking
Progentís interoffice network infrastructure consultants can help companies create zero-downtime branch office connectivity solutions via redundant system architectures featuring transparent failover. Progentís Cisco-qualified CCIE network engineers can plan and deploy fault-tolerant Inter-office connections based on fault tolerant EIGRP network routers or zero-downtime OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how multi-path connections and transparent fail-over can provide economical 24x7 interoffice connectivity. For more information, see Fault Tolerant Inter-office Networking.

System Center Data Protection Manager Backup and Restore Consulting Services
Progent's certified System Center Data Protection Manager engineers can assist your company to develop a practical business continuity strategy, design an affordable fault-tolerante IT architecture, configure a Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager-powered backup and recovery system, thoroughly validate your DPM system, train your IT staff or regular service providers how to maintain System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide complete IT outsourcing such as remote hosting of Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager machines in Progent's data center. To read more, visit System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Expertise.

Managed Offsite DPM-based Backup Service Package
Progentís affordable Offsite DPM-based Backup Service incorporates the power of Data Protection Manager (DPM) with the state-of-the-art security and availability features of the QTS Colocation Center in Sacramento, California to provide continual, non-disruptive backup for up to 2.5 Terabytes of data from one or several of your Windows-powered servers. Progent's service offering includes all configuration, management, and monitoring required for a comprehensive offsite backup system. For details, see Fully Managed Offsite DPM Backup Service Package.

Backup and Restore Technology Consultants
Progent offers affordable remote support from consultants with expertise in a wide array of utilities and services that deliver solutions for protecting Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux/UNIX physical and virtual servers and workstations as well as laptops and smartphones. Progent can provide consulting support for leading backup products such as Acronis Backup and Recovery, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, CrashPlan, Double-Take Software, Mozy, Retrospect, Time Machine, VMware Data Recovery, and Oracle Solaris FLARs. Progent can help you to install, enhance, or maintain data backup systems for a range of architectures including on-premises, edge to datacenter, cloud-based, or hybrid. To learn more, see Backup and Restore Solutions Expertise.

Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Backup/Restore
Double-Take Software offers a selection of tools intended to deliver small and midsize businesses a variety of affordable solutions for replicating and restoring business-critical workloads including Exchange, SQL, Blackberry, and Microsoft SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning consultants have in-depth experience incorporating Double-Take Software products into small company IT networks to create a high state of availability and business continuity readiness at a budget-friendly price. For details, see Consulting for Double-Take Software for Data Backup.

CRISC-certified Network Risk Management
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification program was established by ISACA to verify an IT professional's skills to plan, implement, and maintain information system controls to mitigate network risk. Progent can provide the services of a CRISC-certified consultant to help your company to develop and carry out a workplace continuity strategy that follows industry best practices promoted by CRISC and crafted to match your organization's risk tolerance, business goals, and budgetary guidelines. To read more, go to CRISC-certified network risk management specialists.

Why Choose Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Gold Partner and provides specialized application expertise for a broad variety of small business software programs, Progent is able to help customers to arrive at efficient IT solutions that optimize the business value of your information system. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent can provide the expertise of certified engineers and specialists with expertise in designing, deploying and troubleshooting infrastructure solutions based on Cisco technology. The depth of Progent's IT experience and Progent's sensitivity to the needs of small and midsize companies make Progent the ideal resource for building and maintaining a cost-effective, dependable information system.

How You Can Get Help from Progent's Experts for High Availability System Support
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