(Note: Microsoft has terminated support for Windows Server 2003 and it is advisable to consider upgrading from this legacy OS to an up-to-date version of Windows Server. If your organization is considering moving up to Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2016, Progent can provide online and onsite Windows Server 2012 R2 planning and configuration consulting services or Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery consulting to ensure your project finishes on time and within budget. In addition, Progent's Windows Server Failover Clustering Consultants can help you a configure and troubleshoot a high-availability clustering solution based on Microsoft's latest technology.

Fault Tolerant Server Clustering ConsultingEven with typical fault tolerant feature found in high-end server hardware, such as redundant power supplies and mirrored or RAID 5 disk arrays, failed devices must be identified and replacement components must be procured and installed. These failures can bring down a server for hours, if not days. Furthermore, during regularly scheduled software maintenance functions, servers need to be rebooted or brought off-line for an extended period. For customers who need 100% uptime, the only solution is to deploy a clustered server configuration that provides fully redundant servers for a single application.

A server cluster is a group of independent computers that work together to provide a common set of services. Windows 2003 provides this high-availability solution with the Cluster service. If a cluster node (a computer in a cluster) fails, other nodes in the cluster assume the functions of the failed node. Server clustering is an essential piece of any fault-tolerant architecture, and making large investments in communication infrastructure redundancy without providing for server redundancy defeats the value of that investment.

Progent offers Windows 2003 Server consulting to help your company implement clustered server configurations that can potentially provide 100% uptime, even for normal maintenance functions. This high-availability is possible because a single server in a cluster can be brought off-line for maintenance work without affecting users. Clustering also allows IT personal to perform critical security updates during regular business hours without reducing user productivity.

Microsoft Windows 2003 Server offers mature clustering technology. This is the third major release of Microsoft clustering technology, which was first released in 1997. Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, and Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, present a single view of the server to users, applications, and the network and both versions of Windows Server 2003 support up to eight-node clusters. Failover clustering configurations can be built around Microsoft technologies for mission-critical and collaborative applications such as Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server file and print services.

Host Clustering with Microsoft Virtual Server
Virtual Server host clustering is a technique for enhancing the capability of Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 with the server cluster support incorporated in Microsoft Windows Server 2003. By means of Virtual Server host clustering, your network can benefit from an array of services via a minimum number of actual hardware servers and, simultaneously, ensure the high availability of the provided services. In case one server requires scheduled or unscheduled downtime, another server can immediately take its place and begin supporting services. As a result, your clients experience minimal service disruption. Progent's Microsoft-certified network engineers have in-depth experience deploying and supporting Microsoft Virtual Server. For more information, refer to Consulting Services for Microsoft Virtual Server.

Server Clustering and Storage Area Networks
A storage area network (SAN) is a set of disks, tapes, and servers connected to a common infrastructure, or storage fabric, such as Fibre Channel. A SAN allows multiple servers to access a common pool of storage. This allows storage to be assigned dynamically from the pool whenever it is required. Storage on a given server can be increased or decreased as needed without complex reconfiguring or re-cabling of devices. SAN technology is a good way to build clusters where shared access to a data set is required. By deploying multiple clusters onto a single storage area network, all of the benefits of SAN technology can be brought to the cluster environment. Progentís Microsoft certified engineers can show you how to combine Microsoftís server cluster technology with storage area networking to make your network more fault tolerant and easier to manage.

Server Clustering with Microsoft Exchange
Messaging systems based on Microsoft Exchange are vital for many businesses. Unfortunately, this crucial function is vulnerable to component failure, power loss, operator errors, and natural disasters. By allowing the failover of resources, server clustering provides fault tolerance for an Exchange environment. Server clusters that use the Microsoft Cluster Service can maintain data integrity and provide failover support and high availability for mission-critical applications and services on your back-end servers, including messaging systems, databases, and file and print services.

This figure shows an example of a four-node Exchange cluster with three active nodes and a passive standby node:

Microsoft Exchange Server Clustering Help

Progent's Microsoft-certified Exchange experts have proven, world-class skills in designing high-availability Exchange environments and can show you how to configure an Exchange Server cluster with shared data access to data and automatic failover capabilities. For details about Exchange consulting services available from Progent, visit Microsoft Exchange Consulting Support.

Other High Availability Solutions Offered by Progent
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco support professionals can help your business to design an efficient, fault-tolerant IT architecture that addresses major issues covering a broad range of networking technologies and operations such as:

Workplace Recovery Planning
Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants can show you how to create a business continuity strategy that will allow you to resume network functionality in case of an IT system disaster. Progent can help you to develop a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy that includes scheduled disaster recovery assessments and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified consultants can also help you create an affordable, high-availability network architecture that addresses reliability issues involving a broad array of infrastructure technologies and processes. To find out more, see Business Continuity Consulting and Support Services.

Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services provide small and medium-sized businesses an affordable and fully managed solution for secure backup/disaster recovery (BDR). Available at a fixed monthly price, ProSight Data Protection Services automates your backup activities and enables rapid recovery of critical data, applications and VMs that have become unavailable or corrupted due to hardware failures, software bugs, disasters, human mistakes, or malware attacks like ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you back up, retrieve and restore files, folders, apps, system images, as well as Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware images. Important data can be backed up on the cloud, to an on-promises storage device, or mirrored to both. Progent's backup and recovery specialists can provide world-class support to set up ProSight Data Protection Services to to comply with regulatory requirements like HIPPA, FIRPA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when needed, can assist you to restore your critical data. Learn more about ProSight DPS Managed Backup and Recovery.

Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery consultants can help you to design a DR system built around Microsoft's most advanced Failover Clustering technologies including 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 storage clusters using low-cost equipment, VM Load Balancing for improving the speed and resilience of Failover Clusters while minimizing capital investment and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for fast, affordable deployment of a stretch cluster quorum witness. For details, go to Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Consulting.

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced world-class availability and system recovery to Microsoft's failover clustering platform. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this foundation and delivers significant enhancements offering increased extensibility, non-stop disk storage availability for server applications, easier administration, faster automatic failover, and more options for architecting clusters. For more information, see 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 specify, automate and verify a consistent process for restoring applications and services rapidly following an outage. Site Recovery Manager supports centrally managed and automated recovery, application mobility, and non-disruptive site relocation, failback and re-protect. Site Recovery Manager also enables transparent testing for site recovery, upgrades and fixes and can generate reports to confirm full service restoration, validate SLAs and demonstrate DR compliance. Progent can provide the skills of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consulting expert to assist you to design, deploy, test and administer a DR system powered by VMware Site Recovery Manager.

NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Platform
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery software suite that combines array-based storage clustering with synchronous replication to deliver fast, zero data loss disaster recovery (DR) between sites that are as far as 185 miles (300km) apart. Progent offers access to a NetApp MetroCluster expert who can help your business to plan, deploy, administer, update, test and repair a disaster recovery solution built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you to choose an architecture for your MetroCluster deployment that meets your functional requirements and budget. Progent can make sure you adhere to best practices for configuring your MetroCluster environment by delivering help with procedures like assigning disk pools and shelf IDs, determining aggregate and plexes layout, provisioning NetApp FlexVol volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, provisioning Cisco and Brocade switches, implementing a tiebreaker mechanism, setting up a configuration replication network between your storage clusters, and verifying your DR solution to show compliance with industry standards and regulatory requirements.

Network Load Balancing
Progent offers fault tolerant load balancing consulting covering system load balancing, load balanced programs, LAN/WAN infrastructure routing, and content dispatching products such as Cisco Content Engine. Fault tolerant load balancing products for which Progent can provide consulting services include Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Access Suite and Access Gateway, Cisco CSS, Cisco Distributed Director and ACNS, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. For details, go to Non-stop Load Balancing.

High-Availability Internet Data Centers
Progent's Data Center consultants can show you how to select high availability data centers that meet the specific needs of your company. High availability Internet Data Centers are especially appealing to small and mid-size businesses because of their low cost and simplified logistics in comparison to pursuing a do-it-yourself strategy. Attempting to design an in-house data center with even a basic degree of fault tolerance is too expensive for typical small organizations. Progent is ready to help you reap all the advantages of non-stop Internet data centers by providing a complete array of consulting and support services. To read more, see Non-stop Internet Data Centers Consulting.

Non-stop Branch Office Connectivity
Progentís branch office connectivity engineers can help companies create fault tolerant branch office connections via fully redundant system architectures with automatic failover. Progentís Cisco-qualified CCIE network engineers can design and deploy high-availability Inter-office networks based on fault tolerant EIGRP network routers or fault tolerant OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how multi-path connectivity and automatic fail-over offers economical 24x7 interoffice networking. To find out more, go to 24x7 Interoffice Networking.

Fault Tolerant Internet Access
Progent's Cisco-authorized network consultants can show you how to build an affordable, fault tolerant Internet connection architecture that can achieve 24x7 Internet access through a broad range of fault tolerant Internet network technologies including fault tolerant BGP, automatic fail-over, and multiple ISPs. Progent offers CCIE professionals to help you apply the most up-to-date technology for high availability Internet connectivity to build an affordable, fully redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other capabilities to create zero-downtime Internet access. To learn more, visit Non-stop Internet Access Architecture.

Backup and Restore Technology Consulting
Progent offers economical online access to IT engineers with expertise in a broad range of products and technologies that provide solutions for backing up Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux servers and workstations as well as notebooks and handhelds. Progent offers help for leading backup platforms including Acronis Backup and Recovery, Backup Exec, BackupAssist, CrashPlan PRO, Double-Take Backup, Mozy, Retrospect, Apple Time Machine, VMware Data Recovery (VDR), and Oracle Solaris FLARs. Progent can help you to implement, upgrade, or troubleshoot data backup systems for a range of environments such as on-premises, edge to datacenter, cloud, or a mix. To read more, see Backup and Recovery Solutions Expertise.

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Backup and Recovery Consulting
Progent's certified System Center Data Protection Manager engineers can assist you to develop an effective business continuity strategy, implement an affordable fault-tolerante IT architecture, install a System Center Data Protection Manager-based backup and restore system, comprehensively validate your system, educate your IT staff or regular service providers how to manage SCDPM, or provide complete information technology outsourcing services such as remote housing of Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager servers in Progent's world-class data center. For more information, go to System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Consulting and Support Services.

Barracuda Backup Cloud and Offsite Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is an affordable, subscription backup and disaster recovery service for small and mid-size businesses. A Barracuda Backup deployment can incorporate a custom-designed hardware storage device built by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with similar functionality but which utilizes your own storage hardware. Barracuda Backup protects critical business data generated locally, at one or multiple remote sites, or in the cloud. For disaster preparedness, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon AWS, or to any site with a physical or virtual Barracuda appliance. Progent is a certified Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts can provide a wide array of consulting support services to help your business to design, integrate, manage and repair a backup and disaster recovery solution based on Barracuda technology. For additional information, see Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting.

Altaro VM Backup Software for Backup and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup software offers small organizations a reliable and budget-friendly platform for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-based virtual machines. Altaro VM Backup can be used for on-premises, remote, distributed, and cloud environments and also enables low-cost cloud backup to Azure Block Blob storage. Headline capabilities include industry-leading Augmented Inline Deduplication to cut backup storage requirements, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup intervals as little as five minutes for reducing your Recovery Point Objective (RPO), advanced encryption, item-level restore options for specific files and emails, support for Windows CSV and VMware vCenter for managing large-scale deployments, and support for Microsoft VSS technology to back up live virtual machines without downtime. Progent is an Altaro partner and offers a broad range of services to assist you to plan, install, manage and troubleshoot a backup/restore solution based on Altaro VM Backup software. To find out more, see Altaro VM Backup Consulting Services.

Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Backup/Restore
Double-Take offers a selection of tools designed to provide small and midsize companies a range of affordable alternatives for backing up and recovering vital workloads including Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, RIM Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning experts have in-depth backgrounds incorporating Double-Take Software technology into small business IT systems to create an advanced state of availability and disaster recovery capability at an affordable cost. For details, visit Consulting for Double-Take Software for Backup.

CRISC-qualified IT Risk Mitigation
The CRISC certification program was established by ISACA in 2010 to validate an IT professional's ability to plan, implement, and maintain information system control mechanisms to mitigate network risk. Progent can provide the expertise of a CRISC-certified consultant to help your company to create and carry out a workplace continuity or disaster recovery plan that follows leading practices promoted by CRISC and crafted to match your company's risk appetite, business objectives, and IT budget. To learn more, see CRISC-qualified IT risk management specialists.

Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Certified Partner and offers professional application expertise for a wide range of business software programs, Progent can assist clients to arrive at comprehensive information technology solutions that optimize the business value of your information system. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent can provide the support of qualified consultants and specialists with expertise in architecting, installing and maintaining networking solutions built on Cisco technology. The depth of Progent's technical experience and Progent's sensitivity to the needs of small companies make Progent a great resource for creating and running a cost-effective, high-availability network.

How to Get in Touch with Progent's Engineers for High Availability Computing Services
If you wish to get in touch with Progent about consulting expertise for fault tolerant infrastructure, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.
















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