Virtual Data Center Hosting and Management Services
Features of Virtual Server Hosting
World-class Support Services in an Enterprise-class Environment
Progent's Virtual Data Center Hosting service allows small businesses to get the most out of their IT budget by leveraging the infrastructure of a state-of-art data center with the depth of technical expertise offered by Progent's team of Microsoft and Cisco certified network engineers and technicians. This eliminates the engineering and economic risk small companies face when they try to set up and manage an-house data center supported by a small internal IT staff or by free-lance consultants.
The Herakles State-of-the-Art Data Center
Planning, implementing, and supporting a top-class data center is an expensive proposition, well beyond the budget of a typical small business. Ideal data centers are staffed on a 24x7x365 basis with security, operations, and technical personnel. A substantial infrastructure investment is required for access control systems, uninterruptible power, redundant cooling, fire detection and suppression, and non-stop Internet connectivity. Progent's virtual servers are hosted at the Herakles Data Center in Sacramento in central California, a seismic-neutral geographic area. This 92,000 sq/ft. facility, purpose built at a cost of $48M, is a Tier 4 colocation site offering 99.999% uptime with N+1 power redundancy and environmental conditioning, two fiber vaults connected to 11 carriers, and dual, self-healing SONET rings that deliver fiber via two underground entrance points and into the facility. Progent allows small organizations to leverage their IT budget by offering Virtual Data Center Hosting services based in a data center trusted by some of the world's largest companies for hosting mission-critical applications.
Key features of the data center Progent uses for Virtual Server Hosting include:
24x7 Staffed Security Plus Advanced Security Systems
The Herakles colocation facility provides high-level security for controlling and monitoring physical access to the facility. Onsite security officers are present on a 24x7 basis and a sophisticated electronic security system includes surveillance cameras, motion detectors, pin pads, badge readers, and biometric access control systems. The perimeter of the facility is protected with armor plated glass and inside areas are secured within steel mesh security screens.
24-hour Staffed Operations Center
Progent's data center for Virtual Server Hosting includes a 24x7x365 staffed network operations center with certified engineers and technicians who monitor the operations and security of the facility, manage the infrastructure, and resolve technical problems.
Non-stop High-speed Internet Connectivity
Progent's data center for Virtual Server Hosting provides non-stop Internet connectivity by means of a sophisticated failover system that includes dual, physically separated fiber vaults connected to multiple network carriers. Each fiber cabinet is serviced by a different TELCO central office. Two self-healing SONET rings provide dual network routing to hosting systems. Internet connectivity is served by tier 1 backbone providers.
Extensive Power Backup Systems
The Herakles data center utilized by Progent for Virtual Server Hosting has a dedicated municipal utility district substation and transformer on the property. The substation is fed by redundant regional substations. The facility has four diesel generators, each with redundant components. The generators have switch and paralleling gear units for fast transfer to emergency power and are fueled to run the entire facility for a week. The facility also has UPS units, power distribution units, and gel batteries (N+2) capable of powering the entire facility while the backup generators switch in.
Redundant Computer Room Air Conditioning
The Herakles data center has a redundant Computer Room Air Conditioning (CRAC) system configured in a closed loop system with water cooled chiller units that are rotated each month.
Smoke Detection and Fire Suppression
Progent's data center for Virtual Server Hosting includes a Very Early Smoke Detection System (VESDA) monitored by the 24x7 network operations center staff as well as by an outside third-part service. The fire suppression system features a double interlock dry pipe system that uses 10' x 10' grid areas to minimize impact on computer equipment adjacent to any actual fire.
Physical security at the Herakles data center is enforced by 24x7 staffed and dedicated on-site security personnel. All visitor and equipment movement is documented and closely controlled. Access is managed by cardkeys and biometric controls in all areas of the data center. The security staff has a complete view of the facility using 72 PELCO high resolution surveillance video cameras. All windows and doors use armor plated riot glass.
Seismically Stable Location
The data center is located in a seismic-neutral area with no known tectonic faults and no recorded earthquakes. The data center building is also fitted with a steel-beam support system designed to withstand a substantial earthquake.
Progent's Integration and Support Services for Virtual Data Center Hosting
Progent's Virtual Data Center Hosting services include full server, application, and database integration and can include relatively simple solutions based on Microsoft Small Business Server or complex environments that feature a mix of operating systems such as Windows and Linux. Progent configure remote connectivity including PPTP VPN capability and sets up email applications such as Exchange so that they preserve existing domain addresses and email databases. Hosted servers are assigned static IP addresses. Web servers, if included, are configured and secured and DNS addresses are populated for easy client access. Progent's fast and fault-tolerant Internet connections offer 3 MBPS performance.
Integration and support available with Progent's Virtual Data Center Hosting services include:
Transparent Integration with Your Network
Progent's Virtual Server Hosting is transparent to your workers, clients, and partners. In the case of hosted Exchange-based email, your existing email domain name is retained as well as your internal email addresses, contact information, file organization, and work groups. Your email will also be available at all times via Outlook Web Access (OWA) or Exchange Wireless Service. Progent will also configure Exchange to support remote synchronization with Window-powered mobile devices such as Pocket PCs and Smartphones.
Spam and Virus Filtering
Progent's email hosting services include E-Mail Guard spam and virus filtering. E-Mail Guard is based on Postini’s Perimeter Manager, a pass-through managed service which routes all your email to secure, fault-tolerant data centers — the same ones used by Google, eBay and Yahoo — where messages and attachments are screened using state-of-the-art heuristic rules analysis. E-Mail Guard handles the security and management of corporate email by providing continually updated spam and virus filtering, content filtering, and protection from email-based directory harvesting and denial of service attacks. E-Mail Guard also includes monitoring, reporting and content management tools plus outbound filtering to help troubleshoot your email system and define and enforce corporate email policy.
24x7 Monitoring of Security and Performance
Progent's Virtual Data Center Hosting services include continual monitoring of the performance and security of network and application servers using Microsoft's System Center Operations Manager, an advanced network management solution proactively that detects network trouble and trends. MS Operations Manager works by automatically scanning event history, then filtering, consolidating, and analyzing these system events based on an extensive built-in database. When Microsoft Operations Manager detects problems or a possibly dangerous tendency, it can run special repair routines or generate alarms to notify Progent's network support personnel.
As part of the services included with Progent's Virtual Data Center Hosting, Progent's network administrators make sure that patches, security updates, and service packs are installed promptly and non-intrusively. Progent will also make sure that all other software associated with network and application servers is kept current. In case the hosted network needs to be temporarily shut down for routine software maintenance, Progent uses a service window from 10:00 pm Friday night to 6:00 am Saturday morning Pacific Time. Progent notifies clients in advance of any planned downtime in order to minimize business impact.
Daily Backup and Fast Disaster Recovery
Progent's data backup procedures for hosted systems include 30 days of daily data protection, full weekly server backups, daily differential backups, and monthly full backups with off-site replication. Progent's virtual architecture facilitates fast system recovery in case of disaster, and in the event of a hardware failure Progent will move the hosted environment to another host within four business hours.
Network Administration Services
Progent's Technical Response Center provides all network administration services such as adding or deleting clients, changing security privileges, or resolving performance issues. As with all services offered by Progent based on the Help Desk model, Progent's Technical Response Center delivers the broad and in-depth technical expertise, consistency of service, and 24x7 availability of an enterprise-class service organization, plus the visible ticket tracking and follow-through of a well-managed Help Desk.