Internet Data Centers offer an attractive option for companies with the need to host applications that are delivered to a geographically dispersed user base.
For costs that are well within the IT budget of virtually any small business (often starting as low as $100 per month), companies can immediately enjoy the advantages of housing their equipment in a professional-grade Data Center whose benefits include Internet availability that usually exceeds 99.999% uptime, dramatic savings in management expenses due to the elimination of common infrastructure failures, lighting-fast Internet connections that are usually at least 60 times faster than the fastest Internet connections available to most small businesses, the highest levels of physical security, and electrical power that is immune to blackouts, brownouts, and internal breakdown.
Colocation Data Centers offer useful features including remote hands capability, a service in which Data Center staff can provide rudimentary but valuable assistance such as pushing a reset button or power cycling a server. This value-added service avoids the cost of having your in-house support personnel travel to the office to perform simple troubleshooting steps. Better yet, such Data Center services are available on a 24x7 basis, 365 days a year, relieving stress and cutting expenses by dramatically simplifying the logistics required to maintain high network availability.
There are over almost 2,000 enterprise-class Internet Data Centers in the U.S. and Progent's Data Center consulting experts can help you select one that meets the particular requirements of your business, including geographic proximity, space, connectivity, affordability, and value-added features and services.
For companies concerned about the risks associated with potentially catastrophic impacts caused by major earthquakes in the Bay Area, world-class Data Centers in the Sacramento area offer close proximity to your business while significantly reducing your network's exposure to damage from seismic events.
Internet Data Centers are especially appealing to small businesses because of their affordability and feasibility in comparison to taking a do-it-yourself approach. Trying to build an in-house data center with even a minimum level of fault tolerance by installing features such as a local computer room generator for power protection, redundant air conditioning systems, multiple Internet T1 lines, and a physically secure infrastructure, is for most small businesses either impossible due to facility limitations or financially prohibitive.
By using multiple data centers, businesses can enhance not only fault-tolerance but also performance. For example, by deploying F5 Networks' BIG-IP controller in each data center to load balance a farm of web servers, and then F5's BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager (formally 3-DNS) product at each data center, Internet traffic will be spread automatically between multiple, geographically dispersed sites. The BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager routes web requests to different data centers based on their proximity to the requester, availability and current utilization/response times. This approach can accelerate application performance by up to three times, ensure that priority applications are served first, and offload expensive server cycles. For more information about Progent's support for fault tolerant technology from F5 Networks, visit Load Balancing Consulting.
Other Zero-Downtime Solutions Supported by Progent's Experts
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco consultants can assist your business to create an efficient, zero-downtime network that addresses critical issues covering a broad array of networking solutions and processes such as:
Workplace Recovery Planning
Progent's business continuity planning engineers can show you how to design a business continuity plan that will allow you to restore IT functionality in case of an information system catastrophe. Progent can assist you to develop a complete disaster recovery strategy that incorporates periodic disaster recovery assessments and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified consultants can also show you how to build an affordable, zero-downtime system architecture that takes into account reliability issues covering a wide array of network technologies and processes. To read more, see Workplace Recovery Consulting and Support Services.
Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services provide small and mid-sized organizations an affordable and fully managed service for reliable backup/disaster recovery (BDR). For a fixed monthly price, ProSight Data Protection Services automates your backup activities and allows rapid restoration of critical files, applications and VMs that have become lost or corrupted as a result of component breakdowns, software glitches, disasters, human error, or malicious attacks like ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you back up, recover and restore files, folders, applications, system images, as well as Hyper-V and VMware virtual machine images. Important data can be protected on the cloud, to a local device, or mirrored to both. Progent's backup and recovery specialists can deliver world-class expertise to set up ProSight Data Protection Services to to comply with government and industry regulatory requirements such as HIPAA, FIRPA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when needed, can help you to recover your critical data. Read more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Backup and Recovery.
Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity consultants can help you to plan and deploy a disaster recovery solution built around Microsoft's cloud-tested Failover Clustering technologies including Cluster OS 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 industry-standard equipment, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for improving the speed and resilience of Failover Clusters while minimizing capital investment and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for fast, economical deployment of a failover cluster quorum witness. For details, visit Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Support.
Windows Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced enterprise-class availability and system recovery to Microsoft's clustering platform. Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this foundation and provides significant enhancements offering increased expandability, non-stop disk storage availability for server applications, streamlined management, faster failover, and additional options for designing failover clusters. For more information, visit Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clustering Consulting Services.
VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager is a component of VMware vCenter that lets you orchestrate, automate and test a repeatable process for restoring applications and services rapidly following a breakdown. SRM supports centrally controlled and automated recovery, application mobility, plus non-intrusive site relocation, failback and site re-protect. Site Recovery Manager also enables non-intrusive testing for disaster recovery, updates and fixes and can generate audit reports to verify complete service recovery, validate Service Level Agreements and demonstrate disaster recovery compliance. Progent can provide the support of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consulting expert to assist your organization to design, deploy, test and maintain a disaster recovery solution based on VMware SRM.
NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Software
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery platform that uses failover storage clustering with continual replication to provide rapid, zero RPO disaster recovery between sites located up to 185 miles apart from each other. Progent can provide access to a NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can assist you to design, configure, manage, upgrade, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery solution built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to choose an architecture for your MetroCluster deployment that aligns with your functional needs and budget. Progent can make sure you adhere to leading practices for configuring your MetroCluster solution by delivering help with procedures such as assigning shelf IDs, arranging aggregate and plexes layout, provisioning volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, provisioning switches, designing a tiebreaker mechanism, setting up a TCP/IP configuration replication network, and verifying your MetroCluster DR system to verify adherence with industry standards and regulatory requirements.
High Availability Load Balancing
Progent offers fault tolerant load balancing support covering system load balancing, load balanced applications, network infrastructure routing, and content dispatching products such as Cisco Content Engine. Non-stop load balancing solutions for which Progent offers consulting services include Windows 2003 and 2008 Server Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Presentation Server, Cisco CSS, Cisco Content Distribution Manager and Cisco CDN Software, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. To learn more, see High Availability Load Balancing.
Non-stop Interoffice Connectivity
Progentís branch office network infrastructure consultants can help organizations create fault tolerant interoffice connections via fully redundant networks featuring automatic failover. Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE network engineers can plan and implement high-availability Inter-office networks supported by fault tolerant EIGRP routers or zero-downtime OSPF configurations of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how redundant connectivity and automatic fail-over offers economical non-stop interoffice networking. For more information, see 24x7 Inter-office Connectivity.
Fault Tolerant Internet Connections
Progent's Cisco-authorized network consultants can help you create an economical, high availability Internet connection solution that can achieve non-stop Internet connectivity via a broad array of fault tolerant Internet network solutions including high availability BGP, automatic fail-over, and multiple ISPs. Progent offers CCIE professionals to show you how to apply the latest technology for 24x7 Internet connections to implement a cost-effective, completely redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other capabilities to deliver zero-downtime Internet availability. To read more, see Fault Tolerant Internet Connectivity Architecture.
Backup and Restore Solutions Consulting
Progent can provide affordable online access to consultants with expertise in a wide array of products and services that deliver solutions for backing up Windows, Mac, and Linux physical and virtual servers and desktops as well as notebooks and smartphones. Progent offers help for leading data protection products such as Acronis Backup and Recovery, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist, HP Data Protector, Double-Take, MozyPro, Retrospect, Time Machine, vSphere Data Protection, and Solaris FLARs. Progent's consultants can help you to design, upgrade, or troubleshoot data backup solutions for a range of topologies such as on-premises, remote, cloud, or hybrid. To read more, see Backup and Recovery Solutions Expertise.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Backup and Recovery Consultants
Progent's certified System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) consultants can assist your company to develop an effective workplace recovery strategy, implement an affordable fault-tolerante IT architecture, install a Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager-powered backup and recovery solution, comprehensively test your system, train your administrative personnel or regular service providers how to manage Microsoft SCDPM, or provide extensive IT outsourcing services including remote housing of System Center Data Protection Manager machines in Progent's data center. To read more, visit System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Consulting and Support Services.
Barracuda Backup Local, Offsite and Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription backup and disaster recovery service for small and mid-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup solution can include a purpose-built physical storage device built by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with similar functionality but which uses your existing storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup protects critical business data generated on-premises, at one or more remote locations, or in the cloud. For disaster preparedness, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon Web Services (AWS), or to any site with a Barracuda Backup appliance. Progent is a certified Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consultants can provide a broad array of consulting support services to help your business to design, configure, manage and repair a backup and disaster recovery solution built on Barracuda technology. For more information, go to Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consultants.
Altaro VM Backup Solutions for Backup and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup software provides small and mid-size organizations a dependable and affordable solution for backing up and recovering Hyper-V and VMware-based VMs. Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in on-premises, remote, multi-site, and cloud environments and also supports low-cost cloud backup to Microsoft Azure Block Blob storage. Headline capabilities include industry-leading Augmented Inline Deduplication to reduce backup storage needs, Continuous Data Protection with backup intervals as short as five minutes for reducing your exposure to data loss, advanced encryption, item-level restore capability for individual files and emails, support for Windows Server Cluster Shared Volumes and vCenter for managing large-scale deployments, and the ability to leverage Microsoft VSS technology to back up online virtual machines without downtime. Progent is an Altaro partner and can provide a broad array of consulting services to assist you to design, install, optimize and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery solution based on Altaro VM Backup software. To find out more, see Altaro VM Backup Consulting Services.
Consulting for Double-Take Software for Data Backup and Recovery
Double-Take publishes a selection of tools designed to deliver small and midsize companies a variety of affordable solutions for backing up and recovering vital applications such as Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL, Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning consultants have extensive backgrounds integrating Double-Take Software products into small company information networks to create a high level of fault tolerance and disaster recovery capability at a budget-friendly cost. For details, go to Consulting for Double-Take Software for Backup.
CRISC-Premier IT Risk Management
The CRISC certification program was established by ISACA to verify an IT professional's skills to design, deploy, and maintain information system controls to reduce risk. Progent can provide the services of a CRISC-certified engineer to assist your company to develop and carry out a business continuity plan based on leading practices identified by CRISC and geared to align with your company's risk tolerance, business goals, and IT budget. To find out more, see CRISC-Premier network risk mitigation specialists.
Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Certified Partner and offers specialized application consulting for a wide variety of small business software programs, Progent is able to assist clients to find complete information technology solutions that optimize the business value of your information system. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent can provide the expertise of certified engineers and specialists with experience in designing, deploying and managing infrastructure environments based on Cisco products. The extent of Progent's IT experience and Progent's appreciation for the requirements of small businesses make Progent a great resource for creating and running an affordable, high-availability network.
How to Access Progent's Experts for High Availability Network Support
To ask Progent about professional assistance for non-stop LAN design, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.