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.
Zero-Downtime Solutions Offered by Progent's Experts
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified support professionals can assist your company to create an efficient, fault-tolerant system that addresses key challenges encompassing a broad array of infrastructure solutions and operations such as:
Disaster Recovery Planning
Progent's disaster recovery professionals can help you create a business continuity plan that will allow you to restore network operations in case of an information network catastrophe. Progent can help you to create a comprehensive disaster recovery plan that incorporates periodic disaster recovery assessments and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized professionals can also show you how to build an affordable, high-availability network solution that takes into account reliability issues covering a wide range of infrastructure technologies and processes. To read more, go to Business Continuity Consulting and Support Services.
CRISC-Certified Network Risk Control
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) program was initiated by ISACA to validate an IT professional's ability to plan, deploy, and maintain information system controls to mitigate risk. Progent offers the expertise of a CRISC-certified engineer to assist you to create and carry out a workplace continuity plan that follows leading practices identified by CRISC and geared to align with your organization's risk tolerance, business goals, and IT budget. To learn more, visit CRISC-Premier network risk management experts.
Windows Server 2019 High Availability Failover Clustering
Windows Server 2019 introduced important enhancements in scale, throughput, manageability, cybersecurity, app compatibility, Linux co-existence, container technology, and hybrid integration of on-premises and cloud assets. Headline new features of Windows Server 2019 include Windows Admin Center for unifying the management of hybrid on-premises/cloud resources, System Insights for taking advantage of modern predictive intelligence to control on-premises environments, Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection Exploit Guard for host-intrusion prevention, container orchestration using Kubernetes, Cluster Sets technology for deploying and managing large high-availability scale-out clusters, and Storage Migration Service for simplifying the upgrade process from outdated editions of Windows Server. For more information, see Microsoft Windows Server 2019 High Availability Failover Clustering Support.
Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity consultants can help you to plan and deploy a disaster recovery system built around Microsoft's latest Failover Clustering technologies such as Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade for non-intrusive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss recovery, Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class storage clusters using low-cost hardware, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for enhancing the performance and resilience of Failover Clusters while reducing TCO and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for fast, affordable deployment of a stretch cluster quorum arbitration point. To learn more, see Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Help.
VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager (SRM) is an extension to VMware vCenter that allows you to specify, automate and verify a repeatable process for restoring services quickly following an outage. SRM supports centrally managed and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, and transparent site relocation, failback and site re-protect. Site Recovery Manager also supports transparent testing for disaster recovery, upgrades and patches and can generate audit reports to confirm full service recovery, validate SLAs and demonstrate DR compliance. Progent can provide the skills of a VCDX certified VMware SRM consultant to assist you to design, configure, test and maintain a disaster recovery system based on VMware SRM.
NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Software
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery platform that uses array-based storage clustering along with replication to provide fast, zero data loss disaster recovery between sites that are up to 185 miles apart from each other. Progent offers access to a NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can assist your business to design, configure, administer, update, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery system built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to choose an architecture for your MetroCluster deployment that aligns with your functional requirements and budget. Progent can make sure you adhere to leading practices for installing your MetroCluster solution by providing help with tasks like assigning disk pools and shelf IDs, arranging aggregate layout, provisioning volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, provisioning switches, implementing a tiebreaker mechanism, setting up a configuration replication network between your peered clusters, and verifying your DR system to show compliance with industry standards and government requirements.
Fault Tolerant Load Balancing
Progent provides high availability load balancing consulting that addresses system load balancing, load balanced applications, network infrastructure routing, and content delivery technology such as Cisco Content Engine. Fault tolerant load balancing products for which Progent can provide consulting expertise include Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Access Gateway, Cisco CSS, Cisco Distributed Director and LocalDirector 400 series, and F5 Networks BIG-IP. For more information, visit Fault Tolerant Load Balancing.
24x7 Branch Office Connectivity
Progent's inter-site connection engineers can help organizations achieve zero-downtime branch office connectivity solutions by means of redundant system architectures featuring automatic failover. Progent's Cisco-premier CCIE engineers can plan and deploy fault-tolerant Inter-office networks supported by zero-downtime EIGRP routers or fault tolerant OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how redundant connections and transparent fail-over can provide economical non-stop interoffice connectivity. To read more, go to 24x7 Inter-office Connectivity.
Fault Tolerant Internet Access
Progent's Cisco-authorized IT experts can help you build an economical, high availability Internet connection architecture that can deliver 24x7 Internet access via a broad array of high availability Internet access solutions including fault tolerant BGP, automatic fail-over, and multiple Internet Service Providers. Progent can provide CCIE engineers to show you how to utilize the latest techniques for fault tolerant Internet connectivity to implement an affordable, completely redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other features to create fault tolerant Internet availability. To find out more, see Fault Tolerant Internet Access Solutions.
Backup and Recovery Solutions Consulting Services
Progent offers economical remote access to engineers skilled in a wide array of utilities and technologies that provide solutions for backing up Microsoft Windows, Mac, and Linux servers and desktops as well as laptops and smartphones. Progent offers help for all major data protection products such as Acronis, Backup Exec, BackupAssist, CrashPlan PRO, Double-Take Software, MozyPro, Retrospect, Time Machine, vSphere Data Protection, and FLARs. Progent's consultants can assist you to design, enhance, or maintain data backup systems for a range of topologies including on-premises, remote, cloud, or a mix. To read more, see Backup and Restore Solutions Consulting.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Backup and Restore Consulting Experts
Progent's certified System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) consultants can help your company to develop a practical disaster recovery plan, implement an affordable high-availability network infrastructure, configure a System Center Data Protection Manager-powered backup and recovery solution, comprehensively validate your DPM system, train your administrative personnel or regular consultants how to maintain SCDPM, or provide complete IT outsourcing services including remote hosting of virtual or physical SCDPM machines in Progent's world-class data center facility. To learn more, visit System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting Services.
Barracuda Backup On-premises and Cloud Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription backup/restore service for small and medium-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup deployment can include a custom-designed physical appliance manufactured by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with comparable features but which uses your own storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup safeguards vital company data produced on-premises, at one or more remote locations, or in the cloud. For disaster protection, 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 consultants can provide a broad array of consulting support services to assist your business to plan, configure, operate and repair a backup and disaster recovery solution built on Barracuda technology. For more information, see Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting.
ProSight Data Protection Services Altaro VM Backup Solutions for Backup and Disaster Recovery
Hornetsecurity's Altaro VM Backup software provides small organizations a reliable and affordable solution for backing up and recovering Hyper-V and VMware-based virtual machines. Altaro VM Backup can be used for on-premises, remote, distributed, and cloud-hosted environments and also enables low-cost cloud backup to Azure Block Blob storage. Altaro VM Backup includes advanced features such as Immutable Cloud Storage for an extra layer of recoverability from ransomware. Progent is an Altaro partner and offers a broad range of online or onsite services to help you to plan, deploy, manage and debug a comprehensive backup/restore solution based on Altaro VM Backup software. With ProSight Data Protection Services Altaro VM Backup, Progent offers a fully managed backup/restore service based on Altaro VM Backup technology. For more information, visit Altaro VM Backup consulting services.
ProSight DPS 365 Total Backup Solutions for Microsoft 365
Microsoft 365 provides simple archiving but does not have native support for crucial data protection capabilities like Exchange backups or long-term point-in-time recovery for OneDrive for Business or SharePoint. Hornetsecurity's 365 Total Backup delivers a full-featured BDR solution for programmable backup and quick restoration of all your organization's M365 mail, Teams Chats, SharePoint sites, OneDrive for Business data, and content on Windows desktops and laptops. Progent is a certified Hornetsecurity/Altaro partner and offers ProSight Data Protection Services 365 Total Backup to deliver comprehensive management services for Hornetsecurity's 365 Total Backup product. ProSight Data Protection Services 365 Total Backup provides a low-cost backup-as-a-service (BaaS) solution that guards M365 components against data loss resulting from human or system mistakes, malevolent deletion, and cyber attacks like ransomware. To learn more, go to ProSight Data Protection Services 365 Total Backup services for Microsoft 365.
Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO
ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO from Progent offer small and medium-sized organizations an affordable end-to-end solution for secure backup/disaster recovery. Available at a low monthly cost, ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO automates your backup processes and enable rapid recovery of vital data, applications and VMs that have become lost or damaged due to component failures, software bugs, natural disasters, human error, or malware attacks like ransomware. ProSight DPS ECHO can help you back up, 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 backup and recovery consultants can provide advanced expertise to set up ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO to be compliant with government and industry regulatory requirements such as HIPAA, FINRA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when necessary, can help you to recover your business-critical information. Read more about ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO managed cloud backup and recovery.
ProSight DPS 360 Backup Services
Progent's data protection experts can assist you to design, deploy and debug a backup/restore plan based on MSP360 software. MSP360 offers file/folder or image-based backup/restore for VMs and physical computers, supports all leading public clouds, and permits you to build a backup solution with a minimum RTO and a granular RPO. With ProSight Data Protection Services 360 Backup, Progent offers end-to-end monitoring and remote management of your backup system to prevent data loss caused by user mistakes, computer glitches, ill-intentioned users, and malware attacks such as ransomware. For more information, see ProSight Data Protection Services 360 Backup services.
Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Data Backup/Restore
Double-Take Software offers a family of products intended to deliver small companies a variety of cost-effective alternatives for replicating and restoring vital workloads including Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progent's business continuity planning consultants have extensive experience integrating Double-Take Software technology into small business IT systems to create a high state of fault tolerance and business continuity capability at a budget-friendly cost. To find out more, go to Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Backup.
Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Partner and offers high-level application expertise for a wide range of small business applications, Progent is able to assist customers to find efficient IT solutions that maximize the business value of your information system. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent can provide the expertise of premier engineers and specialists with experience in designing, implementing and supporting infrastructure solutions built on Cisco technology. The depth and breadth of Progent's IT experience and Progent's familiarity with the needs of small companies make Progent the ideal partner for building and maintaining a cost-effective, high-availability information system.
How to Access Progent's Engineers for Help with Fault Tolerant IT Systems
In order to ask Progent about professional support for high availability IT design, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.