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.
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 75 mission-critical class Internet Data Centers 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 Technologies Provided by Progent
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco consultants can help your business to design an affordable, non-stop network that addresses key problems covering a broad range of networking technologies and operations including:
Workplace Recovery Planning
Progent's business continuity planning consultants can show you how to design a business continuity strategy in order to restore IT operations in case of an information system catastrophe. Progent can assist you to define a comprehensive disaster recovery plan that incorporates periodic disaster recovery evaluations and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified engineers can also help you create an affordable, zero-downtime system architecture that takes into account availability issues covering a broad array of infrastructure technologies and procedures. For more information, visit Workplace Recovery Consulting.
Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services offer small and medium-sized organizations an affordable end-to-end solution for secure backup/disaster recovery. Available at a fixed monthly cost, ProSight DPS automates and monitors your backup processes and enables rapid restoration of vital data, apps and virtual machines that have become lost or damaged due to component breakdowns, software bugs, natural disasters, human mistakes, or malware attacks like ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you protect, retrieve and restore files, folders, apps, system images/, as well as Hyper-V and VMware virtual machine images/. Critical data can be backed up on the cloud, to an on-promises storage device, or mirrored to both. Progent's BDR specialists can deliver world-class support to set up ProSight DPS to be compliant with government and industry regulatory standards such as HIPPA, FIRPA, and PCI and, when needed, can assist you to restore your critical information. Learn more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Cloud Backup.
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery experts can assist your organization to design a disaster recovery solution based on Microsoft's cloud-tested Failover Clustering technologies including Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-disruptive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for crash-consistent recovery, Storage Spaces Direct for high-performance storage clusters using low-cost equipment, VM Load Balancing for enhancing the speed and resilience of Failover Clusters while reducing capital investment and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for easy, affordable deployment of a failover cluster quorum witness. For details, visit Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Consulting.
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced world-class availability and system recovery to Microsoft's failover clustering solution. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this technology and delivers important enhancements that offer increased extensibility, better storage uptime for server applications, simpler management, faster automatic failover, and additional flexibility for designing clusters. To learn more, visit 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 lets you define, automate and test a repeatable workflow for restoring services quickly following a breakdown. SRM supports centrally controlled and automated recovery, application mobility, and transparent site migration, failback and site re-protect. Site Recovery Manager also allows transparent testing for site recovery, updates and patches and can generate reports to confirm complete service restoration, validate Service Level Agreements and demonstrate DR compliance. Progent can provide the support of a VCDX certified VMware SRM consultant to assist your organization to plan, deploy, test and administer a DR solution based on VMware Site Recovery Manager.
NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Platform
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery platform that combines array-based storage clustering along with synchronous replication to deliver fast, zero RPO disaster recovery (DR) between datacenters that are up to 185 miles (300km) away from one another. Progent offers online or on-premises access to a certified NetApp MetroCluster expert who can assist your business to design, deploy, manage, update, test and repair a disaster recovery system based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to choose an architecture for your MetroCluster deployment that aligns with your technical requirements and budget. Progent can ensure you adhere to leading practices for installing your MetroCluster environment by providing guidance with procedures such as assigning disk pools, determining plexes layout, setting up NetApp FlexVol volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, provisioning Cisco and Brocade switches, designing a tiebreaker mechanism, setting up a configuration replication network, and verifying your MetroCluster disaster recovery system to show compliance with information assurance standards and regulatory requirements.
Network Load Balancing
Progent offers fault tolerant load balancing consulting that addresses system load balancing, load balanced programs, network infrastructure routing, and content dispatching products including Cisco Content Engine. High availability load balancing products for which Progent can provide consulting expertise include Microsoft Windows 2003 and 2008 Server Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Access Suite and Access Gateway, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Distributed Director and LocalDirector 400 series, and F5 Networks BIG-IP. For more information, visit High Availability Load Balancing.
Non-stop Interoffice Networking
Progentís interoffice network infrastructure professionals can help organizations achieve zero-downtime branch office connections by means of fully redundant networks with transparent failover. Progentís Cisco-premier CCIE engineers can plan and deploy high-availability Inter-office connections based on zero-downtime EIGRP routers or zero-downtime OSPF configurations of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how redundant connections and transparent fail-over can provide affordable non-stop interoffice connectivity. For more information, see Non-stop Interoffice Networking.
24x7 Internet Connections
Progent's Cisco-certified IT consultants can help you design an economical, fault tolerant Internet connection solution that can achieve 24x7 Internet access through a wide array of high availability Internet network technologies including high availability BGP, transparent fail-over, and multiple ISPs. Progent offers CCIE consultants to show you how to utilize the latest technology for high availability Internet connections to create an economical, completely redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other features to create fault tolerant Internet access. To read more, visit 24x7 Internet Connectivity Architecture.
Backup and Restore Technology Consulting Experts
Progent offers economical online support from consultants skilled in a broad range of utilities and services that provide solutions for protecting Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux/UNIX servers and workstations plus laptops and smartphones. Progent offers expertise for all major data protection platforms such as Acronis, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, HP Data Protector, Double-Take Software, MozyPro, Retrospect for Macintosh, Time Machine, VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP), and FLARs. Progent can help you to implement, upgrade, or maintain data backup systems for a variety of architectures such as local, remote, cloud-based, or hybrid. For more information, go to Backup and Restore Technology Expertise.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Backup and Restore Consulting Experts
Progent's certified Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager support professionals can assist you to create an effective workplace recovery strategy, design an affordable high-availability IT architecture, install a Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager-based backup and restore system, thoroughly validate your system, train your administrative staff or regular service providers how to maintain Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide extensive IT outsourcing services such as remote hosting of Microsoft SCDPM servers in Progent's secure data center facility. For details, go to System Center Data Protection Manager Expertise.
Barracuda Backup On-premises and Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is an affordable, subscription backup and disaster recovery service for small and mid-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup deployment can incorporate a purpose-built hardware appliance built by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with similar features but which uses your own storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup protects vital company data generated on-premises, at one or more remote sites, or in the cloud. For disaster preparedness, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon AWS, or to any location with a physical or virtual Barracuda Backup appliance. Progent is a certified Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts offer a wide array of consulting support services to help you to plan, integrate, operate and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery system built on Barracuda Backup. For additional information, visit Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting.
Altaro VM Backup Solutions for Backup and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup offers small organizations a reliable and affordable platform for backing up and recovering Hyper-V and VMware-based virtual machines (VMs). Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in local, offsite, distributed, and cloud-hosted architectures and also enables cost-effective backup to Azure Block Blob storage. Top capabilities include industry-leading Augmented Inline Deduplication to cut backup storage requirements, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup spacing as short as five minutes for minimizing your Recovery Point Objective, advanced encryption, item-level recovery capability for specific files and emails, extensive support for Windows Cluster Shared Volumes and vCenter for managing large-scale deployments, and the ability to leverage Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to back up live virtual machines with zero downtime. Progent is a certified Altaro partner and offers a broad range of services to help you to design, deploy, manage and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery system powered by Altaro VM Backup software. For details, see Altaro VM Backup Certified Consultants.
Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Data Backup
Double-Take offers a family of products designed to provide small businesses a variety of affordable solutions for backing up and restoring business-critical workloads such as Microsoft Exchange, SQL, RIM Blackberry, and Microsoft SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning experts have extensive experience integrating Double-Take technology into small company information networks to achieve a high level of availability and disaster recovery capability at an affordable price. To learn more, see Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup.
CRISC-Certified IT Risk Management
The CRISC certification program was initiated by ISACA to validate an IT professional's skills to plan, deploy, and maintain information system controls to mitigate network risk. Progent can provide the expertise of a CRISC-certified consultant to assist you to create and carry out a workplace continuity strategy that follows leading practices identified by CRISC and geared to match your organization's risk appetite, business goals, and budgetary guidelines. To read more, visit CRISC-Premier network risk control experts.
Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Partner and provides high-level application consulting for a broad range of business software programs, Progent can assist customers to find comprehensive information technology solutions that optimize the productivity of your information system. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent can provide the services of premier engineers and specialists with expertise in architecting, deploying and troubleshooting infrastructure environments built on Cisco products. The depth and breadth of Progent's technical experience and Progent's appreciation for the needs of small companies make Progent a great partner for creating and maintaining a cost-effective, fault-tolerant information system.
How You Can Get Help from Progent's Engineers for High Availability Network Services
If you wish to contact Progent about technical expertise for fault tolerant LAN design, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.