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 Fault Tolerant Solutions Provided by Progent
Progent's certified support professionals can assist your business to build an efficient, high-availability network that addresses key challenges covering a wide range of infrastructure solutions and processes including:
Disaster Recovery Planning
Progent's disaster recovery planning engineers can help you design a business continuity strategy in order to resume IT operations in the event of an IT network disaster. Progent can assist you to create a complete disaster recovery plan that includes scheduled disaster recovery evaluations and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified engineers can also help you build an affordable, fault-tolerant network architecture that takes into account availability issues covering a wide range of network technologies and processes. For more information, go to Workplace Recovery Consulting.
Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent offer small and mid-sized businesses a low cost and fully managed service for reliable backup/disaster recovery (BDR). Available at a fixed monthly cost, ProSight DPS automates your backup activities and enables fast recovery of vital files, apps and virtual machines that have become unavailable or corrupted as a result of component failures, software bugs, natural disasters, human error, or malware attacks like ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you protect, retrieve and restore files, folders, apps, system images, plus Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware images/. Important data can be protected on the cloud, to an on-promises storage device, or to both. Progent's cloud backup consultants can deliver world-class support to configure ProSight Data Protection Services to to comply with regulatory requirements like HIPAA, FINRA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when needed, can assist you to restore your business-critical information. Read more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed 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 DR solution based on Microsoft's cloud-tested Failover Clustering technologies including Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-intrusive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss recovery, Storage Spaces Direct for high-performance network-attached storage using industry-standard equipment, VM Load Balancing for enhancing the speed and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while reducing capital investment and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for easy, economical deployment of a stretch cluster quorum arbitration point. To read more, visit Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Expertise.
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 brought world-class fault tolerance and recoverability to Microsoft's clustering solution. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this foundation and provides significant improvements that offer more scalability, better storage uptime for server applications, simpler management, faster automatic failover, and more options for architecting clusters. For more information, go to Windows Server 2012 Clustering Migration and Support.
VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager is an extension to VMware vCenter that allows you to orchestrate, automate and test a repeatable process for restoring services quickly following a breakdown. Site Recovery Manager provides centrally controlled and automated recovery, application mobility, and non-disruptive site relocation, failback and site re-protect. Site Recovery Manager also supports non-disruptive testing for site recovery, updates and fixes and can produce audit reports to verify complete service recovery, validate SLAs and demonstrate disaster recovery compliance. Progent can provide the skills of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consultant to assist you to plan, deploy, test and maintain a DR system based on VMware Site Recovery Manager.
NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Technology
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery platform that combines array-based storage clustering along with synchronous replication to provide fast, zero data loss disaster recovery between datacenters located up to 185 miles (300km) apart. Progent can provide the skills of a certified NetApp MetroCluster expert who can help your business to design, configure, administer, update, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery solution built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to choose an architecture for your MetroCluster environment that aligns with your functional requirements and IT budget. Progent can ensure you adhere to leading practices for configuring your MetroCluster environment by providing guidance with tasks like assigning shelf IDs, determining aggregate layout, provisioning NetApp FlexVol volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, provisioning Cisco and Brocade switches, designing a tiebreaker mechanism, setting up a TCP/IP configuration replication network between your storage clusters, and verifying your disaster recovery solution to show compliance with industry standards and regulatory mandates.
Fault Tolerant Load Balancing
Progent offers fault tolerant load balancing consulting covering network load balancing, load balanced applications, LAN/WAN infrastructure routing, and content delivery technology such as Cisco Content Engine. Fault tolerant 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 ACNS, and F5 Networks BIG-IP. To learn more, see Non-stop Load Balancing.
Fault Tolerant Branch Office Connectivity
Progentís inter-site connectivity consultants can help organizations achieve fault tolerant inter-site connectivity solutions via redundant system architectures featuring automatic failover. Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE engineers can plan and deploy ultra-reliable Inter-office connections based on fault tolerant EIGRP network routers or fault tolerant OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how redundant connectivity and transparent fail-over offers affordable 24x7 interoffice connectivity. To learn more, visit 24x7 Interoffice Networking.
Non-stop Internet Connections
Progent's Cisco-authorized network experts can show you how to create an affordable, high availability Internet connection solution that can deliver 24x7 Internet access via a broad array of fault tolerant Internet access solutions including fault tolerant BGP, automatic fail-over, and redundant Internet Service Providers. Progent offers CCIE consultants to show you how to apply the most up-to-date techniques for high availability Internet connections to implement an economical, completely redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other capabilities to deliver fault tolerant Internet connections. To find out more, see Fault Tolerant Internet Connectivity Architecture.
Backup and Recovery Technology Consulting Experts
Progent can provide affordable online support from consultants with expertise in a broad range of products and technologies that provide solutions for protecting Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux/UNIX physical and virtual servers and desktops plus laptops and handhelds. Progent offers help for all major data protection platforms including Acronis, Backup Exec, BackupAssist, CrashPlan, Double-Take Backup, MozyPro, Retrospect for Macintosh, Time Machine, VMware Data Recovery (VDR), and Solaris FLARs. Progent's consultants can help you to design, enhance, or maintain backup/restore solutions for a range of architectures including on-premises, remote, cloud, or a mix. For more information, see Backup and Restore Solutions Expertise.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Backup and Recovery Consulting Services
Progent's expert System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) support professionals can help your company to create a practical workplace recovery plan, implement a cost-effective fault-tolerante IT architecture, install a System Center Data Protection Manager-powered recovery solution, thoroughly validate your DPM system, educate your IT personnel or regular service providers how to maintain SCDPM, or provide complete information technology outsourcing services including remote housing of Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager machines in Progent's world-class data center facility. For more information, see System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting and Support Services.
Barracuda Backup Cloud and Offsite Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is an affordable, subscription backup and disaster recovery service for small and medium-size businesses. A Barracuda Backup solution can include a purpose-built hardware storage device manufactured by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with comparable functionality but which utilizes your own storage hardware. Barracuda Backup safeguards critical company data generated locally, 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 location with a physical or virtual Barracuda appliance. Progent is a certified Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consultants can provide a wide array of consulting services to help you to plan, configure, operate and repair a BDR system based on Barracuda Backup. For details, go to Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting.
Altaro VM Backup Software for Backup and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup provides small and mid-size businesses a reliable and affordable solution for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-based virtual machines (VMs). Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in local, offsite, distributed, and cloud environments and also enables cost-effective backup to Azure storage. Top capabilities include state-of-the-art inline deduplication to reduce backup storage needs, Continuous Data Protection with backup intervals as little as five minutes for reducing your Recovery Point Objective (RPO), advanced encryption, granular restore options for individual files and emails, extensive support for Windows CSV and vCenter for managing larger deployments, and the ability to leverage Microsoft VSS technology to back up live virtual machines with zero downtime. Progent is an Altaro partner and can provide a broad range of services to assist you to plan, deploy, optimize and troubleshoot a backup/restore system powered by Altaro VM Backup. For details, visit Altaro VM Backup Consulting.
Consulting for Double-Take Software for Data Backup
Double-Take publishes a selection of products designed to deliver small companies a range of cost-effective solutions for replicating and restoring vital applications such as Microsoft Exchange Server, SQL, RIM Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning experts have in-depth experience integrating Double-Take Software products into small company information networks to create an advanced state of fault tolerance and disaster recovery readiness at a budget-friendly price. For more information, visit Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup.
CRISC-Premier Network Risk Mitigation
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification program was established by ISACA to validate a consultant's ability to design, implement, and support information system control mechanisms to reduce risk. Progent can provide the expertise of a CRISC-certified engineer to assist you to create and carry out a business continuity or disaster recovery strategy that follows leading practices promoted by CRISC and crafted to match your company's risk tolerance, business objectives, and budgetary guidelines. For details, visit CRISC-Certified network risk control specialists.
Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Certified Partner and offers professional application support for a broad range of business applications, Progent can help customers to find comprehensive information technology solutions that maximize the productivity of your information system. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent offers the services of certified consultants and specialists with experience in designing, installing and supporting infrastructure solutions based on Cisco technology. The breadth of Progent's IT experience and Progent's appreciation for the requirements of small businesses make Progent the ideal resource for creating and running an affordable, high-availability information system.
How You Can Access Progent's Consultants for High Availability System Support
To get in touch with Progent about professional help for fault tolerant LAN design, call 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.