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 High Availability Solutions Provided by Progent
Progent's certified support professionals can assist you to build a sensible, fault-tolerant information network that addresses critical issues covering a wide range of infrastructure solutions and operations including:
Disaster Recovery Planning
Progent's disaster recovery planning engineers can help you design a business continuity strategy that will allow you to restore network operations in case of an IT system disaster. Progent can help you to define a comprehensive disaster recovery plan that incorporates scheduled disaster recovery evaluations and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized consultants can also show you how to create an affordable, zero-downtime network solution that addresses availability issues involving a broad array of infrastructure technologies and procedures. For details, see Workplace Recovery Expertise.
Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services provide small and medium-sized organizations an affordable end-to-end service for secure backup/disaster recovery. Available at a fixed monthly price, ProSight Data Protection Services automates and monitors your backup activities and allows rapid restoration of critical data, apps and virtual machines that have become lost or damaged as a result of component failures, software glitches, disasters, human error, or malware attacks like ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you protect, recover and restore files, folders, apps, system images, plus Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware virtual machine images. Important data can be protected on the cloud, to an on-promises device, or to both. Progent's backup and recovery specialists can provide advanced expertise to set up ProSight Data Protection Services to be compliant with regulatory standards such as HIPPA, FINRA, and PCI and, whenever necessary, can assist you to recover your critical data. Learn more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Cloud Backup.
Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity consultants can assist your organization to plan and deploy a DR system based on Microsoft's latest Failover Clustering technologies such as Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-disruptive 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, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for enhancing the performance and resilience of Failover Clusters while reducing TCO and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for easy, economical creation of a stretch cluster quorum witness. To read more, see Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Consulting.
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced enterprise-class fault tolerance and system recovery to Microsoft's failover clustering platform. Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this foundation and provides significant enhancements offering more extensibility, better disk storage uptime for server applications, simpler management, faster failover, and more options for architecting clusters. To find out more, see Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clustering Consulting and Support.
VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager is an extension to VMware vCenter that lets you orchestrate, automate and test a consistent runbook for restoring applications and services quickly after a breakdown. SRM provides centrally managed and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, plus transparent site migration, failback and re-protect. SRM also enables transparent testing for disaster recovery, updates and fixes and can produce audit reports to confirm full service recovery, validate Service Level Agreements and demonstrate DR compliance. Progent can provide the support of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consulting expert to assist your organization to plan, configure, test and maintain a disaster recovery system powered by VMware SRM.
NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Software
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery software suite that uses array-based storage clustering along with continual replication to provide fast, zero data loss disaster recovery (DR) between sites that are as far as 185 miles apart from each other. Progent can provide the skills of a NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can assist your business to plan, configure, administer, update, test and repair a disaster recovery solution built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to select a topology for your MetroCluster environment that aligns with your technical requirements and IT budget. Progent can make sure you adhere to leading practices for installing your MetroCluster environment by providing guidance with tasks such as assigning disk pools and shelf IDs, arranging plexes layout, setting up NetApp FlexVol volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, provisioning Cisco and Brocade switches, implementing a tiebreaker, setting up a configuration replication network between your storage clusters, and testing your DR system to show adherence with information assurance standards and regulatory mandates.
Network Load Balancing
Progent offers high availability load balancing consulting that addresses system load balancing, load balanced programs, LAN/WAN infrastructure routing, and content delivery technology including Cisco Content Engine. Fault tolerant load balancing solutions for which Progent can provide consulting services include Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Access Suite and Access Gateway, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Distributed Director and Cisco CDN Software, and F5 Networks BIG-IP. To learn more, visit Fault Tolerant Load Balancing.
High-Availability Branch Office Networking
Progentís inter-site network infrastructure engineers can help companies create non-stop branch office connections through redundant system architectures with transparent failover. Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE engineers can plan and deploy ultra-reliable Inter-office connections supported by zero-downtime EIGRP network routers or zero-downtime OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how redundant connectivity and automatic fail-over offers affordable 24x7 interoffice connectivity. For more information, see 24x7 Inter-office Connectivity.
24x7 Internet Connections
Progent's Cisco-authorized IT engineers can help you build an economical, fault tolerant Internet configuration architecture that can achieve non-stop Internet access via a wide range of fault tolerant Internet access solutions including fault tolerant BGP, automatic fail-over, and redundant ISPs. Progent offers CCIE consultants to help you utilize the most advanced technology for 24x7 Internet connectivity to build an affordable, fully redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other features to deliver fault tolerant Internet connections. To learn more, visit High Availability Internet Access Architecture.
Backup and Recovery Solutions Consulting and Support Services
Progent offers economical online access to IT engineers with expertise in a wide array of products and services that deliver solutions for backing up Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux physical and virtual servers and workstations as well as notebooks and smartphones. Progent can provide help for leading data protection products such as Acronis, Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, CrashPlan PRO, Double-Take, Mozy, Retrospect, Apple Time Machine, VMware Data Recovery (VDR), and Oracle Solaris FLARs. Progent can help your company to deploy, enhance, or troubleshoot backup/restore systems for a range of architectures such as local, remote, cloud, or hybrid. For more information, go to Backup and Restore Technology Consulting Services.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Backup and Restore Consulting
Progent's expert Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager consultants can help your company to create a practical disaster recovery strategy, design a cost-effective fault-tolerante IT infrastructure, install a SCDPM-powered recovery solution, comprehensively validate your DPM system, educate your IT staff or regular consultants how to manage Microsoft SCDPM, or provide complete information technology support outsourcing including remote housing of virtual or physical SCDPM servers in Progent's world-class data center facility. For more information, see System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Expertise.
Barracuda Backup Local, Offsite and Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription backup and disaster recovery platform for small and medium-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup solution can include a custom-designed physical storage device manufactured by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with similar functionality but which utilizes your own storage hardware. Barracuda Backup protects vital business data generated locally, at one or more remote sites, or in the cloud. For disaster protection, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon AWS, or to any location with a Barracuda Backup appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts offer a broad range of consulting services to help your business to plan, configure, operate and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery solution based on Barracuda technology. For details, go to Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consultants.
Altaro VM Backup Solutions for Data Protection and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup software provides small organizations a reliable and budget-friendly platform for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-powered virtual machines. Altaro VM Backup can be used for on-premises, offsite, multi-site, and cloud architectures and also enables cost-effective backup to Azure Block Blob storage. Headline features include industry-leading Augmented Inline Deduplication to cut backup storage requirements, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup spacing as low as five minutes for minimizing your Recovery Point Objective (RPO), military-grade encryption, item-level recovery options for specific files and emails, extensive support for Windows CSV and for vCenter for managing larger deployments, and support for Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service to back up online virtual machines with zero downtime. Progent is a certified Altaro partner and can provide a wide array of services to help you to design, deploy, manage and troubleshoot a backup/restore system based on Altaro VM Backup software. To learn more, go to Altaro VM Backup Consulting.
Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup
Double-Take offers a selection of products intended to deliver small and midsize businesses a range of affordable solutions for replicating and recovering business-critical workloads such as Exchange Server, SQL, Blackberry, and Microsoft Office SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning consultants have in-depth experience integrating Double-Take technology into small company IT systems to achieve an advanced level of availability and business continuity capability at a budget-friendly cost. For details, visit Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Data Backup.
CRISC-Certified IT Risk Management
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) program was initiated by ISACA to verify an IT professional's ability to plan, implement, and support information system control mechanisms to mitigate risk. Progent offers the services of a CRISC-certified consultant to help you to create and execute a workplace continuity or disaster recovery plan that follows leading practices promoted by CRISC and geared to align with your company's risk tolerance, business goals, and budgetary guidelines. For more information, visit CRISC-Premier network risk management specialists.
Why Choose Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Partner and offers high-level application expertise for a broad range of small business applications, Progent can help customers to arrive at complete information technology solutions that substantially enhance the business value of your information system. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent can provide the services of premier engineers and specialists with expertise in designing, configuring and troubleshooting infrastructure solutions based on Cisco products. The breadth of Progent's technical experience and Progent's familiarity with the needs of small businesses make Progent the perfect resource for building and running an affordable, high-availability network.
How to Get in Touch with Progent's Consultants for Fault Tolerant Computing Support
If you wish to get in touch with Progent about professional expertise for non-stop LAN design, phone 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.