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.
Additional High Availability Solutions Supported by Progent's Experts
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified consultants can assist your business to implement an affordable, high-availability environment that addresses major issues encompassing a wide range of networking technologies and processes such as:
Disaster Recovery Planning
Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants can help you create a business continuity strategy that will allow you to restore network operations in the event of an information system catastrophe. Progent can assist you to create a comprehensive disaster recovery plan that includes periodic disaster recovery evaluations and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized engineers can also show you how to build an affordable, high-availability network solution that takes into account availability issues involving a wide range of infrastructure technologies and processes. For more information, go to Business Continuity Consulting.
Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent provide small and medium-sized businesses an affordable end-to-end solution for reliable backup/disaster recovery (BDR). For a fixed monthly cost, ProSight Data Protection Services automates and monitors your backup processes and allows fast restoration of vital files, apps and VMs that have become lost or damaged as a result of component failures, software bugs, natural disasters, human mistakes, or malicious attacks such as ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you back up, recover and restore files, folders, applications, system images, as well as Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware virtual machine images. Critical data can be backed up on the cloud, to a local device, or to both. Progent's backup and recovery specialists can provide advanced expertise to set up ProSight Data Protection Services to to comply with government and industry regulatory standards like HIPPA, FIRPA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, whenever necessary, can help you to recover your critical information. Learn more about ProSight DPS Managed Cloud Backup and Recovery.
Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery experts can help your organization to plan and deploy a disaster recovery solution built around Microsoft's cloud-tested Failover Clustering technologies including Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-disruptive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss Recovery Point Objective (RPO), Storage Spaces Direct for high-performance storage clusters using commodity hardware, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for improving the speed and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while minimizing capital investment and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for fast, affordable deployment of a stretch cluster quorum arbitration point. For more information, visit Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Expertise.
Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced world-class availability and recoverability to Microsoft's failover clustering solution. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this foundation and delivers significant enhancements offering more extensibility, better disk storage availability for server applications, simpler management, faster failover, and additional flexibility for designing failover clusters. To find out more, go to Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clustering Integration.
VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager (SRM) is an extension to VMware vCenter that lets you orchestrate, automate and verify a consistent process for restoring applications and services quickly after a breakdown. SRM supports centrally managed and automated recovery, application mobility, and non-intrusive site relocation, failback and site re-protect. Site Recovery Manager also supports non-intrusive testing for disaster recovery, updates and patches and can generate reports to confirm full service restoration, validate Service Level Agreements and prove DR compliance. Progent offers the support of a VCDX certified VMware SRM consulting expert to assist you to plan, configure, test and administer a disaster recovery system powered by VMware Site Recovery Manager.
NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Technology
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery software suite that combines array-based storage clustering with synchronous replication to deliver fast, zero data loss disaster recovery between datacenters located as far as 300km apart from each other. Progent can provide access to a NetApp MetroCluster expert who can help your business to design, configure, administer, update, test and repair a disaster recovery system built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to select a topology for your MetroCluster deployment that meets your technical needs and IT budget. Progent can make sure you adhere to best practices for installing your MetroCluster environment by delivering help with procedures such as assigning shelf IDs, arranging aggregate layout, setting up NetApp FlexVol volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, provisioning Cisco and Brocade switches, designing a tiebreaker, designing a configuration replication network, and testing your MetroCluster DR system to prove adherence with industry standards and government mandates.
Network Load Balancing
Progent provides high availability load balancing consulting that addresses system load balancing, load balanced programs, LAN/WAN backbone routing, and content dispatching products including F5 Networks 3DNS. Fault tolerant load balancing technologies for which Progent offers consulting services include Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Access Gateway, Cisco CSS, Cisco Content Distribution Manager and ACNS, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. For details, go to High Availability Load Balancing.
24x7 Interoffice Connectivity
Progentís multi-site connectivity engineers can help companies create zero-downtime multi-site connectivity solutions through redundant networks featuring automatic failover. Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE engineers can plan and deploy ultra-reliable Inter-office connections based on fault tolerant EIGRP routers or non-stop OSPF configurations of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how multi-path connectivity and transparent fail-over offers affordable 24x7 interoffice networking. To read more, see 24x7 Inter-office Networking.
24x7 Internet Connectivity
Progent's Cisco-certified IT consultants can show you how to build an affordable, fault tolerant Internet connection solution that can deliver non-stop Internet connectivity via a broad array of fault tolerant Internet network solutions including non-stop BGP, automatic fail-over, and multiple Internet Service Providers. Progent can provide Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert engineers to show you how to utilize the most up-to-date technology for fault tolerant Internet access to implement an affordable, completely redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other capabilities to deliver non-stop Internet access. To find out more, visit 24x7 Internet Connectivity Architecture.
Backup and Restore Technology Consulting Services
Progent can provide economical online access to engineers with expertise in a wide array of utilities and services that provide solutions for backing up Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux physical and virtual servers and workstations plus laptops and smartphones. Progent can provide consulting support for all major data protection products such as Acronis, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, HP Data Protector, Double-Take Backup, Mozy, Retrospect for Macintosh, Time Machine, vSphere Data Protection, and Solaris FLARs. Progent's consultants can assist you to implement, upgrade, or troubleshoot backup solutions for a variety of environments such as local, edge to datacenter, cloud-based, or a mix. To learn more, visit Backup and Restore Technology Consulting and Support Services.
System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Backup and Recovery Consulting Services
Progent's certified System Center Data Protection Manager consultants can help your company to create an effective disaster recovery strategy, design an affordable high-availability IT architecture, deploy a Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager-powered backup and recovery system, thoroughly validate your DPM system, train your IT staff or local service providers how to maintain Microsoft SCDPM, or provide extensive information technology outsourcing including off-site hosting of System Center Data Protection Manager servers in Progent's data center facility. For details, visit System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting.
Barracuda Backup Local, Offsite and Cloud Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription-based backup and disaster recovery service for small and mid-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup solution can include a custom-designed physical appliance manufactured by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with similar features but which uses your existing storage hardware. Barracuda Backup protects vital company data produced 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 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 range of consulting services to help you to design, integrate, operate and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery system based on Barracuda technology. For additional information, go to Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting and management.
Altaro VM Backup Solutions for Data Protection and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup software provides small and mid-size organizations a reliable and affordable platform for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-based VMs. Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in local, offsite, distributed, and cloud-hosted architectures and also enables low-cost cloud backup to Microsoft Azure Block Blob storage. Top features include state-of-the-art Augmented Inline Deduplication to cut backup storage requirements, Continuous Data Protection with backup spacing as short as five minutes for minimizing your exposure to data loss, military-grade encryption, item-level recovery capability for specific files and emails, extensive support for Windows Cluster Shared Volumes and vCenter for managing larger environments, and support for Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to back up online VMs without downtime. Progent is an Altaro partner and can provide a broad range of services to help you to plan, install, optimize and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery solution based on Altaro VM Backup software. To read more, visit Altaro VM Backup Consulting Services.
Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup/Restore
Double-Take publishes a family of products designed to deliver small companies a variety of cost-effective alternatives for backing up and restoring vital applications including Exchange, Microsoft SQL, RIM Blackberry, and Microsoft Office SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning consultants have extensive backgrounds integrating Double-Take Software products into small business IT systems to achieve a high state of availability and disaster recovery readiness at an affordable cost. To read more, go to Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Backup.
CRISC-Premier Network Risk Management
The CRISC certification program was initiated by ISACA to validate an IT professional's skills to design, implement, and support IS controls to reduce network risk. Progent can provide the services of a CRISC-certified consultant to help your company to create and execute a workplace continuity or disaster recovery plan based on industry best practices identified by CRISC and geared to match your company's risk tolerance, business objectives, and budgetary guidelines. To find out more, see CRISC-Premier network risk management experts.
Why Choose Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Certified Partner and offers high-level application support for a broad variety of business applications, Progent can help clients to find comprehensive information technology solutions that maximize the productivity of your IT network. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent can provide the expertise of premier engineers and specialists with expertise in architecting, configuring and troubleshooting infrastructure solutions based on Cisco products. The depth of Progent's IT know-how and Progent's sensitivity to the requirements of small and midsize companies make Progent the perfect resource for creating and maintaining an affordable, dependable network.
How to Contact Progent's Engineers for High Availability Computing Services
If you wish to get in touch with Progent about technical help for fault tolerant architecture, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.