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 Non-stop Technologies Provided by Progent's Experts
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco consultants can assist your company to implement an efficient, zero-downtime network that addresses critical issues encompassing a wide range of infrastructure technologies and processes such as:
Disaster Recovery Planning
Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants can show you how to create a disaster recovery plan so you can restore network operations in case of an information system disaster. Progent can assist you to define a complete disaster recovery strategy that incorporates periodic disaster recovery assessments and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized consultants can also show you how to build an affordable, fault-tolerant system architecture that takes into account availability issues covering a broad array of infrastructure technologies and processes. To learn more, go to Disaster Recovery Consulting.
Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services offer small and mid-sized businesses an affordable and fully managed service for secure backup/disaster recovery. For a low monthly rate, ProSight Data Protection Services automates your backup activities and enables rapid recovery of vital data, apps and virtual machines that have become unavailable or damaged as a result of component failures, software glitches, natural disasters, human mistakes, or malware attacks such as ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you protect, recover and restore files, folders, apps, system images, as well as Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware images/. Important data can be backed up on the cloud, to a local storage device, or to both. Progent's BDR specialists can provide advanced expertise to configure ProSight Data Protection Services to be compliant with regulatory standards such as HIPAA, FINRA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, whenever needed, can assist you to recover your business-critical data. Find out more about ProSight DPS Managed Cloud Backup.
Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity experts can help your organization to plan and deploy a DR solution based on Microsoft's cloud-tested Failover Clustering technologies such as Cluster OS 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 network-attached storage using industry-standard equipment, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for enhancing the speed and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while minimizing TCO and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for easy, affordable creation of a failover cluster quorum witness. To read more, go to Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Support.
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 brought enterprise-class availability and recoverability to Microsoft's clustering solution. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this foundation and delivers significant new and enhanced features offering increased scalability, non-stop disk storage availability for server applications, easier administration, faster failover, and additional options for architecting clusters. For more information, go to Windows Server 2012 Clustering Consulting and Support.
VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager (SRM) is a component of VMware vCenter that allows you to define, automate and test a consistent runbook for restoring services rapidly after an outage. Site Recovery Manager provides centrally managed and automated recovery, application mobility, plus non-intrusive site relocation, failback and re-protect. SRM also enables non-intrusive testing for disaster recovery, upgrades and patches and can generate audit reports to verify complete service recovery, validate Service Level Agreements and prove disaster recovery compliance. Progent offers the support of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consultant to assist your organization to design, configure, test and manage a DR system powered by VMware Site Recovery Manager.
NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Software
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery platform that combines failover storage clustering with replication to provide fast, zero data loss disaster recovery (DR) between datacenters located as far as 185 miles (300km) apart from each other. Progent can provide the skills of a NetApp MetroCluster expert who can assist your business to plan, configure, manage, upgrade, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery system based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to choose an architecture for your MetroCluster environment that meets your functional requirements and IT budget. Progent can ensure you adhere to best practices for installing your MetroCluster environment by delivering help with procedures such as assigning disk pools and shelf IDs, determining plexes layout, setting up NetApp FlexVol volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, installing Cisco and Brocade switches, designing a tiebreaker, designing a TCP/IP configuration replication network between your storage clusters, and testing your DR system to verify compliance with information assurance standards and government requirements.
High Availability Load Balancing
Progent offers fault tolerant load balancing consulting covering network load balancing, load balanced applications, network backbone routing, and content delivery products such as Cisco Content Engine. High availability load balancing solutions for which Progent can provide consulting services include Windows 2003 and 2008 Server Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Access Gateway, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Distributed Director and Cisco CDN Software, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. To find out more, visit Non-stop Load Balancing.
Fault Tolerant Interoffice Networking
Progentís interoffice connectivity engineers can help businesses achieve zero-downtime multi-site connections by means of fully redundant networks featuring automatic failover. Progentís Cisco-premier CCIE network engineers can design and implement high-availability Inter-office connections based on non-stop EIGRP routers or zero-downtime OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how multi-path connections and transparent fail-over offers economical 24x7 interoffice networking. To find out more, see Non-stop Inter-office Networking.
Non-stop Internet Access
Progent's Cisco-certified network experts can help you build an affordable, fault tolerant Internet connection architecture that can achieve non-stop Internet connectivity via a wide range of fault tolerant Internet network solutions including non-stop BGP, automatic fail-over, and redundant Internet Service Providers. Progent offers CCIE professionals to help you utilize the most up-to-date techniques for high availability Internet connectivity to build an economical, fully redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other capabilities to create fault tolerant Internet availability. For details, see Fault Tolerant Internet Access Architecture.
Backup and Recovery Solutions Consultants
Progent can provide affordable remote support from consultants skilled in a broad range of utilities and services that provide solutions for backing up Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux/UNIX servers and workstations plus notebooks and smartphones. Progent can provide consulting support for all major data protection products including Acronis Backup and Recovery, Backup Exec, BackupAssist, CrashPlan, Double-Take, MozyPro, Retrospect for Macintosh, Time Machine, VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP), and Oracle Solaris FLARs. Progent's consultants can assist your company to implement, enhance, or maintain data backup systems for a range of topologies including on-premises, edge to datacenter, cloud, or hybrid. To learn more, visit Backup and Recovery Technology Consulting.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Backup and Restore Consultants
Progent's certified System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) consultants can assist you to develop an effective workplace recovery strategy, design an affordable fault-tolerante IT architecture, install a System Center Data Protection Manager-based backup and recovery solution, comprehensively test your system, train your IT staff or regular consultants how to manage Microsoft SCDPM, or provide complete information technology support outsourcing including remote housing of System Center Data Protection Manager servers in Progent's data center. To find out more, see Microsoft SCDPM Expertise.
Barracuda Backup Cloud and Offsite Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription-based backup/restore platform for small and medium-size businesses. A Barracuda Backup deployment can include a custom-designed hardware storage device manufactured by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with similar functionality but which utilizes your existing storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup protects critical company data generated locally, at one or multiple remote locations, or in the cloud. For disaster recovery, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon AWS, or to any site with a Barracuda Backup appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts can provide a broad array of consulting services to help your business to design, configure, operate and repair a backup and disaster recovery solution built on Barracuda Backup. For more information, go to Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting.
Altaro VM Backup Solutions for Data Protection and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup software offers small organizations a reliable and affordable solution for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-powered virtual machines. Altaro VM Backup can be used for on-premises, remote, multi-site, and cloud-hosted architectures and also enables cost-effective cloud backup to Microsoft Azure Block Blob storage. Top features include industry-leading inline deduplication to reduce backup storage requirements, Continuous Data Protection with backup intervals as short as five minutes for reducing your exposure to data loss, military-grade encryption, granular recovery options for individual files and emails, support for Windows Server Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) and for vCenter for handling larger environments, and support for Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service to back up online virtual machines without downtime. Progent is a certified Altaro partner and offers a wide range of services to help you to plan, deploy, optimize and troubleshoot a backup/restore solution powered by Altaro VM Backup. To find out more, see Altaro VM Backup Certified Consultants.
Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Data Backup
Double-Take Software publishes a selection of tools designed to deliver small companies a variety of affordable alternatives for replicating and restoring business-critical workloads such as Exchange, Microsoft SQL, Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning experts have in-depth experience incorporating Double-Take technology into small business information systems to achieve a high level of fault tolerance and business continuity readiness at a budget-friendly cost. For more information, see Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Backup.
CRISC-Premier Network Risk Mitigation
The CRISC certification program was initiated by ISACA in 2010 to validate an IT professional's skills to design, implement, and maintain information system controls to reduce network risk. Progent can provide the services of a CRISC-certified engineer to assist you to create and carry out a workplace continuity plan that follows industry best practices identified by CRISC and crafted to align with your organization's risk appetite, business goals, and IT budget. To read more, go to CRISC-Certified network risk mitigation experts.
Why Choose Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Certified Partner and offers high-level application consulting for a broad variety of small business software programs, Progent can help customers to arrive at complete information technology solutions that substantially enhance the productivity of your IT network. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent offers the support of certified engineers and specialists with expertise in architecting, implementing and supporting networking environments built on Cisco technology. The broad scope of Progent's technical know-how and Progent's appreciation for the requirements of small and midsize businesses make Progent a great resource for creating and maintaining an affordable, dependable information system.
How to Get Help from Progent's Engineers for Fault Tolerant Network Support
If you wish to contact Progent about consulting help for high availability networking, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.