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.
Additional High Availability Solutions Provided by Progent's Experts
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco engineers can assist your company to build an efficient, non-stop information network that resolves key challenges encompassing a broad array of networking technologies and operations such as:
Business Continuity Planning
Progent's disaster recovery professionals can help you design a workplace recovery plan that will allow you to restore IT functionality in case of an IT system disaster. Progent can assist you to develop a complete disaster recovery strategy that includes scheduled disaster recovery assessments and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized engineers can also show you how to create an affordable, zero-downtime network solution that addresses reliability issues covering a wide range of network technologies and processes. For more information, go to Disaster Recovery Consulting and Support Services.
Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services offer small and medium-sized organizations a low cost end-to-end service for reliable backup/disaster recovery. Available at a low monthly price, ProSight DPS automates and monitors your backup processes and allows fast recovery of vital data, apps and virtual machines that have become unavailable or damaged due to hardware breakdowns, software glitches, natural disasters, human error, or malware attacks like ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you back up, retrieve and restore files, folders, apps, system images, plus Hyper-V and VMware images/. Critical data can be backed up on the cloud, to an on-promises storage device, or mirrored to both. Progent's backup and recovery consultants can deliver advanced support to set up ProSight Data Protection Services to be compliant with government and industry regulatory requirements such as HIPPA, FINRA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when necessary, can assist you to restore your business-critical information. Find out more about ProSight DPS Managed Cloud Backup.
Microsoft 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 built around Microsoft's cloud-tested Failover Clustering tools including Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-disruptive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for crash-consistent Recovery Point Objective (RPO), Storage Spaces Direct for high-performance storage clusters using low-cost equipment, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for enhancing the speed and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while minimizing capital investment and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for fast, economical deployment of a failover cluster quorum witness. For details, see Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Consulting.
Microsoft Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced enterprise-class fault tolerance and system recovery to Microsoft's failover clustering solution. Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this foundation and delivers important improvements that offer increased extensibility, non-stop storage availability for server applications, easier management, quicker automatic failover, and additional options for designing failover clusters. For more information, go to Windows Server 2012 Clustering Integration.
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 runbook for restoring services quickly following a breakdown. Site Recovery Manager supports centrally managed and automated recovery, application mobility, plus non-intrusive site migration, failback and site re-protect. SRM also supports transparent testing for site recovery, updates and patches and can produce audit reports to verify complete service recovery, validate SLAs and demonstrate DR compliance. Progent offers the support of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consultant to help you to design, deploy, test and manage a DR solution powered by VMware Site Recovery Manager.
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 synchronous replication to provide rapid, zero data loss disaster recovery (DR) between datacenters located up to 300km apart. Progent offers access to a NetApp MetroCluster expert who can assist you to plan, deploy, administer, update, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery solution built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you to select an architecture for your MetroCluster environment that aligns with your functional needs and budget. Progent can ensure you follow best practices for installing your MetroCluster solution by providing help with procedures such as assigning disk pools, arranging plexes layout, setting up FlexVol volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, provisioning Cisco and Brocade switches, designing a tiebreaker mechanism, designing a TCP/IP configuration replication network between your peered clusters, and testing your MetroCluster disaster recovery system to verify compliance with information assurance standards and regulatory mandates.
Fault Tolerant Load Balancing
Progent provides high availability load balancing support that addresses system load balancing, load balanced applications, network backbone routing, and content delivery technology including F5 Networks 3DNS. High availability load balancing technologies for which Progent can provide consulting expertise include Windows 2003 and 2008 Server Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Access Suite and Access Gateway, Cisco CSS, Cisco Content Engine and ACNS, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. To find out more, go to Non-stop Load Balancing.
Fault Tolerant Interoffice Networking
Progentís inter-site connection consultants can help organizations achieve fault tolerant branch office connectivity via redundant networks with automatic failover. Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE engineers can design and deploy ultra-reliable Inter-office networks supported by zero-downtime EIGRP routers or fault tolerant OSPF configurations of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how multi-path connections and automatic fail-over can provide economical 24x7 interoffice connectivity. To find out more, see Fault Tolerant Inter-office Connectivity.
Non-stop Internet Connectivity
Progent's Cisco-certified network engineers can show you how to build an economical, high availability Internet connection solution that can achieve 24x7 Internet access via a wide range of fault tolerant Internet network solutions including fault tolerant BGP, automatic fail-over, and multiple Internet Service Providers. Progent can provide Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert consultants to help you utilize the most advanced technology for high availability Internet connections to implement an affordable, completely redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other capabilities to create fault tolerant Internet availability. To read more, see Fault Tolerant Internet Connectivity Solutions.
Backup and Recovery Technology Consulting
Progent offers affordable remote support from engineers skilled in a broad range of utilities and services that provide solutions for protecting Windows, Mac, and Linux servers and workstations plus notebooks and smartphones. Progent can provide expertise for all major backup products such as Acronis, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist, CrashPlan, Double-Take, MozyPro, Retrospect for Macintosh, Apple Time Machine, VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP), and FLARs. Progent's consultants can assist your company to deploy, upgrade, or maintain data backup solutions for a range of environments such as on-premises, edge to datacenter, cloud-based, or a mix. To read more, go to Backup and Recovery Technology Expertise.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Data Recovery Consultants
Progent's certified System Center Data Protection Manager engineers can assist you to develop a practical business continuity strategy, implement a cost-effective fault-tolerante network infrastructure, install a System Center Data Protection Manager-based recovery solution, thoroughly test your system, train your administrative personnel or local service providers how to maintain System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide complete information technology outsourcing such as remote housing of Microsoft SCDPM machines in Progent's data center facility. For details, go to Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting Services.
Barracuda Backup Cloud and Offsite Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is an affordable, subscription backup and disaster recovery platform for small and medium-size businesses. A Barracuda Backup deployment can incorporate a custom-designed physical storage device built by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with similar features but which utilizes your own storage hardware. Barracuda Backup safeguards critical company data produced 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 appliance. Progent is a certified Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts offer a wide array of consulting services to assist you to plan, integrate, manage and troubleshoot a BDR system built on Barracuda Backup. For additional information, go to Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consultants.
Altaro VM Backup Solutions for Data Protection and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup software offers small and mid-size organizations a reliable and budget-friendly platform for backing up and recovering Hyper-V and VMware-based virtual machines (VMs). Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in local, offsite, multi-site, and cloud-hosted environments and also supports low-cost cloud backup to Azure storage. Headline features include industry-leading Augmented Inline Deduplication to reduce backup storage needs, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup spacing as short as five minutes for reducing your exposure to data loss, military-grade encryption, item-level recovery options for specific files and emails, extensive support for Windows Cluster Shared Volumes and vCenter for handling large-scale deployments, and the ability to leverage Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service to back up live VMs with zero downtime. Progent is a certified Altaro partner and offers a broad array of consulting services to help you to plan, install, manage and troubleshoot a backup/restore solution powered by Altaro VM Backup software. For more information, go to Altaro VM Backup Consulting Services.
Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Backup and Recovery
Double-Take Software publishes a family of tools designed to provide small companies a range of affordable alternatives for backing up and restoring vital workloads including Microsoft Exchange Server, SQL Server, Blackberry, and Microsoft SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning consultants have extensive experience incorporating Double-Take technology into small company information systems to achieve an advanced level of fault tolerance and business continuity readiness at a budget-friendly cost. For details, see Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Backup.
CRISC-Certified IT Risk Management
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) program was established by ISACA in 2010 to verify an IT professional's skills to plan, implement, and support IS controls to reduce network risk. Progent offers the services of a CRISC-certified consultant to assist you to create and execute a workplace continuity plan that follows industry best practices identified by CRISC and geared to align with your organization's risk tolerance, business goals, and IT budget. To find out more, visit CRISC-Premier IT risk management specialists.
Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Partner and offers professional application expertise for a broad variety of business applications, Progent is able to help customers to find complete information technology solutions that maximize the business value of your information system. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent can provide the expertise of certified engineers and specialists with experience in designing, implementing and supporting networking solutions built on Cisco products. The depth and breadth of Progent's technical experience and Progent's sensitivity to the needs of small businesses make Progent the ideal resource for building and maintaining an affordable, high-availability network.
How You Can Access Progent's Engineers for Non-stop Network Support
If you wish to get in touch with Progent about consulting support for high availability computing, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.