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 Zero-Downtime Technologies Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified support professionals can assist your business to design an affordable, high-availability environment that addresses major issues encompassing a broad array of infrastructure solutions and operations including:
Business Continuity Planning
Progent's business continuity planning consultants can help you create a workplace recovery plan that will allow you to resume IT functionality in case of an IT system disaster. Progent can assist you to define a complete disaster recovery plan that incorporates scheduled disaster recovery evaluations and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized professionals can also show you how to build an affordable, zero-downtime system solution that addresses reliability issues covering a broad array of infrastructure technologies and processes. To find out more, visit Business Continuity Consulting.
Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent offer small and medium-sized organizations a low cost end-to-end solution for reliable backup/disaster recovery. For a fixed monthly cost, ProSight DPS automates and monitors your backup activities and allows fast recovery of vital data, applications and virtual machines that have become lost or damaged as a result of hardware breakdowns, software glitches, disasters, human mistakes, or malware attacks such as ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you protect, retrieve and restore files, folders, applications, system images, plus Hyper-V and VMware images/. Important data can be backed up on the cloud, to a local storage device, or mirrored to both. Progent's cloud backup specialists can deliver world-class expertise to set up ProSight DPS to be compliant with government and industry regulatory standards such as HIPPA, FIRPA, and PCI and, whenever needed, can assist you to restore your critical data. Find out more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Backup.
Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity experts can assist you to plan and deploy a disaster recovery system 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 crash-consistent recovery, Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class network-attached storage using low-cost hardware, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for improving the performance and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while minimizing TCO and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for fast, affordable creation of a stretch cluster quorum arbitration point. To read more, see Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Help.
Microsoft 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 adds to this technology and delivers important enhancements that offer more scalability, non-stop storage uptime for server applications, streamlined management, faster failover, and additional options for designing clusters. To learn more, visit Windows Server 2012 Clustering Consulting Services.
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 verify a consistent workflow for restoring services rapidly following an outage. Site Recovery Manager supports centrally controlled and automated recovery, application mobility, and transparent site relocation, failback and site re-protect. SRM also allows non-disruptive testing for site recovery, upgrades and patches and can produce reports to verify complete service recovery, validate Service Level Agreements 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 administer a disaster recovery system powered by VMware SRM.
NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Software
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery software suite that combines array-based storage clustering with replication to deliver fast, zero RPO disaster recovery (DR) between sites that are up to 185 miles (300km) apart from each other. Progent can provide access to a NetApp MetroCluster expert who can help you to design, configure, administer, update, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery system built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you to choose a topology for your MetroCluster environment that aligns with your functional requirements and IT budget. Progent can make sure you adhere to leading practices for configuring your MetroCluster environment by providing help with tasks such as assigning disk pools, arranging aggregate and plexes layout, provisioning FlexVol volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, provisioning Cisco and Brocade switches, implementing a tiebreaker, designing a TCP/IP configuration replication network between your storage clusters, and verifying your MetroCluster DR system to show adherence with information assurance standards and regulatory mandates.
High Availability Load Balancing
Progent offers high availability load balancing consulting that addresses network load balancing, load balanced applications, network backbone routing, and content delivery products such as Cisco Content Engine. Fault tolerant load balancing technologies for which Progent can provide consulting expertise include Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Access Gateway, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Content Engine and ACNS, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. For more information, visit Non-stop Load Balancing.
Failsafe Interoffice Networking
Progentís interoffice connectivity engineers can help businesses achieve fault tolerant multi-site connectivity solutions through fully redundant system architectures with automatic failover. Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE engineers can design and implement fault-tolerant Inter-office connections supported by non-stop EIGRP routers or zero-downtime OSPF configurations of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how redundant connections and transparent fail-over can provide affordable 24x7 interoffice networking. To learn more, visit High-Availability Inter-office Networking.
24x7 Internet Connections
Progent's Cisco-authorized IT consultants can help you create an economical, fault tolerant Internet configuration solution that can achieve 24x7 Internet connectivity via a broad array of high availability Internet access solutions including high availability BGP, transparent fail-over, and multiple ISPs. Progent offers CCIE professionals to show you how to utilize the latest techniques for 24x7 Internet access to implement an economical, fully redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other features to create zero-downtime Internet access. To learn more, go to High Availability Internet Connectivity Solutions.
Backup and Restore Technology Consulting Experts
Progent offers affordable online support from engineers with expertise in a broad range of utilities and technologies that deliver solutions for backing up Windows, Mac, and Linux servers and workstations plus notebooks and handhelds. Progent can provide help for leading backup products such as Acronis, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, CrashPlan PRO, Double-Take, Mozy, Retrospect, Apple Time Machine, VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP), and Oracle Solaris FLARs. Progent can help your company to install, upgrade, or troubleshoot data backup systems for a range of topologies such as on-premises, edge to datacenter, cloud, or hybrid. To read more, see Backup and Restore Technology Consulting and Support Services.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Backup and Recovery Consulting and Support Services
Progent's expert Microsoft SCDPM support professionals can assist you to create a practical disaster recovery plan, implement an affordable fault-tolerante network infrastructure, install a System Center Data Protection Manager-powered backup and restore solution, comprehensively test your DPM system, educate your IT personnel or regular consultants how to maintain SCDPM, or provide complete IT outsourcing services such as remote housing of Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager servers in Progent's data center. For more information, see Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting and Support Services.
Barracuda Backup On-premises 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 purpose-built physical storage device manufactured by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with comparable features but which utilizes your own storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup safeguards vital company data generated on-premises, at one or more remote sites, 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 offer a wide range of consulting support services to help your business to plan, configure, operate and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery solution built on Barracuda technology. For more information, visit Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting and management.
Altaro VM Backup Software for Data Protection and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup software offers small and mid-size organizations a dependable and affordable platform for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-powered VMs. Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in on-premises, offsite, multi-site, and cloud environments and also supports cost-effective cloud backup to Microsoft Azure storage. Top capabilities include state-of-the-art inline deduplication to cut backup storage requirements, Continuous Data Protection with backup intervals as short as five minutes for minimizing your Recovery Point Objective (RPO), advanced encryption, granular recovery options for individual files and emails, support for Windows Server CSV and for vCenter for managing larger environments, and support for Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service to back up live virtual machines with zero downtime. Progent is an Altaro partner and offers a broad array of consulting services to assist you to design, deploy, optimize and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery system powered by Altaro VM Backup. For more information, visit Altaro VM Backup Certified Consultants.
Consulting for Double-Take Software for Backup
Double-Take Software offers a family of products intended to provide small businesses a variety of cost-effective alternatives for backing up and restoring vital applications such as Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL, Blackberry, and Microsoft SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning consultants have extensive backgrounds integrating Double-Take products into small business information networks to create an advanced level of availability and business continuity readiness at an affordable price. To learn more, see Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Backup.
CRISC-Premier IT Risk Control
The CRISC program was established by ISACA in 2010 to validate an IT professional's skills to design, deploy, and support IS control mechanisms to reduce network risk. Progent can provide the expertise of a CRISC-certified consultant to help your company to create and carry out a business continuity or disaster recovery strategy based on leading practices promoted by CRISC and crafted to match your company's risk tolerance, business objectives, and IT budget. To read more, visit CRISC-Premier network risk management specialists.
Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Certified Partner and provides high-level application consulting for a broad range of business software programs, Progent can assist clients to arrive at comprehensive IT solutions that maximize the productivity of your IT network. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent can provide the expertise of certified consultants and specialists with experience in architecting, implementing and supporting networking solutions based on Cisco products. The extent of Progent's technical know-how and Progent's sensitivity to the needs of small and midsize companies make Progent the perfect resource for building and maintaining an affordable, dependable information system.
How to Get in Touch with Progent's Experts for High Availability System Services
To ask Progent about technical assistance for high availability computing, call 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.