Fault Tolerant Data Center ConsultingInternet 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 Non-stop Technologies Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's certified consulting experts can help your company to design an affordable, fault-tolerant IT architecture that resolves major issues encompassing a wide array of infrastructure solutions and operations such as:

Workplace Recovery Planning
Progent's business continuity planning consultants can help you create a workplace recovery strategy that will allow you to resume IT operations in case of an information system disaster. Progent can assist you to define a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy that incorporates periodic disaster recovery assessments and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified professionals can also show you how to build an affordable, fault-tolerant network architecture that addresses reliability issues involving a broad range of infrastructure technologies and processes. To find out more, visit Workplace Recovery Consulting.

Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services provide small and medium-sized businesses a low cost end-to-end service for secure backup/disaster recovery (BDR). Available at a fixed monthly cost, ProSight DPS automates and monitors your backup activities and enables fast recovery of critical files, apps and virtual machines that have become lost or corrupted due to component breakdowns, software glitches, natural disasters, human error, or malicious attacks such as ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you protect, retrieve and restore files, folders, applications, system images, plus Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware images/. Critical data can be backed up on the cloud, to a local device, or mirrored to both. Progent's BDR consultants can deliver advanced support to set up ProSight DPS to to comply with government and industry regulatory requirements such as HIPPA, FINRA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, whenever necessary, can assist you to restore your critical information. Find out more about ProSight DPS Managed Cloud Backup.

Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity consultants can help your organization to plan and deploy a DR system based on Microsoft's most advanced Failover Clustering tools including Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade for non-intrusive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for crash-consistent Recovery Point Objective (RPO), Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class network-attached storage using commodity equipment, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for improving the performance and resilience of Failover Clusters while reducing TCO and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for easy, affordable deployment of a failover cluster quorum arbitration point. To learn more, see Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Help.

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced world-class fault tolerance and recoverability to Microsoft's clustering solution. Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this foundation and delivers significant improvements that offer more scalability, better storage uptime for server applications, streamlined administration, quicker automatic failover, and more flexibility for designing clusters. For more information, visit Windows Server 2012 Clustering Migration and Support.

VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager is an extension to VMware vCenter that allows you to specify, automate and verify a consistent workflow for recovering applications and services quickly following an outage. SRM provides centrally managed and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, and non-disruptive site relocation, failback and re-protect. SRM also allows non-intrusive testing for disaster recovery, updates and fixes and can produce audit reports to verify full service recovery, validate Service Level Agreements and demonstrate disaster recovery compliance. Progent can provide the support of a VCDX certified VMware SRM consultant to assist your organization to design, configure, test and manage a disaster recovery solution powered by VMware Site Recovery Manager.

NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Technology
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery software suite that uses array-based storage clustering along with continual replication to provide rapid, zero data loss disaster recovery (DR) between datacenters located as far as 185 miles away from one another. Progent offers the skills of a NetApp MetroCluster expert who can assist you to design, configure, manage, upgrade, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery solution based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to select an architecture for your MetroCluster deployment that meets your functional needs and budget. Progent can make sure you follow best practices for configuring your MetroCluster solution by delivering help with procedures like assigning disk pools, arranging plexes layout, provisioning FlexVol volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, installing 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.

Fault Tolerant Load Balancing
Progent provides high availability load balancing consulting that addresses system load balancing, load balanced applications, network infrastructure routing, and content dispatching technology such as F5 Networks 3DNS. Non-stop load balancing technologies 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 ACNS, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. For details, go to Non-stop Load Balancing.

Fault Tolerant Interoffice Networking
Progentís interoffice network infrastructure professionals can help businesses create fault tolerant branch office connectivity solutions via fully redundant networks with automatic failover. Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE network engineers can design and implement high-availability Inter-office networks supported by non-stop EIGRP network routers or zero-downtime OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how redundant connectivity and transparent fail-over offers economical non-stop interoffice networking. To learn more, see Non-stop Inter-office Networking.

Fault Tolerant Internet Connections
Progent's Cisco-certified IT experts can help you create an economical, high availability Internet configuration architecture that can deliver 24x7 Internet access via a wide range of high availability Internet network solutions including non-stop BGP, transparent fail-over, and multiple Internet Service Providers. Progent offers CCIE consultants to help you utilize the most up-to-date techniques for fault tolerant Internet connections to create an economical, fully redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other capabilities to deliver fault tolerant Internet connections. For details, visit Fault Tolerant Internet Connectivity Solutions.

Backup and Recovery Technology Consultants
Progent can provide economical online access to engineers skilled in a wide range of products and services that provide solutions for protecting Windows, Mac, and Linux servers and desktops as well as laptops and smartphones. Progent can provide consulting support for leading backup products such as Acronis Backup and Recovery, Backup Exec, BackupAssist, CrashPlan, Double-Take, Mozy, Retrospect, Time Machine, VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP), and FLARs. Progent's consultants can help your company to implement, upgrade, or troubleshoot backup solutions for a range of topologies such as local, edge to datacenter, cloud-based, or a mix. To learn more, see Backup and Recovery Solutions Expertise.

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Backup and Recovery Consulting Experts
Progent's expert System Center Data Protection Manager engineers can help you to create a practical workplace recovery plan, implement an affordable high-availability IT architecture, deploy a Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager-powered backup and recovery system, thoroughly test your DPM system, educate your IT staff or regular consultants how to manage Microsoft SCDPM, or provide complete IT outsourcing including remote housing of SCDPM machines in Progent's data center facility. For details, see Microsoft SCDPM Consulting.

Barracuda Backup Local, Offsite and Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription backup/restore service for small and mid-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup solution can include a purpose-built physical appliance manufactured by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with similar features but which uses your existing storage hardware. Barracuda Backup protects vital business data produced locally, 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 Backup appliance. Progent is a certified Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts can provide a broad range of consulting support services to help you to design, integrate, manage and repair a BDR solution built on Barracuda technology. For details, visit Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consultants.

Altaro VM Backup Software for Data Protection and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup software provides small and mid-size businesses a dependable and budget-friendly solution for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-based VMs. Altaro VM Backup can be used for on-premises, remote, multi-site, and cloud environments and also supports cost-effective cloud backup to Microsoft Azure storage. Headline capabilities include industry-leading Augmented Inline Deduplication to cut backup storage requirements, Continuous Data Protection with backup spacing as little as five minutes for reducing your Recovery Point Objective (RPO), military-grade encryption, granular restore options for specific files and emails, extensive support for Windows Cluster Shared Volumes and for vCenter for managing larger environments, and support for Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to back up live VMs without downtime. Progent is an Altaro partner and can provide a broad range of consulting services to assist you to design, install, manage and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery solution based on Altaro VM Backup. To learn more, visit Altaro VM Backup Consulting.

Consulting for Double-Take Software for Backup and Recovery
Double-Take Software offers a family of products intended to deliver small and midsize businesses a variety of affordable alternatives for replicating and restoring business-critical applications such as Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL, Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning consultants have extensive backgrounds incorporating Double-Take technology into small business IT systems to create an advanced level of availability and business continuity readiness at a budget-friendly price. To find out more, visit Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Backup.

CRISC-Premier IT Risk Mitigation
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification program was established by ISACA in 2010 to verify a consultant's skills to plan, deploy, and maintain information system controls to mitigate network risk. Progent offers the expertise of a CRISC-certified consultant to help your company to create and carry out a business continuity strategy that follows leading practices identified by CRISC and geared to match your organization's risk appetite, business objectives, and IT budget. To learn more, see CRISC-Premier IT risk mitigation experts.

Why Choose Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Partner and offers high-level application support for a wide range of business software programs, Progent can assist clients to arrive at efficient IT solutions that substantially enhance the productivity of your network. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent can provide the services of premier engineers and specialists with experience in architecting, implementing and managing networking solutions built on Cisco technology. The depth and breadth of Progent's technical experience and Progent's sensitivity to the needs of small and midsize companies make Progent the perfect resource for building and running a cost-effective, dependable network.

How You Can Contact Progent's Experts for Non-stop Computing Services
To ask Progent about technical assistance for high availability computing, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.

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