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 Fault Tolerant Solutions Offered by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco consultants can help you to create an affordable, high-availability system that resolves key problems covering a broad range of networking solutions and processes such as:
Workplace Recovery Planning
Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants can show you how to create a workplace recovery strategy in order to resume IT operations in the event of an IT network catastrophe. Progent can assist you to create a complete disaster recovery plan that includes periodic disaster recovery assessments and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified professionals can also help you build an affordable, high-availability system solution that takes into account reliability issues covering a wide range of infrastructure technologies and procedures. To read more, see Disaster Recovery Expertise.
Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services offer small and mid-sized organizations an affordable end-to-end service for secure backup/disaster recovery. Available at a low monthly price, ProSight Data Protection Services automates and monitors your backup activities and enables rapid restoration of vital data, apps and virtual machines that have become unavailable or damaged as a result of component failures, software bugs, natural disasters, human error, or malicious attacks like ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you protect, retrieve and restore files, folders, apps, system images, plus Hyper-V and VMware virtual machine images. Important data can be backed up on the cloud, to an on-promises storage device, or mirrored to both. Progent's BDR consultants can deliver world-class support to configure ProSight Data Protection Services to be compliant with regulatory requirements like HIPAA, FINRA, and PCI and, when necessary, can help you to restore your critical information. Read more about ProSight DPS Managed Cloud Backup.
Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity experts can help you to plan and deploy a disaster recovery solution built around Microsoft's latest 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 low-cost hardware, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for enhancing the speed and resilience of Failover Clusters while minimizing TCO and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for fast, economical deployment of a stretch cluster quorum witness. To read more, go to Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Support.
Microsoft Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced enterprise-class availability and system recovery to Microsoft's clustering solution. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this technology and provides significant improvements that offer increased scalability, better disk storage availability for server applications, simpler management, quicker automatic failover, and additional flexibility for designing failover clusters. To find out more, visit Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clustering Consulting 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 define, automate and test a consistent process for recovering services quickly following an outage. SRM supports centrally managed and automated recovery, application mobility, and non-intrusive site relocation, failback and re-protect. SRM also allows transparent testing for disaster recovery, upgrades and fixes and can generate audit reports to confirm full service restoration, validate SLAs and demonstrate DR compliance. Progent offers the support of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consultant to assist you to design, deploy, test and manage a disaster recovery solution powered by VMware SRM.
NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Platform
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery platform that uses failover storage clustering with continual replication to deliver rapid, zero data loss disaster recovery between sites located up to 300km away from one another. Progent can provide online or on-premises access to a NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can help you to plan, deploy, manage, upgrade, test and repair a disaster recovery solution based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you to choose an architecture for your MetroCluster environment that aligns with your functional requirements and budget. Progent can make sure you adhere to leading practices for installing your MetroCluster solution by delivering help with procedures such as assigning disk pools, determining plexes layout, setting up NetApp FlexVol volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, installing Cisco and Brocade switches, implementing a tiebreaker, setting up a configuration replication network, and verifying your disaster recovery solution to show adherence with industry standards and government requirements.
Fault Tolerant Load Balancing
Progent offers high availability load balancing support that addresses system load balancing, load balanced applications, LAN/WAN backbone routing, and content delivery technology including F5 Networks 3DNS. Fault tolerant load balancing products for which Progent can provide consulting expertise include Microsoft Windows 2003 and 2008 Server Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Presentation Server, Cisco CSS, Cisco Content Engine and LocalDirector 400 series, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. To find out more, visit Fault Tolerant Load Balancing.
Fault Tolerant Interoffice Connectivity
Progentís branch office network infrastructure consultants can help organizations create fault tolerant inter-site connectivity solutions by means of redundant networks featuring transparent failover. Progentís Cisco-premier CCIE network engineers can plan and deploy high-availability Inter-office connections supported by zero-downtime EIGRP routers or zero-downtime OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how redundant connectivity and automatic fail-over can provide affordable non-stop interoffice connectivity. To read more, go to Failsafe Interoffice Networking.
24x7 Internet Access
Progent's Cisco-authorized IT experts can help you design an economical, high availability Internet connection solution that can achieve non-stop Internet access via a wide array of fault tolerant Internet access solutions including non-stop BGP, automatic fail-over, and multiple ISPs. Progent offers Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert consultants to help you apply the most up-to-date techniques for fault tolerant Internet connections to build an economical, fully redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other features to deliver fault tolerant Internet availability. To read more, go to 24x7 Internet Access Architecture.
Backup and Recovery Technology Consultants
Progent offers affordable online access to engineers with expertise in a wide range of products and technologies that deliver solutions for protecting Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux physical and virtual servers and desktops as well as notebooks and handhelds. Progent can provide help for leading backup platforms such as Acronis, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist, CrashPlan, Double-Take Software, Mozy, Retrospect, Apple Time Machine, vSphere Data Protection, and FLARs. Progent can assist your company to install, enhance, or maintain data backup systems for a range of architectures including local, edge to datacenter, cloud-based, or hybrid. For details, go to Backup and Recovery Solutions Consulting and Support Services.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Data Recovery Consulting Experts
Progent's certified System Center Data Protection Manager engineers can assist your company to develop an effective business continuity strategy, implement a cost-effective high-availability network infrastructure, install a SCDPM-based backup and restore solution, thoroughly test your DPM system, educate your administrative personnel or local service providers how to maintain SCDPM, or provide complete IT outsourcing including remote hosting of SCDPM servers in Progent's world-class data center. For details, see System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting.
Barracuda Backup Cloud and Offsite Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription-based backup and disaster recovery platform for small and medium-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup deployment can incorporate a custom-designed physical storage device manufactured by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with similar functionality but which utilizes your existing storage hardware. Barracuda Backup protects vital company data generated on-premises, at one or multiple remote sites, or in the cloud. For disaster protection, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon Web Services (AWS), or to any location with a physical or virtual Barracuda Backup appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts offer a wide range of consulting services to assist you to design, integrate, operate and repair a backup and disaster recovery system based on Barracuda technology. For more information, go to Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting and management.
Altaro VM Backup Solutions for Backup and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup offers small businesses a dependable and budget-friendly platform for backing up and recovering Hyper-V and VMware-based VMs. Altaro VM Backup can be used for on-premises, offsite, distributed, and cloud-hosted environments and also supports cost-effective cloud backup to Microsoft Azure storage. Top features include state-of-the-art Augmented Inline Deduplication to cut backup storage needs, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup spacing as low as five minutes for reducing your Recovery Point Objective (RPO), advanced encryption, item-level recovery capability for specific files and emails, extensive support for Windows Server Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) and vCenter for managing large-scale environments, and support for Microsoft VSS technology to back up live VMs with zero downtime. Progent is an Altaro partner and offers a wide range of consulting services to help you to plan, install, optimize and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery system based on Altaro VM Backup. To read more, see Altaro VM Backup Consulting.
Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup/Restore
Double-Take Software publishes a selection of tools designed to deliver small and midsize businesses a range of cost-effective alternatives for backing up and recovering business-critical workloads such as Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, RIM Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning experts have in-depth backgrounds incorporating Double-Take products into small business information networks to achieve a high level of availability and disaster recovery readiness at an affordable cost. To read more, see Consulting for Double-Take Software for Data Backup.
CRISC-Premier Network Risk Mitigation
The CRISC certification program was established by ISACA in 2010 to validate a consultant's skills to plan, deploy, and maintain IS control mechanisms to reduce risk. Progent can provide the expertise of a CRISC-certified consultant to help you to develop and carry out a workplace continuity strategy that follows leading practices identified by CRISC and geared to match your organization's risk appetite, business objectives, and IT budget. For details, visit CRISC-Premier IT risk management experts.
Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Certified Partner and provides high-level application support for a broad variety of small business software programs, Progent can help clients to find comprehensive information technology solutions that optimize the productivity of your IT network. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent can provide the support of premier consultants and specialists with expertise in designing, configuring and managing networking environments built on Cisco products. The depth and breadth of Progent's IT know-how and Progent's familiarity with the needs of small and midsize companies make Progent a great partner for creating and running a cost-effective, high-availability network.
How to Get in Touch with Progent's Engineers for High Availability System Support
If you wish to ask Progent about technical expertise for fault tolerant networking, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.