Connectivity to the Internet has emerged as a mission-critical capability for many small businesses. The use of the Internet to distribute information has mushroomed to the point that many organizations are unable to perform day-to-day functions without Internet connectivity.
Traditional applications such as internal email clearly lose much of their value when they can't be used to communicate with customers or vendors, but as organizations increasingly adopt Internet-based information delivery for line-of-business applications, even core functions can grind to a halt when Internet access becomes unavailable.
Until recently, only large organizations could afford to build fully redundant and transparent Internet connections that could survive a failed Internet link or router. Such seamless fault tolerance requires T1-class Internet lines, an option that in the past overstretched the budgets of most small businesses. As T1 prices have dropped to as low as a few $100 per month, and as alternative connections have become available, the opportunity for small businesses to achieve enterprise-class fault tolerance has become economically feasible. But even though the cost for lines has become affordable, the complexity of implementing these solutions has not.
Few small businesses have the in-house expertise required to work effectively with multiple ISPs, coordinate the necessary configuration steps with Internet numbering authority organizations, and implement advanced routing protocols such as Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) and Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP). Progent offers Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) consulting to help you apply the latest connectivity technology to implement a cost-effective fault-tolerant solution.
Today multiple options exist for building automatic and semi-automatic failover solutions. These can involve a mix of T1, DSL and wireless Internet connections. The viability of high-speed fixed-wireless links has recently opened up new alternatives for achieving transparent fault tolerance. By establishing diverse physical paths to the Internet, small businesses gain insurance against costly outages caused by events out of their control, such as a construction crew accidentally digging up phone lines.
As companies rush to deploy VoIP solutions, the potential productivity loss that could result from an interruption in Internet access increases dramatically. This creates another strong incentive to configure a fault-tolerant architecture. Current technologies from Cisco and other networking companies make it possible to build high-availability voice and data solution that have even better uptime potential than conventional voice and data services.
For small business with extremely limited budgets, fault-tolerant failover solutions are possible by utilizing redundant, low-cost DSL services. While not providing all the transparency of more complex and expensive solutions, this alternative can provide significant functionality and avoid costly productivity loss in the event of line failure.
As companies have shifted away from dedicated leased T1 and frame relay lines to Internet-based VPN connections, the demand for fault-tolerant Internet connectivity has accelerated. Businesses can apply the cost savings from retiring legacy leased circuits to upgrading their Internet infrastructure so that they will not only protect their connectivity to remote offices but also the Internet connectivity of office users. Absent those cost savings, many small companies are reluctant to invest in fault-tolerant Internet configurations.
Additional Non-stop Solutions Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified consulting experts can help you to create an affordable, high-availability IT architecture that resolves critical issues covering a broad array of infrastructure technologies and operations such as:
Disaster Recovery Planning
Progent's business continuity professionals can show you how to design a business continuity plan that will allow you to resume network functionality in case of an information system catastrophe. Progent can help you to develop a complete disaster recovery plan that incorporates scheduled disaster recovery assessments and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified professionals can also help you create an affordable, fault-tolerant system solution that addresses availability issues involving a wide range of infrastructure technologies and processes. For more information, see Disaster Recovery Expertise.
Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services offer small and mid-sized organizations an affordable and fully managed service for secure backup/disaster recovery (BDR). For a low monthly price, ProSight DPS automates and monitors your backup processes and enables fast restoration of critical data, applications and VMs that have become unavailable or damaged as a result of component failures, software bugs, disasters, human mistakes, or malware attacks like ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you back up, recover and restore files, folders, applications, system images, plus Hyper-V and VMware virtual machine images. Important data can be protected on the cloud, to a local storage device, or to both. Progent's backup and recovery consultants can provide world-class support to set up ProSight Data Protection Services to to comply with government and industry regulatory requirements such as HIPPA, FIRPA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when needed, can help you to restore your business-critical data. Find out more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Cloud Backup and Recovery.
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery experts can assist your organization to design a disaster recovery system built around Microsoft's latest Failover Clustering tools including Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-intrusive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss recovery, Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class network-attached storage using industry-standard equipment, VM Load Balancing for improving the speed and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while minimizing capital investment and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for easy, economical deployment of a stretch cluster quorum arbitration point. To read more, see Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Consulting.
Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced world-class fault tolerance and system recovery to Microsoft's clustering solution. Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this technology and delivers important enhancements offering increased expandability, non-stop disk storage uptime for server applications, easier administration, faster failover, and more options for architecting failover clusters. To learn more, see Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clustering Consulting Services.
VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager (SRM) is an extension to VMware vCenter that allows you to orchestrate, automate and test a consistent workflow for restoring applications and services quickly after an outage. Site Recovery Manager provides centrally managed and automated recovery, application mobility, plus non-intrusive site migration, failback and site re-protect. SRM also allows non-disruptive testing for site recovery, updates and patches and can generate reports to confirm full service recovery, validate Service Level Agreements and prove disaster recovery compliance. Progent can provide the support of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consultant to assist you to design, configure, test and maintain a DR solution powered by VMware Site Recovery Manager.
NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Software
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery platform that uses failover storage clustering with synchronous replication to provide rapid, zero data loss disaster recovery between datacenters located up to 185 miles (300km) apart from each other. Progent offers access to a NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can help you to design, deploy, administer, upgrade, test and repair a disaster recovery system based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to select a topology for your MetroCluster deployment that meets your technical requirements and budget. Progent can make sure you follow best practices for configuring your MetroCluster environment by delivering guidance with procedures like assigning shelf IDs, determining aggregate layout, setting up FlexVol volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, provisioning Cisco and Brocade switches, designing a tiebreaker mechanism, setting up a configuration replication network between your peered clusters, and testing your MetroCluster DR system to prove adherence with industry standards and government mandates.
Fault Tolerant Load Balancing
Progent offers high availability load balancing consulting covering network load balancing, load balanced programs, network backbone routing, and content delivery technology including Cisco Content Engine. Fault tolerant load balancing technologies for which Progent can provide consulting services include Microsoft 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 BIG-IP. To learn more, visit Non-stop Load Balancing.
High-Availability Internet Data Centers
Progent's Data Center professionals can help you select high availability data centers that meet the particular needs of your company. High availability off-site data centers are particularly appealing to small and mid-size companies due to of their low cost and convenience in comparison to taking a do-it-yourself strategy. Attempting to build an on-site data center that offers even a minimum level of fault tolerance is too costly for the majority of small organizations. Progent is ready to show you how to get all the benefits of 24x7 colo centers by offering a complete array of consulting and maintenance services. For details, visit Fault Tolerant Colocation Consulting.
High-Availability Branch Office Networking
Progentís branch office network infrastructure engineers can help businesses achieve non-stop branch office connectivity solutions via fully redundant system architectures with transparent failover. Progentís Cisco-premier CCIE engineers can plan and deploy high-availability Inter-office connections supported by fault tolerant EIGRP routers or zero-downtime OSPF configurations of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how redundant connections and automatic fail-over offers affordable non-stop interoffice connectivity. To read more, visit 24x7 Interoffice Networking.
Backup and Restore Technology Consulting Experts
Progent offers economical online support from IT engineers with expertise in a broad range of utilities and services that deliver solutions for protecting Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux/UNIX servers and desktops plus laptops and handhelds. Progent can provide consulting support for all major data protection platforms such as Acronis Backup and Recovery, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, CrashPlan, Double-Take Software, MozyPro, Retrospect, Apple Time Machine, VMware Data Recovery, and Solaris FLARs. Progent can assist your company to deploy, enhance, or troubleshoot data backup solutions for a range of topologies including local, remote, cloud-based, or a mix. To read more, go to Backup and Restore Technology Expertise.
System Center Data Protection Manager Data Recovery Consulting
Progent's certified Microsoft SCDPM consultants can assist you to create a practical disaster recovery plan, design an affordable fault-tolerante IT infrastructure, configure a Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager-based backup and restore solution, comprehensively validate your DPM system, train your administrative personnel or local service providers how to maintain Microsoft SCDPM, or provide complete IT outsourcing services such as remote housing of SCDPM machines in Progent's world-class data center. To read more, see System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting and Support Services.
Barracuda Backup Multi-site and Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is an affordable, subscription backup/restore platform for small and medium-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup solution can incorporate a custom-designed hardware storage device manufactured by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with comparable functionality but which uses your own storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup protects vital business data generated on-premises, at one or multiple remote sites, or in the cloud. For disaster recovery, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon AWS, or to any location with a Barracuda Backup appliance. Progent is a certified Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts can provide a broad range of consulting services to help you to design, configure, manage and repair a BDR solution built on Barracuda Backup. For details, see Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consultants.
Altaro VM Backup Solutions for Data Protection and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup provides small and mid-size businesses a reliable and affordable platform for backing up and recovering Hyper-V and VMware-based VMs. Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in local, remote, distributed, and cloud architectures and also enables cost-effective backup to Azure Block Blob storage. Top features include state-of-the-art Augmented Inline Deduplication to cut backup storage requirements, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup intervals as short as five minutes for reducing your exposure to data loss, advanced encryption, item-level restore options for individual files and emails, extensive support for Windows Server CSV and for VMware vCenter for handling large-scale deployments, and the ability to leverage Microsoft VSS technology to back up live virtual machines without downtime. Progent is an Altaro partner and can provide a broad range of consulting services to help you to plan, install, manage and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery system powered by Altaro VM Backup software. For details, go to Altaro VM Backup Certified Consultants.
Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Data Backup and Recovery
Double-Take Software offers a family of tools designed to provide small and midsize companies a range of affordable alternatives for backing up and recovering vital workloads such as Exchange, Microsoft SQL, Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning experts have in-depth experience incorporating Double-Take Software products into small company information networks to create a high state of availability and business continuity capability at a budget-friendly cost. To find out more, go to Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Backup.
CRISC-Premier Network Risk Management
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification program was initiated by ISACA in 2010 to verify a consultant's skills to design, deploy, and support IS controls to reduce risk. Progent can provide the expertise of a CRISC-certified consultant to assist you to develop and carry out a business continuity or disaster recovery plan based on leading practices promoted by CRISC and crafted to match your organization's risk tolerance, business objectives, and budgetary guidelines. For more information, visit CRISC-Premier network risk mitigation experts.
Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Partner and provides specialized application consulting for a broad range of business applications, Progent can help customers to arrive at comprehensive information technology solutions that maximize the productivity of your IT network. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent can provide the expertise of premier engineers and specialists with expertise in architecting, installing and maintaining infrastructure environments based on Cisco products. The extent of Progent's technical experience and Progent's sensitivity to the requirements of small and midsize businesses make Progent a great partner for building and running an affordable, fault-tolerant information system.
How to Get in Touch with Progent's Experts for Fault Tolerant Network Services
If you wish to contact Progent about professional help for fault tolerant LAN design, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.