Most companies with more than one office have some type of IP-based interoffice communications method. Common connectivity solutions include legacy frame relay lines, private T1 circuits, managed VPN, private IP, and unmanaged Internet VPNs. Communications failures for these interoffice links can significantly downgrade business productivity.
Loss of interoffice connectivity means that users in remote offices are cut-off from key central systems and can be left without the ability to perform even the most basic day-to-day functions required to carry out critical business transactions. As a result, customers are disappointed, orders are delayed, and the afflicted business pays for workers to wait for the network to come back online.
The vast majority of small business interoffice communications infrastructures have virtually no fault tolerance. A single downed communications line or a single router failure can bring vital business processes to a halt. All too often, single-point failures can take hours, and occasionally days, to repair. Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE engineers have the knowledge and experience to design and implement sophisticated fault-tolerant architectures for interoffice connectivity. Progent's consultants are expert at fault-tolerant Cisco router configuration based on Interior Gateway Protocols including OSPF, or Open Shortest Path First, and EIGRP, or Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol.
The explosion of low-cost Internet connectivity options provides new opportunities to create affordable, truly fault-tolerant, fully redundant interoffice connections that seamlessly failover in the event of a single-point breakdown. In the past, the high cost of private T1 lines often exceeded reasonable cost/risk assessments for small businesses. But with the diverse selection of low-cost DSL, cable modem, and wireless ISP connections now available, companies can craft cost-effective solutions that offer protection from single points of failure. By utilizing the advanced fault-tolerant features available in Cisco's IOS operating system, critical failures can be made invisible to users. With proper alert mechanisms, in-house IT resources or outside consultants can work efficiently to restore primary communications links without working under the intense pressure associated with crippling outages.
The business case for implementing fault-tolerant interoffice connectivity has never been more compelling. Low-cost DSL links can be configured as a backup to expensive T1 private lines for as little as 1/20th of the monthly operating cost of the primary link. The availability of business-class wireless links makes it possible to create a fault-tolerant communications architecture that completely eliminates the risk of rare but debilitating wired network failures, such as fiber cuts caused by construction work, or traffic accidents that take down utility poles or telephone wiring junction boxes. These solutions are affordably priced and offer acceptable performance in failover situations.
Additional Zero-Downtime Solutions Offered by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified consulting experts can help your business to build a sensible, fault-tolerant IT architecture that resolves key problems encompassing a wide range of networking technologies and operations such as:
Workplace Recovery Planning
Progent's business continuity consultants can help you create a disaster recovery plan in order to resume network operations in case of an IT system catastrophe. Progent can help you to define a complete disaster recovery plan that incorporates scheduled disaster recovery evaluations and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified engineers can also show you how to build an affordable, fault-tolerant system solution that addresses availability issues covering a broad range of network technologies and processes. To read more, see Disaster Recovery Expertise.
Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent offer small and medium-sized organizations an affordable and fully managed service for secure backup/disaster recovery. Available at a low monthly price, ProSight DPS automates your backup activities and allows fast restoration of critical files, apps and virtual machines that have become unavailable or corrupted due to hardware failures, software bugs, disasters, human error, or malicious attacks such as ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you protect, recover and restore files, folders, apps, system images, as well as Hyper-V and VMware virtual machine images. Critical data can be protected on the cloud, to an on-promises device, or to both. Progent's backup and recovery specialists can provide advanced support to set up ProSight Data Protection Services to to comply with government and industry regulatory requirements such as HIPAA, FIRPA, and PCI and, whenever necessary, can help you to restore your business-critical data. Find out more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Backup and Recovery.
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery consultants can assist your organization to design a DR solution built around Microsoft's cloud-tested Failover Clustering tools such as Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade for non-intrusive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for crash-consistent recovery, Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class storage clusters using low-cost hardware, VM Load Balancing for improving the performance and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while reducing 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.
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced enterprise-class fault tolerance and system recovery to Microsoft's clustering platform. Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this foundation and delivers significant enhancements that offer more expandability, non-stop storage uptime for server applications, easier administration, faster automatic failover, and more flexibility for architecting clusters. To find out more, go to Windows Server 2012 Clustering Consulting and Support.
VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager (SRM) is a component of VMware vCenter that lets you specify, automate and verify a repeatable process for recovering services quickly after a breakdown. SRM supports centrally managed and automated recovery, application mobility, plus non-intrusive site relocation, failback and site re-protect. Site Recovery Manager also enables transparent testing for site recovery, upgrades and patches and can produce audit reports to confirm complete service recovery, validate Service Level Agreements and demonstrate disaster recovery compliance. Progent can provide the support of a VCDX certified VMware SRM consultant to help your organization to plan, deploy, test and administer a DR solution based on VMware Site Recovery Manager.
NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Software
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery platform that uses array-based storage clustering with continual replication to provide fast, zero RPO disaster recovery between datacenters that are as far as 185 miles (300km) apart from each other. Progent offers the skills of a NetApp MetroCluster expert who can help your business to design, deploy, administer, upgrade, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery solution based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you to choose a topology for your MetroCluster environment that meets your functional needs and IT budget. Progent can ensure you adhere to leading practices for configuring your MetroCluster solution by providing guidance with tasks like assigning disk pools and shelf IDs, arranging plexes layout, provisioning volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, provisioning switches, implementing a tiebreaker mechanism, designing a configuration replication network, and verifying your disaster recovery solution to prove adherence with information assurance standards and government requirements.
Fault Tolerant Load Balancing
Progent provides fault tolerant load balancing support covering network load balancing, load balanced applications, LAN/WAN backbone routing, and content dispatching technology including F5 Networks 3DNS. Fault tolerant load balancing solutions for which Progent can provide consulting expertise include Microsoft Windows 2003 and 2008 Server Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Access Suite and Presentation Server, Cisco CSS, Cisco Content Distribution Manager and LocalDirector 400 series, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. To find out more, see Non-stop Load Balancing.
Progent's Data Center engineers can show you how to select fault-tolerant data centers that meet the particular needs of your business. Fault tolerant co-location sites are particularly appealing to small and mid-size companies due to of their low cost and simplified logistics in comparison to pursuing a do-it-yourself approach. Attempting to design an in-house data center with even a basic level of fault tolerance is too costly for the majority of small organizations. Progent is ready to show you how to reap all the advantages of high-availability colocation facilities by providing a complete array of consulting and maintenance services. To find out more, go to High-Availability Colocation Consulting.
Fault Tolerant Internet Connections
Progent's Cisco-authorized network consultants can show you how to design an affordable, high availability Internet configuration architecture that can achieve 24x7 Internet connectivity via a broad range of fault tolerant Internet access solutions including fault tolerant BGP, transparent fail-over, and redundant ISPs. Progent offers Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert professionals to show you how to apply the most advanced technology for high availability Internet access to implement an affordable, fully redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other features to create non-stop Internet access. For more information, visit 24x7 Internet Connectivity Architecture.
Backup and Restore Solutions Consulting and Support Services
Progent offers economical remote access to consultants with expertise in a broad range of products and technologies that provide solutions for protecting Microsoft Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX servers and desktops plus notebooks and handhelds. Progent can provide help for all major backup products including Acronis Backup and Recovery, Backup Exec, BackupAssist, HP Data Protector, Double-Take Software, MozyPro, Retrospect, Apple Time Machine, VMware Data Recovery (VDR), and Oracle Solaris FLARs. Progent's consultants can assist you to implement, enhance, or maintain backup systems for a variety of topologies such as local, edge to datacenter, cloud, or hybrid. To learn more, visit Backup and Restore Solutions Expertise.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Backup and Recovery Consulting Services
Progent's certified Microsoft SCDPM consultants can assist you to create a practical business continuity plan, design a cost-effective high-availability network infrastructure, configure a SCDPM-based backup and restore solution, comprehensively test your system, educate your IT personnel or regular consultants how to manage System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide extensive IT support outsourcing such as off-site hosting of System Center Data Protection Manager servers in Progent's world-class data center. To read more, go to System Center Data Protection Manager Expertise.
Barracuda Backup Cloud and Offsite Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is an affordable, subscription backup and disaster recovery platform for small and mid-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup solution can incorporate a purpose-built physical storage device built by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with similar functionality but which utilizes your own storage hardware. Barracuda Backup safeguards critical business data generated on-premises, at one or more remote sites, or in the cloud. For disaster recovery, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon Web Services (AWS), or to any location with a physical or virtual Barracuda appliance. Progent is a 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 troubleshoot a BDR solution built on Barracuda Backup. For additional information, go to Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting.
Altaro VM Backup Software for Backup and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup software provides small organizations a dependable and budget-friendly solution for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-powered VMs. Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in local, remote, multi-site, and cloud-hosted environments and also supports cost-effective cloud backup to Microsoft Azure storage. Top capabilities include industry-leading Augmented Inline Deduplication to cut backup storage requirements, Continuous Data Protection with backup intervals as low as five minutes for reducing your Recovery Point Objective, advanced encryption, item-level recovery capability for specific files and emails, support for Windows Server Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) and for VMware vCenter for handling larger environments, and the ability to leverage Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service to back up live virtual machines with zero downtime. Progent is an Altaro partner and offers a broad range of services to assist you to plan, deploy, optimize and troubleshoot a backup/restore solution based on Altaro VM Backup software. To read more, go to Altaro VM Backup Consulting Services.
Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup
Double-Take offers a family of products designed to deliver small businesses a range of cost-effective solutions for replicating and recovering vital applications including Microsoft Exchange, SQL, Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning consultants have in-depth experience integrating Double-Take technology into small company IT systems to achieve an advanced level of fault tolerance and business continuity capability at a budget-friendly price. To learn more, see Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Backup.
CRISC-Premier IT Risk Control
The CRISC program was established by ISACA to validate a consultant's ability to design, deploy, and maintain information system control mechanisms to mitigate network risk. Progent offers the services of a CRISC-certified engineer to help your company to develop and carry out a workplace continuity or disaster recovery plan based on industry best practices identified by CRISC and geared to align with your company's risk appetite, business goals, and budgetary guidelines. To read more, go to CRISC-Certified IT risk control experts.
Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Certified Partner and offers professional application expertise for a wide range of small business software programs, Progent is able to help clients to find comprehensive information technology solutions that maximize the business value of your network. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent can provide the services of certified consultants and specialists with experience in designing, installing and troubleshooting infrastructure environments built on Cisco technology. The depth of Progent's IT know-how and Progent's appreciation for the needs of small and midsize businesses make Progent the ideal resource for creating and maintaining an affordable, fault-tolerant network.
How You Can Get Help from Progent's Experts for High Availability Computing Support
In order to get in touch with Progent about engineering help for high availability LAN design, phone 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.