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. Progentís 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 Ciscoís 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.
Other Non-stop Solutions Supported by Progent
Progent's certified consulting experts can assist you to design an affordable, high-availability information network that resolves key issues covering a broad range of networking solutions and processes including:
Business Continuity Planning
Progent's business continuity professionals can show you how to design a business continuity plan that will allow you to restore IT operations in case of an information network disaster. Progent can help you to develop a comprehensive disaster recovery plan that incorporates periodic disaster recovery assessments and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified professionals can also show you how to create an affordable, fault-tolerant network architecture that takes into account availability issues involving a wide range of network technologies and processes. For more information, go to Workplace Recovery Expertise.
Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent provide small and mid-sized businesses an affordable and fully managed solution for secure backup/disaster recovery. For a low monthly price, ProSight Data Protection Services automates your backup processes and enables rapid recovery of vital files, apps and virtual machines that have become unavailable or damaged due to component failures, software bugs, disasters, human mistakes, or malicious attacks such as ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you protect, recover and restore files, folders, apps, system images, plus Hyper-V and VMware images/. Important data can be protected on the cloud, to a local storage device, or mirrored to both. Progent's BDR consultants can deliver world-class support to set up ProSight Data Protection Services to to comply with regulatory standards like HIPPA, FINRA, and PCI and, whenever needed, can assist you to restore your business-critical information. Read more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Backup.
Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery experts can help your organization to plan and deploy a disaster recovery system built around Microsoft's cloud-tested Failover Clustering tools including Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade for non-disruptive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for crash-consistent Recovery Point Objective (RPO), Storage Spaces Direct for high-performance storage clusters using low-cost hardware, VM Load Balancing for improving the performance and resilience of Failover Clusters while minimizing TCO and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for fast, economical creation of a stretch cluster quorum arbitration point. To learn more, visit Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Consulting.
Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced world-class availability and system recovery to Microsoft's failover clustering solution. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this technology and provides important improvements offering increased expandability, better disk storage availability for server applications, streamlined management, faster automatic failover, and more flexibility for designing clusters. For more information, see Windows Server 2012 Clustering Integration.
VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager (SRM) is a component of VMware vCenter that allows you to orchestrate, automate and test a repeatable process for recovering applications and services rapidly after an outage. SRM supports centrally managed and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, and non-intrusive site relocation, failback and site re-protect. SRM also allows non-intrusive testing for site recovery, updates and fixes and can generate reports to confirm complete service recovery, validate Service Level Agreements and prove compliance. Progent offers the support of a VCDX certified VMware SRM consulting expert to help your organization to design, configure, test and manage a DR system powered by VMware Site Recovery Manager.
NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Software
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery platform that uses failover storage clustering with continual replication to deliver fast, zero RPO disaster recovery between datacenters located up to 300km apart from each other. Progent can provide the skills of a certified NetApp MetroCluster expert who can help you to plan, configure, manage, update, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery solution built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you to select a topology for your MetroCluster environment that aligns with your functional needs and budget. Progent can ensure you follow leading practices for installing your MetroCluster solution by providing help with procedures like assigning disk pools, arranging aggregate layout, setting up volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, provisioning switches, designing a tiebreaker, setting up a TCP/IP configuration replication network between your peered clusters, and testing your MetroCluster DR solution to verify compliance with information assurance standards and government requirements.
Network Load Balancing
Progent offers high availability load balancing consulting that addresses network load balancing, load balanced programs, network backbone routing, and content delivery products including Cisco Content Engine. Non-stop load balancing products for which Progent offers consulting expertise include Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Access Gateway, Cisco CSS, Cisco Content Engine and LocalDirector 400 series, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. To find out more, see Non-stop Load Balancing.
Zero Downtime Colocation
Progent's Data Center consultants can show you how to identify high availability data centers that match the specific requirements of your company. Fault tolerant off-site data centers are particularly appealing to small and mid-size organizations due to of their low cost and simplified logistics in comparison to taking a do-it-yourself strategy. Attempting to create an on-site data center with even a basic degree of fault tolerance is financially prohibitive for typical small businesses. Progent is ready to show you how to get all the advantages of non-stop colocation facilities by offering a full range of consulting and maintenance services. For details, go to Non-stop Internet Data Centers Consulting.
24x7 Internet Access
Progent's Cisco-authorized network experts can show you how to design an economical, high availability Internet configuration solution that can achieve 24x7 Internet access through a broad range of fault tolerant Internet network solutions including fault tolerant BGP, transparent fail-over, and redundant Internet Service Providers. Progent offers Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert consultants to show you how to apply the most advanced technology for 24x7 Internet access to implement an affordable, fully redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other capabilities to deliver non-stop Internet connections. For more information, go to Non-stop Internet Connectivity Architecture.
Backup and Recovery Solutions Consulting Services
Progent can provide economical remote support from consultants with expertise in a broad range of products and technologies that provide solutions for backing up Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX physical and virtual servers and desktops plus notebooks and handhelds. Progent can provide help for all major data protection platforms including Acronis, Backup Exec, BackupAssist, CrashPlan PRO, Double-Take Backup, MozyPro, Retrospect for Macintosh, Apple Time Machine, vSphere Data Protection, and Solaris FLARs. Progent's consultants can assist your company to implement, upgrade, or maintain data backup systems for a range of environments such as local, remote, cloud-based, or hybrid. To learn more, see Backup and Recovery Solutions Expertise.
System Center Data Protection Manager Backup and Restore Consulting Experts
Progent's expert System Center Data Protection Manager support professionals can assist your company to develop an effective business continuity strategy, implement an affordable high-availability IT infrastructure, configure a Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager-based backup and restore system, thoroughly test your DPM system, educate your administrative personnel or regular service providers how to manage Microsoft SCDPM, or provide extensive information technology outsourcing such as remote housing of SCDPM machines in Progent's world-class data center facility. To find out more, see System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Consulting and Support Services.
Barracuda Backup Multi-site and Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription-based backup and disaster recovery platform for small and mid-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup deployment can incorporate a purpose-built hardware storage device built by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with comparable functionality but which uses your existing storage hardware. Barracuda Backup safeguards vital 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 site with a Barracuda Backup appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts offer a broad range of consulting services to assist you to plan, integrate, manage and repair a BDR system 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 provides small businesses a dependable and budget-friendly solution for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-based virtual machines (VMs). Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in local, remote, distributed, and cloud-hosted architectures and also enables cost-effective cloud backup to Azure Block Blob storage. Top capabilities include state-of-the-art inline deduplication to cut backup storage needs, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup spacing as little as five minutes for minimizing your Recovery Point Objective, advanced encryption, item-level recovery capability for individual files and emails, support for Windows Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) and for VMware vCenter for managing larger deployments, and support for Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service to back up live VMs without downtime. Progent is an Altaro partner and can provide a broad array of services to assist you to plan, install, optimize and troubleshoot a backup/restore system powered by Altaro VM Backup software. For details, visit Altaro VM Backup Consulting.
Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Backup/Restore
Double-Take publishes a selection of products intended to deliver small and midsize businesses a variety of cost-effective alternatives for backing up and restoring vital workloads including Microsoft Exchange, SQL, Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning consultants have in-depth experience incorporating Double-Take Software products into small company information systems to achieve a high level of availability and business continuity capability at a budget-friendly cost. For more information, visit Consulting for Double-Take Software for Data Backup.
CRISC-Premier Network Risk Mitigation
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) program was established by ISACA to validate a consultant's skills to plan, deploy, and support IS controls to reduce risk. Progent can provide the expertise of a CRISC-certified engineer to help your company to develop and execute a workplace continuity plan that follows leading practices promoted by CRISC and geared to align with your organization's risk tolerance, business objectives, and budgetary guidelines. To learn more, visit CRISC-Certified IT risk management experts.
Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Partner and provides high-level application expertise for a broad range of business software programs, Progent can help clients to arrive at complete IT solutions that optimize the business value of your IT network. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent offers the services of certified engineers and specialists with experience in architecting, deploying and troubleshooting networking solutions based on Cisco products. The depth and breadth of Progent's technical know-how and Progent's sensitivity to the needs of small and midsize businesses make Progent the perfect resource for building and maintaining an affordable, fault-tolerant network.
How You Can Access Progent's Engineers for Non-stop Computing Services
To ask Progent about professional help for fault tolerant networking, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.