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.
Other High Availability Solutions Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified consulting experts can assist your company to implement a sensible, high-availability system that resolves critical challenges encompassing a wide array of infrastructure technologies and operations including:
Workplace Recovery Planning
Progent's disaster recovery planning professionals can show you how to create a workplace recovery plan so you can restore IT functionality in the event of an IT network disaster. Progent can assist you to create a complete disaster recovery plan that incorporates periodic disaster recovery assessments and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified consultants can also help you create an affordable, non-stop network architecture that takes into account reliability issues involving a wide range of infrastructure technologies and procedures. To learn more, see Workplace Recovery Consulting.
Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent offer small and medium-sized organizations an affordable end-to-end service for secure backup/disaster recovery (BDR). Available at a low monthly price, ProSight Data Protection Services automates and monitors your backup processes and allows rapid restoration of critical data, apps and VMs that have become unavailable or corrupted due to component breakdowns, software bugs, disasters, human error, or malware attacks like ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you back up, retrieve and restore files, folders, apps, system images, as well as Hyper-V and VMware images/. Critical data can be backed up on the cloud, to a local storage device, or mirrored to both. Progent's backup and recovery specialists can provide advanced expertise to configure ProSight DPS to to comply with government and industry regulatory requirements such as HIPAA, FIRPA, and PCI and, whenever necessary, can help you to restore your critical information. Find out more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Cloud Backup.
Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity consultants can assist your organization to design a disaster recovery solution based on Microsoft's cloud-tested Failover Clustering technologies including Cluster OS 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, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for enhancing the performance and resilience of Failover Clusters while minimizing capital investment and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for easy, affordable creation of a failover cluster quorum witness. For details, visit Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Expertise.
Microsoft Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 brought enterprise-class fault tolerance and system recovery to Microsoft's failover clustering platform. Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this technology and provides significant improvements offering increased extensibility, non-stop storage availability for server applications, streamlined administration, quicker failover, and more flexibility for designing clusters. To find out more, visit Windows Server 2012 Clustering Consulting and Support.
VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager is an extension to VMware vCenter that lets you define, automate and verify a consistent process for restoring services quickly following a breakdown. SRM supports centrally managed and automated recovery, application mobility, and non-intrusive site relocation, failback and re-protect. SRM also enables transparent testing for disaster recovery, upgrades and fixes and can generate reports to confirm full service restoration, validate Service Level Agreements and demonstrate DR compliance. Progent offers the support of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consulting expert to assist you to design, configure, test and maintain a disaster recovery solution based on VMware Site Recovery Manager.
NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Technology
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery platform that combines failover storage clustering with synchronous replication to deliver fast, zero RPO disaster recovery between datacenters located as far as 185 miles (300km) away from one another. Progent offers online or on-premises access to a NetApp MetroCluster expert who can assist your business to design, deploy, administer, update, test and repair a disaster recovery system based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you to select a topology for your MetroCluster environment that meets your technical needs and budget. Progent can make sure you adhere to leading practices for installing your MetroCluster solution by providing help with tasks such as assigning disk pools, arranging aggregate layout, setting up volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, provisioning Cisco and Brocade switches, designing a tiebreaker, setting up a configuration replication network between your storage clusters, and testing your DR system to show compliance with industry standards and government mandates.
Network Load Balancing
Progent offers fault tolerant load balancing support covering network load balancing, load balanced applications, LAN/WAN backbone routing, and content dispatching products such as F5 Networks 3DNS. Non-stop load balancing products for which Progent offers consulting services include Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Presentation Server, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Distributed Director and Cisco CDN Software, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. To learn more, visit Fault Tolerant Load Balancing.
Fault Tolerant Data Centers
Progent's Data Center consultants can help you select high availability data centers that match the particular requirements of your company. High availability colocation sites are especially attractive to small and mid-size organizations due to of their low cost and simplified logistics compared to taking a do-it-yourself approach. Attempting to create an in-house data center with even a basic level of fault tolerance is financially prohibitive for the majority of small businesses. Progent is ready to show you how to get all the advantages of 24x7 colo sites by providing a full array of engineering and support services. For details, visit Fault Tolerant Internet Data Centers Consulting.
Fault Tolerant Internet Access
Progent's Cisco-certified network consultants can help you build an affordable, fault tolerant Internet configuration architecture that can achieve 24x7 Internet access via a broad array of fault tolerant Internet access technologies including high availability BGP, automatic fail-over, and redundant ISPs. Progent offers CCIE engineers to show you how to utilize the most advanced techniques for high availability Internet connectivity to build an economical, completely redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other features to create fault tolerant Internet availability. To learn more, visit High Availability Internet Connectivity Architecture.
Backup and Restore Solutions Consulting Services
Progent offers affordable remote access to IT engineers skilled in a wide range of products and technologies that deliver solutions for protecting Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX physical and virtual servers and workstations plus laptops and handhelds. Progent can provide help for all major data protection platforms such as Acronis, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, CrashPlan, Double-Take Software, MozyPro, Retrospect, Time Machine, vSphere Data Protection, and Oracle Solaris FLARs. Progent can help you to design, enhance, or maintain data backup systems for a variety of architectures including on-premises, remote, cloud, or hybrid. To read more, visit Backup and Restore Solutions Expertise.
System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Backup and Restore Consultants
Progent's certified System Center Data Protection Manager engineers can assist your company to develop a practical workplace recovery strategy, implement a cost-effective fault-tolerante network infrastructure, deploy a Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager-based backup and restore solution, thoroughly test your system, educate your administrative staff or local consultants how to manage Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide complete IT outsourcing services including remote housing of Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager machines in Progent's data center. To find out more, see System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting.
Barracuda Backup Local, Offsite and Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription-based backup and disaster recovery service for small and medium-size businesses. A Barracuda Backup solution can include a custom-designed physical appliance built by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with comparable features but which uses your own storage hardware. Barracuda Backup protects vital business data generated locally, at one or multiple remote sites, or in the cloud. For disaster protection, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon AWS, or to any location with a Barracuda Backup appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consultants offer a broad array of consulting support services to assist you to design, configure, manage and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery solution built on Barracuda technology. For additional information, see Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting and management.
Altaro VM Backup Software for Backup and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup software offers small organizations a dependable and budget-friendly solution for backing up and recovering Hyper-V and VMware-based virtual machines. Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in on-premises, offsite, distributed, and cloud architectures and also supports cost-effective backup to Microsoft Azure storage. Top capabilities include state-of-the-art inline deduplication to reduce backup storage needs, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup intervals as little as five minutes for reducing your exposure to data loss, advanced encryption, item-level recovery capability for individual files and emails, support for Windows CSV and for VMware vCenter for handling larger environments, and the ability to leverage Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to back up live virtual machines without downtime. Progent is a certified Altaro partner and offers a wide array of consulting services to help you to design, deploy, optimize and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery system based on Altaro VM Backup. To learn more, see Altaro VM Backup Consulting.
Consulting for Double-Take Software for Data Backup and Recovery
Double-Take publishes a family of products designed to deliver small companies a range of cost-effective alternatives for backing up and recovering business-critical workloads such as Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning experts have extensive experience integrating Double-Take Software products into small company information systems to create a high level of fault tolerance and disaster recovery capability at an affordable price. To find out more, visit Consulting for Double-Take Software for Data Backup.
CRISC-Premier Network Risk Mitigation
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification program was initiated by ISACA to validate an IT professional's skills to plan, deploy, and maintain information system control mechanisms to mitigate network risk. Progent can provide the expertise of a CRISC-certified engineer to help you to create and execute a business continuity or disaster recovery strategy that follows leading practices promoted by CRISC and geared to align with your organization's risk tolerance, business objectives, and IT budget. For details, go to CRISC-Premier IT risk mitigation specialists.
Why Choose Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Certified Partner and offers specialized application support for a wide range of small business applications, Progent can assist customers to arrive at efficient IT solutions that maximize the productivity of your network. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent offers the services of premier consultants and specialists with expertise in architecting, installing and troubleshooting networking solutions based on Cisco technology. The extent of Progent's IT know-how and Progent's sensitivity to the needs of small and midsize businesses make Progent the ideal resource for building and running a cost-effective, fault-tolerant information system.
How You Can Access Progent's Experts for Non-stop System Support
In order to get in touch with Progent about consulting expertise for fault tolerant IT design, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.