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 Non-stop Solutions Offered by Progent
Progent's certified consulting experts can help your business to implement a sensible, fault-tolerant environment that resolves critical challenges encompassing a broad range of infrastructure solutions and processes including:
Business Continuity Planning
Progent's business continuity planning engineers can help you design a workplace recovery plan that will allow you to resume network functionality in case of an information system catastrophe. Progent can help you to develop a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy that includes periodic disaster recovery assessments and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized professionals can also show you how to build an affordable, fault-tolerant system solution that addresses reliability issues covering a broad array of network technologies and procedures. For details, see Workplace Recovery Consulting Services.
Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services provide small and mid-sized businesses a low cost and fully managed service for reliable backup/disaster recovery (BDR). For a low monthly rate, ProSight DPS automates and monitors your backup activities and allows rapid restoration of vital data, applications and virtual machines that have become unavailable or corrupted due to hardware breakdowns, software glitches, disasters, human error, or malicious attacks such as ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services 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 to both. Progent's cloud backup consultants can provide world-class support to set up ProSight DPS to to comply with regulatory requirements such as HIPPA, FINRA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when needed, can help you to restore your critical information. Find out more about ProSight DPS Managed Cloud Backup and Recovery.
Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity experts can assist your organization to plan and deploy a DR solution built around Microsoft's latest Failover Clustering tools such as 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 low-cost equipment, VM Load Balancing for enhancing the speed and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while reducing TCO and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for fast, affordable creation of a stretch cluster quorum witness. For details, visit Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Support.
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 brought enterprise-class availability and recoverability to Microsoft's failover clustering platform. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this technology and delivers significant improvements offering increased expandability, non-stop disk storage availability for server applications, simpler administration, quicker automatic failover, and more flexibility for designing failover clusters. For more information, visit Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clustering Consulting and Support.
VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager is a component of VMware vCenter that allows you to specify, automate and test a consistent process for restoring applications and services rapidly following an outage. Site Recovery Manager supports centrally managed and automated recovery, application mobility, and non-intrusive site migration, failback and site re-protect. Site Recovery Manager also supports transparent testing for disaster recovery, updates and patches and can generate audit reports to verify complete service restoration, validate Service Level Agreements and prove compliance. Progent can provide the skills of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consulting expert to assist your organization to design, deploy, test and maintain a disaster recovery system powered by VMware SRM.
NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Platform
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery software suite that combines failover storage clustering with replication to deliver fast, zero RPO disaster recovery between sites that are as far as 300km apart from each other. Progent can provide access to a NetApp MetroCluster expert who can assist you to plan, configure, manage, update, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery system built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to choose an architecture for your MetroCluster deployment that meets your functional requirements and budget. Progent can make sure you follow best practices for configuring your MetroCluster solution by delivering guidance with tasks such as assigning disk pools and shelf IDs, determining aggregate layout, provisioning volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, installing Cisco and Brocade switches, designing a tiebreaker, setting up a configuration replication network, and verifying your MetroCluster disaster recovery solution to prove adherence with information assurance standards and regulatory requirements.
Fault Tolerant Load Balancing
Progent provides fault tolerant load balancing support that addresses system load balancing, load balanced programs, network infrastructure routing, and content delivery technology including Cisco Content Engine. High availability load balancing solutions for which Progent offers consulting services include Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Access Gateway, Cisco CSS, Cisco Content Distribution Manager and ACNS, and F5 Networks BIG-IP. To read more, see Non-stop Load Balancing.
Non-stop Internet Data Centers
Progent's Data Center professionals can show you how to select fault-tolerant data centers that meet the specific requirements of your company. Fault tolerant co-location sites are particularly attractive to small and mid-size organizations due to of their affordability and convenience in comparison to taking a do-it-yourself approach. Attempting to create an on-site data center with even a basic level of fault tolerance is too expensive for typical small businesses. Progent can help you reap all the benefits of high-availability colo sites by offering a complete array of consulting and maintenance services. To learn more, see Non-stop Internet Data Centers Expertise.
Fault Tolerant Internet Connections
Progent's Cisco-certified network experts can help you build an affordable, fault tolerant Internet connection architecture that can deliver 24x7 Internet connectivity via a wide range of high availability Internet access technologies including non-stop BGP, transparent fail-over, and redundant ISPs. Progent can provide CCIE engineers to help you utilize the latest techniques for high availability Internet connections to build an economical, completely redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other features to create fault tolerant Internet connections. To learn more, visit High Availability Internet Connectivity Architecture.
Backup and Recovery Technology Consulting Services
Progent offers economical remote support from engineers with expertise in a broad range of products and services that provide solutions for protecting Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux/UNIX servers and workstations as well as notebooks and smartphones. Progent offers help for all major backup platforms including Acronis Backup and Recovery, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, HP Data Protector, Double-Take Backup, Mozy, Retrospect for Macintosh, Apple Time Machine, VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP), and FLARs. Progent can help your company to install, enhance, or maintain backup/restore solutions for a variety of topologies including local, remote, cloud, or a mix. For details, go to Backup and Restore Technology Expertise.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Backup and Recovery Consultants
Progent's expert System Center Data Protection Manager support professionals can help you to develop an effective business continuity strategy, design a cost-effective high-availability IT architecture, deploy a System Center Data Protection Manager-based recovery solution, comprehensively validate your system, train your IT staff or local service providers how to maintain System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide extensive information technology support outsourcing including remote housing of virtual or physical SCDPM machines in Progent's secure data center facility. For more information, go to System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting Services.
Barracuda Backup Cloud and Offsite Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is an affordable, subscription-based backup/restore platform for small and medium-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup deployment can include a purpose-built hardware appliance built by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with comparable features but which uses your existing storage hardware. Barracuda Backup protects critical 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 Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consultants can provide a broad range of consulting services to assist your business to design, configure, operate and troubleshoot a BDR solution based 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 businesses a reliable and budget-friendly platform for backing up and recovering Hyper-V and VMware-based virtual machines (VMs). Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in local, offsite, multi-site, and cloud-hosted architectures and also supports cost-effective cloud backup to Azure Block Blob storage. Headline capabilities include industry-leading inline deduplication to cut backup storage needs, Continuous Data Protection with backup intervals as little as five minutes for reducing your Recovery Point Objective, advanced encryption, item-level restore capability for individual files and emails, extensive support for Windows Server Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) and vCenter for managing larger deployments, and the ability to leverage Microsoft VSS technology to back up live virtual machines with zero downtime. Progent is a certified Altaro partner and offers a wide range of consulting services to assist you to plan, install, manage and troubleshoot a backup/restore solution based on Altaro VM Backup software. To read more, visit Altaro VM Backup Consulting.
Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Backup
Double-Take Software offers a selection of products designed to deliver small companies a variety of affordable solutions for backing up and recovering business-critical applications including Microsoft Exchange Server, SQL, Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning experts have in-depth backgrounds incorporating Double-Take Software products into small business information networks to create an advanced state of availability and disaster recovery readiness at an affordable cost. For details, see Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Backup.
CRISC-Premier Network Risk Mitigation
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) program was initiated by ISACA in 2010 to verify a consultant's skills to design, deploy, and maintain information system controls to reduce network risk. Progent offers the expertise of a CRISC-certified consultant to help you to create and execute a workplace continuity or disaster recovery strategy that follows industry best practices promoted by CRISC and geared to align with your organization's risk appetite, business objectives, and budgetary guidelines. For details, go to CRISC-Premier IT risk control specialists.
Why Choose Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Certified Partner and provides specialized application support for a wide variety of business software programs, Progent can help clients to find comprehensive information technology solutions that maximize the productivity of your information system. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent can provide the expertise of certified consultants and specialists with expertise in architecting, deploying and maintaining infrastructure environments based on Cisco technology. The broad scope of Progent's IT know-how and Progent's sensitivity to the requirements of small companies make Progent the ideal resource for creating and running an affordable, fault-tolerant information system.
How to Contact Progent's Experts for Non-stop System Services
To get in touch with Progent about engineering expertise for fault tolerant infrastructure, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.