In situations where a single server or cluster can't provide the throughput required for a critical application, load balancing of multiple servers offers a solution that not only enhances performance but, as a natural byproduct, provides fault tolerance by working around failed servers in a load-balanced farm. Firewalls and routers can also be set up in a load-balanced and fault-tolerant configuration, so that failures of a single device have limited impact on overall system functionality. It is far easier for users and organizations to manage the impacts of reduced resources or bandwidth than to deal with complete outages.
Load balancing solutions area well suited for many web based applications where the front-end web servers can utilize the services of a back-end clustered SQL Server data repository. Applications such as web-based eCommerce are ideal candidates for a load-balanced configuration. Load balancing can provide greatly improved operational reliability because failed servers are transparently removed from the resource farm, thus making such failures nearly invisible to users.
Once you have established a base architecture for a load balancing environment, you have cleared the way for future growth and scalability because adding additional resources to the server farm is a seamless process.
Progent is experienced with a wide range of load balancing technologies covering server balancing, application balancing, and LAN/WAN infrastructure routing. Progent offers consulting expertise with products from the leading vendors of load balancing technology including Microsoft, Cisco, Citrix, and F-5 networks.
Windows Server 2016 Virtual Machine Load Balancing
VM Load Balancing is a new feature of Windows Server 2016 that can automatically and non-disruptively migrate virtual machines between nodes within a Failover Cluster. VM Load Balancing improves Failover Cluster availability and performance and can help you avoid the need to add physical servers to peak workloads. Virtual Machine M Load Balancing automatically determines whether a node has become over utilized and moves virtual machines from the over-committed node to an under-committed node, for example a server that has been freshly rebooted. This entails no cluster downtime, adheres to failure policies such as fault domains, and uses advanced heuristics for measuring VM memory pressure and CPU utilization of the node. Virtual Machine Load Balancing can be set up to run every 30 minutes or on demand. You can use PowerShell to pick one of three thresholds for establishing the aggressiveness of load balancing.
VM Load Balancing automatically performs live migration of virtual machines from over-utilized to under-utilized nodes
Cisco Content Services Switches and Cisco IOS-based Routers
Through content fast switching and forwarding, the Cisco CSS 11500 Series switches improve utilization, responsiveness, availability, scalability, and security of Web sites, server farms, cache clusters, and firewall systems. Load balancing is a standard functionality of the Cisco IOS router software, and is available across all router platforms. It is based on standard routing protocols, such as Routing Information Protocol (RIP), RIPv2, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), and Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (IGRP), or derived from statically configured routes and packet forwarding mechanisms. Progent's Cisco-certified network engineers can help you select and deploy a Cisco-based network infrastructure that makes good business sense for your environment and can configure Cisco's IOS Server Load Balancing (SLB) service. To find out more about Progent's Cisco consulting services, see Cisco Consulting Support.
Citrix Metaframe, Presentation Server, and Access Gateway
Citrix Presentation Server is an application delivery system offering client-side and server-side application virtualization for enhanced application performance and flexible delivery options. Citrix Presentation Server allows organizations to centralize applications and data in secure data centers, reducing costs of management and support, increasing data security, and ensuring consistently high performance. MetaFrame Secure Access Manager technology has been integrated into Citrix Access Gateway, an SSL VPN that securely delivers any application with policy-based SmartAccess control. Users have easy-to use secure access to the applications and data they need to be productive. Organizations can cost effectively extend access to datacenter resources from outside the office while maintaining control through comprehensive SmartAccess policies. Progent's Citrix-certified consultants can help you implement Citrix products to help optimize application performance and availability.
F5 Networks BIG-IP and BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager
F5 Networks' BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is an application delivery networking system featuring a set of unified application infrastructure services. BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager removes single points of failure and virtualizes the network and applications using L7 intelligence. LTM improves application performance, increases the capacity of existing infrastructure, and lowers infrastructure costs. BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager uses topology-based load balancing to inspect a user's IP and determine the most efficient data center. When users try to access a data center that is overloaded or unreachable, BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager automatically and seamlessly directs them to a secondary data center. This capability makes BIG-IP GTM especially important for enterprises that need to maintain operations in the event of a natural disaster, power failure, or any other large-scale service disruption. Learn more about Progent's disaster recovery consulting.
Additional High Availability Solutions Provided by Progent's Experts
Progent's certified consultants can help you to create a cost-effective, fault-tolerant network that resolves key challenges encompassing a wide range of networking technologies and processes including:
Business Continuity Planning
Progent's business continuity planning engineers can show you how to design a business continuity strategy that will allow you to restore IT functionality in case of an IT system disaster. Progent can assist you to develop a complete disaster recovery strategy that includes scheduled disaster recovery evaluations and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified professionals can also help you create an affordable, fault-tolerant network solution that takes into account reliability issues involving a broad range of network technologies and processes. For details, go to Business Continuity Consulting.
Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent provide small and medium-sized organizations an affordable and fully managed service for reliable backup/disaster recovery (BDR). Available at a low monthly cost, ProSight Data Protection Services automates your backup activities and allows rapid restoration of critical files, applications and virtual machines that have become lost or corrupted due to hardware breakdowns, software bugs, disasters, human mistakes, or malicious attacks such as ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you back up, retrieve and restore files, folders, applications, system images, plus Hyper-V and VMware images/. Important data can be protected on the cloud, to an on-promises storage device, or to both. Progent's BDR consultants can deliver advanced expertise to configure ProSight Data Protection Services to to comply with regulatory standards such as HIPPA, FINRA, and PCI and, when necessary, can assist you to recover your critical data. Find out more about ProSight DPS Managed Cloud Backup.
Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity experts can help your organization to design a DR solution based on Microsoft's cloud-tested Failover Clustering technologies such as Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade for non-intrusive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss Recovery Point Objective (RPO), Storage Spaces Direct for high-performance network-attached storage using low-cost equipment, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for improving the speed and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while reducing capital investment and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for easy, affordable deployment of a failover cluster quorum arbitration point. To read more, visit Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Help.
Microsoft Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced world-class availability and recoverability to Microsoft's clustering solution. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this foundation and provides significant enhancements that offer increased extensibility, non-stop disk storage uptime for server applications, streamlined administration, faster automatic failover, and additional options for architecting failover clusters. To find out more, visit Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clustering Migration and Support.
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 verify a consistent runbook for recovering services rapidly after a breakdown. Site Recovery Manager provides centrally managed and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, plus non-disruptive site relocation, failback and re-protect. SRM also supports non-disruptive testing for disaster recovery, upgrades and patches and can generate audit reports to confirm complete service restoration, validate SLAs and demonstrate disaster recovery compliance. Progent offers the skills of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consulting expert to help your organization to plan, deploy, test and manage a DR system based on VMware Site Recovery Manager.
NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Software
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery software suite that combines array-based storage clustering with synchronous replication to deliver rapid, zero data loss disaster recovery between datacenters that are up to 300km apart from each other. Progent offers the skills of a certified NetApp MetroCluster expert who can help your business to plan, deploy, manage, update, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery solution built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to select a topology for your MetroCluster deployment that aligns with your functional needs and IT budget. Progent can ensure you adhere to leading practices for installing your MetroCluster solution by providing guidance with tasks like assigning disk pools, arranging aggregate and plexes layout, setting up NetApp FlexVol volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, installing switches, implementing a tiebreaker mechanism, setting up a configuration replication network between your storage clusters, and verifying your MetroCluster DR solution to show compliance with information assurance standards and government mandates.
Zero Downtime Data Centers
Progent's Data Center engineers can help you identify fault-tolerant data centers that match the particular needs of your business. Fault tolerant colocation sites are especially attractive to small and mid-size businesses because of their affordability and simplified logistics in comparison to pursuing a do-it-yourself strategy. Attempting to build an on-site data center with even a basic degree of fault tolerance is financially prohibitive for most small companies. Progent is ready to show you how to reap all the advantages of non-stop colo sites by offering a complete range of consulting and maintenance services. For details, see Fault Tolerant Internet Data Centers Solutions.
Non-stop Inter-office Networking
Progentís interoffice connection consultants can help organizations create fault tolerant interoffice connections through redundant networks with automatic failover. Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE network engineers can plan and implement fault-tolerant Inter-office networks based on non-stop EIGRP routers or zero-downtime OSPF configurations of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how redundant connections and transparent fail-over offers affordable 24x7 interoffice connectivity. For more information, visit Non-stop Inter-office Connectivity.
Fault Tolerant Internet Connections
Progent's Cisco-certified IT professionals can help you design an economical, fault tolerant Internet configuration solution that can deliver non-stop Internet access via a wide array of high availability Internet access solutions including high availability BGP, transparent fail-over, and multiple ISPs. Progent can provide Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert professionals to help you apply the latest techniques for 24x7 Internet connectivity to create an economical, completely redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other capabilities to create zero-downtime Internet access. For details, see High Availability Internet Access Architecture.
Backup and Restore Solutions Consultants
Progent offers affordable online support from consultants skilled in a wide array of products and services that deliver solutions for backing up Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX servers and workstations as well as notebooks and handhelds. Progent offers consulting support for all major data protection platforms including Acronis, Backup Exec, BackupAssist, HP Data Protector, Double-Take Backup, Mozy, Retrospect for Macintosh, Time Machine, VMware Data Recovery, and FLARs. Progent's consultants can assist your company to deploy, upgrade, or troubleshoot backup/restore systems for a variety of topologies such as local, edge to datacenter, cloud, or a mix. For details, visit Backup and Restore Technology Consulting Services.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Data Recovery Consulting and Support Services
Progent's certified Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager support professionals can assist you to develop a practical disaster recovery strategy, implement an affordable fault-tolerante IT architecture, deploy a Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager-powered backup and restore solution, comprehensively test your system, train your IT staff or local service providers how to manage Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide complete information technology support outsourcing including off-site hosting of Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager servers in Progent's world-class data center facility. To read more, visit System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting and Support Services.
Barracuda Backup Cloud and Offsite Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription backup and disaster recovery platform for small and mid-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup solution can include a custom-designed hardware appliance built by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with comparable functionality but which utilizes your existing storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup safeguards vital business data produced locally, at one or more remote locations, or in the cloud. For disaster recovery, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon AWS, or to any site with a Barracuda appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts offer a wide range of consulting services to help you to plan, configure, manage and repair a BDR solution built on Barracuda Backup. For details, visit Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting.
Altaro VM Backup Solutions for Data Protection and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup provides small and mid-size businesses a reliable and affordable solution for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-based virtual machines (VMs). Altaro VM Backup can be used for on-premises, offsite, distributed, and cloud-hosted environments and also enables low-cost backup to Azure storage. Headline features include state-of-the-art Augmented Inline Deduplication to reduce backup storage needs, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup spacing as short as five minutes for reducing your exposure to data loss, military-grade encryption, granular restore options for specific files and emails, extensive support for Windows CSV and VMware vCenter for managing large-scale environments, and support for Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service 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, deploy, optimize and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery solution powered by Altaro VM Backup. To find out more, visit Altaro VM Backup Consulting Services.
Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup/Restore
Double-Take publishes a selection of tools intended to provide small companies a variety of affordable solutions for replicating and restoring vital workloads including Exchange, Microsoft SQL, RIM Blackberry, and Microsoft Office SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning experts have in-depth experience integrating Double-Take technology into small company information systems to create an advanced state of availability and business continuity readiness at an affordable cost. To read more, visit Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Data Backup.
CRISC-Premier IT Risk Mitigation
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) program was established by ISACA to verify an IT professional's skills to design, implement, and support information system control mechanisms to reduce risk. Progent offers the expertise of a CRISC-certified consultant to assist you to develop and execute a workplace continuity or disaster recovery plan that follows industry best practices promoted by CRISC and crafted to match your company's risk appetite, business goals, and budgetary guidelines. For more information, visit CRISC-Certified IT risk management specialists.
Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Partner and provides specialized application support for a broad variety of business applications, Progent is able to assist customers to arrive at efficient IT solutions that optimize the business value of your information system. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent offers the support of premier engineers and specialists with experience in designing, installing and troubleshooting infrastructure environments based on Cisco products. The depth and breadth of Progent's IT experience and Progent's sensitivity to the requirements of small and midsize businesses make Progent a great resource for creating and running an affordable, high-availability network.
How You Can Get Help from Progent's Consultants for Fault Tolerant System Services
If you wish to contact Progent about technical expertise for fault tolerant IT design, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.