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 Non-stop Technologies Provided by Progent
Progent's certified consultants can assist your business to design an affordable, non-stop IT architecture that resolves critical challenges covering a wide array of infrastructure solutions and processes including:
Workplace Recovery Planning
Progent's disaster recovery consultants can help you create a workplace recovery strategy that will allow you to resume network functionality in case of an information network disaster. Progent can help you to define a complete disaster recovery plan that incorporates periodic disaster recovery evaluations and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified consultants can also help you create an affordable, zero-downtime system architecture that addresses reliability issues covering a wide range of infrastructure technologies and processes. To learn more, see Disaster Recovery Consulting Services.
Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services provide small and mid-sized organizations an affordable and fully managed solution for reliable backup/disaster recovery. Available at a fixed monthly price, ProSight DPS automates and monitors your backup processes and allows fast recovery of vital data, apps and virtual machines that have become lost or damaged as a result of component breakdowns, software glitches, natural disasters, human mistakes, or malware attacks such as ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you protect, retrieve 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 a local device, or to both. Progent's cloud backup consultants can provide advanced expertise to set up ProSight Data Protection Services to be compliant with government and industry regulatory requirements like HIPPA, FIRPA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when needed, can help you to restore your critical data. Read more about ProSight DPS Managed Cloud Backup and Recovery.
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity experts can help you to design a DR system built around Microsoft's most advanced 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 network-attached storage using low-cost hardware, VM Load Balancing for enhancing the performance and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while minimizing TCO and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for fast, affordable creation of a stretch cluster quorum arbitration point. For more information, go to Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Help.
Microsoft Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced world-class fault tolerance and system recovery to Microsoft's failover clustering platform. Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this foundation and delivers significant improvements offering increased scalability, better storage uptime for server applications, simpler administration, quicker automatic failover, and more flexibility for architecting clusters. To learn more, go to Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clustering Integration.
VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager is an extension to VMware vCenter that lets you orchestrate, automate and verify a repeatable runbook for restoring applications and services quickly after a breakdown. Site Recovery Manager supports centrally managed and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, plus non-disruptive site relocation, failback and site re-protect. Site Recovery Manager also enables transparent testing for disaster recovery, updates and fixes and can produce reports to confirm full service restoration, validate Service Level Agreements and prove disaster recovery compliance. Progent can provide the skills of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consulting expert to assist you to plan, deploy, test and manage a disaster recovery system powered by VMware Site Recovery Manager.
NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Technology
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery platform that uses array-based storage clustering with continual replication to provide rapid, zero data loss disaster recovery (DR) between sites located up to 185 miles (300km) apart. Progent offers online or on-premises access to a NetApp MetroCluster expert who can help you to design, configure, manage, upgrade, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery system built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to choose an architecture for your MetroCluster environment that meets your technical needs and IT budget. Progent can make sure you follow best practices for configuring your MetroCluster solution by providing help with tasks such as assigning shelf IDs, arranging aggregate and plexes layout, setting up NetApp FlexVol volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, provisioning Cisco and Brocade switches, implementing a tiebreaker, setting up a configuration replication network between your storage clusters, and testing your DR solution to prove adherence with industry standards and regulatory mandates.
Fault Tolerant Data Centers
Progent's Data Center consultants can show you how to select fault-tolerant data centers that meet the specific requirements of your company. Fault tolerant collocation sites are especially attractive to small and mid-size companies due to of their low cost and simplified logistics in comparison to pursuing a do-it-yourself strategy. Trying to build an in-house data center that offers even a minimum degree of fault tolerance is too costly for typical small businesses. Progent is ready to show you how to reap all the benefits of non-stop colocation facilities by offering a full range of consulting and support services. To find out more, go to Fault Tolerant Colocation Solutions.
Non-stop Inter-office Connectivity
Progentís interoffice network infrastructure engineers can help organizations achieve zero-downtime branch office connectivity through redundant system architectures with automatic failover. Progentís Cisco-premier CCIE engineers can plan and deploy fault-tolerant Inter-office networks based on zero-downtime EIGRP network routers or zero-downtime OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how multi-path connections and automatic fail-over can provide affordable 24x7 interoffice connectivity. To learn more, visit Failsafe Inter-office Networking.
High Availability Internet Access
Progent's Cisco-authorized network professionals can help you design an economical, fault tolerant Internet connection architecture that can achieve 24x7 Internet access via a wide range of high availability Internet network solutions including high availability BGP, automatic fail-over, and redundant ISPs. Progent can provide Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert engineers to show you how to apply the latest technology for fault tolerant Internet connectivity to create an affordable, fully redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other features to create zero-downtime Internet connections. To find out more, see 24x7 Internet Access Solutions.
Backup and Restore Technology Consulting Experts
Progent offers economical online support from consultants skilled in a broad array of products and technologies that provide solutions for protecting Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux servers and desktops plus laptops and smartphones. Progent offers help for all major backup products including Acronis Backup and Recovery, Backup Exec, BackupAssist, CrashPlan PRO, Double-Take Backup, Mozy, Retrospect for Macintosh, Apple Time Machine, VMware Data Recovery (VDR), and FLARs. Progent can assist you to deploy, enhance, or troubleshoot backup solutions for a range of topologies including local, remote, cloud, or hybrid. For more information, go to Backup and Restore Technology Consulting Services.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Backup and Recovery Consulting Experts
Progent's expert System Center Data Protection Manager support professionals can assist you to develop a practical workplace recovery plan, design an affordable fault-tolerante IT infrastructure, install a System Center Data Protection Manager-based recovery system, thoroughly test your system, educate your IT personnel or local service providers how to manage Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide extensive information technology support outsourcing including off-site hosting of Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager servers in Progent's data center. For details, go to System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Consulting and Support Services.
Barracuda Backup Multi-site and Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is an affordable, subscription-based backup/restore service for small and medium-size businesses. A Barracuda Backup solution can incorporate a purpose-built hardware appliance manufactured by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with similar features but which uses your own storage hardware. Barracuda Backup protects critical business data produced on-premises, at one or more remote locations, or in the cloud. For disaster protection, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon AWS, or to any location with a physical or virtual Barracuda appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consultants can provide a broad range of consulting services to assist you to plan, configure, manage and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery solution built on Barracuda Backup. For details, see Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting and management.
Altaro VM Backup Solutions for Backup and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup software offers small and mid-size organizations a reliable and affordable solution for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-powered VMs. Altaro VM Backup can be used for local, offsite, multi-site, and cloud-hosted architectures and also supports cost-effective backup to Azure Block Blob storage. Headline capabilities include industry-leading inline deduplication to reduce backup storage needs, Continuous Data Protection with backup intervals as little as five minutes for reducing your exposure to data loss, military-grade encryption, item-level restore options for individual files and emails, extensive support for Windows Cluster Shared Volumes and VMware vCenter for handling larger environments, and support for Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service to back up online VMs with zero downtime. Progent is a certified Altaro partner and can provide a wide range of consulting services to assist you to design, install, manage and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery solution based on Altaro VM Backup. For more information, go to Altaro VM Backup Consulting Services.
Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup/Restore
Double-Take Software offers a family of products intended to provide small and midsize companies a range of cost-effective alternatives for replicating and restoring vital workloads such as Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, Blackberry, and Microsoft SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning consultants have in-depth backgrounds incorporating Double-Take products into small business IT systems to achieve a high state of fault tolerance and business continuity readiness at a budget-friendly cost. To learn more, see Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup.
CRISC-Premier IT Risk Management
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification program was initiated by ISACA to verify a consultant's skills to design, deploy, and support information system control mechanisms to mitigate network risk. Progent can provide the services of a CRISC-certified engineer to assist you to create and carry out a business continuity or disaster recovery strategy based on leading practices promoted by CRISC and geared to match your company's risk tolerance, business objectives, and budgetary guidelines. For more information, see CRISC-Premier network risk control experts.
Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Partner and provides high-level application expertise for a broad variety of business applications, Progent can assist customers to find complete IT solutions that maximize the business value of your IT network. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent offers the services of premier consultants and specialists with experience in architecting, installing and maintaining networking solutions built on Cisco technology. The extent of Progent's IT know-how and Progent's sensitivity to the needs of small businesses make Progent the perfect resource for creating and running a cost-effective, high-availability information system.
How to Access Progent's Experts for High Availability Network Services
To get in touch with Progent about technical expertise for non-stop architecture, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.