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 Fault Tolerant Solutions Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco support professionals can help your business to design a sensible, non-stop IT architecture that resolves key issues covering a wide range of networking technologies and operations including:
Disaster Recovery Planning
Progent's disaster recovery professionals can show you how to design a business continuity strategy that will allow you to restore IT functionality in case of an IT network disaster. Progent can assist you to define a complete disaster recovery strategy that incorporates scheduled disaster recovery evaluations and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized professionals can also show you how to build an affordable, zero-downtime network solution that addresses reliability issues involving a broad range of infrastructure technologies and procedures. To find out more, see Workplace Recovery Expertise.
Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services provide small and mid-sized businesses a low cost end-to-end service for secure backup/disaster recovery (BDR). For a low monthly price, ProSight Data Protection Services automates your backup processes and allows fast recovery of critical files, applications and VMs that have become unavailable or damaged due to component failures, software glitches, disasters, human error, or malware attacks such as ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you back up, retrieve and restore files, folders, apps, system images, plus Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware images/. Critical data can be protected on the cloud, to an on-promises storage device, or to both. Progent's cloud backup consultants can provide world-class expertise to set up ProSight Data Protection Services to be compliant with government and industry regulatory requirements such as HIPAA, FIRPA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, whenever needed, can assist you to recover your business-critical data. Find out more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Backup.
Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity consultants can help your organization to design a DR solution based on Microsoft's latest Failover Clustering technologies including Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-disruptive 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 enhancing the speed and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while minimizing TCO and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for fast, affordable deployment of a failover cluster quorum witness. To read more, visit Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Support.
Windows Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 brought world-class availability and recoverability to Microsoft's clustering solution. Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this technology and delivers important new and enhanced features offering increased extensibility, better disk storage availability for server applications, simpler management, quicker automatic failover, and additional flexibility for designing failover clusters. To learn more, go to Windows Server 2012 Clustering Integration.
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 verify a consistent runbook for recovering services rapidly following an outage. Site Recovery Manager supports centrally managed and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, and transparent site migration, failback and site re-protect. Site Recovery Manager also allows non-intrusive testing for site recovery, updates and fixes and can produce audit reports to confirm full service restoration, validate SLAs and demonstrate compliance. Progent offers the skills of a VCDX certified VMware SRM consulting expert to assist your organization to plan, configure, test and manage a disaster recovery solution 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 array-based storage clustering with replication to provide rapid, zero data loss disaster recovery between sites located as far as 300km apart. Progent offers online or on-premises access to a NetApp MetroCluster expert who can help your business to design, configure, manage, update, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery system built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you to choose an architecture for your MetroCluster environment that meets your technical requirements and IT budget. Progent can ensure you follow leading practices for installing your MetroCluster solution by delivering guidance with tasks such as assigning disk pools and shelf IDs, determining aggregate and plexes layout, setting up NetApp FlexVol volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, provisioning switches, designing a tiebreaker, setting up a configuration replication network between your storage clusters, and testing your disaster recovery solution to prove adherence with industry standards and government requirements.
Zero Downtime Data Centers
Progent's Data Center professionals can show you how to identify fault-tolerant data centers that meet the particular needs of your company. Fault tolerant off-site data centers are especially attractive to small and mid-size organizations due to of their affordability and simplified logistics in comparison to pursuing a do-it-yourself approach. Trying to design an on-site data center with even a minimum degree of fault tolerance is too expensive for typical small businesses. Progent can help you get all the benefits of 24x7 Internet data centers by offering a complete range of consulting and support services. To learn more, visit High-Availability Data Centers Consulting.
Fault Tolerant Branch Office Connectivity
Progentís multi-site network infrastructure consultants can help companies achieve fault tolerant branch office connectivity via fully redundant system architectures with transparent failover. Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE engineers can design and implement ultra-reliable Inter-office networks based on fault tolerant EIGRP network routers or fault tolerant OSPF configurations of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how redundant connectivity and transparent fail-over offers economical 24x7 interoffice networking. For details, visit 24x7 Interoffice Networking.
High Availability Internet Access
Progent's Cisco-authorized IT experts can help you create an economical, high availability Internet configuration solution that can deliver non-stop Internet connectivity through a broad range of high availability Internet network technologies including high availability BGP, automatic fail-over, and multiple ISPs. Progent can provide CCIE engineers to show you how to utilize the most advanced techniques for high availability Internet connectivity to implement an economical, completely redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other capabilities to create non-stop Internet availability. To read more, go to High Availability Internet Connectivity Architecture.
Backup and Restore Technology Consulting Services
Progent offers economical remote support from IT engineers skilled in a broad array of utilities and services that deliver solutions for protecting Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux physical and virtual servers and workstations as well as notebooks and smartphones. Progent offers help for all major backup products including Acronis, Backup Exec, BackupAssist, HP Data Protector, Double-Take Backup, MozyPro, Retrospect, Apple Time Machine, vSphere Data Protection, and FLARs. Progent's consultants can assist you to implement, upgrade, or troubleshoot backup solutions for a range of architectures such as local, edge to datacenter, cloud, or a mix. To learn more, go to Backup and Restore Technology Expertise.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Backup and Restore Consultants
Progent's expert Microsoft SCDPM engineers can help your company to develop an effective business continuity strategy, design an affordable high-availability IT architecture, install a Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager-based recovery system, comprehensively validate your system, train your IT staff or regular service providers how to manage Microsoft SCDPM, or provide extensive information technology outsourcing such as remote hosting of SCDPM machines in Progent's world-class data center facility. To read more, visit System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Consulting and Support Services.
Barracuda Backup Multi-site and Cloud Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is an affordable, subscription backup/restore platform for small and mid-size businesses. A Barracuda Backup solution can incorporate a custom-designed hardware appliance manufactured by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with similar features but which utilizes your own storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup safeguards vital business data produced locally, at one or multiple remote locations, or in the cloud. For disaster preparedness, 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 certified Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts offer a wide range of consulting support services to help your business to plan, integrate, operate 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 software offers small and mid-size organizations a reliable and budget-friendly platform 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 architectures and also enables cost-effective cloud backup to Azure Block Blob storage. Top capabilities include industry-leading Augmented Inline Deduplication to reduce backup storage requirements, Continuous Data Protection with backup spacing as low as five minutes for reducing your Recovery Point Objective, advanced encryption, item-level restore options for specific files and emails, support for Windows Server CSV and vCenter for managing larger environments, and support for Microsoft VSS technology to back up live VMs without downtime. Progent is an Altaro partner and offers a broad array of consulting services to help you to plan, deploy, manage and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery system powered by Altaro VM Backup. To read more, see Altaro VM Backup Consulting.
Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Data Backup/Restore
Double-Take Software publishes a selection of tools designed to provide small and midsize businesses a range of cost-effective alternatives for replicating and restoring business-critical workloads including Exchange, SQL Server, Blackberry, and Microsoft Office SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning consultants have extensive experience incorporating Double-Take Software products into small company IT systems to create a high state of fault tolerance and business continuity capability at a budget-friendly cost. For more information, visit Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Backup.
CRISC-Certified IT Risk Control
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification program was established by ISACA to verify a consultant's ability to plan, implement, and maintain information system control mechanisms to reduce network risk. Progent can provide the services of a CRISC-certified consultant to help your company to develop and execute a business continuity or disaster recovery plan that follows leading practices identified by CRISC and geared to match your company's risk appetite, business objectives, and IT budget. To read more, see CRISC-Certified network risk mitigation specialists.
Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Partner and offers professional application expertise for a wide range of small business applications, Progent is able to help clients to find efficient IT solutions that substantially enhance the business value of your IT network. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent offers the expertise of premier consultants and specialists with expertise in architecting, configuring and supporting infrastructure solutions based on Cisco technology. The breadth of Progent's IT experience and Progent's sensitivity to the requirements of small businesses make Progent the perfect partner for creating and running a cost-effective, fault-tolerant information system.
How to Get in Touch with Progent's Consultants for Fault Tolerant Network Support
In order to get in touch with Progent about consulting help for high availability computing, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.