In situations where a single server or cluster canít 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 Networksí 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.
Other Non-stop Solutions Supported by Progent
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified engineers can help you to implement a cost-effective, high-availability system that resolves key issues covering a wide range of networking solutions and operations such as:
Disaster Recovery Planning
Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants can help you design a business continuity strategy that will allow you to resume IT functionality in case of an IT network disaster. Progent can help you to create a complete disaster recovery strategy that incorporates periodic disaster recovery assessments and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized professionals can also help you build an affordable, non-stop network solution that takes into account availability issues covering a wide range of network technologies and procedures. For details, see Workplace Recovery Consulting.
Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services provide small and mid-sized businesses an affordable end-to-end service for secure backup/disaster recovery. For a fixed monthly price, ProSight Data Protection Services automates your backup activities and allows fast restoration of critical data, applications and virtual machines that have become lost or damaged due to hardware failures, software bugs, disasters, human mistakes, or malware attacks like ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you protect, recover and restore files, folders, applications, system images, plus Hyper-V and VMware virtual machine images. Important data can be backed up on the cloud, to a local device, or mirrored to both. Progent's BDR consultants can deliver world-class expertise to set up ProSight DPS to be compliant with government and industry regulatory requirements like HIPPA, FINRA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when necessary, can help you to recover your business-critical data. Learn more about ProSight DPS Managed Backup and Recovery.
Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity experts can assist you to design a disaster recovery solution based on Microsoft's latest Failover Clustering technologies such as Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade for non-disruptive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss recovery, Storage Spaces Direct for high-performance network-attached storage using commodity equipment, VM Load Balancing for improving the speed and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while minimizing capital investment and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for easy, economical creation of a stretch cluster quorum arbitration point. For details, visit Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Consulting.
Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced enterprise-class availability and recoverability to Microsoft's clustering platform. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this foundation and provides important enhancements that offer more scalability, non-stop storage uptime for server applications, streamlined administration, quicker automatic failover, and more options for architecting clusters. To find out more, visit Windows Server 2012 Clustering Integration.
VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager (SRM) is an extension to VMware vCenter that lets you define, automate and verify a repeatable runbook for restoring services quickly following an outage. SRM provides centrally controlled and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, plus transparent site migration, failback and re-protect. Site Recovery Manager also allows transparent testing for disaster recovery, upgrades and fixes and can produce audit reports to verify full service restoration, validate SLAs and demonstrate DR compliance. Progent offers the support of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consulting expert to help your organization to plan, configure, test and administer a DR system based on VMware Site Recovery Manager.
NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Platform
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery platform that uses failover storage clustering with replication to deliver fast, zero RPO disaster recovery (DR) between sites located as far as 300km apart. Progent offers online or on-premises access to a NetApp MetroCluster expert who can help you to plan, configure, administer, upgrade, test and repair a disaster recovery system based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to choose a topology for your MetroCluster environment that meets your functional requirements and IT budget. Progent can ensure you follow leading practices for configuring your MetroCluster environment by delivering guidance with procedures like assigning disk pools, determining aggregate and plexes layout, provisioning NetApp FlexVol volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, installing Cisco and Brocade switches, implementing a tiebreaker, setting up a TCP/IP configuration replication network between your peered clusters, and verifying your MetroCluster disaster recovery solution to show adherence with information assurance standards and regulatory mandates.
Zero Downtime Colocation
Progent's Data Center consultants can show you how to select fault-tolerant data centers that match the specific needs of your company. High availability colocation sites are especially attractive to small and mid-size companies because of their low cost and convenience in comparison to pursuing a do-it-yourself strategy. Trying to build an on-site data center that offers even a minimum degree of fault tolerance is too expensive for the majority of small businesses. Progent can show you how to reap all the advantages of non-stop colocation centers by providing a complete array of engineering and support services. To read more, see Fault Tolerant Internet Data Centers Solutions.
Non-stop Branch Office Networking
Progentís inter-site network infrastructure consultants can help companies create zero-downtime multi-site connections by means of fully redundant networks featuring automatic failover. Progentís Cisco-premier CCIE network engineers can design and deploy high-availability Inter-office networks based on fault tolerant EIGRP routers or non-stop OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how multi-path connectivity and automatic fail-over can provide affordable 24x7 interoffice connectivity. To learn more, go to Non-stop Interoffice Networking.
Non-stop Internet Connections
Progent's Cisco-certified IT professionals can help you build an economical, high availability Internet connection solution that can deliver 24x7 Internet access through a wide range of high availability Internet access technologies including non-stop BGP, transparent fail-over, and redundant ISPs. Progent can provide CCIE professionals to help you utilize the most up-to-date technology for fault tolerant Internet access to build an economical, completely redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other capabilities to create fault tolerant Internet availability. For details, see 24x7 Internet Access Solutions.
Backup and Recovery Technology Consulting
Progent offers economical online support from IT engineers skilled in a wide range of utilities and services that deliver solutions for protecting Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX physical and virtual servers and workstations plus laptops and smartphones. Progent offers help for all major data protection products such as Acronis, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist, CrashPlan, Double-Take, MozyPro, Retrospect, Time Machine, VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP), and Oracle Solaris FLARs. Progent's consultants can assist your company to implement, upgrade, or troubleshoot data backup solutions for a variety of architectures including local, edge to datacenter, cloud, or a mix. For more information, see Backup and Restore Technology Consulting and Support Services.
System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Data Recovery Consulting Services
Progent's certified System Center Data Protection Manager support professionals can help your company to create a practical workplace recovery strategy, implement an affordable fault-tolerante IT architecture, configure a SCDPM-based backup and recovery solution, comprehensively test your DPM system, train your IT personnel or local service providers how to maintain Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide complete information technology outsourcing services such as remote housing of System Center Data Protection Manager servers in Progent's secure data center facility. For more information, see System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Consulting and Support Services.
Barracuda Backup Multi-site and Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription backup/restore platform for small and medium-size businesses. A Barracuda Backup solution can incorporate a purpose-built physical appliance built by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with comparable features but which uses your own storage hardware. Barracuda Backup safeguards vital business data produced on-premises, at one or more 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 certified Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consultants can provide a broad range of consulting services to help your business to plan, integrate, manage and troubleshoot a BDR solution built on Barracuda technology. For additional information, go to Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consultants.
Altaro VM Backup Solutions for Data Protection and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup software provides small and mid-size organizations a dependable and budget-friendly solution for backing up and recovering Hyper-V and VMware-powered VMs. Altaro VM Backup can be used for local, remote, multi-site, and cloud environments and also supports cost-effective cloud backup to Azure storage. Top features include state-of-the-art inline deduplication to cut backup storage needs, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup spacing as little as five minutes for minimizing your exposure to data loss, advanced encryption, granular recovery capability for specific files and emails, extensive support for Windows Cluster Shared Volumes and vCenter for managing larger deployments, and the ability to leverage Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to back up live VMs with zero downtime. Progent is a certified Altaro partner and offers a broad range of services to assist you to plan, deploy, manage and troubleshoot a backup/restore solution powered by Altaro VM Backup. To find out more, see Altaro VM Backup Consulting Services.
Consulting for Double-Take Software for Data Backup
Double-Take Software publishes a family of products intended to provide small businesses a range of cost-effective alternatives for replicating and restoring vital applications such as Exchange, SQL Server, RIM Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning experts have in-depth backgrounds integrating Double-Take products into small company IT systems to create an advanced state of fault tolerance and disaster recovery capability at an affordable cost. To learn more, visit Consulting for Double-Take Software for Backup.
CRISC-Certified IT Risk Control
The CRISC certification program was initiated by ISACA in 2010 to validate an IT professional's ability to design, deploy, and maintain information system control mechanisms to mitigate network risk. Progent can provide the expertise of a CRISC-certified engineer to assist your company to develop and execute a business continuity strategy based on leading practices identified by CRISC and crafted to match your company's risk tolerance, business goals, and IT budget. For details, visit CRISC-Premier network risk mitigation specialists.
Why Choose Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Partner and provides high-level application support for a wide range of small business software programs, Progent is able to assist clients to find comprehensive information technology solutions that maximize the business value of your information system. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent can provide the services of premier engineers and specialists with expertise in architecting, installing and maintaining infrastructure environments based on Cisco products. The depth of Progent's IT know-how and Progent's appreciation for the needs of small companies make Progent a great resource for building and running a cost-effective, high-availability information system.
How You Can Get Help from Progent's Consultants for High Availability System Services
In order to contact Progent about consulting help for non-stop computing, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.