(Note: Microsoft has terminated support for Windows Server 2003 and it is advisable to consider upgrading from this legacy OS to an up-to-date version of Windows Server. If your organization is considering moving up to Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2016, Progent can provide online and onsite Windows Server 2012 R2 planning and configuration consulting services or Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery consulting to ensure your project finishes on time and within budget. In addition, Progent's Windows Server Failover Clustering Consultants can help you a configure and troubleshoot a high-availability clustering solution based on Microsoft's latest technology.
Even with typical fault tolerant feature found in high-end server hardware, such as redundant power supplies and mirrored or RAID 5 disk arrays, failed devices must be identified and replacement components must be procured and installed. These failures can bring down a server for hours, if not days. Furthermore, during regularly scheduled software maintenance functions, servers need to be rebooted or brought off-line for an extended period. For customers who need 100% uptime, the only solution is to deploy a clustered server configuration that provides fully redundant servers for a single application.
A server cluster is a group of independent computers that work together to provide a common set of services. Windows 2003 provides this high-availability solution with the Cluster service. If a cluster node (a computer in a cluster) fails, other nodes in the cluster assume the functions of the failed node. Server clustering is an essential piece of any fault-tolerant architecture, and making large investments in communication infrastructure redundancy without providing for server redundancy defeats the value of that investment.
Progent offers Windows 2003 Server consulting to help your company implement clustered server configurations that can potentially provide 100% uptime, even for normal maintenance functions. This high-availability is possible because a single server in a cluster can be brought off-line for maintenance work without affecting users. Clustering also allows IT personal to perform critical security updates during regular business hours without reducing user productivity.
Microsoft Windows 2003 Server offers mature clustering technology. This is the third major release of Microsoft clustering technology, which was first released in 1997. Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, and Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, present a single view of the server to users, applications, and the network and both versions of Windows Server 2003 support up to eight-node clusters. Failover clustering configurations can be built around Microsoft technologies for mission-critical and collaborative applications such as Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server file and print services.
Host Clustering with Microsoft Virtual Server
Virtual Server host clustering is a technique for enhancing the capability of Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 with the server cluster support incorporated in Microsoft Windows Server 2003. By means of Virtual Server host clustering, your network can benefit from an array of services via a minimum number of actual hardware servers and, simultaneously, ensure the high availability of the provided services. In case one server requires scheduled or unscheduled downtime, another server can immediately take its place and begin supporting services. As a result, your clients experience minimal service disruption. Progent's Microsoft-certified network engineers have in-depth experience deploying and supporting Microsoft Virtual Server. For more information, refer to Consulting Services for Microsoft Virtual Server.
Server Clustering and Storage Area Networks
A storage area network (SAN) is a set of disks, tapes, and servers connected to a common infrastructure, or storage fabric, such as Fibre Channel. A SAN allows multiple servers to access a common pool of storage. This allows storage to be assigned dynamically from the pool whenever it is required. Storage on a given server can be increased or decreased as needed without complex reconfiguring or re-cabling of devices. SAN technology is a good way to build clusters where shared access to a data set is required. By deploying multiple clusters onto a single storage area network, all of the benefits of SAN technology can be brought to the cluster environment. Progent's Microsoft certified engineers can show you how to combine Microsoft's server cluster technology with storage area networking to make your network more fault tolerant and easier to manage.
Server Clustering with Microsoft Exchange
Messaging systems based on Microsoft Exchange are vital for many businesses. Unfortunately, this crucial function is vulnerable to component failure, power loss, operator errors, and natural disasters. By allowing the failover of resources, server clustering provides fault tolerance for an Exchange environment. Server clusters that use the Microsoft Cluster Service can maintain data integrity and provide failover support and high availability for mission-critical applications and services on your back-end servers, including messaging systems, databases, and file and print services.
This figure shows an example of a four-node Exchange cluster with three active nodes and a passive standby node:
Progent's Microsoft-certified Exchange experts have proven, world-class skills in designing high-availability Exchange environments and can show you how to configure an Exchange Server cluster with shared data access to data and automatic failover capabilities. For details about Exchange consulting services available from Progent, visit Microsoft Exchange Consulting Support.
Other Non-stop Solutions Supported by Progent's Experts
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco support professionals can assist you to create a sensible, zero-downtime network that addresses critical challenges covering a broad array of networking technologies and processes including:
Business Continuity Planning
Progent's disaster recovery professionals can show you how to create a workplace recovery strategy so you can resume network operations in the event of an IT system catastrophe. Progent can help you to develop a comprehensive disaster recovery plan that includes periodic disaster recovery evaluations and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified consultants can also show you how to build an affordable, non-stop network solution that takes into account reliability issues covering a wide range of infrastructure technologies and procedures. For details, see Workplace Recovery Expertise.
Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent provide small and mid-sized businesses a low cost end-to-end service for reliable backup/disaster recovery. Available at a fixed monthly cost, ProSight DPS automates and monitors your backup processes and enables rapid recovery of critical data, applications and VMs that have become unavailable or damaged due to component breakdowns, software bugs, disasters, human error, or malware attacks like ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you back up, 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 an on-promises device, or to both. Progent's BDR specialists can deliver advanced support to configure ProSight DPS to be compliant with regulatory requirements such as HIPPA, FIRPA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when necessary, can help you to recover your business-critical information. Find out more about ProSight DPS Managed Backup.
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity experts can assist you to design a DR system built around Microsoft's cloud-tested Failover Clustering technologies such as Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade for non-intrusive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for crash-consistent Recovery Point Objective (RPO), Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class storage clusters using low-cost equipment, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for improving the speed and resilience of Failover Clusters while reducing TCO and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for easy, economical creation of a stretch cluster quorum arbitration point. To learn more, see Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Support.
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced enterprise-class fault tolerance and system recovery to Microsoft's failover clustering solution. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this foundation and provides important new and enhanced features that offer increased extensibility, non-stop storage uptime for server applications, streamlined management, quicker automatic failover, and additional options for designing clusters. To learn more, see Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover 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 orchestrate, automate and verify a consistent runbook for restoring applications and services quickly following an outage. Site Recovery Manager provides centrally controlled and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, plus transparent site migration, failback and re-protect. SRM also allows non-disruptive testing for disaster recovery, updates and patches and can produce reports to confirm full service recovery, validate SLAs and demonstrate disaster recovery compliance. Progent can provide the support of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consulting expert to help your organization to plan, deploy, test and maintain a disaster recovery solution powered by VMware Site Recovery Manager.
NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Platform
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery software suite that combines array-based storage clustering along with replication to deliver rapid, zero data loss disaster recovery between datacenters that are as far as 185 miles (300km) apart. Progent offers the skills of a NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can assist your business to plan, configure, administer, 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 aligns with your functional requirements and budget. Progent can ensure you adhere to leading practices for installing your MetroCluster environment by providing guidance with procedures like assigning disk pools, determining aggregate layout, provisioning volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, installing switches, implementing a tiebreaker, designing a configuration replication network between your peered clusters, and verifying your DR system to prove compliance with industry standards and regulatory mandates.
Network Load Balancing
Progent offers high availability load balancing support that addresses network load balancing, load balanced applications, network infrastructure routing, and content delivery technology such as F5 Networks 3DNS. High availability load balancing technologies for which Progent offers consulting expertise include Microsoft Windows 2003 and 2008 Server Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Access Suite and Access Gateway, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Distributed Director and Cisco CDN Software, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. To find out more, go to Fault Tolerant Load Balancing.
Non-stop Data Centers
Progent's Data Center engineers can show you how to identify high availability data centers that meet the particular needs of your company. Fault tolerant Internet Data Centers are especially appealing to small and mid-size businesses because of their affordability and convenience in comparison to taking a do-it-yourself approach. Attempting to build an in-house data center that offers even a basic degree of fault tolerance is financially prohibitive for the majority of small organizations. Progent is ready to help you get all the benefits of high-availability colocation centers by providing a full array of engineering and support services. To learn more, visit High-Availability Colocation Consulting.
24x7 Inter-office Networking
Progentís interoffice connectivity consultants can help businesses achieve fault tolerant multi-site connections by means of redundant networks with automatic failover. Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE network engineers can design and deploy high-availability Inter-office networks supported by zero-downtime EIGRP routers or zero-downtime OSPF configurations of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how redundant connections and transparent fail-over can provide economical non-stop interoffice networking. For more information, go to Fault Tolerant Inter-office Connectivity.
Non-stop Internet Connections
Progent's Cisco-certified IT experts can help you create an economical, fault tolerant Internet connection solution that can achieve 24x7 Internet connectivity through a wide range of high availability Internet network solutions including high availability BGP, transparent fail-over, and redundant ISPs. Progent can provide Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert engineers to show you how to utilize the latest techniques for 24x7 Internet connectivity to create an economical, completely redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other features to deliver fault tolerant Internet connections. To read more, see High Availability Internet Connectivity Architecture.
Backup and Recovery Solutions Consulting and Support Services
Progent can provide economical online access to consultants skilled in a broad array of products and services that provide solutions for backing up Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux/UNIX servers and desktops plus laptops 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 Software, MozyPro, Retrospect for Macintosh, Apple Time Machine, VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP), and Solaris FLARs. Progent can assist you to install, enhance, or troubleshoot backup/restore systems for a range of architectures including local, remote, cloud-based, or a mix. To read more, see Backup and Restore Solutions Expertise.
System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Backup and Recovery Consulting
Progent's expert Microsoft SCDPM support professionals can help your company to create a practical workplace recovery strategy, design a cost-effective fault-tolerante IT architecture, install a Microsoft SCDPM-powered recovery system, thoroughly validate your system, educate your IT staff or local service providers how to maintain Microsoft SCDPM, or provide extensive IT outsourcing including off-site housing of virtual or physical SCDPM servers in Progent's data center facility. To read more, go to System Center Data Protection Manager Expertise.
Barracuda Backup Multi-site and Cloud 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 incorporate a purpose-built physical appliance manufactured by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with similar functionality but which utilizes your existing storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup safeguards vital business data produced locally, 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 physical or virtual Barracuda appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consultants can provide a broad range of consulting support services to help your business to plan, configure, operate and repair a BDR solution based on Barracuda Backup. For additional information, see Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting.
Altaro VM Backup Solutions for Backup and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup provides small and mid-size organizations a reliable and affordable solution for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-powered virtual machines (VMs). Altaro VM Backup can be used for local, remote, multi-site, and cloud-hosted architectures and also enables low-cost cloud backup to Azure storage. Top features include industry-leading inline deduplication to reduce backup storage requirements, Continuous Data Protection with backup intervals as short as five minutes for reducing your Recovery Point Objective (RPO), military-grade encryption, item-level recovery capability for specific files and emails, support for Windows CSV and vCenter for managing large-scale deployments, and the ability to leverage Microsoft VSS technology to back up online virtual machines with zero downtime. Progent is an Altaro partner and offers a broad array of services to help you to plan, deploy, optimize and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery solution powered by Altaro VM Backup software. To read more, go to Altaro VM Backup Certified Consultants.
Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup
Double-Take offers a selection of products intended to provide small companies a range of affordable alternatives for backing up and recovering vital applications such as Exchange Server, SQL Server, Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning experts have in-depth experience integrating Double-Take technology into small business information systems to create a high level of fault tolerance and business continuity readiness at a budget-friendly price. To read more, visit Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup.
CRISC-Premier Network Risk Control
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) program was initiated by ISACA in 2010 to verify a consultant's ability to plan, implement, and support IS controls to mitigate risk. Progent can provide the services of a CRISC-certified engineer to assist your company to create and execute a workplace continuity plan based on leading practices promoted by CRISC and crafted to align with your organization's risk appetite, business objectives, and budgetary guidelines. To find out more, see CRISC-Certified IT risk management experts.
Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Partner and offers high-level application expertise for a wide variety of business software programs, Progent is able to assist clients to arrive at efficient information technology solutions that maximize the productivity of your information system. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent can provide the expertise of premier engineers and specialists with expertise in architecting, implementing and managing networking environments built on Cisco technology. The breadth of Progent's technical experience and Progent's sensitivity to the requirements of small companies make Progent the perfect resource for building and running a cost-effective, high-availability information system.
How You Can Get in Touch with Progent's Consultants for Fault Tolerant Network Services
In order to contact Progent about consulting help for fault tolerant computing, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.