(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 2019 or Windows Server 2016, Progent can provide online and onsite Windows Server 2019 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.
Zero-Downtime Solutions Provided by Progent
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified consultants can help your company to create an affordable, zero-downtime IT architecture that addresses key challenges encompassing a broad array of networking solutions and operations including:
Workplace Recovery Planning
Progent's business continuity consultants can help you design a business continuity plan in order to resume IT functionality in the event of an information system catastrophe. Progent can help you to develop a complete disaster recovery strategy that incorporates scheduled disaster recovery assessments and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified consultants can also help you create an affordable, fault-tolerant network solution that takes into account reliability issues covering a wide array of network technologies and procedures. For details, go to Business Continuity Consulting and Support Services.
CRISC-Premier Network Risk Control
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification program was established by ISACA to validate an IT professional's skills to plan, implement, and maintain IS control mechanisms to reduce risk. Progent can provide the expertise of a CRISC-certified consultant to help your company to create and carry out a workplace continuity strategy based on leading practices promoted by CRISC and geared to align with your company's risk appetite, business goals, and IT budget. To find out more, visit CRISC-Certified network risk mitigation specialists.
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 High Availability Failover Clustering
Windows Server 2019 incorporated important enhancements in scale, performance, management, security and compliance, application compatibility, Linux support, Kubernetes technology, and hybrid combinations of on-premises and cloud resources. Headline enhancements of Microsoft Windows Server 2019 are Windows Admin Center for centralizing the management and monitoring of hybrid on-premises/cloud-hosted resources, System Insights for utilizing modern predictive intelligence to manage on-premises environments, Windows Defender ATP Exploit Guard for host-intrusion defense, container orchestration using Kubernetes, Cluster Sets for building and managing large high-availability scale-out clusters, and Microsoft's Storage Migration Service for simplifying the migration from legacy releases of Windows Server. To learn more, go to Windows Server 2019 High Availability Failover Clustering Help.
Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery consultants can help your organization to plan and deploy a disaster recovery system built around Microsoft's cloud-tested 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 performance and resilience of Failover Clusters while reducing capital investment and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for easy, affordable deployment of a stretch cluster quorum witness. To learn more, visit Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Consulting.
VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager (SRM) is an extension to VMware vCenter that allows you to define, automate and test a repeatable process for restoring applications and services rapidly following a breakdown. SRM provides centrally managed and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, and transparent site relocation, failback and re-protect. Site Recovery Manager also enables non-intrusive testing for site recovery, upgrades and patches and can generate audit reports to verify full service recovery, validate SLAs and prove disaster recovery compliance. Progent offers the support of a VCDX certified VMware SRM consultant to help you to design, configure, test and administer a disaster recovery solution powered by VMware SRM.
NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Technology
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery software suite that combines array-based storage clustering along with synchronous replication to provide rapid, zero RPO disaster recovery between datacenters located as far as 185 miles (300km) apart from each other. Progent can provide online or on-premises access to a NetApp MetroCluster expert who can assist you to plan, configure, administer, update, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery system built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you to select an architecture for your MetroCluster deployment that aligns with your functional needs and budget. Progent can make sure you adhere to best practices for installing your MetroCluster solution by delivering guidance with procedures such as assigning disk pools and shelf IDs, determining aggregate and plexes layout, setting up volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, installing switches, designing a tiebreaker mechanism, designing a TCP/IP configuration replication network between your peered clusters, and testing your MetroCluster disaster recovery system to prove adherence with information assurance standards and government mandates.
Fault Tolerant Load Balancing
Progent provides high availability load balancing consulting that addresses system load balancing, load balanced programs, LAN/WAN backbone routing, and content delivery products such as Cisco Content Engine. High availability load balancing technologies for which Progent can provide consulting services include Windows 2003 and 2008 Server Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Access Suite and Access Gateway, Cisco CSS, Cisco Content Engine and ACNS, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. To find out more, visit Fault Tolerant Load Balancing.
Progent's Data Center engineers can show you how to select zero-downtime data centers that meet the particular needs of your company. High availability co-location sites are particularly appealing to small and mid-size organizations due to of their affordability and convenience in comparison to taking a do-it-yourself strategy. Attempting to create an in-house data center with even a minimum degree of fault tolerance is too costly for the majority of small businesses. Progent is ready to show you how to get all the advantages of high-availability data centers by providing a complete array of consulting and support services. To read more, go to High-Availability Colocation Expertise.
Fault Tolerant Inter-office Networking
Progent's inter-site network infrastructure engineers can help companies create fault tolerant multi-site connections by means of fully redundant system architectures with automatic failover. Progent's Cisco-premier CCIE network engineers can plan and deploy fault-tolerant Inter-office connections supported by non-stop EIGRP network routers or fault tolerant OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how multi-path connections and transparent fail-over can provide affordable non-stop interoffice networking. To find out more, visit 24x7 Inter-office Networking.
Non-stop Internet Access
Progent's Cisco-certified network experts can show you how to build an affordable, fault tolerant Internet configuration solution that can deliver non-stop Internet connectivity through a wide range of high availability Internet network solutions including fault tolerant BGP, automatic fail-over, and redundant ISPs. Progent can provide CCIE consultants to show you how to utilize the most up-to-date techniques for 24x7 Internet connections to build an economical, fully redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other features to create fault tolerant Internet availability. To learn more, go to Fault Tolerant Internet Access Solutions.
Backup and Restore Technology Consulting Services
Progent offers affordable remote access to engineers skilled in a broad range of utilities and technologies that deliver solutions for backing up Microsoft Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX servers and desktops as well as laptops and smartphones. Progent can provide consulting support for all major data protection products such as Acronis, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist, HP Data Protector, Double-Take Software, Mozy, Retrospect, Time Machine, vSphere Data Protection, and Oracle Solaris FLARs. Progent's consultants can help you to deploy, upgrade, or troubleshoot backup/restore solutions for a range of environments including on-premises, edge to datacenter, cloud, or hybrid. For details, visit Backup and Restore Solutions Consulting Services.
System Center Data Protection Manager Backup and Restore Consulting Services
Progent's expert System Center Data Protection Manager support professionals can assist your company to develop a practical disaster recovery strategy, design an affordable fault-tolerante network infrastructure, install a System Center Data Protection Manager-powered recovery solution, comprehensively validate your system, educate your administrative staff or local service providers how to maintain Microsoft SCDPM, or provide complete information technology outsourcing services such as off-site hosting of SCDPM machines in Progent's data center. For details, visit System Center Data Protection Manager Expertise.
Barracuda Backup Multi-site and Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is an affordable, subscription backup/restore platform for small and medium-size businesses. A Barracuda Backup deployment can include a custom-designed hardware appliance built by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with similar features but which utilizes your own storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup protects vital business data produced locally, at one or more remote sites, or in the cloud. For disaster preparedness, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon AWS, or to any location with a physical or virtual Barracuda Backup appliance. Progent is a certified Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts can provide a broad array of consulting services to assist you to plan, integrate, operate and repair a BDR system built on Barracuda technology. For additional information, visit Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consultants.
ProSight Data Protection Services Altaro VM Backup Software for Data Protection and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup software provides small and mid-size organizations a reliable and affordable platform for backing up and recovering Hyper-V and VMware-powered VMs. Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in local, offsite, distributed, and cloud-hosted architectures and also supports cost-effective backup to Microsoft Azure storage. Altaro VM Backup supports advanced capabilities like Immutable Cloud Storage for enhanced recoverability from ransomware. Progent is a certified Altaro partner and can provide a broad range of remote or onsite consulting services to help you to design, deploy, optimize and troubleshoot a modern backup/restore system powered by Altaro VM Backup software. With ProSight Data Protection Services Altaro VM Backup, Progent offers a managed backup/recovery service based on Altaro VM Backup technology. For details, go to Altaro VM Backup certified consultants.
ProSight Data Protection Services 365 Total Backup Solutions for Microsoft 365
Microsoft 365 offers simple archiving but does not include native support for vital data protection services like Exchange backups or greater than 30-day point-in-time recovery for OneDrive or SharePoint. Hornetsecurity's 365 Total Backup delivers a feature-rich BDR solution for automatic backup and rapid recovery of all your organization's M365 mailboxes, Microsoft Teams Chats, SharePoint documents, OneDrive for Business files, and content on Windows endpoints. Progent is a certified Hornetsecurity/Altaro partner and has designed ProSight Data Protection Services (DPS) 365 Total Backup to provide comprehensive managed services for Hornetsecurity's 365 Total Backup product. ProSight Data Protection Services 365 Total Backup provides a low-cost backup-as-a-service (BaaS) alternative that guards M365 components against data loss or corruption caused by user or system error, malicious corruption, and malware attacks like ransomware. For more information, visit ProSight Data Protection Services 365 Total Backup services for Microsoft 365.
Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO
ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO from Progent provide small and mid-sized businesses an affordable end-to-end service for secure backup/disaster recovery. For a low monthly price, ProSight DPS ECHO automates your backup processes and allow fast recovery of vital files, apps and virtual machines that have become unavailable or damaged due to hardware breakdowns, software glitches, natural disasters, human mistakes, or malware attacks such as ransomware. ProSight DPS ECHO can help you protect, retrieve and restore files, folders, apps, system images, plus Hyper-V and VMware images. Important data can be backed up on the cloud, to an on-promises storage device, or to both. Progent's cloud backup consultants can provide world-class expertise to configure ProSight DPS ECHO to to comply with regulatory standards like HIPAA, FIRPA, and PCI and, whenever needed, can help you to recover your business-critical information. Learn more about ProSight DPS ECHO managed cloud backup and recovery.
ProSight Data Protection Services 360 Backup Services
Progent can assist you to design, deploy and troubleshoot a backup plan based on MSP360 technology. MSP360 offers file/folder or image backup/restore for virtual machines and physical machines, supports all leading public clouds, and allows you to create a backup solution with a low Recovery Time Objective and a defined RPO. With ProSight Data Protection Services 360 Backup, Progent can provide comprehensive monitoring and remote management of your backup system to protect against data loss caused by user mistakes, computer glitches, malicious users, and malware attacks like ransomware. To find out more, visit ProSight Data Protection Services 360 Backup solutions.
Consulting for Double-Take Software for Data Backup and Recovery
Double-Take Software offers a family of products intended to provide small businesses a range of affordable solutions for replicating and recovering vital applications such as Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Blackberry, and Microsoft Office SharePoint. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants have in-depth experience incorporating Double-Take Software products into small business information networks to create an advanced level of availability and business continuity capability at an affordable cost. For more information, see Consulting for Double-Take Software for Data Backup.
Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Certified Partner and provides high-level application expertise for a wide range of business software programs, Progent is able to assist customers to arrive at efficient information technology solutions that maximize the business value of your IT network. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent can provide the support of certified engineers and specialists with experience in designing, implementing and managing infrastructure solutions built on Cisco products. The depth and breadth of Progent's technical know-how and Progent's appreciation for the requirements of small companies make Progent the ideal partner for building and running a cost-effective, dependable network.
How to Access Progent's Consultants for Help with High Availability IT Systems
In order to contact Progent about professional expertise for high availability infrastructure, phone 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.