(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. Progentís Microsoft certified engineers can show you how to combine Microsoftís 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.
Additional Zero-Downtime Solutions Supported by Progent
Progent's certified consulting experts can help you to create a sensible, fault-tolerant system that addresses critical problems encompassing a broad array of infrastructure technologies and processes including:
Disaster Recovery Planning
Progent's business continuity planning engineers can show you how to design a business continuity plan that will allow you to resume IT operations in the event of an information system disaster. Progent can assist you to develop a complete disaster recovery plan that incorporates periodic disaster recovery evaluations and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized consultants can also show you how to create an affordable, fault-tolerant system solution that takes into account availability issues covering a broad range of infrastructure technologies and procedures. For more information, go to Business Continuity Consulting.
Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent provide small and mid-sized businesses an affordable end-to-end solution for secure backup/disaster recovery. Available at a low monthly cost, ProSight Data Protection Services automates your backup activities and enables rapid restoration of critical files, applications and virtual machines that have become unavailable or damaged due to hardware failures, software glitches, disasters, human mistakes, or malicious attacks like ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you protect, recover and restore files, folders, apps, system images, as well as Hyper-V and VMware images/. Critical data can be protected on the cloud, to a local storage device, or mirrored to both. Progent's backup and recovery specialists can provide advanced support to configure ProSight DPS to be compliant with regulatory requirements such as HIPPA, FIRPA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when needed, can assist you to restore your business-critical data. Learn more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Cloud Backup and Recovery.
Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery consultants can help you to design a disaster recovery solution 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 low-cost hardware, VM Load Balancing for enhancing the performance and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while minimizing TCO and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for fast, affordable deployment of a failover cluster quorum arbitration point. To learn more, go to Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Support.
Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 brought enterprise-class fault tolerance and recoverability to Microsoft's clustering solution. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this technology and provides significant enhancements offering increased extensibility, non-stop disk storage availability for server applications, simpler administration, quicker failover, and additional options for architecting clusters. For more information, go to Windows Server 2012 Clustering Migration and Support.
VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager is a component of VMware vCenter that lets you define, automate and test a repeatable runbook for recovering services rapidly after an outage. Site Recovery Manager provides centrally managed and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, plus non-intrusive site relocation, failback and site re-protect. SRM also allows transparent testing for disaster recovery, updates and fixes and can produce reports to confirm complete service recovery, validate Service Level Agreements and prove compliance. Progent offers the skills of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consultant to help your organization to plan, configure, test and administer a disaster recovery system powered by VMware SRM.
NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Platform
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery software suite that uses failover storage clustering along with synchronous replication to provide fast, zero data loss disaster recovery (DR) between sites that are as far as 185 miles (300km) apart from each other. Progent can provide online or on-premises access to a NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can assist your business to design, deploy, manage, update, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery solution based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to choose a topology for your MetroCluster deployment that meets your technical needs and IT budget. Progent can make sure you adhere to best practices for configuring your MetroCluster solution by delivering help with procedures like assigning shelf IDs, determining plexes layout, setting up FlexVol 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 disaster recovery system to show adherence with industry standards and regulatory mandates.
High Availability Load Balancing
Progent provides high availability load balancing support that addresses system load balancing, load balanced programs, LAN/WAN infrastructure routing, and content delivery technology including F5 Networks 3DNS. Non-stop load balancing products for which Progent can provide consulting expertise include Windows 2003 and 2008 Server Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Presentation Server, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Content Distribution Manager and LocalDirector 400 series, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. To learn more, go to Non-stop Load Balancing.
Fault Tolerant Internet Data Centers
Progent's Data Center engineers can help you select fault-tolerant data centers that match the specific requirements of your business. High availability Internet Data Centers are particularly attractive to small and mid-size organizations because of their low cost and convenience compared to taking a do-it-yourself approach. Attempting to build an in-house data center that offers even a minimum level of fault tolerance is financially prohibitive for most small companies. Progent is ready to show you how to reap all the advantages of high-availability colocation centers by providing a complete range of engineering and maintenance services. To find out more, see Fault Tolerant Internet Data Centers Expertise.
Non-stop Inter-office Networking
Progentís inter-site network infrastructure professionals can help businesses achieve zero-downtime multi-site connectivity via redundant system architectures featuring automatic failover. Progentís Cisco-premier CCIE engineers can plan and deploy high-availability Inter-office networks based on zero-downtime EIGRP routers or non-stop OSPF configurations of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how multi-path connectivity and automatic fail-over offers economical 24x7 interoffice networking. To read more, go to 24x7 Interoffice Networking.
Fault Tolerant Internet Connectivity
Progent's Cisco-authorized network experts can show you how to create an affordable, fault tolerant Internet connection solution that can deliver non-stop Internet access through a broad range of high availability Internet access technologies including non-stop BGP, automatic fail-over, and redundant Internet Service Providers. Progent offers Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert professionals to show you how to utilize the latest technology for 24x7 Internet connections to implement an economical, completely redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other capabilities to deliver zero-downtime Internet connections. For details, go to Fault Tolerant Internet Connectivity Solutions.
Backup and Recovery Solutions Consultants
Progent can provide affordable remote access to engineers skilled in a broad array of products and technologies that deliver solutions for protecting Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux/UNIX physical and virtual servers and workstations plus laptops and smartphones. Progent offers expertise for all major data protection platforms such as Acronis Backup and Recovery, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, CrashPlan PRO, Double-Take Backup, Mozy, Retrospect for Macintosh, Time Machine, VMware Data Recovery, and FLARs. Progent can help you to implement, enhance, or maintain backup solutions for a variety of architectures such as local, edge to datacenter, cloud, or a mix. To learn more, visit Backup and Recovery Solutions Expertise.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Backup and Recovery Consulting Experts
Progent's certified Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager consultants can help you to create an effective disaster recovery strategy, implement a cost-effective fault-tolerante IT architecture, deploy a Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager-powered recovery solution, comprehensively test your DPM system, train your administrative staff or local consultants how to manage System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide extensive IT outsourcing services such as remote housing of Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager servers in Progent's data center. To read more, go to Microsoft SCDPM Consulting Services.
Barracuda Backup On-premises and Cloud Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is an affordable, subscription-based backup and disaster recovery platform for small and medium-size businesses. A Barracuda Backup solution can include a custom-designed physical storage device built by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with similar features but which uses your existing storage hardware. Barracuda Backup protects vital company data produced locally, at one or multiple remote sites, or in the cloud. For disaster protection, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon AWS, or to any site with a Barracuda Backup appliance. Progent is a certified Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts can provide a broad range of consulting services to help your business to plan, integrate, operate and troubleshoot a BDR solution built on Barracuda Backup. For details, go to Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting.
Altaro VM Backup Software for Data Protection and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup provides small businesses a reliable and budget-friendly platform for backing up and recovering Hyper-V and VMware-powered virtual machines. Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in on-premises, offsite, multi-site, and cloud architectures and also supports cost-effective cloud backup to Microsoft Azure storage. Top features include state-of-the-art Augmented Inline Deduplication to cut backup storage requirements, Continuous Data Protection with backup spacing as low as five minutes for minimizing your exposure to data loss, military-grade encryption, item-level restore capability for individual files and emails, extensive support for Windows Server Cluster Shared Volumes and for vCenter for managing larger deployments, and the ability to leverage Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to back up live VMs without downtime. Progent is a certified Altaro partner and offers a wide array of services to help you to plan, install, manage and troubleshoot a backup/restore system based on Altaro VM Backup. For details, visit Altaro VM Backup Consulting.
Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup/Restore
Double-Take Software offers a selection of tools designed to provide small and midsize businesses a range of cost-effective solutions for backing up and recovering business-critical workloads including Exchange Server, SQL Server, RIM Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning consultants have extensive backgrounds incorporating Double-Take Software technology into small business IT systems to create a high state of fault tolerance and business continuity readiness at a budget-friendly cost. To find out more, see Consulting for Double-Take Software for Data Backup.
CRISC-Premier Network Risk Control
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) program was established by ISACA in 2010 to validate an IT professional's ability to design, implement, and support IS control mechanisms to mitigate network risk. Progent can provide the services of a CRISC-certified consultant to help you to develop and execute a business continuity strategy based on industry best practices identified by CRISC and crafted to match your company's risk tolerance, business objectives, and IT budget. To read more, visit CRISC-Premier network risk management experts.
Why Choose Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Partner and offers professional application expertise for a broad variety of business applications, Progent is able to assist customers to find complete IT solutions that substantially enhance the business value of your IT network. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent offers the expertise of premier engineers and specialists with experience in architecting, deploying and managing infrastructure environments based on Cisco technology. The extent of Progent's IT know-how and Progent's familiarity with the needs of small and midsize companies make Progent a great resource for creating and running a cost-effective, dependable information system.
How to Get in Touch with Progent's Engineers for Non-stop Computing Services
To contact Progent about technical help for high availability IT design, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.