(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.
Other Fault Tolerant Technologies Offered by Progent
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco consultants can assist you to implement a cost-effective, fault-tolerant information network that resolves major problems covering a wide array of infrastructure technologies and operations including:
Business Continuity Planning
Progent's disaster recovery engineers can help you design a business continuity strategy in order to resume network operations in the event of an information system disaster. Progent can assist you to create a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy that includes periodic disaster recovery evaluations and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified consultants can also show you how to build an affordable, fault-tolerant network solution that takes into account availability issues involving a broad array of network technologies and procedures. To read more, go to Disaster Recovery Consulting Services.
Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent offer small and mid-sized businesses a low cost end-to-end service for reliable backup/disaster recovery. Available at a low monthly rate, ProSight Data Protection Services automates and monitors your backup activities and allows rapid recovery of vital files, applications and VMs that have become unavailable or damaged as a result of hardware failures, software bugs, disasters, human mistakes, or malware attacks such as ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you back up, recover and restore files, folders, applications, system images, as well as Hyper-V and VMware images/. Important data can be protected on the cloud, to an on-promises device, or mirrored to both. Progent's backup and recovery specialists can provide world-class support to set up ProSight DPS to be compliant with government and industry regulatory standards like HIPPA, FINRA, and PCI and, whenever needed, can help you to recover your business-critical data. Read more about ProSight DPS Managed Cloud Backup and Recovery.
Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity experts can help you to design a disaster recovery solution built around Microsoft's most advanced Failover Clustering tools including Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade for non-intrusive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss Recovery Point Objective (RPO), Storage Spaces Direct for high-performance storage clusters using low-cost equipment, VM Load Balancing for enhancing the speed and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while minimizing TCO and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for fast, economical deployment of a failover cluster quorum witness. To read more, visit Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Expertise.
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Windows Server 2008 R2 brought world-class availability and system recovery to Microsoft's failover clustering solution. Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this technology and delivers important improvements that offer more extensibility, better storage uptime for server applications, simpler management, faster automatic failover, and additional flexibility for designing failover clusters. To learn more, go to Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clustering Consulting and Support.
VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager is an extension to VMware vCenter that lets you specify, automate and verify a repeatable runbook for recovering applications and services quickly following a breakdown. Site Recovery Manager supports centrally managed and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, and transparent site migration, failback and re-protect. SRM also supports non-intrusive testing for site recovery, upgrades and fixes 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 Site Recovery Manager consulting expert to help your organization to design, deploy, test and administer a disaster recovery system based on VMware Site Recovery Manager.
NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Software
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery platform that uses failover storage clustering with continual replication to deliver rapid, zero data loss disaster recovery (DR) between datacenters located up to 185 miles apart. Progent can provide the skills of a NetApp MetroCluster expert who can assist your business to plan, deploy, administer, update, test and repair a disaster recovery system based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you to select an architecture for your MetroCluster environment that aligns with your technical requirements and budget. Progent can make sure you follow best practices for installing your MetroCluster solution by providing guidance with procedures like assigning shelf IDs, arranging plexes layout, provisioning NetApp FlexVol volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, provisioning switches, implementing a tiebreaker, designing a configuration replication network, and verifying your MetroCluster disaster recovery system to show adherence with information assurance standards and regulatory mandates.
Fault Tolerant Load Balancing
Progent provides high availability load balancing support covering system load balancing, load balanced programs, network infrastructure routing, and content delivery technology including F5 Networks 3DNS. Fault tolerant load balancing solutions for which Progent offers consulting services include Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Access Suite and Access Gateway, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Content Distribution Manager and LocalDirector 400 series, and F5 Networks BIG-IP. For more information, go to High Availability Load Balancing.
High-Availability Internet Data Centers
Progent's Data Center engineers can show you how to find zero-downtime data centers that match the particular needs of your business. Fault tolerant Internet Data Centers are particularly appealing to small and mid-size organizations due to of their low cost and convenience in comparison to pursuing a do-it-yourself strategy. Attempting to build an in-house data center with even a basic degree of fault tolerance is financially prohibitive for typical small organizations. Progent can help you get all the advantages of 24x7 colo sites by offering a full range of engineering and support services. For details, visit Non-stop Colocation Expertise.
High-Availability Interoffice Networking
Progentís branch office connectivity professionals can help companies create zero-downtime interoffice connections through fully redundant system architectures featuring automatic failover. Progentís Cisco-premier CCIE engineers can plan and deploy fault-tolerant Inter-office connections based on non-stop EIGRP routers or fault tolerant OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how multi-path connectivity and automatic fail-over can provide affordable 24x7 interoffice networking. To learn more, visit Non-stop Inter-office Connectivity.
Fault Tolerant Internet Connectivity
Progent's Cisco-certified network experts can show you how to create an economical, fault tolerant Internet configuration solution that can deliver non-stop Internet access through a broad array of fault tolerant Internet access technologies including non-stop BGP, automatic fail-over, and multiple Internet Service Providers. Progent offers CCIE professionals to show you how to utilize the most advanced techniques for fault tolerant Internet connectivity to implement a cost-effective, completely redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other capabilities to deliver zero-downtime Internet availability. For details, visit Fault Tolerant Internet Access Architecture.
Backup and Restore Technology Consulting Experts
Progent can provide affordable online support from IT engineers skilled in a broad array of utilities and technologies that provide solutions for protecting Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux/UNIX physical and virtual servers and workstations plus notebooks and handhelds. Progent can provide help for all major data protection products such as Acronis Backup and Recovery, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist, CrashPlan, Double-Take, Mozy, Retrospect, Time Machine, vSphere Data Protection, and FLARs. Progent's consultants can assist you to install, upgrade, or maintain backup solutions for a range of environments including on-premises, remote, cloud, or hybrid. For details, go to Backup and Restore Solutions Consulting and Support Services.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Data Recovery Consulting Experts
Progent's certified System Center Data Protection Manager engineers can help you to create a practical disaster recovery strategy, design an affordable fault-tolerante IT architecture, configure a Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager-based backup and restore system, thoroughly test your system, train your administrative personnel or local service providers how to maintain Microsoft SCDPM, or provide extensive IT outsourcing such as remote housing of Microsoft SCDPM servers in Progent's world-class data center facility. For more information, go to Microsoft SCDPM Expertise.
Barracuda Backup Cloud and Offsite Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is an affordable, subscription-based backup/restore platform for small and mid-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup deployment can incorporate a custom-designed hardware appliance built by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with similar functionality but which uses your existing storage hardware. Barracuda Backup protects 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 can provide a broad array of consulting services to help you to plan, integrate, operate and repair a BDR solution built on Barracuda technology. For more information, go to Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consultants.
Altaro VM Backup Solutions for Data Protection and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup software offers small organizations a reliable and budget-friendly platform for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-based virtual machines. Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in local, remote, distributed, and cloud-hosted environments and also supports low-cost cloud backup to Microsoft Azure Block Blob storage. Headline capabilities include state-of-the-art Augmented Inline Deduplication to reduce backup storage requirements, Continuous Data Protection with backup spacing as short as five minutes for reducing your Recovery Point Objective, advanced encryption, item-level recovery capability for specific files and emails, support for Windows Server Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) and vCenter for managing larger deployments, and the ability to leverage Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to back up live virtual machines with zero downtime. Progent is an Altaro partner and can provide a wide array of consulting services to assist you to design, install, optimize and troubleshoot a backup/restore solution based on Altaro VM Backup. For details, see Altaro VM Backup Consulting.
Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup/Restore
Double-Take Software publishes a selection of tools intended to deliver small and midsize businesses a range of cost-effective alternatives for replicating and restoring vital applications such as Exchange, SQL, Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning consultants have extensive experience integrating Double-Take technology into small company IT systems to achieve a high level of availability and disaster recovery capability at a budget-friendly cost. For more information, visit Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup.
CRISC-Certified IT Risk Control
The CRISC certification program was established by ISACA in 2010 to verify an IT professional's skills to plan, implement, and maintain IS controls to mitigate network risk. Progent can provide the services of a CRISC-certified engineer to help your company to develop and execute a workplace continuity plan based on industry best practices promoted by CRISC and geared to match your organization's risk appetite, business goals, and IT budget. To read more, see CRISC-Premier network risk control experts.
Why Choose Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Certified Partner and offers professional application consulting for a wide range of business applications, Progent can help customers to find complete IT solutions that optimize the business value of your information system. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent offers the expertise of premier engineers and specialists with experience in designing, installing and supporting networking environments based on Cisco products. The depth of Progent's IT know-how and Progent's sensitivity to the needs of small and midsize companies make Progent the perfect resource for building and maintaining a cost-effective, dependable network.
How You Can Get Help from Progent's Consultants for Fault Tolerant Computing Support
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