(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.
Additional Fault Tolerant Technologies Offered by Progent's Consultants
Progent's certified consulting experts can help you to design an affordable, fault-tolerant information network that resolves key issues covering a broad range of networking solutions and operations including:
Business Continuity Planning
Progent's disaster recovery planning professionals can help you design a workplace recovery strategy so you can restore IT functionality in case of an IT network disaster. Progent can assist you to develop a complete disaster recovery strategy that includes scheduled disaster recovery evaluations and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized professionals can also help you create an affordable, fault-tolerant network solution that addresses reliability issues covering a wide array of infrastructure technologies and procedures. To learn more, see Disaster Recovery Consulting Services.
Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent provide small and mid-sized businesses a low cost and fully managed solution for reliable backup/disaster recovery. For a fixed monthly price, ProSight DPS automates and monitors your backup activities and enables fast restoration of vital files, apps and virtual machines that have become unavailable or damaged due to hardware breakdowns, software bugs, natural disasters, human error, or malicious attacks like ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you back up, retrieve and restore files, folders, apps, system images, as well as Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware virtual machine images. Critical data can be backed up on the cloud, to an on-promises storage device, or to both. Progent's backup and recovery specialists can provide world-class expertise to set up ProSight DPS to be compliant with government and industry regulatory requirements such as HIPAA, FINRA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, whenever needed, can assist you to restore your business-critical data. Read more about ProSight DPS Managed Cloud Backup.
Windows Server 2019 Fault-tolerant Failover Clustering
Windows Server 2019 features significant enhancements in capacity, performance, management, cybersecurity, app compatibility, Linux co-existence, container networking, and hybrid combinations of local and cloud assets. Headline new features of Windows Server 2019 are Windows Admin Center for centralizing the management and monitoring of hybrid on-premises/cloud-hosted deployments, System Insights for taking advantage of advance predictive intelligence to control on-premises networks, Windows Defender ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) Exploit Guard for host-intrusion defense, container orchestration with Kubernetes, Cluster Sets technology for deploying and administering massive non-stop scale-out clusters, and Storage Migration Service for simplifying the migration from legacy versions of Windows Server. For more information, go to Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Fault-tolerant Failover Clustering Expertise.
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 DR system built around Microsoft's most advanced Failover Clustering tools including Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-disruptive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for crash-consistent recovery, Storage Spaces Direct for high-performance storage clusters using industry-standard equipment, VM Load Balancing for improving the performance and resilience of Failover Clusters while minimizing TCO and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for fast, affordable creation of a stretch cluster quorum witness. To read more, go to Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Consulting.
Microsoft Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced world-class fault tolerance and system recovery to Microsoft's failover clustering solution. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this foundation and provides important enhancements that offer more expandability, non-stop disk storage uptime for server applications, simpler administration, quicker failover, and additional options for designing failover clusters. To learn more, visit 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 allows you to define, automate and test a repeatable workflow for restoring services rapidly after an outage. SRM supports centrally managed and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, and non-intrusive site migration, failback and site re-protect. SRM also supports non-intrusive testing for disaster recovery, upgrades and patches and can produce audit reports to confirm full service restoration, validate Service Level Agreements and prove compliance. Progent can provide the skills of a VCDX certified VMware SRM consulting expert to assist your organization to plan, configure, test and manage a DR solution powered by VMware Site Recovery Manager.
NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Technology
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery software suite that combines array-based storage clustering along with continual replication to provide fast, zero RPO disaster recovery (DR) between sites that are up to 185 miles apart. Progent offers online or on-premises access to a NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can assist your business to plan, deploy, manage, upgrade, test and repair a disaster recovery system built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to choose an architecture for your MetroCluster deployment that aligns with your functional needs and IT budget. Progent can make sure you adhere to best practices for configuring your MetroCluster solution by delivering guidance with procedures like assigning disk pools and shelf IDs, determining plexes layout, setting up volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, installing switches, designing a tiebreaker, designing a TCP/IP configuration replication network, and testing your DR solution to show compliance with industry standards and government mandates.
Fault Tolerant Load Balancing
Progent offers fault tolerant load balancing consulting that addresses system load balancing, load balanced applications, LAN/WAN backbone routing, and content dispatching products such as Cisco Content Engine. High availability load balancing products for which Progent offers consulting services include Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Presentation Server, Cisco CSS, Cisco Distributed Director and ACNS, and F5 Networks BIG-IP. For details, visit Non-stop Load Balancing.
High-Availability Internet Data Centers
Progent's Data Center engineers can show you how to select zero-downtime data centers that match the specific requirements of your business. High availability colocation sites are particularly attractive to small and mid-size businesses due to of their low cost and simplified logistics compared to pursuing a do-it-yourself approach. Trying to build an on-site data center with even a minimum level of fault tolerance is too expensive for most small businesses. Progent is ready to show you how to reap all the advantages of 24x7 Internet data centers by offering a full range of engineering and maintenance services. To find out more, see Non-stop Colocation Expertise.
24x7 Inter-office Networking
Progentís inter-site connectivity engineers can help businesses create non-stop multi-site connectivity by means of redundant networks with automatic failover. Progentís Cisco-premier CCIE network engineers can design and implement ultra-reliable Inter-office networks based on fault tolerant EIGRP network routers or zero-downtime OSPF configurations of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how multi-path connections and transparent fail-over can provide affordable non-stop interoffice connectivity. To find out more, visit Fault Tolerant Interoffice Networking.
Non-stop Internet Connections
Progent's Cisco-certified network engineers can help you create an economical, high availability Internet connection solution that can deliver non-stop Internet access through a wide range of fault tolerant Internet network solutions including fault tolerant BGP, transparent fail-over, and multiple ISPs. Progent offers CCIE engineers to help you apply the most advanced techniques for high availability Internet connectivity to create an economical, fully redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other capabilities to create zero-downtime Internet availability. To read more, see 24x7 Internet Connectivity Architecture.
Backup and Recovery Technology Consulting Services
Progent can provide affordable remote support from IT engineers with expertise in a broad array of utilities and technologies that provide solutions for backing up Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux/UNIX servers and desktops as well as notebooks and smartphones. Progent offers help for leading backup products including Acronis, Backup Exec, BackupAssist, CrashPlan, Double-Take Software, Mozy, Retrospect, Time Machine, VMware Data Recovery, and Oracle Solaris FLARs. Progent can assist your company to install, upgrade, or troubleshoot backup/restore solutions for a variety of architectures including on-premises, edge to datacenter, cloud-based, or a mix. To learn more, go to Backup and Recovery Solutions Consulting and Support Services.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Backup and Restore Consulting Experts
Progent's certified System Center Data Protection Manager support professionals can help your company to develop a practical workplace recovery strategy, design an affordable high-availability network infrastructure, install a SCDPM-based recovery system, thoroughly test your system, train your administrative staff or regular service providers how to maintain SCDPM, or provide extensive information technology outsourcing services such as off-site hosting of System Center Data Protection Manager servers in Progent's secure data center. For details, see System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting and Support Services.
Barracuda Backup Multi-site and Cloud Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is an affordable, subscription backup/restore platform for small and mid-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup solution can include a custom-designed hardware appliance built by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with comparable functionality but which utilizes your existing storage hardware. Barracuda Backup protects vital company 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 Barracuda appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consultants can provide a broad array of consulting support services to assist you to design, integrate, manage and repair a backup and disaster recovery solution built on Barracuda technology. For more information, go to Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting and management.
Altaro VM Backup Solutions for Backup and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup provides small organizations a reliable and affordable platform for backing up and recovering Hyper-V and VMware-based VMs. Altaro VM Backup can be used for local, remote, distributed, and cloud-hosted environments and also enables cost-effective cloud backup to Microsoft Azure Block Blob storage. Headline features include state-of-the-art inline deduplication to reduce backup storage needs, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup intervals as low as five minutes for minimizing your Recovery Point Objective, advanced encryption, item-level recovery options for specific files and emails, support for Windows CSV and vCenter for managing larger deployments, and support for Microsoft VSS technology to back up live virtual machines without downtime. Progent is a certified Altaro partner and offers a broad array of consulting services to help you to design, deploy, manage and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery solution powered by Altaro VM Backup. For more information, go to Altaro VM Backup Consulting.
Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Backup
Double-Take Software publishes a selection of products intended to deliver small and midsize businesses a variety of affordable solutions for backing up and restoring business-critical workloads such as Exchange Server, SQL Server, Blackberry, and Microsoft Office SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning experts have in-depth backgrounds incorporating Double-Take Software products into small company IT systems to create a high level of fault tolerance and disaster recovery readiness at a budget-friendly price. To find out more, visit Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Backup.
CRISC-Certified Network Risk Control
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) program was established by ISACA to validate a consultant's ability to design, deploy, and support IS control mechanisms to reduce network risk. Progent can provide the expertise of a CRISC-certified engineer to help you to create and carry out a business continuity or disaster recovery plan that follows industry best practices promoted by CRISC and geared to align with your organization's risk tolerance, business objectives, and IT budget. To learn more, visit CRISC-Premier IT risk control specialists.
Why Choose Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Partner and provides professional application consulting for a broad range of small business applications, Progent is able to assist customers to find comprehensive IT solutions that optimize the productivity of your IT network. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent can provide the expertise of premier consultants and specialists with experience in designing, installing and managing networking solutions built on Cisco technology. The breadth of Progent's IT experience and Progent's sensitivity to the requirements of small companies make Progent the perfect partner for creating and running an affordable, fault-tolerant information system.
How to Contact Progent's Experts for Non-stop Computing Support
To get in touch with Progent about technical expertise for fault tolerant computing, call 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.