(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 High Availability Technologies Provided by Progent's Experts
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified support professionals can help your company to build an efficient, fault-tolerant environment that resolves major challenges encompassing a wide range of networking technologies and processes such as:
Workplace Recovery Planning
Progent's business continuity professionals can show you how to design a disaster recovery plan in order to restore IT operations in the event of an IT system disaster. Progent can help you to develop a complete disaster recovery strategy that incorporates periodic disaster recovery evaluations and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified engineers can also help you build an affordable, zero-downtime network architecture that addresses reliability issues covering a wide array of network technologies and processes. To read more, see Business Continuity Consulting.
Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent provide small and mid-sized organizations a low cost and fully managed solution for reliable backup/disaster recovery (BDR). Available at a low monthly cost, ProSight Data Protection Services automates your backup processes and allows fast recovery of critical files, apps and virtual machines that have become unavailable or corrupted due to hardware 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, as well as Hyper-V and VMware images/. Important data can be backed up on the cloud, to an on-promises storage device, or mirrored to both. Progent's BDR specialists can provide advanced expertise to configure ProSight Data Protection Services to to comply with government and industry regulatory requirements such as HIPAA, FINRA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when needed, can assist you to restore your critical data. Find out more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Backup and Recovery.
Windows Server 2019 Fault-tolerant Failover Clustering
Windows Server 2019 offers significant improvements in capacity, throughput, manageability, cybersecurity, app compatibility, Linux support, container networking, and hybrid combinations of on-premises and cloud-hosted assets. Headline enhancements of Windows Server 2019 are Windows Admin Center for unifying the management of hybrid local/cloud-hosted deployments, System Insights for taking advantage of advance predictive analytics to manage on-premises environments, Windows Defender ATP Exploit Guard for host-intrusion prevention, container networking using Kubernetes, Cluster Sets technology for building and managing massive high-availability scale-out clusters, and Microsoft's Storage Migration Service for simplifying the migration from legacy releases of Windows Server. For more information, go to Windows Server 2019 High Availability Failover Clustering Expertise.
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery experts can help your organization to design a DR system based on Microsoft's latest Failover Clustering technologies including Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade for non-intrusive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss recovery, Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class storage clusters using commodity equipment, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for enhancing the speed and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while minimizing capital investment and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for easy, affordable deployment of a failover cluster quorum witness. For details, see Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Expertise.
Microsoft Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced world-class fault tolerance and recoverability to Microsoft's clustering solution. Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this technology and provides significant new and enhanced features that offer increased extensibility, non-stop storage availability for server applications, streamlined administration, faster automatic failover, and additional options for designing failover 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 is a component of VMware vCenter that allows you to define, automate and verify a repeatable process for recovering services quickly after an outage. SRM supports centrally managed and automated recovery, application mobility, and non-disruptive site relocation, failback and site re-protect. SRM also supports non-disruptive testing for site recovery, upgrades and fixes and can generate audit reports to confirm complete service recovery, validate Service Level Agreements and prove disaster recovery compliance. Progent can provide the support of a VCDX certified VMware SRM consulting expert to assist you to design, configure, test and manage a disaster recovery system 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 with continual replication to provide rapid, zero data loss disaster recovery between sites located as far as 185 miles (300km) away from one another. Progent can provide access to a certified NetApp MetroCluster expert who can help you to plan, deploy, administer, update, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery system based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you to choose a topology for your MetroCluster deployment that aligns with your technical needs and budget. Progent can make sure you adhere to best practices for configuring your MetroCluster solution by delivering help with procedures like assigning disk pools, determining plexes layout, setting up NetApp FlexVol volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, provisioning switches, implementing a tiebreaker mechanism, designing a configuration replication network, and testing your MetroCluster disaster recovery system to show compliance with industry standards and government mandates.
High Availability Load Balancing
Progent offers fault tolerant load balancing support that addresses network load balancing, load balanced applications, network backbone routing, and content delivery products including F5 Networks 3DNS. 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 LocalDirector 400 series, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. For more information, go to Non-stop Load Balancing.
Fault Tolerant Data Centers
Progent's Data Center consultants can help you identify high availability data centers that meet the specific requirements of your business. High availability Internet Data Centers are especially appealing to small and mid-size businesses due to of their low cost and convenience compared to taking a do-it-yourself approach. Attempting to build an on-site data center with even a minimum degree of fault tolerance is too expensive for the majority of small businesses. Progent can help you reap all the benefits of non-stop data centers by offering a full array of consulting and support services. To learn more, visit Fault Tolerant Data Centers Solutions.
Failsafe Interoffice Networking
Progent’s multi-site connectivity professionals can help companies achieve fault tolerant multi-site connections via fully redundant networks with transparent failover. Progent’s Cisco-premier CCIE network engineers can plan and implement ultra-reliable Inter-office networks supported by non-stop EIGRP routers or fault tolerant OSPF configurations of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how redundant connections and transparent fail-over offers economical 24x7 interoffice connectivity. For more information, see 24x7 Inter-office Connectivity.
Non-stop Internet Connectivity
Progent's Cisco-certified network engineers can help you design an affordable, high availability Internet connection solution that can achieve non-stop Internet connectivity via a wide array of fault tolerant Internet network technologies including high availability BGP, transparent fail-over, and redundant Internet Service Providers. Progent offers Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert consultants to help you apply the most advanced techniques for high availability Internet connections to implement an affordable, fully redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other capabilities to deliver fault tolerant Internet availability. For details, go to High Availability Internet Access Architecture.
Backup and Restore Solutions Consultants
Progent offers economical online support from engineers with expertise in a wide array of products and services that provide solutions for protecting Windows, Mac, and Linux physical and virtual servers and workstations plus laptops and handhelds. Progent offers expertise for all major backup platforms including Acronis Backup and Recovery, Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, CrashPlan PRO, Double-Take, Mozy, Retrospect, Apple Time Machine, VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP), and Oracle Solaris FLARs. Progent can assist you to deploy, enhance, or troubleshoot backup systems for a range of environments including local, edge to datacenter, cloud, or hybrid. For details, visit Backup and Recovery Technology Expertise.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Backup and Recovery Consulting
Progent's expert Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager support professionals can help your company to create an effective workplace recovery plan, implement a cost-effective high-availability network infrastructure, deploy a Microsoft SCDPM-based backup and restore system, comprehensively validate your system, train your administrative personnel or regular service providers how to manage Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide extensive IT support outsourcing including off-site housing of virtual or physical SCDPM servers in Progent's secure data center facility. To read more, go to System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting Services.
Barracuda Backup Multi-site and Cloud 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 custom-designed hardware appliance built by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with comparable functionality but which utilizes your existing storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup protects critical company data generated locally, at one or multiple remote sites, or in the cloud. For disaster protection, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon Web Services (AWS), or to any location with a physical or virtual Barracuda Backup appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts can provide a wide array of consulting support services to help your business to plan, integrate, manage and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery solution based on Barracuda technology. For details, visit Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting and management.
Altaro VM Backup Software for Data Protection and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup offers small organizations a reliable and budget-friendly solution for backing up and recovering Hyper-V and VMware-based virtual machines. Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in on-premises, remote, distributed, and cloud-hosted architectures and also enables cost-effective backup to Azure Block Blob storage. Headline capabilities include state-of-the-art inline deduplication to cut backup storage requirements, Continuous Data Protection with backup spacing as low as five minutes for reducing your exposure to data loss, advanced encryption, item-level restore capability for individual files and emails, support for Windows CSV and VMware vCenter for managing large-scale deployments, and support for Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to back up live virtual machines with zero downtime. Progent is a certified Altaro partner and can provide a wide range of consulting services to assist you to design, install, manage and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery system powered by Altaro VM Backup software. To find out more, see Altaro VM Backup Consulting.
Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Data Backup/Restore
Double-Take publishes a family of products designed to deliver small and midsize companies a range of affordable solutions for backing up and restoring business-critical applications including Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, RIM Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progent’s business continuity planning consultants have extensive backgrounds incorporating Double-Take products into small business IT systems to achieve an advanced state of fault tolerance and business continuity readiness at an affordable price. To read more, see Consulting for Double-Take Software for Backup.
CRISC-Premier IT Risk Management
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) program was established by ISACA to verify a consultant's skills to design, implement, and support IS controls to mitigate network risk. Progent offers the expertise of a CRISC-certified engineer to help you to develop and execute a business continuity or disaster recovery strategy that follows leading practices promoted by CRISC and crafted to align with your company's risk appetite, business objectives, and budgetary guidelines. For more information, visit CRISC-Certified IT risk control specialists.
Why Choose Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Partner and offers professional application support for a broad variety of small business applications, Progent is able to assist customers to arrive at comprehensive IT solutions that substantially enhance the productivity of your network. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent can provide the expertise of premier consultants and specialists with expertise in designing, installing and managing infrastructure solutions built on Cisco products. The broad scope of Progent's technical experience and Progent's appreciation for the needs of small and midsize businesses make Progent the ideal resource for building and running a cost-effective, high-availability information system.
How to Get in Touch with Progent's Engineers for High Availability Network Support
To contact Progent about technical assistance for high availability architecture, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.