Businesses with 100 to 250 network users have traditionally been an underserved segment of the IT outsourcing market. The cost structures and service delivery models of large third-party support organizations make them too expensive for most mid-size businesses, who typically have small IT budgets with which to support IT networks whose complexity and sophistication are comparable to the information systems of larger enterprises. Progent's service delivery model, which takes full advantage of remote support, virtual office infrastructure and proactive network monitoring, dramatically reduces IT support costs while offering enterprise-level service from certified, world-class experts in a broad range of technologies.
Progent's co-sourcing services allow your business to find the right balance between in-house and outside support by leveraging the capability of your in-house IT staff with the in-depth expertise of Progent's engineers. By delivering effective support when you need it, providing specialists for critical applications, minimizing travel costs through remote support, offering unique services such as customized, automated server monitoring, and charging only for the services you use, Progent gives you an affordable way to maximize the business value of your network.
Why Progent Makes Sense for Mid-size Businesses
Progent's staff of certified IT professionals have extensive experience with enterprise networks, allowing mid-size businesses to achieve world-class IT support without having to maintain large internal IT organizations or absorb the high cost of outsourcing network support to large national service organizations.
Working with Progent allows your mid-size business to:
Unique Advantages of Working with Progent
- Avoid Turning IT Management Into Crisis Management
Companies with 100 to 250 network clients often have sophisticated, enterprise-class IT infrastructures, but rarely have internal IT staffs with the depth and breadth of technical expertise to provide all the IT support that complex networks require. Internal resources are often overworked and budgetary realities do not permit hiring additional full-time IT staff.
These environments can be subject to higher than average employee turnover, which often leads to situations where replacement support staff must focus on keeping the network running rather than enhancing it. Lacking in knowledge of the history, design, implementation, and architecture of the network, and with little time available between crises, new support staff are unlikely to be able to plan and implement effective network upgrades or migrate the system to keep up with changing business requirements.
- Let Senior Management Focus on Business, Not Network Hassles
Many mid-size businesses are aggressively moving to outsourced support models for information technology because building up large internal IT staffs seldom pays off with strategic business advantages. Attempting to handle all IT service issues in-house can bog down senior management with the details of IT problems, yielding poor returns for time invested by such top talent.
Companies need reliable, feature-rich, secure, and fault-tolerant IT environments to support their mission critical applications, but they recognize that it makes little business sense to own and build such systems themselves or to manage large internal staffs of IT personnel. Smart outsourcing or co-sourcing allows companies to concentrate their internal resources on areas that will bring them the greatest strategic and competitive advantages in the markets they serve.
- Migrate Quickly to the Best Network Technology
Periodic economic downswings have caused many IT environments to become woefully out of date as a result of IT budgets being slashed during a crisis but not adequately restored during a recovery. The starvation diets forced upon many business networks has created a burden of outdated information systems. This problem becomes apparent when the demand for new applications and customer-centric IT solutions can't be easily supported on legacy systems. Out-of-date technologies also make it difficult to benefit from modern computing paradigms such as hydrid models that combine public clouds with local datacenters.
Increasingly, companies are being challenged by upstart competitors who are not saddled with legacy environments and can quickly introduce state-of-the-art, customer-friendly applications such as web-based eCommerce, vender extranets, customer portals, BYOD, and unified communications. Often such major initiatives can't be carried out solely with existing resources. Adding to full-time head count seldom makes long-term economic sense for project-specific work, and companies typically don't have the time to bring resources up to speed for business-critical projects. In these circumstances, it can be very cost effective to engage outsourced resources that can solve problems immediately and transfer knowledge efficiently.
As a Microsoft-certified consulting firm,
Progent is recognized expert at the fundamental system software and productivity applications important to the majority of small and mid-size companies. As a Cisco-certified partner with among the largest groups of CCIE network experts in the U.S., Progent also can provide expertise for an ever more complex array of infrastructure products such as Cisco Next Generation firewalls, routers and switches, VoIP options, and wireless connectivity. In addition, Progent's
CISSP-Certified cybersecurity consultants,
CISM-qualified security engineers, CISA-certified security audit specialists and GIAC-qualified information assurance professionals can provide a business-wide view of network security. Progent can also help you create comprehensive SIEM solutions for compliance with regulatory mandates for promptly reporting security incidents.
The scope and depth of Progent's engineering team offer a unique set of advantages to businesses wishing to maximize the productivity of their information network within a realistic budget. These benefits include:
Service Delivery Options Available for Mid-size Businesses
- Best Practices
Progent’s staff of Microsoft and Cisco Premier Certified consultants average longer than a decade of real-world professional background, at the forefront of IT support, executing a wide variety of IT projects for a large array of businesses. Each Progent support professional shares a refined collection of best practices which are combined into company-wide best practices standards that Progent instills in its support staff. This means that you get not just expert technical help, but also a consultant with proven methods for using technical knowledge to repair real-world IT problems rapidly.
Find out more about Progent's best practices for network consulting.
- Value Pricing
Progent's pricing model is to charge for phone service and on-site help by the minute. Consequently, you are billed just for delivered support. Progent does not impose a more expensive rate for emergency support, and Progent does not charge for travel except for emergency calls where on-site time is less than four hours. In addition, Progent applies no service activation fee and asks no monthly commitment for services provided during regular working hours. Many service firms impose substantial minimum payments or bill in increments of fifteen minutes or longer. Progent's small pricing granularity avoids giant invoices for quick solutions so you will be less tempted to allow less critical problems to fester until they become major problems.
Find out more about Progent's value pricing for IT outsourcing.
- Full Documentation of IT Services
Progent has developed a comprehensive support reporting system that records and organizes detailed documentation for all delivered support activities. Unlike some independent consultants or local support firms who offer minimal documentation or specifics of services performed, each service provided by Progent is accompanied by comprehensive documentation. Every Progent consultant has use of the support reports given by every staff member to each client. The discipline of documenting and archiving service activity results in more efficient service and eliminates a variety of typical misfortunes such as when a service client is effectively held captive to a consultant who won’t let go of vital service information.
Find out more about Progent's documentation of IT outsourcing services.
- Knowledge Transfer
Progent practices information transfer from Progent's support experts to customers. By teaching clients to resolve problems that are within their scope, Progent can concentrate on delivering hard-to-find skills where Progent has little competition. Small businesses who utilize familiar independent service providers or who employ in-house support staffs benefit when Progent passes on knowledge about new technology and proven processes to make their networks more reliable, secure, and efficient.
Find out more about Progent's knowledge transfer services.
To suit the needs and budgets of mid-size businesses, Progent offers a variety of options for delivering support, troubleshooting and consulting services. Options include nationwide remote support, on-site service in most zip codes in the U.S., and 24x7 network monitoring with automated alerts. Find out more about Progent's
service delivery options for mid-size businesses.
ProSight Managed Services
Progent's ProSight portfolio of managed services offers end-to-end support for specific areas of IT management. These services are billed at a flat monthly rate and utilize advanced remote monitoring and management (RMM) technology to deliver enterprise-class network management solutions at budget-friendly prices.
Progent's ProSight Flat-rate Managed Services for Small and Mid-size Businesses
Progent provides a family of budget-friendly, fixed-price services designed to allow small and mid-size businesses to utilize the same cutting-edge technology deployed by many of the industry's top corporations. Progent's ProSight suite of outsourced network management services covers all critical facets of information technology such as email content filtering, security and compliance, automated backup and disaster recovery, network infrastructure monitoring and management, virtual server hosting, and IT asset documentation management. ProSight managed services offered by Progent include:
ProSight Network Audits
- ProSight Active Security Monitoring: Endpoint Protection and Ransomware Defense
ProSight Active Security Monitoring is an endpoint protection solution that utilizes next generation behavior analysis tools to defend endpoints and physical and virtual servers against new malware attacks like ransomware and email phishing, which routinely get by traditional signature-matching anti-virus tools. ProSight Active Security Monitoring safeguards local and cloud-based resources and provides a single platform to address the entire malware attack progression including blocking, detection, containment, cleanup, and post-attack forensics. Top capabilities include single-click rollback using Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service and real-time system-wide immunization against new threats. Read more about Progent's ProSight Active Security Monitoring endpoint protection and ransomware recovery.
- ProSight Enhanced Security Protection (ESP): Endpoint Protection and Exchange Email Filtering
ProSight Enhanced Security Protection (ESP) managed services deliver economical in-depth protection for physical and virtual servers, workstations, mobile devices, and Exchange email. ProSight ESP uses contextual security and advanced machine learning for round-the-clock monitoring and responding to cyber threats from all attack vectors. ProSight ESP offers firewall protection, penetration alarms, device management, and web filtering through leading-edge technologies packaged within a single agent accessible from a single console. Progent's security and virtualization consultants can help you to plan and implement a ProSight ESP deployment that addresses your organization's unique needs and that helps you prove compliance with government and industry information security standards. Progent will help you specify and configure policies that ProSight ESP will manage, and Progent will monitor your network and respond to alerts that call for immediate attention. Progent's consultants can also assist you to install and test a backup and restore system such as ProSight Data Protection Services so you can get back in business quickly from a potentially disastrous cyber attack like ransomware. Find out more about Progent's ProSight Enhanced Security Protection unified physical and virtual endpoint protection and Microsoft Exchange filtering.
- ProSight Data Protection Services: Managed Backup and Recovery
ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent provide small and medium-sized businesses a low cost and fully managed solution for reliable backup/disaster recovery. For a low monthly cost, ProSight Data Protection Services automates and monitors your backup activities and allows fast restoration of critical data, apps and VMs that have become lost or corrupted as a result of hardware breakdowns, software glitches, disasters, human mistakes, or malicious attacks like ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you protect, retrieve and restore files, folders, apps, system images, as well as Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware images/. Important data can be protected on the cloud, to a local storage device, or to both. Progent's backup and recovery consultants can deliver advanced expertise to configure ProSight Data Protection Services to to comply with regulatory standards such as HIPAA, FIRPA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when necessary, can assist you to recover your business-critical data. Read more about ProSight DPS Managed Cloud Backup.
- ProSight Email Guard: Inbound and Outbound Spam Filtering and Data Leakage Protection
ProSight Email Guard is Progent's spam filtering service that uses the infrastructure of top information security vendors to deliver centralized control and comprehensive protection for all your email traffic. The powerful structure of Progent's Email Guard managed service integrates a Cloud Protection Layer with a local security gateway appliance to provide complete protection against spam, viruses, Dos Attacks, Directory Harvest Attacks (DHAs), and other email-based threats. The Cloud Protection Layer serves as a preliminary barricade and blocks the vast majority of unwanted email from making it to your network firewall. This reduces your exposure to inbound threats and conserves network bandwidth and storage. Email Guard's on-premises gateway device provides a further layer of inspection for incoming email. For outbound email, the local gateway offers anti-virus and anti-spam protection, DLP, and email encryption. The local security gateway can also help Microsoft Exchange Server to track and safeguard internal email traffic that stays within your security perimeter. For more details, see Email Guard spam filtering and data leakage protection.
- ProSight WAN Watch: Infrastructure Management
Progent’s ProSight WAN Watch is a network infrastructure monitoring and management service that makes it simple and inexpensive for smaller organizations to map out, track, reconfigure and troubleshoot their networking appliances like switches, firewalls, and wireless controllers as well as servers, client computers and other devices. Incorporating cutting-edge Remote Monitoring and Management technology, WAN Watch ensures that network maps are kept current, captures and manages the configuration information of almost all devices on your network, monitors performance, and sends notices when problems are detected. By automating time-consuming network management activities, ProSight WAN Watch can cut hours off common tasks such as network mapping, reconfiguring your network, finding appliances that require important updates, or isolating performance problems. Learn more details about ProSight WAN Watch network infrastructure monitoring and management consulting.
- ProSight LAN Watch: Server and Desktop Monitoring
ProSight LAN Watch is Progent’s server and desktop monitoring managed service that incorporates state-of-the-art remote monitoring and management techniques to keep your network operating at peak levels by checking the health of vital assets that drive your information system. When ProSight LAN Watch uncovers a problem, an alert is sent immediately to your designated IT management staff and your assigned Progent engineering consultant so all looming problems can be resolved before they have a chance to impact your network Find out more about ProSight LAN Watch server and desktop monitoring services.
- ProSight Virtual Hosting: Hosted VMs at Progent's World-class Data Center
With ProSight Virtual Hosting service, a small business can have its key servers and applications hosted in a secure Tier III data center on a fast virtual machine host configured and maintained by Progent's IT support professionals. Under the ProSight Virtual Hosting model, the customer retains ownership of the data, the OS software, and the apps. Because the environment is virtualized, it can be moved easily to a different hosting solution without a time-consuming and technically risky configuration process. With ProSight Virtual Hosting, you are not tied a single hosting service. Find out more about ProSight Virtual Hosting services.
- ProSight IT Asset Management: Infrastructure Documentation and Password Management Services
Progent's ProSight IT Asset Management service is an IT infrastructure documentation management service that allows you to create, update, retrieve and protect data related to your network infrastructure, procedures, applications, and services. You can quickly locate passwords or IP addresses and be warned automatically about impending expirations of SSL certificates or domains. By cleaning up and managing your IT documentation, you can save as much as half of time thrown away looking for critical information about your network. ProSight IT Asset Management features a common repository for storing and sharing all documents required for managing your business network like recommended procedures and self-service instructions. ProSight IT Asset Management also offers advanced automation for collecting and associating IT data. Whether you’re making improvements, performing maintenance, or responding to an emergency, ProSight IT Asset Management delivers the information you need when you need it. Learn more details about ProSight IT Asset Management service.
Progent's ProSight Network Audits are a quick and low-cost alternative for small and mid-size businesses to get an objective evaluation of the health of their IT system. Powered by a selection of the top remote monitoring and management (RMM) platforms available, and supervised by Progent's world-class team of information technology experts, ProSight Network Audits help you see how well the configuration of your essential infrastructure devices conform to leading practices. Both the Basic and Advanced versions of ProSight Network Audit services are offered at a budget-friendly, one-time cost and provide immediate ROI such as a cleaner Active Directory system. Both also include one year of advanced remote network monitoring and management. Advantages can include lower-cost network management, better compliance with information security regulations, more efficient utilization of IT resources, quicker problem resolution, more dependable backup and restore, and higher availability. Learn more information about ProSight Network Audits network infrastructure assessment.
The ProSight Ransomware Preparedness Report
Progent's ProSight Ransomware Preparedness Report service is a low-cost service built around a phone discussion with a Progent backup/recovery consultant. The interview is designed to help evaluate your organization's preparedness either to stop or recover rapidly following an assault by a ransomware variant like Ryuk, WannaCry, NotPetya, or Hermes. Progent will consult with you personally to collect information about your current AV defense and backup platform, and Progent will then produce a written Basic Security and Best Practices Report describing how you can follow best practices to deploy a cost-effective AV and backup/recovery system that meets your company's needs. For details, see Progent's ProSight Ransomware Preparedness Report Service.
Progent offers a wide range of network security services to help businesses to identify and eliminate security vulnerabilities, defend against attacks, and recover from successful penetrations. Progent can provide remote and on-premises security consulting and also has developed economical fixed-cost security evaluation packages to complement Progent's regular by-the-minute billing. Progent's security assessment packages provide businesses with an economical way to comply with security standards mandated by state regulators or by customers.
Progent's application hosting services offer a secure, affordable, and hassle-free alternative for managing mission-critical applications by combining the dependability of a world-class data center with the expertise of Progent's Microsoft-certified support team. Progent's ProSight Virtual Hosting Service gives midsize businesses a cost-effective option for hosting a variety of software platforms and key applications in a secure, fault-tolerant data center on a high-performance virtual host configured and maintained by Progent's network support experts.
Hybrid Cloud Integration Services
Progent can provide advanced online consulting to help businesses integrate their networks with public clouds such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Google Cloud. Progent can assist organizations of all sizes to design and administer cost-effective environments that support Windows and Linux operating systems and apps in both cloud-based systems and in hybrid network models that utilize on-premises resources along with public clouds. To help you efficiently incorporate public cloud computing services into your IT ecosystem, Progent offers a variety of cloud integration services such as Office 365 integration with on-premises Exchange, Microsoft Azure planning and integration, Amazon AWS migration and support, Amazon Web Marketing Service (WMS) development and troubleshooting, and Google Cloud integration consulting. Progent has more than 20 years of experience providing high-level online consulting services and can help you successfully carry out cloud migration projects and quickly solve technical problems.
Onsite Support at the QTS Sacramento Colocation Center
The QTS (formerly Herakles) Internet Data Center is situated in the seismically-stable Natomas neighborhood of Sacramento. For businesses currently utilizing the QTS Sacramento data center as a colocation facility or planning on migrating their primary or disaster recovery system to the QTS data center, Progent can provide a range of affordable services that include data center migration, equipment deployment and upgrades, network optimization, comprehensive project management, virtual server expertise, remote network monitoring, streamlined network administration, software development, disaster recovery planning, data security evaluation, and the use of Progent's Test Lab. Find out more about Progent's QTS data center consulting services.
The Progent Test Lab
The Progent Test and Design Lab is a room at the QTS Internet Data Center with a variety of dedicated computers and network support equipment that can be utilized remotely or on premises to accommodate piloting, evaluations, capacity modeling, troubleshooting, business continuity simulation, education, and additional purposes to help Progent's clients successfully carry out major IT initiatives. Learn more about Progent's Test Lab at the QTS Data Center.
Progent can provide expert consulting to help midsize businesses efficiently deploy advanced virtual server platforms in order to save money, improve reliability, and streamline disaster recovery. Progent offers VMware vSphere integration, VMware Site Recovery Manager consulting, VMware NSX virtual network design and deployment, Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V consulting, Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V planning and deployment, and Citrix XenServer expertise. For delivering virtual Windows desktops and applications, Progent's Citrix-certified engineers can provide Citrix XenDesktop support and Citrix XenApp consulting. Progent's engineers can help midsize businesses design networks that get the full benefit of virtualization, implement virtual servers and desktops to enhance network performance, dependability, and manageability while cutting expenses, create and validate business continuity procedures that reduce downtime in the event of a catastrophic network failure, and provide continuing consulting and support for virtualized environments.
Microsoft System Center Operations Manager-based Network Support Packages
Progent has developed special Network Support Packages based on the automated problem detection and analysis capabilities of Microsoft System Center Operations Manager, a powerful network management platform that monitors the reliability, throughput, and security of your network servers and alerts you to problems before they can impact your productivity. Progent's Network Support Packages also include network evaluation, security assessment, Help Desk support, and the design of secure data links between your system and Progent's support engineers. Find out more about Progent's special Network Support Packages for cost-effective IT support outsourcing.
For concise details about Progent's IT support packages, check out our Datasheets for IS Outsourced Services and Network Monitoring Packages, accessible in PDF files for easy printing.
For an example of how Microsoft Operations Manager helped a business achieve enterprise-class network management, read the
Microsoft Operations Manager Case Study.
To contact Progent about Network Support Packages for mid-size businesses, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.