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 baseline network software and office productivity applications important to the majority of small and medium-size companies. As a Cisco-authorized partner with one of the biggest teams of CCIE network engineers in the country, Progent also offers expertise for an ever more complex array of infrastructure technologies such as Cisco Next Generation firewalls, switches, routers, VoIP solutions, and wireless connectivity. In addition, Progent's
CISSP-Premier cybersecurity consultants,
CISM-authorized security engineers, CISA-certified security audit consultants and GIAC-qualified information assurance experts offer a company-wide view of system security. Progent can also help you create advanced SIEM solutions so you can comply with regulatory requirements for reporting security events.
The breadth and size of Progent's engineering staff offer a unique set of advantages to companies trying to maximize the business value of their IT network within a realistic budget. These advantages include:
Service Delivery Options Available for Mid-size Businesses
- Best Practices
Progentís team of Microsoft and Cisco Premier Certified consultants average longer than a decade of real-world professional experience, at the forefront of IT support, performing a broad variety of IT projects for an extensive mix of customers. Every Progent consultant shares a proven set of leading practices which are incorporated into company-wide best practices standards that Progent teaches its support personnel. This ensures that you get not just world-class IT help, but also a support engineer with field-tested approaches for applying computer knowledge to fix actual IT problems efficiently.
Find out more about Progent's best practices for network consulting.
- Value Pricing
Progent's pricing model is to bill for phone support and in-person help by the minute. Consequently, you are invoiced exclusively for delivered services. Progent does not impose a more expensive rate for urgent service, and Progent does not bill for travel except for emergency support where on-site work is less than 4 hours. Also, Progent imposes no service activation charge and requires no retainer for support services provided during regular working hours. Many support organizations impose substantial minimum payments or bill in increments of fifteen minutes or more. Progent's small billing granularity eliminates huge bills for quick repairs so you will be less tempted to allow less critical issues to stay unaddressed until they grow into major problems.
Find out more about Progent's value pricing for IT outsourcing.
- Full Documentation of IT Services
Progent has created a sophisticated support reporting system that records and organizes complete documentation for all delivered services. Unlike many independent consultants or local support organizations who provide minimal documentation or specifics of services done, each service delivered by Progent is accompanied by comprehensive documentation. Each Progent staff member has access to the service documentation given by each consultant to every client. The practice of documenting and organizing support records results in more effective support and avoids a variety of common problems such as when a support client is effectively held hostage to a consultant who refuses to let go of the keys to the kingdom.
Find out more about Progent's documentation of IT outsourcing services.
- Knowledge Transfer
Progent practices information transfer from Progent's support experts to clients. By educating clients to resolve problems that are within their scope, Progent is able to concentrate on providing hard-to-find services where Progent faces few competitors. Small companies who utilize familiar independent service providers or who employ in-house IT staffs benefit when Progent passes on information about new technology and proven processes to make their networks more reliable, secure, and productive.
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 Fixed-price Managed Services for Small and Medium Size Organizations
Progent offers a selection of budget-friendly, flat-rate managed services designed to allow small and mid-size businesses to benefit from the same best-of-breed IT solutions deployed by many of the industry's leading corporations. Progent's ProSight line of outsourced network management services addresses all key areas of modern networking including email protection, security and compliance, automated backup and disaster recovery, network infrastructure health monitoring, virtual server hosting, and network 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 (ASM) is an endpoint protection (EPP) service that utilizes next generation behavior-based analysis tools to guard endpoints as well as physical and virtual servers against modern malware assaults like ransomware and email phishing, which easily escape legacy signature-based AV products. ProSight ASM safeguards on-premises and cloud-based resources and offers a unified platform to automate the complete malware attack lifecycle including protection, detection, containment, cleanup, and post-attack forensics. Top capabilities include single-click rollback using Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) and real-time system-wide immunization against new attacks. Find out more about Progent's ProSight Active Security Monitoring (ASM) endpoint protection and ransomware recovery.
- ProSight Enhanced Security Protection (ESP): Physical and Virtual Endpoint Protection and Microsoft Exchange Email Filtering
Progent's ProSight Enhanced Security Protection (ESP) services offer affordable multi-layer security for physical servers and virtual machines, workstations, smartphones, and Exchange email. ProSight ESP uses contextual security and advanced machine learning for round-the-clock monitoring and reacting to security threats from all attack vectors. ProSight ESP provides two-way firewall protection, intrusion alarms, device control, and web filtering through cutting-edge technologies incorporated within a single agent accessible from a single control. Progent's security and virtualization experts can assist you to plan and configure a ProSight ESP deployment that meets your organization's unique requirements and that helps you achieve and demonstrate compliance with legal and industry information security regulations. Progent will assist you specify and configure policies that ProSight ESP will manage, and Progent will monitor your network and react to alerts that require immediate action. Progent's consultants can also help your company to install and verify a backup and restore solution like ProSight Data Protection Services (DPS) so you can recover rapidly from a destructive cyber attack like ransomware. Find out more about Progent's ProSight Enhanced Security Protection unified physical and virtual endpoint security and Exchange email filtering.
- ProSight Data Protection Services: Managed Backup and Disaster Recovery
ProSight Data Protection Services provide small and mid-sized businesses an affordable and fully managed service for secure backup/disaster recovery. Available at a low monthly cost, ProSight DPS automates and monitors your backup processes and enables rapid restoration of critical files, applications and virtual machines that have become unavailable or damaged due to component failures, software bugs, disasters, human mistakes, or malicious attacks such as ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you protect, retrieve and restore files, folders, apps, system images, plus Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware images/. Important data can be backed up on the cloud, to an on-promises device, or mirrored to both. Progent's backup and recovery consultants can provide world-class support to configure ProSight DPS to to comply with government and industry regulatory standards such as HIPAA, FIRPA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, whenever necessary, can help you to recover your critical information. 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 and email encryption service that incorporates the technology of top information security vendors to provide centralized management and world-class protection for all your email traffic. The powerful structure of Progent's Email Guard managed service combines cloud-based filtering with a local security gateway device to offer complete protection against spam, viruses, Dos Attacks, Directory Harvest Attacks, and other email-borne malware. Email Guard's cloud filter serves as a preliminary barricade and blocks most unwanted email from making it to your security perimeter. This reduces your vulnerability to external threats and saves system bandwidth and storage. Email Guard's onsite security gateway appliance provides a deeper level of analysis for inbound email. For outgoing email, the on-premises gateway offers anti-virus and anti-spam filtering, DLP, and email encryption. The on-premises security gateway can also assist Exchange Server to track and protect internal email that originates and ends inside your corporate firewall. For more details, see ProSight Email Guard spam filtering and data leakage protection.
- ProSight WAN Watch: Network Infrastructure Remote Monitoring and Management
Progentís ProSight WAN Watch is an infrastructure management service that makes it easy and inexpensive for smaller organizations to diagram, monitor, optimize and debug their networking hardware such as routers and switches, firewalls, and load balancers plus servers, endpoints and other networked devices. Using state-of-the-art Remote Monitoring and Management technology, ProSight WAN Watch ensures that network diagrams are kept updated, captures and displays the configuration of virtually all devices on your network, tracks performance, and sends notices when issues are detected. By automating tedious network management activities, WAN Watch can knock hours off common chores like making network diagrams, expanding your network, locating appliances that need important updates, or isolating performance problems. Learn more about ProSight WAN Watch infrastructure monitoring and management services.
- ProSight LAN Watch: Server and Desktop Remote Monitoring Services
ProSight LAN Watch is Progentís server and desktop monitoring managed service that incorporates state-of-the-art remote monitoring and management techniques to keep your network running efficiently by checking the state of vital assets that drive your information system. When ProSight LAN Watch uncovers a problem, an alert is transmitted immediately to your designated IT personnel and your Progent consultant so that any potential issues can be addressed before they can disrupt productivity Learn more about ProSight LAN Watch server and desktop monitoring services.
- ProSight Virtual Hosting: Hosted VMs at Progent's Tier III Data Center
With Progent's ProSight Virtual Hosting service, a small organization can have its critical servers and apps hosted in a secure fault tolerant data center on a high-performance virtual machine host configured and maintained by Progent's network support experts. Under Progent's ProSight Virtual Hosting service model, the customer owns the data, the operating system platforms, and the applications. Because the environment is virtualized, it can be moved easily to an alternate hardware solution without requiring a lengthy and technically risky configuration process. With ProSight Virtual Hosting, you are not tied one hosting provider. Find out more about ProSight Virtual Hosting services.
- ProSight IT Asset Management: Infrastructure Documentation and Password Management
Progent's ProSight IT Asset Management service is a cloud-based IT documentation management service that makes it easy to capture, maintain, retrieve and protect data about your IT infrastructure, processes, business apps, and services. You can instantly find passwords or IP addresses and be warned about impending expirations of SSL certificates or domains. By updating and managing your IT infrastructure documentation, you can eliminate as much as 50% of time wasted trying to find vital information about your IT network. ProSight IT Asset Management includes a centralized repository for holding and sharing all documents related to managing your network infrastructure such as standard operating procedures (SOPs) and self-service instructions. ProSight IT Asset Management also supports a high level of automation for gathering and associating IT data. Whether youíre planning enhancements, doing maintenance, or responding to a crisis, ProSight IT Asset Management gets you the information you require as soon as you need it. Learn more about ProSight IT Asset Management service.
Progent's ProSight Network Audits are a fast and affordable way for small and medium-size businesses to obtain an unbiased evaluation of the health of their network. Based on a selection of the top remote monitoring and management (RMM) tools in the industry, and supervised by Progent's world-class team of information technology experts, ProSight Network Audits show you how closely the configuration of your core infrastructure devices conform to industry best practices. The Basic and Advanced versions of ProSight Network Audit services are available at a low, one-time cost and provide instant ROI such as a cleaner Active Directory system. Both versions also come with one year of state-of-the-art remote network monitoring and management. Benefits can include easier management, improved compliance with information security requirements, more efficient utilization of network resources, faster problem resolution, more reliable backup and recovery, and higher availability. Learn more information about ProSight Network Audits network infrastructure review.
The ProSight Ransomware Preparedness Report
The ProSight Ransomware Preparedness Report is a low-cost service centered on a brief phone interview with a Progent information assurance consultant. The fact-finding interview is designed to assess your organization's ability either to stop or recover quickly after an assault by a ransomware variant such as Ryuk, WannaCry, MongoLock, or Hermes. Progent will work with you personally to gather information concerning your current antivirus tools and backup platform, and Progent will then produce a custom Basic Security and Best Practices Report document describing how you can follow best practices to create an efficient security and backup/recovery system that meets your business requirements. For details, visit The ProSight Ransomware Preparedness Report.
Shared Help Desk Services
Progent's Co-managed Help Desk service is designed for organizations with 50 to 500 end users and allows your IT team to divide Service Desk support transparently between your in-house IT service team and Progent's extensive pool of certified IT support technicians, engineers, and subject matter experts. Progent's Shared Service Desk is a joint IT service solution built around the leading shared PSA platform for administering IT service requests, issuing trouble tickets, designating ownership, monitoring progress, and generating management reports.
Ransomware Protection, Cleanup and Operational Continuity Services
Progent offers the expertise of a veteran team of ransomware removal and business recovery consultants with the knowledge and background to defend your network against ransomware assaults and rebuild your system after a crypto-ransomware breach. Progent's group of certified cybersecurity professionals possess the wide range of skills needed to restore the functionality of a compromised network efficiently while delivering additional services such as settlement negotiations and forensics. To find out about Progent's ransomware protection and recovery services, see Progent's ransomware removal and business restoration services.
Progent can help your business with any aspect of creating a high-functioning work-at-home environment including infrastructure, VoIP PBX expertise, voice/video conferencing, collaboration platforms, cloud integration, Help Desk services, security and compliance, data protection, and unified management. To find out about Progent's teleworker support services, refer to Progent's work-from-home integration services.
Wi-Fi LAN Predictive Modeling and On-premises Wireless Site Surveys
Progent's Wi-Fi site survey services can help your company to plan, install, optimize, and debug a Wi-Fi network of any size and for any environment, providing your business a wireless LAN that offers the signal quality, speed, density, coverage, security, and robustness your business needs. Wi-Fi site survey services from Progent include online predictive modeling for designing a Wi-Fi solution, and in-person survey services for verifying, tuning, and troubleshooting your current Wi-Fi network. Find out more about Progent's Wi-Fi predictive modeling and on-site survey services.
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 on our network support packages, refer to our Spec Sheets for IT Outsourcing and Server Monitoring Packages, available in Adobe Acrobat files for convenient downloading.
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.