NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Solutions
NetApp-certified MetroCluster SolutionsMetroCluster, included with NetApp's ONTAP storage operating system, is high-availability and disaster recovery software that combines array-based clustering with synchronous replication to provide rapid, zero data loss disaster recovery between datacenters separated by up to 185 miles (300km). By synchronously mirroring volumes between storage controllers, MetroCluster allows zero Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and under two-minute Recovery Time Objective (RTO) for mission-critical applications. MetroCluster supports SAN and NAS hosts, is available in 2-, 4- and 8-node configurations, and integrates with NetApp SnapMirror for asynchronous, near-zero data lass protection for datacenters separated by longer distances. Storage costs are kept at a minimum via inline data reduction technologies including deduplication, compression, and compaction.

Progent offers online or onsite access to a NetApp subject matter expert with NCIE, NCDA and NASAP certifications who can provide advanced support to help you design, deploy, manage, optimize, update or troubleshoot a disaster recovery solution based on NetApp MetroCluster technology. Progent also offers support for other NetApp SAN and NAS storage solutions including ONTAP, SnapMirror, SnapVault and Open Systems SnapVault (OSSV), FlexPod private cloud converged infrastructure, Virtual Storage Console, MultiStore, vFiler, OnCommand Unified Manager Core with OnCommand Reporting and OnCommand Insight, plus NetApp's hybrid Flash FAS, all Flash AFF, V-Series and N-Series hardware portfolio. (See NetApp SAN Integration Consulting.)

Key Features of NetApp MetroCluster
MetroCluster provides local high-availability (HA) and rapid, single-command remote disaster recovery (DR) for an organization's storage infrastructure by connecting two clusters, one each at two geographically separated datacenters, in a bi-directional peered storage network where you can quickly switchover either cluster to handle the storage and services of the other cluster in addition its own workloads. By running the Storage Virtual Machines (SVMs) from the offline cluster on the surviving cluster, MetroCluster allows continuous access to data during an outage of a storage cluster or datacenter.

In a four-node configuration, each datacenter has a two-node failover cluster configured as a high-availability (HA) pair with mirrored non-volatile RAM (NVRAM) and multipath storage between the two local nodes. If either node in an HA pair stops working, automatic failover allows the surviving local partner to take over the offline node's operation without incurring downtime. For DR clusters at separate sites, MetroCluster supports active-active and active-passive configurations. In an active-active configuration, both sites serve independent workloads during normal operation. In an active-passive (or active standby) deployment, the cluster at a selected primary site hosts all application workloads in a steady state and switchover only occurs from the protected primary site to the backup site. In this mode, no switchover is required if the secondary site fails but resource utilization is relatively low. You can also configure local HA pairs to operate in active-passive mode.

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NetApp's MetroCluster supports bi-directional active-active disaster recovery for optima resource utilization

Switchover between clusters at different datacenters and failover between nodes in a datacenter's cluster can be planned (e.g. for non-intrusive maintenance, testing or upgrades) or unplanned, as in a site disaster. Switchback is the process by which the surviving cluster in one datacenter returns switched-over resources to the original cluster at the other datacenter. Giveback, or failback, is the process by which an offline node in local cluster is returned to a steady operational state.

To provide zero RPO disaster recovery, MetroCluster uses synchronous replication between storage clusters so that any change made at one datacenter is automatically propagated to the other datacenter. The replication process includes storage replication with NetApp SyncMirror, nonvolatile NVRAM replication, and replication of the cluster configuration. For MetroCluster to preserve the identity of the storage access paths during switchover, you must set up an L2 spanned Ethernet network and a single SAN fabric across the two datacenter sites.

MetroCluster requires both datacenters to have the same hardware and disk configurations. A variety of components from multiple vendors are supported. In a four-node deployment, each cluster uses NetApp's standard clustered Data ONTAP cluster interconnects, usually a switchless, back-to-back connection between the two HA nodes. Two Fibre Channel (FC) or FCIP switches at each datacenter connect to the HA nodes via FC initiators and FC-VI interfaces and connect to storage with SAS-to-FC bridges. (Direct-attached configurations do not require FC switches.) This allows all nodes in both clusters to see all the storage. Brocade FC switches supported by MetroCluster allow DR clusters to be up to 185 miles apart. The Clustered Data ONTAP storage OS supports both switchless configurations and a variety of cluster interconnect switches.

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Core components and connections for a 4-node MetroCluster configuration

How Progent Can Help You with MetroCluster and Other NetApp Storage Solutions
Progent's team of seasoned IT consultants can help you plan, deploy, manage, upgrade, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery solution built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you design a two-node, four-node or eight-node topology for your MetroCluster environment that aligns with your functional requirements and IT budget. Progent can make sure you follow best practices for installing your MetroCluster environment by providing help with tasks such as assigning disk pools and shelf IDs, arranging aggregate and plexes layout, provisioning NetApp FlexVol volumes, configuring NetApp Snapshot, provisioning Cisco and Brocade switches, implementing a tiebreaker, and setting up a TCP/IP configuration replication network between your peered clusters. Progent can also help you streamline the management of your MetroCluster ecosystem and non-disruptively test your disaster recovery solution to prove compliance with industry standards and government regulations. In addition, Progent offers FlexPod integration consulting to help you incorporate MetroCluster into a resilient private cloud infrastructure that consolidates servers, network fabric and storage assets for hosting critical applications.

Progent can provide as-needed expertise to guide you through occasional technical roadblocks and also offers comprehensive project management outsourcing or co-sourcing. Progent offers remote and on-premises consulting services and gives you easy access to the breadth and depth of knowledge of more than 100 veteran subject matter experts. In addition to offering the support of a NetApp-certified network architect, Progent can provide the services of a Cisco-certified CCIE network infrastructure consultant, a VMware VCDX-certified virtual networking expert, a Microsoft-certified Exchange specialist, a Citrix-certified XenDesktop consultant, and other IT consulting experts.

Other Fault Tolerant Technologies Provided by Progent's Consultants
Progent's certified consultants can assist you to design an affordable, zero-downtime information network that addresses major challenges encompassing a wide array of infrastructure technologies and processes such as:

Disaster Recovery Planning
Progent's business continuity consultants can show you how to create a business continuity strategy so you can resume network operations in case of an information network disaster. Progent can help you to create a comprehensive disaster recovery plan that incorporates scheduled disaster recovery assessments and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified professionals can also show you how to build an affordable, fault-tolerant system solution that takes into account reliability issues involving a wide range of network technologies and processes. For more information, see Business Continuity Consulting Services.

Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services provide small and medium-sized businesses an affordable and fully managed service for reliable backup/disaster recovery (BDR). For a low monthly rate, ProSight Data Protection Services automates your backup activities and allows fast recovery of critical data, applications and virtual machines that have become unavailable or corrupted due to component breakdowns, software bugs, natural disasters, human mistakes, or malware attacks like ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you protect, retrieve and restore files, folders, applications, system images, plus Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware virtual machine images. Important data can be protected on the cloud, to a local storage device, or mirrored to both. Progent's backup and recovery consultants can provide world-class expertise to configure ProSight DPS to be compliant with regulatory requirements such as HIPPA, FIRPA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, whenever needed, can help you to restore your critical information. Learn more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Cloud Backup.

Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity consultants can assist you to design a DR solution based on Microsoft's latest Failover Clustering tools including Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-intrusive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for crash-consistent Recovery Point Objective (RPO), Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class storage clusters using low-cost equipment, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for enhancing the performance and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while reducing capital investment and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for easy, economical creation of a stretch cluster quorum arbitration point. To read more, go to Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Expertise.

Microsoft Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced world-class fault tolerance and recoverability to Microsoft's clustering platform. Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this foundation and delivers important new and enhanced features offering increased scalability, non-stop disk storage uptime for server applications, easier management, faster failover, and more flexibility for designing clusters. For details, go to Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clustering Consulting Services.

VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager (SRM) is an extension to VMware vCenter that lets you define, automate and verify a repeatable process for restoring services rapidly after an outage. Site Recovery Manager provides centrally managed and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, plus transparent site migration, failback and site re-protect. SRM also allows non-disruptive testing for site recovery, updates and fixes and can produce audit reports to confirm complete service recovery, validate SLAs and demonstrate compliance. Progent can provide the support of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consultant to assist you to design, configure, test and maintain a disaster recovery system based on VMware Site Recovery Manager.

High Availability Load Balancing
Progent provides high availability load balancing consulting that addresses network load balancing, load balanced applications, network backbone routing, and content dispatching technology including F5 Networks 3DNS. Non-stop load balancing solutions for which Progent offers consulting expertise include Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Presentation Server, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Content Engine and LocalDirector 400 series, and F5 Networks BIG-IP. To read more, visit Fault Tolerant Load Balancing.

Non-stop Internet Data Centers
Progent's Data Center consultants can help you select zero-downtime data centers that match the specific needs of your company. High availability Internet Data Centers are particularly appealing 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 degree of fault tolerance is too expensive for most small organizations. Progent is ready to help you reap all the advantages of 24x7 colocation facilities by providing a complete range of engineering and maintenance services. For details, see High-Availability Colocation Consulting.

Fault Tolerant Interoffice Connectivity
Progentís branch office network infrastructure consultants can help businesses create zero-downtime multi-site connectivity solutions via fully redundant system architectures featuring automatic failover. Progentís Cisco-premier CCIE network engineers can design and deploy high-availability Inter-office connections supported by zero-downtime EIGRP network routers or zero-downtime OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how redundant connectivity and automatic fail-over offers affordable 24x7 interoffice networking. To learn more, go to Failsafe Inter-office Networking.

Non-stop Internet Access
Progent's Cisco-certified IT engineers can help you create an affordable, high availability Internet connection architecture that can deliver 24x7 Internet access through a broad array of fault tolerant Internet network solutions including fault tolerant BGP, automatic fail-over, and multiple ISPs. Progent can provide CCIE consultants to help you utilize the most advanced technology for high availability Internet connectivity to create a cost-effective, completely redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other capabilities to deliver non-stop Internet connections. To learn more, go to Non-stop Internet Connectivity Architecture.

Backup and Restore Solutions Consulting and Support Services
Progent can provide economical remote support from engineers skilled in a broad range of utilities and services that deliver solutions for protecting Microsoft Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX physical and virtual servers and workstations plus notebooks and smartphones. Progent offers help for all major backup platforms including Acronis Backup and Recovery, Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, CrashPlan, Double-Take Backup, MozyPro, Retrospect for Macintosh, Apple Time Machine, VMware Data Recovery, and Solaris FLARs. Progent can assist your company to design, enhance, or troubleshoot backup solutions for a variety of environments including local, remote, cloud-based, or hybrid. To learn more, see Backup and Restore Technology Consulting and Support Services.

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Data Recovery Consulting Services
Progent's certified System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) engineers can assist your company to create a practical business continuity strategy, implement an affordable fault-tolerante IT architecture, deploy a Microsoft SCDPM-powered backup and restore solution, thoroughly test your system, educate your IT staff or regular consultants how to maintain Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide complete information technology outsourcing services such as remote housing of SCDPM servers in Progent's world-class data center. To read more, go to System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting Services.

Barracuda Backup On-premises and Cloud Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription backup and disaster recovery platform for small and mid-size businesses. A Barracuda Backup deployment can incorporate a custom-designed physical appliance manufactured by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with similar features but which uses your own storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup safeguards vital company data generated on-premises, at one or multiple remote locations, or in the cloud. For disaster preparedness, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon AWS, or to any site with a Barracuda appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consultants can provide a broad range of consulting support services to help you to plan, integrate, operate and repair a backup and disaster recovery solution built on Barracuda technology. For additional information, see Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consultants.

Altaro VM Backup Software for Backup and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup provides small and mid-size businesses a reliable and affordable solution for backing up and recovering Hyper-V and VMware-powered VMs. Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in on-premises, offsite, multi-site, and cloud-hosted environments and also supports low-cost backup to Microsoft Azure storage. Top features include state-of-the-art Augmented Inline Deduplication to reduce backup storage requirements, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup spacing as little as five minutes for reducing your exposure to data loss, military-grade encryption, item-level recovery capability for specific files and emails, extensive support for Windows Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) and vCenter for managing larger environments, and support for Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to back up live VMs without downtime. Progent is a certified Altaro partner and offers a wide range of services to help you to design, install, optimize and troubleshoot a backup/restore system powered by Altaro VM Backup software. To read more, go to Altaro VM Backup Consulting.

Consulting for Double-Take Software for Backup/Restore
Double-Take Software publishes a selection of products intended to provide small and midsize companies a range of affordable solutions for replicating and recovering business-critical workloads including Exchange Server, SQL, RIM Blackberry, and Microsoft SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning experts have in-depth experience integrating Double-Take Software technology into small business IT networks to create an advanced state of availability and business continuity readiness at a budget-friendly cost. To learn more, go to Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Backup.

CRISC-Certified Network Risk Management
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) program was initiated by ISACA to validate a consultant's skills to plan, deploy, and support IS controls to mitigate network risk. Progent can provide the services of a CRISC-certified consultant to assist your company to create and execute a workplace continuity or disaster recovery strategy based on industry best practices promoted by CRISC and geared to align with your organization's risk appetite, business objectives, and budgetary guidelines. To learn more, visit CRISC-Premier network risk control experts.

Contact Progent for NetApp SAN Storage Solutions
If you are looking for expertise to help you design, deploy or troubleshoot a SAN storage solution based on NetApp technology, call Progent at 800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.

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