Internet Data Centers offer an attractive option for companies with the need to host applications that are delivered to a geographically dispersed user base.
For costs that are well within the IT budget of virtually any small business (often starting as low as $100 per month), companies can immediately enjoy the advantages of housing their equipment in a professional-grade Data Center whose benefits include Internet availability that usually exceeds 99.999% uptime, dramatic savings in management expenses due to the elimination of common infrastructure failures, lighting-fast Internet connections that are usually at least 60 times faster than the fastest Internet connections available to most small businesses, the highest levels of physical security, and electrical power that is immune to blackouts, brownouts, and internal breakdown.
Data Centers offer useful features including "remote hands" capability, a service in which Data Center staff can provide rudimentary but valuable assistance such as pushing a reset button or power cycling a server. This value-added service avoids the cost of having your in-house support personnel travel to the office to perform simple troubleshooting steps. Better yet, such Data Center services are available on a 24x7 basis, 365 days a year, relieving stress and cutting expenses by dramatically simplifying the logistics required to maintain high network availability.
There are over 75 mission-critical class Internet Data Centers in Northern California, and Progent's Data Center consulting experts can help you select one that meets the particular requirements of your business, including geographic proximity, space, connectivity, affordability, and value-added features and services.
For companies concerned about the risks associated with potentially catastrophic impacts caused by major earthquakes in the Bay Area, world-class Data Centers in the Sacramento area offer close proximity to your business while significantly reducing your network's exposure to damage from seismic events.
Internet Data Centers are especially appealing to small businesses because of their affordability and feasibility in comparison to taking a do-it-yourself approach. Trying to build an in-house data center with even a minimum level of fault tolerance by installing features such as a local computer room generator for power protection, redundant air conditioning systems, multiple Internet T1 lines, and a physically secure infrastructure, is for most small businesses either impossible due to facility limitations or financially prohibitive.
By using multiple data centers, businesses can enhance not only fault-tolerance but also performance. For example, by deploying F5 Networks' BIG-IP controller in each data center to load balance a farm of web servers, and then F5's BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager (formally 3-DNS) product at each data center, Internet traffic will be spread automatically between multiple, geographically dispersed sites. The BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager routes web requests to different data centers based on their proximity to the requester, availability and current utilization/response times. This approach can accelerate application performance by up to three times, ensure that priority applications are served first, and offload expensive server cycles. For more information about Progent's support for fault tolerant technology from F5 Networks, visit Load Balancing Consulting.
Other High Availability Solutions Offered by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified support professionals can help your business to build a cost-effective, non-stop IT architecture that addresses critical problems encompassing a wide array of infrastructure solutions and processes such as:
Disaster Recovery Planning
Progent's disaster recovery professionals can help you create a workplace recovery strategy in order to resume network functionality in case of an information network disaster. Progent can help you to create a complete disaster recovery plan that includes scheduled disaster recovery assessments and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized engineers can also help you build an affordable, fault-tolerant network architecture that takes into account reliability issues covering a broad array of network technologies and processes. To learn more, see Workplace Recovery Consulting.
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). Available at a low monthly cost, ProSight DPS automates and monitors your backup activities and allows fast restoration of vital files, apps and virtual machines that have become lost or damaged as a result of hardware breakdowns, software bugs, natural disasters, human mistakes, or malicious attacks such as ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you back up, recover and restore files, folders, applications, system images/, plus Hyper-V and VMware images/. Critical data can be backed up on the cloud, to an on-promises storage device, or mirrored to both. Progent's BDR consultants can provide advanced expertise to set up ProSight DPS to to comply with government and industry regulatory requirements like HIPPA, FINRA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when necessary, can help you to restore your critical information. Learn more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Cloud Backup and Recovery.
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity experts can help you to plan and deploy a DR solution built around Microsoft's most advanced Failover Clustering technologies including Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade for non-disruptive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for crash-consistent Recovery Point Objective (RPO), Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class network-attached storage using industry-standard equipment, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for enhancing the performance and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while minimizing TCO and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for fast, economical creation of a failover cluster quorum arbitration point. For more information, go to Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Consulting.
Windows Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced enterprise-class fault tolerance and recoverability to Microsoft's failover clustering solution. Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this technology and delivers significant improvements that offer more expandability, better storage availability for server applications, streamlined management, faster failover, and additional flexibility for architecting clusters. To find out more, go to Windows Server 2012 Clustering Integration.
VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager (SRM) is a component of VMware vCenter that allows you to orchestrate, automate and verify a repeatable process for recovering services rapidly following an outage. Site Recovery Manager provides centrally controlled and automated recovery, application mobility, and transparent site migration, failback and re-protect. SRM also allows non-disruptive testing for site recovery, updates and fixes and can produce audit reports to confirm complete service restoration, validate SLAs and demonstrate DR compliance. Progent can provide the skills of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consultant to assist your organization to design, configure, test and maintain a DR solution powered by VMware Site Recovery Manager.
NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Technology
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery software suite that combines array-based storage clustering with continual replication to deliver rapid, zero data loss disaster recovery (DR) between datacenters located up to 300km away from one another. Progent can provide online or on-premises access to a certified NetApp MetroCluster expert who can assist you to plan, configure, administer, update, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery system built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to choose a topology for your MetroCluster deployment that aligns with your functional needs and IT budget. Progent can ensure you adhere to leading practices for configuring your MetroCluster environment by providing guidance with procedures such as assigning disk pools and shelf IDs, determining aggregate and plexes layout, setting up NetApp FlexVol volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, provisioning Cisco and Brocade switches, designing a tiebreaker mechanism, setting up a configuration replication network, and verifying your disaster recovery system to show adherence with information assurance standards and government requirements.
High Availability Load Balancing
Progent offers high availability load balancing consulting covering system load balancing, load balanced programs, LAN/WAN infrastructure routing, and content dispatching products including Cisco Content Engine. High availability load balancing solutions for which Progent offers consulting expertise include Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Access Gateway, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Content Engine and LocalDirector 400 series, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. To find out more, see High Availability Load Balancing.
Non-stop Inter-office Connectivity
Progentís branch office connection professionals can help companies create non-stop branch office connectivity solutions via fully redundant networks with automatic failover. Progentís Cisco-qualified CCIE engineers can design and implement fault-tolerant Inter-office networks based on non-stop EIGRP network routers or fault tolerant OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how redundant connections and transparent fail-over offers affordable non-stop interoffice connectivity. To learn more, visit Non-stop Inter-office Networking.
Fault Tolerant Internet Connectivity
Progent's Cisco-certified IT experts can help you design an affordable, high availability Internet configuration architecture that can achieve non-stop Internet connectivity via a broad range of fault tolerant Internet network solutions including high availability BGP, transparent fail-over, and multiple ISPs. Progent offers Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert professionals to show you how to apply the most advanced techniques for high availability Internet access to create an affordable, completely redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other features to deliver zero-downtime Internet access. For more information, go to Non-stop Internet Access Solutions.
Backup and Restore Solutions Consulting Services
Progent can provide economical remote access to engineers skilled in a broad array of utilities and services that provide solutions for protecting Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux/UNIX servers and workstations plus notebooks and handhelds. Progent can provide help for all major backup platforms including Acronis Backup and Recovery, Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, HP Data Protector, Double-Take Backup, MozyPro, Retrospect for Macintosh, Time Machine, VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP), and Solaris FLARs. Progent can help your company to deploy, enhance, or troubleshoot backup/restore systems for a range of environments including local, remote, cloud, or hybrid. To learn more, visit Backup and Restore Solutions Expertise.
System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Data Recovery Consulting Experts
Progent's certified System Center Data Protection Manager consultants can assist your company to develop a practical disaster recovery strategy, implement a cost-effective fault-tolerante network infrastructure, configure a Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager-powered backup and restore system, comprehensively test your system, train your IT staff or local consultants how to manage System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide extensive IT support outsourcing such as remote hosting of SCDPM servers in Progent's secure data center facility. For more information, go to Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting and Support Services.
Barracuda Backup Local, Offsite and Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription backup and disaster recovery platform for small and medium-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup deployment can incorporate a purpose-built physical appliance manufactured by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with similar functionality but which utilizes your own storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup protects vital company data produced locally, at one or multiple remote locations, 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 appliance. Progent is a certified Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts offer a wide array of consulting support services to help you to design, configure, manage and repair a backup and disaster recovery solution built on Barracuda Backup. For additional information, go to Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting.
Altaro VM Backup Software for Backup and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup software offers small and mid-size businesses a reliable and budget-friendly platform 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 environments and also enables cost-effective cloud backup to Microsoft Azure storage. Headline features include state-of-the-art inline deduplication to cut backup storage requirements, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup spacing as low as five minutes for minimizing your exposure to data loss, military-grade encryption, granular restore options for specific files and emails, extensive support for Windows Server CSV and VMware vCenter for managing larger environments, and the ability to leverage Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service to back up live virtual machines with zero downtime. Progent is an Altaro partner and offers a wide array of consulting services to help you to plan, deploy, manage and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery system powered by Altaro VM Backup. To find out more, visit Altaro VM Backup Consulting.
Consulting for Double-Take Software for Data Backup and Recovery
Double-Take Software offers a family of products designed to provide small and midsize businesses a range of affordable solutions for backing up and restoring business-critical workloads including Microsoft Exchange Server, SQL Server, Blackberry, and Microsoft SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning consultants have extensive experience incorporating Double-Take technology into small company IT networks to create a high level of fault tolerance and disaster recovery capability at a budget-friendly price. To learn more, visit Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Backup.
CRISC-qualified Network Risk Mitigation
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification program was established by ISACA in 2010 to verify an IT professional's skills to plan, implement, and maintain information system controls to reduce risk. Progent offers the expertise of a CRISC-certified engineer to assist your company to create and execute a business continuity plan that follows leading practices identified by CRISC and geared to align with your organization's risk appetite, business objectives, and budgetary guidelines. For details, see CRISC-qualified IT risk mitigation experts.
Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Partner and provides high-level application consulting for a broad range of business applications, Progent is able to help clients to find comprehensive information technology solutions that optimize the business value of your network. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent offers the services of qualified engineers and specialists with experience in designing, implementing and maintaining infrastructure environments based on Cisco products. The broad scope of Progent's technical experience and Progent's sensitivity to the requirements of small and midsize companies make Progent the perfect resource for building and running a cost-effective, high-availability information system.
How You Can Access Progent's Experts for High Availability Network Services
To get in touch with Progent about consulting help for non-stop architecture, phone 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.