Most companies with more than one office have some type of IP-based interoffice communications method. Common connectivity solutions include legacy frame relay lines, private T1 circuits, managed VPN, private IP, and unmanaged Internet VPNs. Communications failures for these interoffice links can significantly downgrade business productivity.
Loss of interoffice connectivity means that users in remote offices are cut-off from key central systems and can be left without the ability to perform even the most basic day-to-day functions required to carry out critical business transactions. As a result, customers are disappointed, orders are delayed, and the afflicted business pays for workers to wait for the network to come back online.
The vast majority of small business interoffice communications infrastructures have virtually no fault tolerance. A single downed communications line or a single router failure can bring vital business processes to a halt. All too often, single-point failures can take hours, and occasionally days, to repair. Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE engineers have the knowledge and experience to design and implement sophisticated fault-tolerant architectures for interoffice connectivity. Progent's consultants are expert at fault-tolerant Cisco router configuration based on Interior Gateway Protocols including OSPF, or Open Shortest Path First, and EIGRP, or Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol.
The explosion of low-cost Internet connectivity options provides new opportunities to create affordable, truly fault-tolerant, fully redundant interoffice connections that seamlessly failover in the event of a single-point breakdown. In the past, the high cost of private T1 lines often exceeded reasonable cost/risk assessments for small businesses. But with the diverse selection of low-cost DSL, cable modem, and wireless ISP connections now available, companies can craft cost-effective solutions that offer protection from single points of failure. By utilizing the advanced fault-tolerant features available in Ciscoís IOS operating system, critical failures can be made invisible to users. With proper alert mechanisms, in-house IT resources or outside consultants can work efficiently to restore primary communications links without working under the intense pressure associated with crippling outages.
The business case for implementing fault-tolerant interoffice connectivity has never been more compelling. Low-cost DSL links can be configured as a backup to expensive T1 private lines for as little as 1/20th of the monthly operating cost of the primary link. The availability of business-class wireless links makes it possible to create a fault-tolerant communications architecture that completely eliminates the risk of rare but debilitating wired network failures, such as fiber cuts caused by construction work, or traffic accidents that take down utility poles or telephone wiring junction boxes. These solutions are affordably priced and offer acceptable performance in failover situations.
Additional Non-stop Technologies Offered by Progent's Consultants
Progent's certified engineers can help your company to create an affordable, zero-downtime IT architecture that addresses critical problems covering a wide range of infrastructure solutions and operations including:
Workplace Recovery Planning
Progent's business continuity engineers can show you how to create a business continuity strategy so you can resume IT operations in the event of an information network disaster. Progent can help you to define a comprehensive disaster recovery plan that includes scheduled disaster recovery evaluations and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized consultants can also help you build an affordable, fault-tolerant system architecture that addresses availability issues covering a broad range of infrastructure technologies and processes. For more information, see Disaster Recovery Consulting and Support Services.
Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services provide small and medium-sized businesses a low cost and fully managed solution for reliable backup/disaster recovery. Available at a low monthly price, ProSight Data Protection Services automates and monitors your backup processes and enables rapid restoration of critical files, apps and VMs that have become unavailable or damaged due to component breakdowns, software glitches, disasters, human mistakes, or malware attacks such as ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you back up, retrieve and restore files, folders, apps, system images/, plus Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware virtual machine images/. Critical data can be protected on the cloud, to a local device, or mirrored to both. Progent's backup and recovery specialists can deliver world-class expertise to configure ProSight DPS to be compliant with government and industry regulatory standards such as HIPPA, FIRPA, and PCI and, when necessary, can help you to recover your critical data. Find out more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Backup.
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery experts can help your organization to design a disaster recovery system built around Microsoft's cloud-tested Failover Clustering tools such as Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-intrusive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss Recovery Point Objective (RPO), Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class network-attached storage using industry-standard hardware, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for improving the speed and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while reducing capital investment and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for easy, economical deployment of a stretch cluster quorum arbitration point. For more information, visit Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Help.
Microsoft Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced enterprise-class availability and system recovery to Microsoft's failover clustering platform. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this technology and delivers significant new and enhanced features that offer increased extensibility, non-stop disk storage uptime for server applications, easier administration, quicker failover, and more flexibility for architecting failover clusters. For more information, visit Windows Server 2012 Clustering Migration and Support.
VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager is a component of VMware vCenter that allows you to specify, automate and test a repeatable process for recovering services quickly following an outage. Site Recovery Manager supports centrally controlled and automated recovery, application mobility, plus non-disruptive site migration, failback and site re-protect. SRM also allows non-disruptive testing for disaster recovery, updates and patches and can produce audit reports to verify complete service restoration, validate Service Level Agreements and demonstrate DR compliance. Progent offers the skills of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consultant to help you to plan, deploy, test and maintain a DR solution based on VMware SRM.
NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Software
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery platform that uses failover storage clustering with synchronous replication to provide fast, zero RPO disaster recovery (DR) between datacenters that are as far as 185 miles apart. Progent can provide access to a certified NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can help your business to plan, deploy, manage, update, test and repair a disaster recovery system built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you to select a topology for your MetroCluster deployment that meets your functional requirements and IT budget. Progent can make sure you follow best practices for configuring your MetroCluster solution by providing guidance with procedures like assigning shelf IDs, determining aggregate and plexes layout, provisioning NetApp FlexVol volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, installing switches, designing a tiebreaker mechanism, designing a TCP/IP configuration replication network, and testing your DR system to prove compliance with information assurance standards and regulatory mandates.
High Availability Load Balancing
Progent provides high availability load balancing consulting that addresses network load balancing, load balanced programs, network infrastructure routing, and content delivery products including Cisco Content Engine. Non-stop load balancing technologies for which Progent can provide consulting expertise include Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Access Suite and Presentation Server, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Content Engine and Cisco CDN Software, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. For more information, go to High Availability Load Balancing.
Progent's Data Center engineers can help you find zero-downtime data centers that meet the specific needs of your business. High availability co-location sites are especially appealing to small and mid-size businesses because of their affordability and simplified logistics compared to taking a do-it-yourself strategy. Trying to build an on-site data center that offers even a basic degree of fault tolerance is financially prohibitive for typical small companies. Progent can show you how to reap all the benefits of high-availability data centers by offering a complete range of engineering and support services. For details, see Non-stop Colocation Consulting.
24x7 Internet Connections
Progent's Cisco-authorized network consultants can help you build an economical, fault tolerant Internet configuration solution that can achieve non-stop Internet connectivity through a wide array of fault tolerant Internet access technologies including non-stop BGP, automatic fail-over, and multiple ISPs. Progent offers CCIE engineers to help you utilize the most up-to-date technology for 24x7 Internet connectivity to implement an economical, fully redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other capabilities to create non-stop Internet access. For more information, see Non-stop Internet Access Architecture.
Backup and Recovery Technology Consultants
Progent offers affordable online support from engineers skilled in a wide array of products and technologies that provide solutions for backing up Microsoft Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX servers and workstations as well as laptops and smartphones. Progent offers expertise for leading data protection products such as Acronis Backup and Recovery, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist, CrashPlan, Double-Take Backup, MozyPro, Retrospect, Apple Time Machine, VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP), and FLARs. Progent's consultants can help you to design, upgrade, or troubleshoot backup/restore solutions for a range of architectures including on-premises, edge to datacenter, cloud-based, or a mix. For more information, go to Backup and Recovery Solutions Consulting and Support Services.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Backup and Restore Consulting Services
Progent's expert System Center Data Protection Manager consultants can help you to create a practical business continuity plan, implement an affordable high-availability IT architecture, install a Microsoft SCDPM-powered backup and restore solution, thoroughly test your system, educate your IT staff or local consultants how to maintain System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide extensive IT outsourcing services such as off-site housing of SCDPM machines in Progent's world-class data center. To learn more, visit System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Consulting.
Barracuda Backup Multi-site and Cloud Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is an affordable, subscription-based backup/restore platform for small and medium-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup solution can include a custom-designed physical appliance manufactured by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with similar features but which utilizes your own storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup safeguards vital business data generated on-premises, at one or more remote sites, or in the cloud. For disaster preparedness, 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 broad range of consulting support services to assist your business to design, integrate, manage and repair a BDR solution based on Barracuda Backup. For additional information, see Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting.
Altaro VM Backup Software for Backup and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup offers small businesses a reliable and affordable platform for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-powered VMs. Altaro VM Backup can be used for local, remote, multi-site, and cloud environments and also enables cost-effective backup to Azure Block Blob storage. Headline features include industry-leading inline deduplication to cut backup storage needs, Continuous Data Protection with backup spacing as low as five minutes for minimizing your exposure to data loss, military-grade encryption, granular recovery options for specific files and emails, support for Windows Server CSV and for VMware vCenter for managing larger deployments, and support for Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service to back up online VMs without downtime. Progent is an Altaro partner and offers a wide array of services to assist you to design, install, optimize and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery solution based on Altaro VM Backup software. For details, see Altaro VM Backup Consulting.
Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Backup and Recovery
Double-Take Software publishes a selection of tools designed to provide small companies a variety of cost-effective solutions for replicating and restoring business-critical applications including Exchange, SQL, RIM Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning experts have in-depth backgrounds integrating Double-Take Software technology into small company IT systems to create a high state of availability and business continuity capability at a budget-friendly cost. To read more, see Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Data Backup.
CRISC-qualified Network Risk Management
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) program was initiated by ISACA in 2010 to verify a consultant's ability to design, implement, and maintain IS controls to mitigate risk. Progent can provide the services of a CRISC-certified engineer to assist you to create and execute a workplace continuity plan based on industry best practices promoted by CRISC and crafted to align with your company's risk tolerance, business goals, and budgetary guidelines. For details, see CRISC-certified IT risk mitigation experts.
Why Choose Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Certified Partner and offers professional application expertise for a wide variety of business software programs, Progent can assist clients to arrive at complete information technology solutions that optimize the productivity of your network. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent can provide the expertise of qualified consultants and specialists with experience in designing, implementing and troubleshooting networking solutions built on Cisco technology. The depth of Progent's technical experience and Progent's sensitivity to the needs of small and midsize companies make Progent the perfect resource for creating and running a cost-effective, dependable network.
How You Can Get in Touch with Progent's Experts for Fault Tolerant System Support
If you wish to get in touch with Progent about consulting expertise for fault tolerant architecture, phone 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.