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.
Workplace Recovery Planning
Progent's disaster recovery planning professionals can help you design a workplace recovery strategy that will allow you to restore network functionality in the event of an IT network catastrophe. Progent can help you to create a complete disaster recovery plan that includes periodic disaster recovery assessments and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized consultants can also show you how to build an affordable, non-stop network solution that addresses reliability issues involving a broad array of infrastructure technologies and procedures. For more information, visit Business Continuity Expertise.
Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent provide small and mid-sized organizations a low cost and fully managed service for reliable backup/disaster recovery (BDR). Available at a low monthly cost, ProSight Data Protection Services automates and monitors your backup activities and allows rapid restoration of vital data, applications and VMs that have become unavailable or corrupted as a result of hardware breakdowns, software bugs, natural disasters, human mistakes, or malicious attacks such as ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you protect, retrieve and restore files, folders, applications, system images/, as well as Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware images/. Important data can be backed up on the cloud, to an on-promises device, or to both. Progent's backup and recovery specialists can deliver world-class expertise to configure ProSight Data Protection Services to be compliant with government and industry regulatory requirements like HIPPA, FINRA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when needed, can help you to restore your critical data. Read more about ProSight DPS Managed Cloud Backup and Recovery.
Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery consultants can help your organization to design a DR system built around Microsoft's latest Failover Clustering tools such as Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-intrusive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for crash-consistent recovery, Storage Spaces Direct for high-performance network-attached storage using industry-standard equipment, VM Load Balancing for improving the performance and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while reducing capital investment and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for fast, affordable creation of a failover cluster quorum witness. To read more, see Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Help.
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 brought world-class fault tolerance and recoverability to Microsoft's clustering platform. Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this technology and provides important enhancements that offer more scalability, better storage uptime for server applications, easier administration, faster automatic failover, and more flexibility for designing failover clusters. For details, go to Windows Server 2012 Clustering Consulting and Support.
VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager (SRM) is an extension to VMware vCenter that allows you to define, automate and test a consistent runbook for recovering services quickly after an outage. Site Recovery Manager supports centrally controlled and automated recovery, application mobility, plus transparent site relocation, failback and re-protect. Site Recovery Manager also enables transparent testing for site recovery, updates and patches and can produce reports to verify complete service recovery, validate Service Level Agreements and prove disaster recovery compliance. Progent can provide the skills of a VCDX certified VMware SRM consultant to help you to design, deploy, test and administer a DR system powered by VMware SRM.
NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Software
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery platform that combines failover storage clustering along with continual replication to deliver fast, zero RPO disaster recovery (DR) between sites that are up to 185 miles apart from each other. Progent can provide online or on-premises access to a certified NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can assist you to design, configure, manage, update, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery system based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to select a topology for your MetroCluster deployment that aligns with your functional needs and IT budget. Progent can make sure you follow leading practices for installing your MetroCluster solution by delivering guidance with procedures like assigning disk pools and shelf IDs, arranging plexes layout, provisioning FlexVol volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, provisioning switches, implementing a tiebreaker mechanism, setting up a TCP/IP configuration replication network, and testing your DR solution to verify adherence with industry standards and regulatory mandates.
High Availability Load Balancing
Progent offers high availability load balancing support that addresses network load balancing, load balanced applications, network infrastructure routing, and content delivery products such as Cisco Content Engine. Fault tolerant load balancing products for which Progent can provide consulting services include Microsoft Windows 2003 and 2008 Server Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Access Suite and Access Gateway, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Content Distribution Manager and LocalDirector 400 series, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. For details, see Non-stop Load Balancing.
Non-stop Data Centers
Progent's Data Center consultants can show you how to select high availability data centers that meet the particular requirements of your company. Fault tolerant co-location sites are especially attractive to small and mid-size organizations because of their affordability and simplified logistics in comparison to pursuing a do-it-yourself strategy. Attempting to build an on-site data center with even a basic level of fault tolerance is too costly for the majority of small companies. Progent can show you how to get all the advantages of non-stop data centers by providing a complete array of consulting and maintenance services. To read more, go to Non-stop Internet Data Centers Solutions.
High Availability Internet Connectivity
Progent's Cisco-authorized IT experts can help you create an economical, fault tolerant Internet connection solution that can achieve non-stop Internet access via a broad range of fault tolerant Internet network solutions including fault tolerant BGP, transparent fail-over, and multiple Internet Service Providers. Progent can provide CCIE consultants to show you how to apply the most advanced techniques for fault tolerant Internet connections to build a cost-effective, completely redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other features to create non-stop Internet access. To find out more, visit Fault Tolerant Internet Connectivity Architecture.
Backup and Recovery Solutions Consultants
Progent offers affordable remote access to consultants with expertise in a wide array of utilities and services that deliver solutions for backing up Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux/UNIX servers and workstations as well as laptops and smartphones. Progent can provide expertise for leading data protection products including Acronis Backup and Recovery, Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, CrashPlan PRO, Double-Take Software, MozyPro, Retrospect for Macintosh, Apple Time Machine, vSphere Data Protection, and Oracle Solaris FLARs. Progent's consultants can assist you to implement, upgrade, or troubleshoot backup/restore systems for a variety of topologies including local, edge to datacenter, cloud, or hybrid. For more information, go to Backup and Recovery Technology Consulting Services.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Data Recovery Consulting Services
Progent's certified System Center Data Protection Manager support professionals can assist you to create an effective business continuity strategy, implement a cost-effective fault-tolerante network infrastructure, install a System Center Data Protection Manager-powered backup and recovery system, thoroughly validate your system, train your IT staff or regular service providers how to manage Microsoft SCDPM, or provide extensive information technology outsourcing including off-site housing of SCDPM servers in Progent's secure data center. For details, see System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Consulting and Support Services.
Barracuda Backup Cloud and Offsite Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is an affordable, subscription-based backup/restore service for small and medium-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup deployment can incorporate a custom-designed hardware appliance manufactured by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with similar functionality but which uses your own storage hardware. Barracuda Backup protects vital business data generated on-premises, at one or multiple remote sites, or in the cloud. For disaster protection, 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 offer a wide array of consulting services to help you to plan, integrate, manage and repair a backup and disaster recovery system built on Barracuda technology. For additional information, go to Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting and management.
Altaro VM Backup Solutions for Data Protection and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup offers small organizations a dependable and affordable solution for backing up and recovering Hyper-V and VMware-based VMs. Altaro VM Backup can be used for on-premises, remote, multi-site, and cloud architectures and also enables low-cost backup to Microsoft Azure Block Blob storage. Headline capabilities include industry-leading Augmented Inline Deduplication to reduce backup storage needs, Continuous Data Protection with backup intervals as short as five minutes for reducing your Recovery Point Objective (RPO), military-grade encryption, item-level restore options for individual files and emails, extensive support for Windows Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) and VMware vCenter for handling larger deployments, and the ability to leverage Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service to back up online VMs with zero downtime. Progent is a certified Altaro partner and can provide a broad array of consulting services to help you to plan, install, manage and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery system powered by Altaro VM Backup. To learn more, visit Altaro VM Backup Consulting.
Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup and Recovery
Double-Take publishes a selection of tools designed to provide small companies a range of cost-effective alternatives for replicating and recovering business-critical workloads such as Microsoft Exchange Server, SQL Server, RIM Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning consultants have extensive experience incorporating Double-Take products into small business IT systems to create an advanced level of fault tolerance and business continuity readiness at a budget-friendly cost. For more information, see Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup.
CRISC-certified Network Risk Mitigation
The CRISC program was established by ISACA in 2010 to verify a consultant's ability to design, deploy, and support IS control mechanisms to mitigate risk. Progent offers the expertise of a CRISC-certified consultant to help you to develop and execute a business continuity strategy that follows industry best practices identified by CRISC and geared to match your company's risk appetite, business goals, and budgetary guidelines. To learn more, visit CRISC-qualified IT risk control specialists.