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 Provided by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified engineers can help your company to create an efficient, zero-downtime system that resolves key issues encompassing a broad range of networking technologies and processes including:
Business Continuity Planning
Progent's business continuity planning engineers can help you create a workplace recovery plan so you can restore IT operations in the event of an IT network disaster. Progent can help you to create a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy that incorporates scheduled disaster recovery evaluations and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified consultants can also show you how to build an affordable, zero-downtime network architecture that addresses availability issues covering a broad array of network technologies and processes. To learn more, see Disaster Recovery Consulting and Support Services.
Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services offer small and mid-sized businesses an affordable and fully managed solution for secure backup/disaster recovery. Available at a fixed monthly price, ProSight Data Protection Services automates and monitors your backup activities and allows rapid recovery of critical data, applications and VMs that have become lost or damaged due to hardware breakdowns, software glitches, disasters, human error, or malware attacks like ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you back up, retrieve and restore files, folders, applications, system images/, as well as Hyper-V and VMware images/. Critical data can be protected on the cloud, to an on-promises storage device, or to both. Progent's backup and recovery consultants can provide world-class support to configure ProSight Data Protection Services to to comply with regulatory requirements such as HIPPA, FIRPA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, whenever necessary, can help you to recover your critical information. Read more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Cloud Backup.
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery experts can assist your organization to plan and deploy a disaster recovery system built around Microsoft's latest Failover Clustering technologies including Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-disruptive 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 commodity hardware, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for improving the performance and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while minimizing capital investment and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for easy, affordable deployment of a failover cluster quorum witness. To learn more, visit Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Help.
Microsoft Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Windows Server 2008 R2 brought world-class availability and system recovery to Microsoft's failover clustering solution. Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this technology and delivers important enhancements that offer more extensibility, non-stop disk storage uptime for server applications, streamlined management, quicker automatic failover, and additional options for designing clusters. For more information, visit Windows Server 2012 Clustering Consulting 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 orchestrate, automate and test a repeatable runbook for restoring services quickly following a breakdown. SRM supports centrally controlled and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, and transparent site relocation, failback and site re-protect. SRM also supports non-intrusive testing for site recovery, upgrades and patches and can generate audit reports to verify full service restoration, validate Service Level Agreements and demonstrate disaster recovery compliance. Progent offers the skills of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consultant to assist your organization to plan, deploy, test and maintain a disaster recovery system powered by VMware Site Recovery Manager.
NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Platform
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery software suite that uses failover storage clustering along with synchronous replication to deliver rapid, zero data loss disaster recovery between datacenters located as far as 300km apart from each other. Progent offers the skills of a NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can assist your business to plan, deploy, manage, update, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery system based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to select a topology for your MetroCluster environment that meets your functional needs and IT budget. Progent can make sure you adhere to best practices for installing your MetroCluster solution by providing help with procedures such as assigning disk pools, determining aggregate and plexes layout, provisioning volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, provisioning switches, designing a tiebreaker mechanism, designing a configuration replication network between your peered clusters, and testing your DR solution to verify adherence with information assurance standards and government mandates.
Fault Tolerant Load Balancing
Progent provides high availability load balancing consulting that addresses system load balancing, load balanced applications, network backbone routing, and content dispatching products such as F5 Networks 3DNS. High availability load balancing products for which Progent offers consulting services include Windows 2003 and 2008 Server Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Access Gateway, Cisco CSS, Cisco Content Distribution Manager and Cisco CDN Software, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. For details, visit High Availability Load Balancing.
Progent's Data Center engineers can show you how to find fault-tolerant data centers that match the particular needs of your business. High availability Internet Data Centers are especially attractive to small and mid-size companies because of their low cost and simplified logistics in comparison to taking a do-it-yourself approach. Attempting to build an in-house data center with even a minimum degree of fault tolerance is financially prohibitive for the majority of small companies. Progent can help you reap all the advantages of 24x7 colo sites by providing a complete array of consulting and maintenance services. To read more, visit Non-stop Data Centers Expertise.
Fault Tolerant Internet Connections
Progent's Cisco-certified IT experts can show you how to create an affordable, fault tolerant Internet connection solution that can achieve non-stop Internet access through a broad array of fault tolerant Internet access solutions including non-stop BGP, transparent fail-over, and redundant Internet Service Providers. Progent can provide Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert professionals to help you utilize the most up-to-date technology for fault tolerant Internet access to create an economical, fully redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other features to deliver zero-downtime Internet access. To read more, visit Fault Tolerant Internet Connectivity Solutions.
Backup and Recovery Solutions Consulting
Progent can provide economical online access to IT engineers with expertise in a wide array of products and services that provide solutions for protecting Microsoft Windows, Mac, and Linux servers and desktops plus notebooks and handhelds. Progent can provide help for all major backup platforms such as Acronis Backup and Recovery, Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, HP Data Protector, Double-Take, MozyPro, Retrospect for Macintosh, Apple Time Machine, VMware Data Recovery (VDR), and Oracle Solaris FLARs. Progent's consultants can help you to implement, upgrade, or maintain backup systems for a range of environments including local, edge to datacenter, cloud-based, or a mix. For details, see Backup and Restore Technology Consulting Services.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Backup and Recovery Consulting Services
Progent's expert System Center Data Protection Manager support professionals can help you to create an effective workplace recovery plan, design an affordable fault-tolerante IT infrastructure, deploy a SCDPM-powered backup and restore solution, thoroughly test your DPM system, educate your administrative personnel or regular service providers how to maintain System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide complete information technology outsourcing services such as remote housing of virtual or physical SCDPM servers in Progent's data center. For more information, go to System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting.
Barracuda Backup Cloud and Offsite Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is an affordable, subscription-based backup/restore platform for small and mid-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup deployment can include a custom-designed physical storage device built by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with comparable functionality but which uses your existing storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup protects critical business data produced locally, at one or more remote locations, 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 Backup appliance. Progent is a certified Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts can provide a broad array of consulting services to help your business to design, integrate, manage and troubleshoot a BDR system based on Barracuda Backup. For details, go to Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consultants.
Altaro VM Backup Software for Data Protection and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup provides small organizations a reliable and affordable platform for backing up and recovering Hyper-V and VMware-powered VMs. Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in on-premises, remote, multi-site, and cloud architectures and also supports cost-effective cloud backup to Azure Block Blob storage. Headline capabilities include industry-leading inline deduplication to cut backup storage needs, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup spacing as low as five minutes for reducing your Recovery Point Objective (RPO), military-grade encryption, item-level restore capability for specific files and emails, extensive support for Windows Cluster Shared Volumes and vCenter for managing larger environments, and support for Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to back up online virtual machines with zero downtime. Progent is an Altaro partner and offers a broad range of consulting services to assist you to plan, install, manage and troubleshoot a backup/restore solution powered by Altaro VM Backup. For more information, go to Altaro VM Backup Consulting.
Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Data Backup
Double-Take publishes a family of products intended to provide small and midsize businesses a variety of affordable alternatives for replicating and restoring vital applications such as Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server, RIM Blackberry, and Microsoft SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning consultants have in-depth backgrounds integrating Double-Take products into small business IT systems to create a high state of availability and business continuity capability at an affordable cost. To find out more, go to Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Backup.
CRISC-certified Network Risk Control
The CRISC certification program was initiated by ISACA to validate a consultant's ability to design, implement, and support IS control mechanisms to mitigate risk. Progent can provide the expertise of a CRISC-certified engineer to help you to create and carry out a business continuity plan that follows leading practices identified by CRISC and crafted to match your company's risk appetite, business goals, and budgetary guidelines. To learn more, see CRISC-certified network risk management experts.
Why Choose Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Certified Partner and provides high-level application support for a wide range of small business applications, Progent can help clients to arrive at comprehensive IT solutions that optimize the business value of your IT network. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent offers the support of certified engineers and specialists with expertise in architecting, installing and managing infrastructure solutions built on Cisco technology. The broad scope of Progent's IT experience and Progent's appreciation for the needs of small and midsize businesses make Progent the ideal partner for creating and running a cost-effective, fault-tolerant network.
How You Can Get Help from Progent's Engineers for Fault Tolerant Network Support
To get in touch with Progent about consulting expertise for high availability computing, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.