(Note: Microsoft has terminated support for Windows Server 2003 and it is advisable to consider upgrading from this legacy OS to an up-to-date version of Windows Server. If your organization is considering moving up to Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2016, Progent can provide online and onsite Windows Server 2012 R2 planning and configuration consulting services or Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery consulting to ensure your project finishes on time and within budget. In addition, Progent's Windows Server Failover Clustering Consultants can help you a configure and troubleshoot a high-availability clustering solution based on Microsoft's latest technology.
Even with typical fault tolerant feature found in high-end server hardware, such as redundant power supplies and mirrored or RAID 5 disk arrays, failed devices must be identified and replacement components must be procured and installed. These failures can bring down a server for hours, if not days. Furthermore, during regularly scheduled software maintenance functions, servers need to be rebooted or brought off-line for an extended period. For customers who need 100% uptime, the only solution is to deploy a clustered server configuration that provides fully redundant servers for a single application.
A server cluster is a group of independent computers that work together to provide a common set of services. Windows 2003 provides this high-availability solution with the Cluster service. If a cluster node (a computer in a cluster) fails, other nodes in the cluster assume the functions of the failed node. Server clustering is an essential piece of any fault-tolerant architecture, and making large investments in communication infrastructure redundancy without providing for server redundancy defeats the value of that investment.
Progent offers Windows 2003 Server consulting to help your company implement clustered server configurations that can potentially provide 100% uptime, even for normal maintenance functions. This high-availability is possible because a single server in a cluster can be brought off-line for maintenance work without affecting users. Clustering also allows IT personal to perform critical security updates during regular business hours without reducing user productivity.
Microsoft Windows 2003 Server offers mature clustering technology. This is the third major release of Microsoft clustering technology, which was first released in 1997. Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, and Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, present a single view of the server to users, applications, and the network and both versions of Windows Server 2003 support up to eight-node clusters. Failover clustering configurations can be built around Microsoft technologies for mission-critical and collaborative applications such as Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server file and print services.
Host Clustering with Microsoft Virtual Server
Virtual Server host clustering is a technique for enhancing the capability of Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 with the server cluster support incorporated in Microsoft Windows Server 2003. By means of Virtual Server host clustering, your network can benefit from an array of services via a minimum number of actual hardware servers and, simultaneously, ensure the high availability of the provided services. In case one server requires scheduled or unscheduled downtime, another server can immediately take its place and begin supporting services. As a result, your clients experience minimal service disruption. Progent's Microsoft-certified network engineers have in-depth experience deploying and supporting Microsoft Virtual Server. For more information, refer to Consulting Services for Microsoft Virtual Server.
Server Clustering and Storage Area Networks
A storage area network (SAN) is a set of disks, tapes, and servers connected to a common infrastructure, or storage fabric, such as Fibre Channel. A SAN allows multiple servers to access a common pool of storage. This allows storage to be assigned dynamically from the pool whenever it is required. Storage on a given server can be increased or decreased as needed without complex reconfiguring or re-cabling of devices. SAN technology is a good way to build clusters where shared access to a data set is required. By deploying multiple clusters onto a single storage area network, all of the benefits of SAN technology can be brought to the cluster environment. Progentís Microsoft certified engineers can show you how to combine Microsoftís server cluster technology with storage area networking to make your network more fault tolerant and easier to manage.
Server Clustering with Microsoft Exchange
Messaging systems based on Microsoft Exchange are vital for many businesses. Unfortunately, this crucial function is vulnerable to component failure, power loss, operator errors, and natural disasters. By allowing the failover of resources, server clustering provides fault tolerance for an Exchange environment. Server clusters that use the Microsoft Cluster Service can maintain data integrity and provide failover support and high availability for mission-critical applications and services on your back-end servers, including messaging systems, databases, and file and print services.
This figure shows an example of a four-node Exchange cluster with three active nodes and a passive standby node:
Progent's Microsoft-certified Exchange experts have proven, world-class skills in designing high-availability Exchange environments and can show you how to configure an Exchange Server cluster with shared data access to data and automatic failover capabilities. For details about Exchange consulting services available from Progent, visit Microsoft Exchange Consulting Support.
Other Zero-Downtime Technologies Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified support professionals can help your company to build an affordable, non-stop information network that addresses key challenges encompassing a wide array of infrastructure solutions and operations including:
Business Continuity Planning
Progent's business continuity professionals can show you how to create a workplace recovery strategy that will allow you to restore network operations in case of an IT network disaster. Progent can assist you to develop a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy that includes periodic disaster recovery assessments and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized engineers can also show you how to create an affordable, zero-downtime system solution that takes into account availability issues covering a broad range of infrastructure technologies and processes. To read more, see Disaster Recovery Consulting Services.
Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services offer small and medium-sized businesses an affordable end-to-end service for secure backup/disaster recovery. Available at a low monthly rate, ProSight Data Protection Services automates your backup processes and enables fast recovery of critical data, applications and virtual machines that have become unavailable or corrupted as a result of component failures, software glitches, natural disasters, human mistakes, or malicious attacks like ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you back up, recover and restore files, folders, apps, system images/, plus Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware virtual machine images/. Critical data can be backed up on the cloud, to an on-promises device, or mirrored to both. Progent's cloud backup specialists can deliver world-class expertise to set up ProSight Data Protection Services to be compliant with regulatory standards such as HIPPA, FINRA, and PCI and, whenever needed, can assist you to restore your business-critical information. Find out more about ProSight DPS Managed Backup and Recovery.
Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery experts can assist your organization to plan and deploy a disaster recovery solution based on Microsoft's most advanced Failover Clustering tools including 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 high-performance 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 fast, economical deployment of a stretch cluster quorum arbitration point. To read more, see Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Expertise.
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced world-class availability and system recovery to Microsoft's clustering solution. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this foundation and provides important enhancements offering more expandability, better disk storage availability for server applications, easier management, faster failover, and additional flexibility for architecting failover clusters. For details, visit Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover 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 verify a consistent workflow for restoring applications and services quickly after a breakdown. Site Recovery Manager provides centrally controlled and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, and transparent site migration, failback and site re-protect. Site Recovery Manager also supports non-disruptive testing for site recovery, updates and fixes and can generate audit reports to verify complete service restoration, validate Service Level Agreements and demonstrate DR compliance. Progent can provide the skills of a VCDX certified VMware SRM consultant to assist your organization to design, configure, test and manage a DR system powered by VMware Site Recovery Manager.
NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Technology
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery software suite that uses failover storage clustering with continual replication to deliver rapid, zero RPO disaster recovery (DR) between sites that are as far as 185 miles (300km) apart. Progent offers access to a NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can assist your business to design, deploy, manage, upgrade, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery system based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to choose a topology for your MetroCluster deployment that aligns with your technical requirements and budget. Progent can make sure you adhere to best practices for configuring your MetroCluster solution by delivering guidance with tasks such as assigning disk pools, determining aggregate and plexes layout, provisioning FlexVol volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, provisioning switches, implementing a tiebreaker mechanism, setting up a TCP/IP configuration replication network between your storage clusters, and testing your DR system to show adherence with information assurance standards and regulatory mandates.
Network Load Balancing
Progent provides high availability load balancing consulting covering system load balancing, load balanced applications, LAN/WAN infrastructure routing, and content dispatching products including F5 Networks 3DNS. High availability load balancing products for which Progent can provide consulting services include Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Access Gateway, Cisco CSS, Cisco Content Engine and ACNS, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. To find out more, see Fault Tolerant Load Balancing.
Fault Tolerant Data Centers
Progent's Data Center consultants can show you how to identify fault-tolerant data centers that match the particular requirements of your business. Fault tolerant Internet Data Centers are particularly attractive to small and mid-size businesses due to of their low cost and simplified logistics in comparison to taking a do-it-yourself approach. Attempting to design an on-site data center that offers even a basic degree of fault tolerance is financially prohibitive for most small businesses. Progent can help you get all the benefits of 24x7 colo sites by offering a complete range of consulting and maintenance services. To find out more, see High-Availability Colocation Solutions.
Fault Tolerant Interoffice Connectivity
Progentís multi-site connectivity professionals can help businesses achieve fault tolerant multi-site connections via fully redundant system architectures with transparent failover. Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE engineers can design and implement fault-tolerant Inter-office networks supported by non-stop EIGRP routers or fault tolerant OSPF configurations of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how multi-path connections and transparent fail-over can provide economical 24x7 interoffice connectivity. To find out more, go to 24x7 Interoffice Networking.
Fault Tolerant Internet Connections
Progent's Cisco-authorized network consultants can help you build an affordable, high availability Internet connection architecture that can achieve non-stop Internet access via a broad range of fault tolerant Internet access technologies including fault tolerant BGP, transparent fail-over, and multiple ISPs. Progent offers CCIE consultants to show you how to utilize the most up-to-date techniques for high availability Internet connections to build a cost-effective, completely redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other capabilities to create non-stop Internet availability. To learn more, go to 24x7 Internet Connectivity Solutions.
Backup and Restore Technology Consulting Services
Progent can provide economical remote access to engineers with expertise in a wide range of products and services that deliver solutions for backing up Microsoft Windows, Mac, and Linux servers and desktops as well as laptops and handhelds. Progent offers expertise for leading backup platforms such as Acronis, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist, HP Data Protector, Double-Take Software, Mozy, Retrospect, Time Machine, vSphere Data Protection, and Solaris FLARs. Progent's consultants can help you to design, upgrade, or maintain backup/restore solutions for a range of environments such as local, remote, cloud, or a mix. To learn more, visit Backup and Restore Technology Consulting.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Backup and Restore Consulting Experts
Progent's expert System Center Data Protection Manager engineers can help your company to develop a practical workplace recovery plan, design a cost-effective fault-tolerante network infrastructure, install a Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager-powered recovery solution, thoroughly test your system, educate your administrative staff or local service providers how to maintain System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide extensive information technology outsourcing including remote hosting of System Center Data Protection Manager servers in Progent's data center. To read more, go to System Center Data Protection Manager 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 mid-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup deployment can incorporate a custom-designed physical appliance built by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with similar functionality but which uses your own storage hardware. Barracuda Backup safeguards vital business data generated locally, at one or multiple remote sites, 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 Barracuda appliance. Progent is a certified Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consultants offer a broad array of consulting services to assist your business to design, integrate, manage and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery system built on Barracuda Backup. For more information, go to Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting.
Altaro VM Backup Solutions for Backup and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup offers small businesses a reliable and budget-friendly solution for backing up and recovering Hyper-V and VMware-powered VMs. Altaro VM Backup can be used for local, remote, distributed, and cloud environments and also enables low-cost backup to Azure storage. Headline features include industry-leading Augmented Inline Deduplication to cut backup storage requirements, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup spacing as little as five minutes for reducing your Recovery Point Objective, advanced encryption, item-level recovery options for individual files and emails, extensive support for Windows Server Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) and for vCenter for managing larger environments, and the ability to leverage Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to back up online virtual machines without downtime. Progent is a certified Altaro partner and offers a broad array of consulting services to help you to plan, deploy, manage and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery solution powered by Altaro VM Backup software. For more information, see Altaro VM Backup Certified Consultants.
Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup and Recovery
Double-Take Software publishes a selection of products intended to provide small and midsize companies a variety of cost-effective alternatives for replicating and restoring vital workloads such as Exchange, SQL Server, RIM Blackberry, and Microsoft Office SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning experts have extensive experience incorporating Double-Take Software products into small company IT systems to achieve a high state of availability and disaster recovery readiness at a budget-friendly price. For details, go to Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup.
CRISC-certified Network Risk Control
The CRISC program was established by ISACA to validate an IT professional's ability to plan, implement, and support information system control mechanisms to reduce risk. Progent offers the services of a CRISC-certified consultant to help you to create and execute a workplace continuity or disaster recovery strategy that follows leading practices identified by CRISC and geared to align with your organization's risk appetite, business goals, and IT budget. To read more, see CRISC-certified network risk control specialists.
Why Choose Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Partner and offers specialized application support for a wide variety of small business software programs, Progent can assist customers to find efficient IT solutions that optimize the business value of your IT network. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent offers the services of certified engineers and specialists with expertise in designing, implementing and managing infrastructure solutions based on Cisco products. The breadth of Progent's technical know-how and Progent's sensitivity to the requirements of small and midsize businesses make Progent a great partner for building and running a cost-effective, fault-tolerant information system.
How You Can Access Progent's Experts for Fault Tolerant System Services
In order to ask Progent about professional expertise for fault tolerant computing, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.