Businesses with 100 to 250 network users have traditionally been an underserved segment of the IT outsourcing market. The cost structures and service delivery models of large third-party support organizations make them too expensive for most mid-size businesses, who typically have small IT budgets with which to support IT networks whose complexity and sophistication are comparable to the information systems of larger enterprises. Progent's service delivery model, which takes full advantage of remote support, virtual office infrastructure and proactive network monitoring, dramatically reduces IT support costs while offering enterprise-level service from certified, world-class experts in a broad range of technologies.
Progent's co-sourcing services allow your business to find the right balance between in-house and outside support by leveraging the capability of your in-house IT staff with the in-depth expertise of Progent's engineers. By delivering effective support when you need it, providing specialists for critical applications, minimizing travel costs through remote support, offering unique services such as customized, automated server monitoring, and charging only for the services you use, Progent gives you an affordable way to maximize the business value of your network.
Why Progent Makes Sense for Mid-size Businesses
Progent's staff of certified IT professionals have extensive experience with enterprise networks, allowing mid-size businesses to achieve world-class IT support without having to maintain large internal IT organizations or absorb the high cost of outsourcing network support to large national service organizations.
Working with Progent allows your mid-size business to:
Unique Advantages of Working with Progent
- Avoid Turning IT Management Into Crisis Management
Companies with 100 to 250 network clients often have sophisticated, enterprise-class IT infrastructures, but rarely have internal IT staffs with the depth and breadth of technical expertise to provide all the IT support that complex networks require. Internal resources are often overworked and budgetary realities do not permit hiring additional full-time IT staff.
These environments can be subject to higher than average employee turnover, which often leads to situations where replacement support staff must focus on keeping the network running rather than enhancing it. Lacking in knowledge of the history, design, implementation, and architecture of the network, and with little time available between crises, new support staff are unlikely to be able to plan and implement effective network upgrades or migrate the system to keep up with changing business requirements.
- Let Senior Management Focus on Business, Not Network Hassles
Many mid-size businesses are aggressively moving to outsourced support models for information technology because building up large internal IT staffs seldom pays off with strategic business advantages. Attempting to handle all IT service issues in-house can bog down senior management with the details of IT problems, yielding poor returns for time invested by such top talent.
Companies need reliable, feature-rich, secure, and fault-tolerant IT environments to support their mission critical applications, but they recognize that it makes little business sense to own and build such systems themselves or to manage large internal staffs of IT personnel. Smart outsourcing or co-sourcing allows companies to concentrate their internal resources on areas that will bring them the greatest strategic and competitive advantages in the markets they serve.
- Migrate Quickly to the Best Network Technology
Periodic economic downswings have caused many IT environments to become woefully out of date as a result of IT budgets being slashed during a crisis but not adequately restored during a recovery. The starvation diets forced upon many business networks has created a burden of outdated information systems. This problem becomes apparent when the demand for new applications and customer-centric IT solutions canít be easily supported on legacy systems. Out-of-date technologies also make it difficult to benefit from modern computing paradigms such as hydrid models that combine public clouds with local datacenters.
Increasingly, companies are being challenged by upstart competitors who are not saddled with legacy environments and can quickly introduce state-of-the-art, customer-friendly applications such as web-based eCommerce, vender extranets, customer portals, BYOD, and unified communications. Often such major initiatives can't be carried out solely with existing resources. Adding to full-time head count seldom makes long-term economic sense for project-specific work, and companies typically donít have the time to bring resources up to speed for business-critical projects. In these circumstances, it can be very cost effective to engage outsourced resources that can solve problems immediately and transfer knowledge efficiently.
As a Microsoft Gold-certified consulting firm,
Progent is an acknowledged leader in supporting the baseline system software and office productivity programs used by most small and medium-size businesses. As a Cisco-authorized partner with among the largest groups of CCIE network experts in the U.S., Progent also offers expertise for an ever more complex array of infrastructure products including Cisco Next Generation firewalls, routers and switches, voice-over-IP options, and wireless networking. Furthermore, Progent's
CISSP-certified cybersecurity experts,
CISM-certified security engineers, CISA-qualified security audit specialists and GIAC-qualified information assurance professionals can provide a business-wide perspective on system security. Progent can also help you create advanced SIEM solutions so you can comply with government requirements for reporting security events.
The breadth and depth of Progent's consulting team bring a unique array of advantages to businesses trying to increase the productivity of their IT system within an affordable budget. These benefits include:
Service Delivery Options Available for Mid-size Businesses
- Best Practices
Progentís team of Microsoft and Cisco certified consultants average longer than a decade of real-world industry background, at the forefront of network support, executing a wide range of IT tasks for a large mix of clients. Every Progent support professional shares a refined collection of best practices which are combined into shared best practices standards that Progent teaches its consulting staff. This guarantees that you get not only expert IT skills, but also a support engineer with proven methods for using computer knowledge to solve actual IT problems efficiently.
Find out more about Progent's best practices for network consulting.
- Value Pricing
Progent's pricing model is to charge for remote support and in-person visits per minute. Consequently, you owe exclusively for delivered support. Progent does not impose a more expensive rate for urgent support, and Progent does not charge for travel except for urgent support where on-site work is less than 4 hours. Also, Progent applies no startup fee and requires no monthly commitment for services delivered during normal business hours. Many support firms impose substantial minimum fees or charge in increments of a quarter hour or more. Progent's small billing granularity avoids giant bills for quick repairs so you will not be tempted to permit minor problems to fester until they become major ones.
Find out more about Progent's value pricing for IT outsourcing.
- Full Documentation of IT Services
Progent has developed a comprehensive support reporting system that records and formats complete documentation for all billed services. Unlike many freelance consultants or small support organizations who provide scant documentation or specifics of tasks done, each service delivered by Progent is tracked by full documentation. Each Progent staff member has use of the service reports sent by each staff member to each client. The practice of detailing and archiving service activity results in more efficient support and avoids a slew of typical problems such as when a support customer is virtually held hostage to a consultant who wonít release the keys to the kingdom.
Find out more about Progent's documentation of IT outsourcing services.
- Knowledge Transfer
Progent is committed to information transfer from Progent's consultants to clients. By teaching customers to deal with problems that are within their comfort zone, Progent is able to concentrate on offering hard-to-find services where Progent faces little competition. Small businesses who work with familiar independent service providers or who employ in-house IT staffs benefit when Progent transfers information about new technology and proven methodologies to make their networks more reliable, protected, and productive.
Find out more about Progent's knowledge transfer services.
To suit the needs and budgets of mid-size businesses, Progent offers a variety of options for delivering support, troubleshooting and consulting services. Options include nationwide remote support, on-site service in most zip codes in the U.S., and 24x7 network monitoring with automated alerts. Find out more about Progent's
service delivery options for mid-size businesses.
ProSight Managed Services
Progent's ProSight portfolio of managed services offers end-to-end support for specific areas of IT management. These services are billed at a flat monthly rate and utilize advanced remote monitoring and management (RMM) technology to deliver enterprise-class network management solutions at budget-friendly prices.
Progent's ProSight Flat-rate Managed Services for Small and Medium Size Businesses
Progent provides a family of budget-friendly, flat-rate managed services intended to allow small and mid-size organizations to utilize the same advanced IT solutions deployed by many of the world's top enterprises. The ProSight line of network management outsourcing services addresses all key facets of information technology including email content filtering, behavioral-based threat defense, automated backup/recovery, network infrastructure monitoring and management, VM hosting, and IT resources documentation management. ProSight managed services include:
ProSight Network Audits
- ProSight Active Security Monitoring: Endpoint Protection and Ransomware Defense
Progent's ProSight Active Security Monitoring (ASM) is an endpoint protection service that utilizes cutting edge behavior analysis tools to defend endpoint devices and physical and virtual servers against new malware attacks such as ransomware and file-less exploits, which easily get by traditional signature-matching AV products. ProSight Active Security Monitoring protects on-premises and cloud-based resources and offers a unified platform to address the entire malware attack progression including protection, infiltration detection, containment, cleanup, and forensics. Key capabilities include one-click rollback using Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) and automatic system-wide immunization against newly discovered threats. Read more about Progent's ProSight Active Security Monitoring next-generation endpoint protection and ransomware recovery.
- ProSight Enhanced Security Protection (ESP): Physical and Virtual Endpoint Protection and Microsoft Exchange Filtering
ProSight Enhanced Security Protection managed services offer affordable in-depth security for physical servers and VMs, workstations, smartphones, and Exchange Server. ProSight ESP utilizes contextual security and advanced heuristics for continuously monitoring and responding to cyber assaults from all vectors. ProSight ESP delivers two-way firewall protection, intrusion alarms, device control, and web filtering through cutting-edge technologies incorporated within one agent accessible from a unified control. Progent's data protection and virtualization consultants can assist you to design and implement a ProSight ESP environment that addresses your organization's specific needs and that allows you achieve and demonstrate compliance with legal and industry information security standards. Progent will assist you specify and configure policies that ProSight ESP will manage, and Progent will monitor your network and respond to alerts that require urgent action. Progent can also assist you to install and verify a backup and disaster recovery system such as ProSight Data Protection Services (DPS) so you can recover quickly from a destructive cyber attack like ransomware. Read more about Progent's ProSight Enhanced Security Protection (ESP) unified physical and virtual endpoint security and Exchange email filtering.
- ProSight Data Protection Services: Managed Backup and Recovery
ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent provide small and mid-sized organizations a low cost and fully managed solution for secure backup/disaster recovery (BDR). For a fixed monthly cost, ProSight Data Protection Services automates and monitors your backup processes and allows rapid restoration of vital data, applications and virtual machines that have become lost or corrupted as a result of hardware breakdowns, software glitches, natural disasters, human mistakes, or malicious attacks like ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you protect, recover and restore files, folders, apps, system images/, plus Hyper-V and VMware virtual machine images/. Critical data can be backed up on the cloud, to a local device, or mirrored to both. Progent's BDR consultants can deliver world-class expertise to configure ProSight Data Protection Services to be compliant with regulatory requirements such as HIPPA, FIRPA, and PCI and, whenever necessary, can help you to recover your business-critical data. Read more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Cloud Backup and Recovery.
- ProSight Email Guard: Inbound and Outbound Spam Filtering and Data Leakage Protection
ProSight Email Guard is Progent's spam filtering service that uses the infrastructure of top information security vendors to deliver centralized control and comprehensive protection for your email traffic. The powerful structure of Progent's Email Guard integrates a Cloud Protection Layer with an on-premises security gateway appliance to offer complete defense against spam, viruses, Denial of Service (DoS) Attacks, DHAs, and other email-borne threats. The cloud filter acts as a preliminary barricade and keeps most unwanted email from making it to your security perimeter. This decreases your exposure to inbound threats and saves network bandwidth and storage. Email Guard's on-premises security gateway device provides a deeper level of inspection for incoming email. For outgoing email, the local security gateway offers AV and anti-spam protection, protection against data leaks, and email encryption. The onsite gateway can also help Exchange Server to track and protect internal email traffic that stays within your security perimeter. For more information, see Email Guard spam filtering and data leakage protection.
- ProSight WAN Watch: Infrastructure Management
Progentís ProSight WAN Watch is a network infrastructure monitoring and management service that makes it easy and affordable for smaller businesses to map out, track, reconfigure and troubleshoot their connectivity appliances such as routers, firewalls, and load balancers as well as servers, printers, client computers and other networked devices. Incorporating state-of-the-art Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM) technology, WAN Watch ensures that infrastructure topology maps are always current, captures and manages the configuration information of virtually all devices connected to your network, tracks performance, and sends notices when issues are discovered. By automating tedious management processes, WAN Watch can knock hours off ordinary chores such as network mapping, reconfiguring your network, finding appliances that require critical updates, or resolving performance issues. Find out more details about ProSight WAN Watch infrastructure monitoring and management services.
- ProSight LAN Watch: Server and Desktop Remote Monitoring Services
ProSight LAN Watch is Progentís server and desktop remote monitoring managed service that uses state-of-the-art remote monitoring and management technology to keep your network operating at peak levels by tracking the state of vital computers that drive your business network. When ProSight LAN Watch detects an issue, an alert is transmitted automatically to your designated IT personnel and your assigned Progent consultant so any potential problems can be resolved before they have a chance to disrupt productivity Learn more about ProSight LAN Watch server and desktop remote monitoring consulting.
- ProSight Virtual Hosting: Hosted VMs at Progent's World-class Data Center
With Progent's ProSight Virtual Hosting service, a small organization can have its critical servers and apps hosted in a protected fault tolerant data center on a high-performance virtual machine host configured and managed by Progent's IT support professionals. With the ProSight Virtual Hosting service model, the customer owns the data, the operating system software, and the apps. Since the system is virtualized, it can be ported easily to a different hosting solution without a lengthy and difficult configuration process. With ProSight Virtual Hosting, your business is not tied one hosting service. Find out more about ProSight Virtual Hosting services.
- ProSight IT Asset Management: Infrastructure Documentation and Password Management Services
Progent's ProSight IT Asset Management service is a cloud-based IT documentation management service that allows you to create, maintain, retrieve and safeguard data about your network infrastructure, processes, business apps, and services. You can instantly locate passwords or IP addresses and be alerted automatically about upcoming expirations of SSLs ,domains or warranties. By cleaning up and organizing your IT infrastructure documentation, you can save as much as half of time wasted trying to find critical information about your IT network. ProSight IT Asset Management features a common location for holding and collaborating on all documents related to managing your network infrastructure like standard operating procedures and How-To's. ProSight IT Asset Management also supports advanced automation for collecting and associating IT data. Whether youíre planning enhancements, doing regular maintenance, or responding to a crisis, ProSight IT Asset Management gets you the knowledge you need when you need it. Find out more about Progent's ProSight IT Asset Management service.
Progent's ProSight Network Audits are a quick and affordable alternative for small and mid-size organizations to get an unbiased evaluation of the health of their network. Powered by a selection of the top remote monitoring and management (RMM) platforms in the industry, and supervised by Progent's world-class team of IT professionals, ProSight Network Audits help you see how closely the configuration of your essential network assets conform to best practices. The Basic and Advanced options for ProSight Network Audit services are available at a budget-friendly, one-time cost and deliver instant ROI such as a cleaner Active Directory environment. Both also include a year of advanced remote network monitoring and management (RMM). Benefits can include lower-cost management, better compliance with government and industry security requirements, higher utilization of network assets, quicker problem resolution, more dependable backup and recovery, and higher availability. Learn more about ProSight Network Audits IT infrastructure review.
Progent's ProSight Ransomware Preparedness Report Service
Progent's ProSight Ransomware Preparedness Report is an affordable service centered on a phone interview with a Progent backup/recovery consultant. The fact-finding interview is designed to assess your organization's ability to stop or recover rapidly after an attack by a ransomware variant such as Ryuk, WannaCry, MongoLock, or Hermes. Progent will consult with you personally to gather information concerning your current security profile and backup/recovery platform, and Progent will then deliver a custom Basic Security and Best Practices Report detailing how you can follow best practices to deploy a cost-effective AV and backup/recovery environment that meets your company's needs. For additional information, see The ProSight Ransomware Preparedness Report Service.
Progent offers a wide range of network security services to help businesses to identify and eliminate security vulnerabilities, defend against attacks, and recover from successful penetrations. Progent can provide remote and on-premises security consulting and also has developed economical fixed-cost security evaluation packages to complement Progent's regular by-the-minute billing. Progent's security assessment packages provide businesses with an economical way to comply with security standards mandated by state regulators or by customers.
Progent's application hosting services such as Hosting Services for Microsoft Exchange offer a secure, affordable, and hassle-free alternative for managing mission-critical applications by combining the dependability of a world-class data center with the expertise of Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified support team. Progent's ProSight Virtual Hosting Service gives midsize businesses a cost-effective option for hosting a variety of software platforms and key applications in a secure, fault-tolerant data center on a high-performance virtual host configured and maintained by Progent's network support experts.
Hybrid Cloud Integration Services
Progent can provide advanced online consulting to help businesses integrate their networks with public clouds such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS). Progent can assist organizations of all sizes to design and administer cost-effective environments that support Windows and Linux operating systems and apps in both cloud-based systems and in hybrid network models that utilize on-premises resources along with public clouds. To help you efficiently incorporate public cloud computing services into your IT ecosystem, Progent offers a variety of cloud integration services such as Office 365 integration with on-premises Exchange, Microsoft Azure planning and integration, Amazon AWS migration and support, and Amazon Web Marketing Service (WMS) development and troubleshooting. Progent has more than 15 years of experience providing high-level online consulting services and can help you successfully carry out cloud migration projects and quickly solve technical problems.
Onsite Support at the QTS Sacramento Colocation Center
The QTS (formerly Herakles) Internet Data Center is situated in the seismically-stable Natomas neighborhood of Sacramento, California. For businesses currently utilizing the QTS Sacramento data center as a colocation facility or planning on migrating their primary or disaster recovery system to the QTS data center, Progent can provide a range of affordable services that include data center migration, equipment deployment and upgrades, network optimization, comprehensive project management, virtual server expertise, remote network monitoring, streamlined network administration, software development, disaster recovery planning, data security evaluation, and the use of Progent's Test Lab. Find out more about Progent's QTS data center consulting services.
The Progent Test Lab
The Progent Test and Design Lab is a room at the QTS Internet Data Center with a variety of dedicated computers and network support equipment that can be utilized remotely or on premises to accommodate piloting, evaluations, capacity modeling, troubleshooting, business continuity simulation, education, and additional purposes to help Progent's clients successfully carry out major IT initiatives. Learn more about Progent's Test Lab at the QTS Data Center.
Progent can provide expert consulting to help midsize businesses efficiently deploy advanced virtual server platforms in order to save money, improve reliability, and streamline disaster recovery. Progent offers VMware vSphere integration, VMware Site Recovery Manager consulting, VMware NSX virtual network design and deployment, Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V consulting, Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V planning and deployment, and Citrix XenServer expertise. For delivering virtual Windows desktops and applications, Progent's Citrix-certified engineers can provide Citrix XenDesktop support and Citrix XenApp consulting. Progent's engineers can help midsize businesses design networks that get the full benefit of virtualization, implement virtual servers and desktops to enhance network performance, dependability, and manageability while cutting expenses, create and validate business continuity procedures that reduce downtime in the event of a catastrophic network failure, and provide continuing consulting and support for virtualized environments.
Microsoft System Center Operations Manager-based Network Support Packages
Progent has developed special Network Support Packages based on the automated problem detection and analysis capabilities of Microsoft System Center Operations Manager, a powerful network management platform that monitors the reliability, throughput, and security of your network servers and alerts you to problems before they can impact your productivity. Progent's Network Support Packages also include network evaluation, security assessment, Help Desk support, and the design of secure data links between your system and Progentís support engineers. Find out more about Progent's special Network Support Packages for cost-effective IT support outsourcing.
To find additional details about Progent's network outsourcing packages, check out our Spec Sheets for IS Outsourcing and Network Monitoring Packages, accessible in Acrobat format for easy downloading.
For an example of how Microsoft Operations Manager helped a San Francisco Bay Area business achieve enterprise-class network management, read the
Microsoft Operations Manager Case Study.
To contact Progent about Network Support Packages for mid-size businesses, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.