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-certified consulting firm,
Progent is an acknowledged expert at the core network software and office productivity programs used by most small and mid-size businesses. As a Cisco-qualified partner with among the largest groups of CCIE accredited network technology experts in the country, Progent also offers expertise for an ever more complex collection of infrastructure products including Cisco Next Generation firewalls, switches, routers, VoIP solutions, and wireless networking. Furthermore, Progent's
CISSP-certified cybersecurity consultants,
CISM-authorized security engineers, CISA-authorized security audit specialists and GIAC-qualified information assurance experts can provide a business-wide view of system protection. Progent can also help you create advanced security information and event management (SIEM) solutions for compliance with regulatory mandates for promptly reporting security incidents.
The breadth and depth of Progent's consulting staff offer a special set of benefits to businesses trying to increase the productivity of their IT system within a realistic budget. These benefits include:
Service Delivery Options Available for Mid-size Businesses
- Best Practices
Progentís team of Microsoft and Cisco certified consultants average more than a decade of real-world industry experience, at the forefront of IT service, performing a broad variety of IT tasks for an extensive mix of clients. Each Progent support professional shares a refined collection of leading practices which are incorporated into company-wide best practices standards that Progent instills in its support personnel. This means that you get not only world-class IT skills, but also a support engineer with proven approaches for applying computer knowledge to resolve real-world IT problems efficiently.
Find out more about Progent's best practices for network consulting.
- Value Pricing
Progent's pricing model is to charge for phone service and on-premises help per minute. Consequently, you are invoiced only for received support. Progent does not impose a more expensive rate for urgent support, and Progent does not charge for travel time except for emergency support where on-site work is less than four hours. Also, Progent imposes no registration charge and requires no retainer for support services provided during normal business hours. Many service firms impose substantial minimum fees or charge in increments of a quarter hour or more. Progent's one-minute billing granularity avoids huge invoices for quick fixes so you won't be tempted to allow simple problems to stay unaddressed 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 service reporting system that records and formats detailed documentation for all billed services. Unlike some independent consultants or small support organizations who offer minimal documentation or specifics of services performed, every service delivered by Progent is tracked by full documentation. Every Progent staff member has use of the support reports sent by each consultant to every client. The discipline of detailing and archiving support activity results in more efficient support and eliminates a slew of typical misfortunes such as when a service 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 practices knowledge transfer from Progent's support experts to clients. By teaching customers to deal with technical issues that are within their comfort zone, Progent can concentrate on offering hard-to-find services where Progent faces little competition. Small businesses who utilize familiar freelance consultants or who maintain in-house support personnel benefit when Progent passes on information about new technology and tested processes to make their networks more robust, protected, and efficient.
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 Organizations
Progent offers a family of budget-friendly, fixed-price services designed to enable small and medium-size businesses to benefit from the same cutting-edge technology deployed by many of the world's leading corporations. Progent's ProSight portfolio of network monitoring and management services addresses all key aspects of information technology such as email protection, behavioral-based threat defense, cloud-based backup/recovery, infrastructure health monitoring, virtual server cloud hosting, and network 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 solution that incorporates cutting edge behavior analysis technology to guard endpoints as well as servers and VMs against modern malware assaults like ransomware and file-less exploits, which routinely evade legacy signature-matching AV products. ProSight ASM safeguards local and cloud resources and offers a unified platform to automate the entire threat progression including protection, detection, mitigation, cleanup, and forensics. Key capabilities include single-click rollback with Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service 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 Exchange Email Filtering
Progent's ProSight Enhanced Security Protection (ESP) managed services offer economical in-depth security for physical servers and VMs, workstations, mobile devices, and Exchange email. ProSight ESP utilizes contextual security and advanced heuristics for round-the-clock monitoring and reacting to security threats from all vectors. ProSight ESP offers two-way firewall protection, intrusion alarms, endpoint management, and web filtering via cutting-edge tools packaged within a single agent managed from a unified control. Progent's security and virtualization experts can help your business to plan and configure a ProSight ESP environment that meets your company's specific requirements and that allows you achieve and demonstrate compliance with legal and industry data security standards. Progent will help you specify and configure policies that ProSight ESP will manage, and Progent will monitor your network and react to alerts that require urgent attention. Progent can also help you to install and verify a backup and restore solution like ProSight Data Protection Services so you can get back in business rapidly from a potentially disastrous cyber attack like ransomware. Read more about Progent's ProSight Enhanced Security Protection (ESP) unified physical and virtual endpoint protection and Microsoft Exchange filtering.
- ProSight Data Protection Services: Managed Backup and Disaster Recovery
ProSight Data Protection Services offer small and mid-sized organizations an affordable end-to-end service for reliable backup/disaster recovery. Available at a fixed monthly price, ProSight Data Protection Services automates and monitors your backup activities and allows fast restoration of vital files, applications and VMs that have become lost or corrupted due to hardware breakdowns, software bugs, natural disasters, human mistakes, or malware attacks such as ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you back up, retrieve and restore files, folders, apps, system images/, as well as Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware virtual machine images/. Critical data can be protected on the cloud, to a local storage device, or to both. Progent's cloud backup consultants can deliver world-class expertise to configure ProSight DPS to to comply with regulatory standards like HIPPA, FINRA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when needed, can assist you to restore your critical information. Learn more about ProSight DPS Managed Backup.
- ProSight Email Guard: Inbound and Outbound Spam Filtering and Data Leakage Protection
ProSight Email Guard is Progent's spam and virus filtering and email encryption service that incorporates the technology of leading data security vendors to deliver centralized management and comprehensive security for your email traffic. The hybrid structure of Email Guard managed service combines cloud-based filtering with a local gateway appliance to offer complete defense against spam, viruses, Dos Attacks, DHAs, and other email-based malware. The cloud filter acts as a preliminary barricade and blocks most threats from reaching your network firewall. This decreases your exposure to external threats and conserves system bandwidth and storage space. Email Guard's onsite gateway device adds a deeper level of inspection for inbound email. For outbound email, the local security gateway provides anti-virus and anti-spam filtering, policy-based Data Loss Prevention, and email encryption. The local security gateway can also assist Exchange Server to monitor and safeguard internal email traffic that originates and ends inside your security perimeter. For more information, see Email Guard spam filtering and data leakage protection.
- ProSight WAN Watch: Network Infrastructure Remote Monitoring and Management
ProSight WAN Watch is an infrastructure monitoring and management service that makes it easy and affordable for smaller businesses to diagram, track, reconfigure and troubleshoot their networking hardware such as routers, firewalls, and load balancers plus servers, client computers and other networked devices. Using state-of-the-art Remote Monitoring and Management technology, ProSight WAN Watch ensures that infrastructure topology diagrams are always updated, copies and displays the configuration information of virtually all devices connected to your network, tracks performance, and generates notices when problems are discovered. By automating complex management activities, ProSight WAN Watch can cut hours off ordinary tasks such as network mapping, reconfiguring your network, finding devices that require critical software patches, or resolving performance problems. Find out more about ProSight WAN Watch network infrastructure monitoring and management services.
- ProSight LAN Watch: Server and Desktop Monitoring
ProSight LAN Watch is Progentís server and desktop monitoring managed service that incorporates advanced remote monitoring and management techniques to keep your network running at peak levels by tracking the health of vital assets that drive your information system. When ProSight LAN Watch detects an issue, an alarm is transmitted automatically to your specified IT management staff and your assigned Progent consultant so all looming problems can be resolved before they can impact productivity Learn more details about ProSight LAN Watch server and desktop remote monitoring consulting.
- ProSight Virtual Hosting: Hosted Virtual Machines at Progent's Tier III Data Center
With Progent's ProSight Virtual Hosting service, a small or mid-size organization can have its critical servers and applications hosted in a protected fault tolerant data center on a fast virtual machine host configured and maintained by Progent's network support experts. With the ProSight Virtual Hosting service model, the client owns the data, the operating system platforms, and the applications. Because the system is virtualized, it can be ported easily to an alternate hardware environment without a time-consuming and difficult reinstallation procedure. With ProSight Virtual Hosting, you are not locked into one hosting service. Learn more about ProSight Virtual Hosting services.
- ProSight IT Asset Management: Network Documentation and Password Management Services
Progent's ProSight IT Asset Management service is a cloud-based IT documentation management service that allows you to capture, update, retrieve and protect data about your IT infrastructure, procedures, applications, and services. You can instantly locate passwords or serial numbers and be alerted automatically about impending expirations of SSL certificates ,domains or warranties. By cleaning up and managing your IT documentation, you can save up to 50% of time wasted searching for critical information about your IT network. ProSight IT Asset Management includes a common location for holding and sharing all documents required for managing your network infrastructure such as recommended procedures and self-service instructions. ProSight IT Asset Management also offers advanced automation for gathering and relating IT data. Whether youíre planning enhancements, performing regular maintenance, or responding to a crisis, ProSight IT Asset Management delivers the information you need when you need it. Find out more about ProSight IT Asset Management service.
Progent's ProSight Network Audits are a quick and low-cost way for small and mid-size organizations to get an unbiased assessment of the health of their IT system. Powered by some of the leading remote monitoring and management (RMM) tools in the industry, and supervised by Progent's world-class team of IT experts, ProSight Network Audits help you see how closely the configuration of your essential network devices adhere to best practices. Both the Basic and Advanced options for ProSight Network Audit services are available at a budget-friendly, one-time cost and provide immediate benefits such as a cleaner Active Directory system. Both versions also include a year of state-of-the-art remote network monitoring and management. Advantages can include easier network management, improved compliance with data security regulations, more efficient utilization of IT resources, faster troubleshooting, more reliable backup and restore, and less downtime. See more about ProSight Network Audits IT infrastructure review.
The ProSight Ransomware Preparedness Report
The ProSight Ransomware Preparedness Report is a low-cost service built around a brief phone interview with a Progent information assurance expert. The fact-finding interview is intended to evaluate your organization's preparedness to block or recover rapidly after an attack by a ransomware strain like Ryuk, WannaCry, NotPetya, or Locky. Progent will work with you personally to collect information about your current antivirus tools and backup platform, and Progent will then produce a written Basic Security and Best Practices Report detailing how you can follow industry best practices to deploy a cost-effective AV and backup/recovery environment that meets your business needs. For details, visit Progent's 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-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 information on our IT support offerings, check out Progent's Datasheets for IT Support and Network Monitoring Packages, accessible in Acrobat format for convenient 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.