Total Protection Service

The concept of the Total Protection Service (TPS) was developed by years of experience managing live database systems. Computer downtime can be detrimental for a company that relies on real time data. Even if you believe you do not rely on computers and/or "realtime" information the urgency to have your system back up and running as soon as possible becomes clear all too soon when you realize that you do not have access to your email, to search engines, which are commonly replacing yellow pages and standard phonebooks in the workplace, or maybe even something as simple as streaming music through your PA system as background music for employees and/or customers.

We truly do take computers, and more specifically the Internet, for granted. You never realize just how much you relied on them until they aren't there to utilize. We can help you design a system that will minimize computer and network downtime as well as speed up the repair process if something does go wrong.

The TPS is not something that can generally be implemented all at one time. By implementing the TPS in stages it helps to spread out the financial burden over several years instead of one huge cost up front. I will describe the generally accepted implementation stages of the TPS below.

Stage 1

Stage 1 consists of the heart of the network. The primary components of this design encompass what should be the base design for any network. The parts we will use to compose this are as follows:

  • One 42U Rack Enclosure - Provide a central secure environment to house network hardware
  • One 2U Uninterruptible Power Supply - Provide power to network in case of a power outage
  • One Domain Controller - Main network infrastructure: User Account Control, Security Policies, Authentication, ETC...
  • One Database Server - Main network data storage for critical files
  • One Terminal Services Server(Optional) - Central user server for use in thin client environments
  • One Backup Device* - Backup critical settings and files on a secure location
  • One KVM Switch - Share one keyboard, mouse, and monitor for all servers/equipment
  • One Firewall Appliance - Filter unwanted content from the Internet and secure the network from the outside world
  • One Managed Switch** - Monitor network traffic and determine poor line quality
  • One 2U Wire Management Unit** - Hide wires from plain site and keeps them out of the way, aesthetics
  • One Patch Panel** - Central location that all building network drops connect with
* This may be a tape device or stationary fixed disk backups. Role can be included in Domain Controller with proper configuration.
** Items may vary in size/capacity depending on network needs

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Stage 2

Stage 2, also known as the clustering stage, is where most of the equipment is given a redundant backup to avoid downtime in case of hardware failure. Many networks do not consist of a design such as this resulting in severe lack of productivity due to hardware failure or software malfunctions. The parts we will be adding are as follows:

  • One 2U Uninterruptible Power Supply - Provide power to network in case of a power outage
  • One Domain Controller - Main network infrastructure: User Account Control, Security Policies, Authentication, ETC...
  • One Database Server - Main network data storage for critical files
  • One Terminal Services Server(Optional) - Central user server for use in thin client environments
  • Two Licenses Server Clustering Software*
* Server clustering software creates a "real time" backup of your data on the secondary database server. The secondary database server can also be set to assume the role of the primary server if the network cannot recieve a response from the primary server within 20 seconds.


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Stage 3

Stage 3, is relatively simple. Stage 3 consists of implementing an offsite backup procedure. Offsite backups take place at night and compress, encrypt, and securely transfer a copy of your data to a remote location for safekeeping. This prevents you from suffering any major issues due to natural disasters or fire damage. Most businesses forgot to take their backups offsite resulting in data loss should your building burn down and all of your equipment be destroyed. To learn more about remote backups click here.

Other Solutions

Obviously one solution will not work for every company so we are certainly not limiting our services to our TPS. Your initial consultation with Med Tech Solutions is free so give us a call and we can discuss the best solution for your business.