Does Disaster Recovery Have A Top Focus
For Your Customers?
Quorum starts with its customers, mid-sized businesses where hard-working information technology professionals must deliver top-tier service with finite budgets and never enough time. They recognise that their customers and clients have ever-decreasing tolerance for delays or interruptions.
“Sorry, our systems are down” This is never acceptable, because too much business and trust are at stake. The challenge of constant business readiness makes clear that existing backup systems are increasingly obsolete.
Traditional backup assumed that computers were expensive and spare units were not instantly available. Failures meant obtaining new hardware, which took hours or days, and restoring from backup took comparable amounts of time.
Quorum: Keeping Your Business Safe from Disaster onQ appliance
Quorum’s patented onQ technology is at the heart of all Quorum solutions: high availability (HA), disaster recovery (DR) and hybrid cloud disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS).
Regardless of the protection model you choose, an onQ Appliance will be deployed in your local datacenter to provide the HA component. If you choose DRaaS as a solution, the appliance would connect to the elastic cloud infrastructure. Optionally, if you choose the DR solution, a second onQ Appliance can be deployed at your DR site.
What do you get when you combine super-reliable DR with powerful, business-boosting functionality that speeds ROI? Quorum onQ technology. Head-turning DR, and so much more!
As you know, push back encountered when proposing new investments in DR is often fueled by the belief that the current solution is, “good enough.” And, when viewed from 10,000 feet, that argument might appear to hold water. However, having spent nights and weekends in the trenches, battling server outages and potential data loss, you know the real truth.
One of the most popular features of onQ is the ability to conduct automated testing of the RNs and associated networking. You can conduct these tests on a daily basis, schedule them in advance, and be notified if any failures occur. Gain peace of mind via automated, non-intrusive testing of every protected server. Know that when you call onQ into action, that it will perform as intended.
onQ’s integrated sandbox can be used for performing a full DR Test without disrupting production. It can also be used for testing patches, new apps and configurations – before you push them to the production environment. And, because the onQ sandbox contains exact replicas of your PNs, you can be assured that testing is both reliable and convenient.
Failover to onQ is easy – just a single click of your mouse; or a tap on your smartphone or tablet. However, as you know, failover is only half the battle. Ease of failback to the production environment is equally important; and with other HA, disaster recovery (DR) and disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) solutions, can prove difficult. However, onQ enables you to easily perform bare metal restore (BMR) to dissimilar hardware and/or platforms – physical-to-virtual, virtual-to-virtual, virtual-to-physical or physical-to-physical.
onQ Archive Vault is a natural extension to the onQ platform; enabling policy-based migration and long term storage of deduplicated data (virtually unlimited) that must be maintained for extended periods of time (i.e., compliance, eDiscovery/litigation requirements).
When you designate a server as a Protected Node (PN), Quorum onQ will take a full backup of the PN including the server image, applications and data. Once completed, incremental backups will take place at the prescribed intervals (as often as every 15 minutes).
During the backup, onQ deduplicates at the source. Once the backup is complete, onQ will deduplicate again across the repository. This provides a second level of deduplication to make it as efficient as possible. Deduplication enables much faster backups, and reduces storage consumption which in turn helps you to keep costs under control.
Instant Recovery (VM Clones)
Once you have identified a server as a PN, and its first backup completed, an exact replica of that server will be created as a VM clone called a Recovery Node (RN). The RN is stored locally on the onQ high availability (HA) appliance; and updated with each incremental backup. When needed, the RN can be spun-up within a few minutes – literally the time it takes to boot the VM. At this point, the server, associated applications and data will be available to users.
While the RN is being created or updated, the deduplicated data, recorded by the local onQ appliance can then be replicated to a second onQ at a designated DR site – either your remote site, or in the Quorum cloud. This replication not only is sending just the delta, but the data is also compressed and encrypted to minimize any network traffic-related bottlenecks, and ensure maximum data transfer speeds; while maintaining the utmost security.
One-Click Hybrid Cloud Solution/DRaaS
The onQ hybrid cloud synchronizes with the onQ high-availability (HA) appliance after each update, creating a virtual machine clone in the cloud. This clone can be run in the cloud (for testing or after a disaster) with or without the presence of the local onQ HA appliance or image.
Cloud Backup & Security
All data transferred from the HA to the DR will go through a 128 bit AES encrypted session over a 256 bit AES VPN tunnel directly connecting the cloud to the local appliance. There is a dedicated firewall isolating each individual virtual network enabling access to the DR recovery node. All connections to the DR nodes are done via VPN to that firewall.
The data centres that will be hosting your applications are world-class, state of the art, SOC 2 certified. The data centres have been built with unmatched attention to ensure the highest performance, safest and most stable environment possible.
Unlike other cloud storage and data backup solutions, onQ is a current virtual copy of any server – always on and ready-to-run. Additionally with onQ, daily tests are performed automatically on the servers.
Because of cost and complexity, these tests are most often not ever performed with traditional back-up cloud solutions.