Chances are that you are dissatisfied with your current backup solution. You probably have a pile of tapes or disks that represent you faithfully copying your files using a traditional backup software utility. But when disaster strikes and an entire server goes south, getting a working server online quickly and without a lot of running around isn’t going to happen. And chances are that the recovery process is so tortured and involved that you are lucky if you can do a full recovery test procedure once a year.
According to another survey, less than a third of the respondents have actually ever tested their disaster recovery (DR) plan. Ever. And only 16% test their DR plans even monthly. We are also getting less tolerant for longer recovery times when outages occur. And while many businesses have service level agreements with their backup providers, they are usually unrealistic given the pace of the technologies used in the recovery process. Even a few hours disruption can cripple many businesses, even those that aren’t usually thought of as online-only operations.
There is a better way to orchestrate your backups and recovery process that wasn’t a hassle, didn’t cost as much as a duplicate DR site, and could be accomplished with relatively unskilled staff that could bring your dead servers back online in a matter of minutes? That is what Quorum’ onQ Recovery appliances attempt to do. Now downtime can be a thing of the past.
How onQ works
onQ actually has four components: the central monitoring console software that runs on an actual ‘high availability ‘appliance that acts as a repository for all the server images. The typical solution is sold in pairs and the second ‘disaster recovery’ appliance is located at a remote location. The two automatically synchronize their files so that once a server is protected on one; its information is transferred to the other.