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Cloud-based business continuity solutions take a step forward

QuorumLabs has launched a new hybrid cloud disaster recovery solution, claimed to be the only disaster recovery solution that provides both onsite high availability of key applications and data, plus instant recovery of applications and data from a SAS-70 Type II certified data center. Unlike a typical backup-only cloud storage solution, the onQ Hybrid Cloud runs servers locally or through the cloud and recovery ‘is done with a single click of a button’. Recovery time is measured in minutes not days since there is no need to ship new hardware or to transfer data to restore applications.

The onQ solution gives customers the flexibility of combining a local high availability appliance with a monthly or annual fixed fee for cloud recovery. The charge for this service is per server protected, not per gigabyte.

The solution has been trialled by California Bankers Association (CBA). "To get high availability, automated backup and disaster recovery, we would have to sign up several different providers, which is very expensive," said Randy Mateo, IT manager, CBA. "With the QuorumLabs Hybrid Cloud solution, we get an onsite appliance for high availability, plus instant recovery via the cloud. We like that QuorumLabs operates the DR site, since it minimizes management of a DR site for us and is much more cost-effective than if we had to maintain it ourselves."

onQ maintains up-to-date, ready-to-run virtual machine clones of critical systems that can run right on the appliance, or in the cloud, transparently taking over for failed servers within minutes. onQ builds new recovery nodes continuously and can perform incremental backups in as little as 15 minute windows. The solution also allows customers to easily test systems at anytime, and even allows scheduled, daily automatic testing to definitively prove that systems will work should a disaster occur.


•Date: 22nd March 2012 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

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