As excitement for the next Star Wars episode builds up around the world, it’s clear to me that there are several parallels with Star Wars and Disaster Recovery (DR). In Star Wars thirty years after the triumphant glory of the rebels over Darth Vader and the Imperial Empire, it appears a new dark Force will be the next threat to the Galaxy. Whether your Princess Leia holding the plans to the Death Star or Luke Skywalker being the moral compass, as the saga has shown there is always a twist and without a backup plan in place (this doesn’t mean Has Solo suddenly charging into battle, blaster first) the rebellion would not have been successful.
Even Star Wars has a backup plan. More often than not the plan isn’t well thought out, as it’s R2D2 acting as a walking and talking backup droid and often saves the day. So you aren’t Princess Leia using R2D2 to store the blueprints to the Death Star but we all have data we need to protect.
Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) has proven a viable option for SMBs in search of a cost-effective to DR – without easing-up on their requirements. However, as Quorum CEO John Newsom and other thought leaders in the data protection arena have discussed, the fact of the matter is that not all DRaaS solutions are created equal. Thus, it is critically important that organizations heading down the path towards DRaaS take into consideration the wide variety of options that are being marketed today. They must do the research, ask the necessary questions and fully understand the subscription-based services to which they are about to commit. So, what are the right questions to ask your potential DRaaS vendor? Well, the recent TechTarget article titled, How to evaluate DRaaS providers is a good place to begin. It includes ten essential questions that need to be asked of any potential DRaaS vendor before signing a contract. Remember, disaster recovery solutions are not unlike defibrillators for your business. While you hope that you never have to use a defibrillator on your business (or yourself, for that matter), research indicates that service interruptions – whether caused by hardware failures, human errors, software bugs, security breaches or the occasional bonafide natural disaster, are eminent. And, because of this, you’ll want to be 100% certain that the DRaaS solution you choose will enable you to recover not only fast enough, but at a granular level that meets the needs of your organization. Careful vetting is very important because, in the event of a disaster, the performance of your DRaaS solution will directly affect the viability of your business. You can check out the TechTarget article here:
How to evaluate DRaaS providers
Author: Marc Goroff, CTO at Quorum
Although I’m not a professional driver, I have pushed my own Lotus Elise around numerous race tracks at high speed and I can tell you first hand that any kind of failure at speed is both scary and very time-consuming. And it’s clear to me that businesses can draw several parallels with car racing and their disaster recovery (DR) strategy.
Imagine this – you’re zipping around Monza at the Italian Grand Prix, slowing to the corner of your first turn but you over estimate, lose speed and then your break discs overheat and explode along with your rear tyre. Up until then you were leading the way by half a lap with 10 more to go. So now what’s next and how do you recover?
Ideally your pit crew instantly appears with a fresh car – and three seconds later you’re out of the pit lane and back in the race. In the middle of the Grand Prix every second counts and the least amount of time you spend out of the race or in the pit changing tyres, brake pads or refuelling the better. When it comes down if and Nico Rosberg is right on the rear wing of Lewis Hamilton he doesn’t have time to pull into the pit lane and replace a shredded tyre as he will be giving up his lead.
Here are four tips to show it’s possible to have a real-time support crew on hand the moment something goes wrong. As with the Grand Prix, the key to winning is the ability to recover as quickly as possible.
Hyper-converged Recovery: Data, application and system protection just got simpler
At one time or another we all need to recover something we have lost. In the IT world, we regularly recover everything from files, to directories, to emails, to mailboxes, to entire physical or virtual servers and more. But why is the protection and recovery of these items accomplished in such a wide range of disconnected ways? Wouldn’t it be simpler and less expensive to use one tool instead of 4 or 5+? As technology progresses, we continually find new ways to improve our productivity and reduce costs by combining what previously were more convoluted, laborious and disconnected tasks and techniques. The time has come for Hyper-converged Recovery. But what does that really mean?
New 100 Percent Channel Focus, Virtual Hosted Testing and HIPAA Certification Bring Quorum onQ Closer to the Enterprise
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Sept. 24th, 2015 — Quorum, the leader in instant disaster recovery and business continuity, today announced several software and program enhancements that provide growing organizations with cloud-based disaster recovery solutions, fit for the enterprise.
Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) is quickly expanding from small business to larger enterprise settings as a flexible and reliable alternative to traditional backup and recovery products. The Quorum onQ platform makes it easier for enterprises of all sizes to adopt DRaaS while delivering high availability (HA), comprehensive protection and simple, one-click recovery both on premises and in the cloud.
New enhancements introduced today include HIPAA certification for complete protection of healthcare patient data, and new hosted testing and trial download programs to ensure HA, DR and DRaaS deployment success.
Like all hot tech markets, an ever growing list of well funded DRaaS (disaster-recovery-as-a-service) vendors continue emerge and vie for customer business with a wide variety of solution approaches. Gartner recently reported that there are over 180 vendors currently on the market offering DRaaS related capabilities. While most of these vendors claim essentially identical product capabilities, the reality on the ground for those who peel back the onion of hype is considerably different. Even some market analysts still struggle to differentiate the true disruptive DRaaS technology players from the legacy DR players to be disrupted. So here is a list of the top capability differences between DRaaS providers that most DRaaS marketing efforts will try to avoid and obscure.
Remember that cool, sci-fi movie, “Minority Report”? You know. Released in 2002? Directed by Steven Spielberg? Starring Tom Cruise? If not, you can probably find it on Netflix. Anyway, it was based sometime in the future when a new type of government criminal investigation unit called, “Precrime,” is created to leverage the unique hyper-extrasensory skills of individuals called, “Precogs.” The Precogs are able to foresee immanent acts of crime. So, then a specialized Precrime law enforcement team is dispatched mere minutes in advance of the actual crimes being committed; thus catching the criminals in the act, and ultimately preventing the crimes from ever happening. Ring a bell?
Well, I really dug that movie; and it actually reminds me of Quorum’s approach to the prevention of downtime and data loss. However, instead of Precrime, we call it “PREcovery.” Think about it this way. Imagine a service that actually pre-builds identical VM clones of your critical application servers as often as you wish – even every few minutes if you so desire. Now, imagine those clones instantly taking over for a failed application server, and having the associated data available immediately as well? Well, in this case, we’re not talking science fiction. We have this awesome capability today.
I’ve been in the tech arena since the early ‘90s. I’ve held positions in sales, product management and product marketing. And accordingly, I have also participated in my fair share of events… tradeshows large and small, partner and customer dinners, training sessions, webcasts, technical demos… you name it. And though technology has come a long way since I originally entered this space, one thing that hasn’t changed so much is the desire of organizations to improve/simplify disaster recovery (DR)… along with the steeper than steep uphill climb they face when trying to gain budget approval in support of their plan. Why is that? Perhaps there are other strategic initiatives are simply considered to be heavier hitters at the time. Or, it could be the fact that current DR solutions/plans are deemed, “ workable.” The scary thing is that so many DR plans go without regular testing. So, when called into play, the folks pushing the failover/failback buttons… and ultimately responsible for meeting prescribed SLAs, are subjected to seat squirming and cold sweats like a kid heading to the dentist to have a tooth extracted.
How you can recover from “technical glitches”
Author: Kemal Balioglu
Wild speculation and simultaneous head scratching were the order of the day when the trio of computer glitches recently befell the NYSE, United Airlines and the Wall Street Journal. All three organizations have arguably some of the best IT staff in the world, yet the simple fact remains neither computers nor humans are infallible. According to our own internal studies, almost 90 percent of downtime is caused by mundane technical issues rather than coordinated cyberattacks or natural disasters. In fact, some are saying that a network router failure is one of the causes for the NYSE outage. Today’s IT leaders sit in the rickety position of second guessing threats to their infrastructure and balancing expenditures to proactively or reactively neutralize those threats. While billions are spent on cranking out software upgrades, next rev hardware and computer infrastructure assets, any of these can inadvertently cause an organization’s IT services to grind to a halt. So one would hope somebody is also spending at least a portion of those R&D billions on mitigating risks and unexpected outcomes to avoid the ugliest word in the IT dictionary—downtime.
Company is donating to the ASAS for every registered attendee of select IT security events
SAN JOSE, Calif. — July 7, 2015 — Quorum, the leader in instant disaster recovery and business continuity, has teamed up with the Sonoran Desert Security User Group (SDSUG) to support the American Service Animal Society (ASAS), a nonprofit group dedicated to helping disabled veterans live more productive lives with trained service animals.
The SDSUG is a group of information technology professionals in the Phoenix metro area dedicated to the security of digital systems. During a recent quarterly meeting, more than 100 IT security, data and networking professionals were treated to a memorable presentation by an ASAS certified trainer, accompanied by two disabled veterans and their service dogs.