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.
Reprinted with the permission of Brent Roye of Tech Edge Services All rights reserved. 2015
When it comes to your business nothing else matters but being able to provide your products or services to your clients. When I talk to business owners the one key factor that keeps coming up is what happens if your network crashes, your internet goes down or some malicious ransom-ware like Crypto-locker infects your system. Those items are more likely to happen than a natural disaster (flooding, tornado, hurricane, etc.) Most of these companies have backups of their data that’s stored either on their servers or old clunky LTO tapes on site.
Reprinted with the permission of WestWorldWide, LLC, publisher of Computer Technology Review. All rights reserved. 2015
Is it Better to be Lucky or Prepared?
Four Simple Tips to Help Prepare for the Next “Oops” Moment
Recently I came across a sobering story about how one simple command line resulted in the deletion of the majority of production files for Pixar’s Toy Story 2 from a studio server. While the studio had been creating backups of production files daily, they did not realize, until they went to restore the lost files, that the backup solution had not been working. This, by any measure would qualify as a disaster. It also is known as, in today’s IT vernacular, an unplanned downtime event.
When CryptoWall locked down this organization, it took 18 hours to recover. With Quorum, it would have taken mere minutes.
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It takes just one employee to click on the wrong link, and inadvertently download the CryptoWall Trojan. Once set free, the malware proceeds to encrypt, and hold hostage all of the company’s data. One nonprofit suffered thru this nightmare, finding itself at the mercy of CryptoWall, and unable to access 75 GB of data critical to their operations. Because their self-prescribed disaster recovery routine would require days before returning to, “business as usual,” the company found itself in a terrible dilemma – give into hefty ransom demands, or shut down operations until it could complete a lengthy system restore. The sad truth is that scenarios such as this are becoming more common. However, the good news is that there are ways of mitigating unplanned interruptions such as this. Had this organization taken advantage of available instant recovery technology, business operations could have resumed in mere minutes – and without caving in to ransom demands. Having said that, let’s take a closer look at how this organization’s CryptoWall intrusion played out; as well as how the situation would have been different had Quorum technology been at the heart of the organization’s disaster recovery (DR) plan.