What do you get when you combine super-reliable disaster recovery (DR) with powerful, business-boosting functionality that speeds ROI? You get Quorum onQ technology that delivers head-turning DR and so much more!
As you know, the push back encountered when proposing new investments in DR is often fueled by the belief that the current solution is “good enough”. 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. In the event of an outage, “good enough” falls short of the reliable and simple solution that you would prefer to leverage. What does this mean for you? Due to the lack of time and resources, increased stress and uneasiness is the result of relying on a failover/fail-back routine that has remained largely untested. Not good. Couple this false sense of security with the fear of committing significant budget to DR gear that will “simply collect dust when not in use” and you’ve got the makings of a very steep, uphill budget battle. Quorum onQ technology can help you overcome these challenges.
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.
Once you have identified a server as a PN and its first backup is complete, 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 in literally the time it takes to boot the VM. At this point, the server, associated applications, and data will be available to users. We refer to this as PREcovery because not only are the recovery VMs prebuilt and ready-to-run, but they are also pretested, which ensures superfast and reliable failover. In addition, for use-cases where recovery in hours is acceptable, RN recovery on-demand is available as a cost-saving measure.
While the RN is being created or updated, the deduplicated data that is recorded by the local onQ appliance can then be replicated to a second onQ appliance at a designated DR site, which can be either your remote site or in the Quorum cloud. This replication not only sends the delta, but the data is also compressed and encrypted to minimize any network traffic-related bottlenecks. This ensures maximum data transfer speeds, while maintaining the utmost security. Once the data transfer is finished, the DR solution completes the same process of keeping a repository of data and creating/updating RNs to maintain a fully PREcovered DR solution.
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 if any failures occur, be notified. 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. Before pushing changes to the production environment, onQ's integrated sandbox can be used for testing patches, new apps, and configurations. Due to the sandbox containing exact replicas of your PNs, you can be assured that testing is both reliable and convenient.
Failover to onQ is easy. It requires just a single click of your mouse or a tap on your smartphone or tablet. However, failover is only half the battle. Ease of failback to the production environment is equally important. This can prove to be difficult with other HA, DR, and disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) solutions. However, onQ enables you to easily perform bare metal restore (BMR) to dissimilar hardware and/or platforms with physical-to-virtual, virtual-to-virtual, virtual-to-physical and physical-to-physical options. Another advantage of onQ is that not only can it perform a full BMR, but it can also perform incremental failback. For example, instead of requiring the downtime needed to restore your entire 2TB file server, which could take hours, you would only need the downtime sufficient to recover the amount of data changed since the failover. For example, if the incremental changes only represent 20GB of data, that could be recovered in minutes, which limits your downtime and ensures the most efficient recovery possible. It’s a win-win!
onQ Archive Vault is a natural extension to the onQ platform, which enables policy-based migration and long term storage of virtually unlimited de-duplicated data that must be maintained for extended periods of time for important reasons such as meeting compliance and eDiscovery/litigation requirements.
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