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Quorum onQ update offers faster DR, smoother management

The latest Quorum onQ disaster recovery platform update features faster disk writes, increased capacity and a redesigned user interface.

Quorum onQ 4.0 provides a suite of high availability, disaster recovery and DRaaS. All of its features are delivered and managed from a single console. The new browser-based UI makes it easier to manage a large number of servers, according to Darin Pendergraft, Quorum VP of product marketing.

“Quorum has re-architected the storage architecture of our hardware appliance to allow for disk writes up to two times faster and to allow for virtually unlimited storage capacity,” Pendergraft wrote in an email. “Customers will notice a large improvement in performance and will have more options when expanding local storage capacity.”

Quorum onQ 4.0, which will be generally available the first week of December, features instant recovery — one click starts a virtual clone of production servers, allowing recovery time of minutes. It also includes automated DR testing — clones are started and verified after each backup — and replication. It sends compressed and encrypted backups to the customer’s DR site or the Quorum cloud.

Target customers include anyone looking to move backup and recovery into the cloud, Pendergraft said.

In a study, “The State of Disaster Recovery Report,” conducted by Quorum in October and released Tuesday, 75% of respondents said they are using cloud-based disaster recovery, with 36% using a hybrid model and 39% using only DRaaS. The report also said that 89% are planning or interested in implementing more cloud-based disaster recovery and 90% would be interested in consolidating DR into one dashboard.

“The results show us that what we have done with onQ 4.0 is right in line with what customers are looking to buy now and increasingly in the future,” Pendergraft said.

In terms of recovery time, most respondents (55%) said it takes from one to two hours to recover from a server failure. More than one-quarter (26%) said it takes more than two hours, and only 19%  said it takes them less than an hour to recover.

Pendergraft said he believes Quorum onQ stands out in an increasingly competitive market because of its speed of recovery.

“Our architecture and hardware updates have demonstrated at least two-times performance in the lab, and we expect that to translate into a dramatic decrease in the backup and recovery times in customer environments,” he said.

Quorum introduced onQ in 2010. The vendor is offering a trade-in program for existing customers. A sales engineer will evaluate the age and configuration of a customer’s existing hardware to create an appropriate credit against a new hardware appliance purchase.

Local protection pricing for Quorum onQ is based on the number of servers being protected. A customer who replicates to Quorum’s cloud will pay based on the amount of storage, memory and CPU cores required to host a copy of the local environment.