Review: Quorum onQ Part 1: Instant Recovery for Your Critical Servers and Data

Product Review: Quorum onQ

Quorum’s onQ recovery appliance is designed to create the most user-friendly, fast and efficient experience a company could have with a data recovery solution. Geared towards modern digital always-on companies, onQ can save a business time and money.

With onQ, a company can recover any failed server with one click in a browser interface. onQ’s virtual machine clones are always up to date and ready to run. Now the recovery time has been cut to a matter of minutes, rather than days or weeks.

The solution is delivered as a scalable hardware appliance or a virtual machine, or as a cloud service (DRaaS). Companies can choose a variety of architectures to best meet their specialized needs. There is onQ Local physical hardware or virtual machine located on-site to provide high availability and 1-click recovery to any point in time.

Then there is onQ Remote, where a second onQ appliance can be located at a remote site and configured as a remote recovery appliance. Compressed, encrypted data is sent from the local onQ appliance at user-configured intervals.

Another is onQ Cloud. For organizations that want the security and cost savings of Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), the onQ local appliance can be configured to send compressed encrypted data to the Quorum cloud, providing offsite disaster recovery at a fraction of the cost.

Quorum onQ Part 1: Instant Recovery for your VMWare Hardware - YourDailyTech

Quorum’s number one goal with onQ is to provide companies with disaster recovery solutions that actually work. onQ performs automatic regular tests daily, and sends alerts if there is a problem. A recent study found that only 16 percent of companies test their disaster recovery plan each month, with over half testing just once or twice per year, if ever.

And of the percentage running tests, one-third of tests were resulting in failure. Many companies choose not to test regularly because it is costly and disruptive to workflow. Quorum’s automatic testing takes the guess work out of disaster recovery.

Besides being easy to install and configure, onQ also offers a company instant recovery after a disaster. Disasters are rarely ever natural, and trying to develop a disaster recovery plan after such an event could cost a company hundreds of thousands of dollars. In 2012 The Aberdeen Group estimated the cost per hour of downtime for a small to mid-sized company to be $74,000.

With onQ, a company can recover any failed server with one click in a browser interface. onQ’s virtual machine clones are always up to date and ready to run. Now the recovery time has been cut to a matter of minutes, rather than days or weeks.

Alex Roberts, Associate Director of Technology at Campbell Hall said, “Our data, applications and systems can now be recovered with one click, meaning that downtime has been slashed from one week to minutes. I estimate this saves us upwards of $100,000. Now we’re prepared for any disaster that might come our way.”

Quorum’s onQ also prides itself on being an all-in-one appliance for its user. Giving them a complete solution to any data recovery needs. Companies such as Axcient, Datto, Zenith, and Unitrends will claim ease of use and full capabilities, but can under-deliver, causing the user frustration down the road.

These data recovery solutions are not as easy to install as initially perceived.. Instead of being “plug and play”, the user can experience long install times with ongoing  upkeep and upgrading also then falling on the shoulders of the IT staff.

Some vendors bundle their technology with other third-party software and hardware and call this an appliance. Now when faced with a problem, the small business running the backup software might have multiple companies they have to submit help tickets to before they receive a solution.

Also, these companies partnering with third party vendors or occasionally new or different vendors, require customers to migrate their entire systems to completely different solution.

With onQ, the customer doesn’t have to worry about third parties or complicated installation and upkeep. The solution will be installed and integrated and ready to use almost instantly.

The onQ turnkey appliance can be easily installed via the remote or telephone-based QuickStart process and ongoing operation and maintenance is simple, since onQ provides consolidated patching and upgrading. Simply push a button and the system updates itself, with no manual installation required.

onQ is the only solution that offers “one-click” automated self-tests, allowing you to easily test every day to prove that your disaster recovery plan will work.

Quorum onQ is the global leader in Unified Recovery, providing everything you need for immediate recovery of your critical systems after any storage, system or site failure.

Quorum is headquartered in San Jose CA with offices all around the world. Quorum “Disaster Recovery as a Service” (DRaaS) solutions provide organizations with both local and remote instant recovery capabilities for their servers, applications and data. Quorum’s patented onQ technology is purpose-built for exceptionally fast and reliable failover. It is military-grade and was originally developed for U.S. Naval combat systems.


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