Blog Post: Speed, Ransomware, Backup and Disaster Recovery

What’s Speed Got to Do With Security? Everything.

February 27, 2017

"When skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed."

One of America’s greatest writers, Ralph Waldo Emerson, said that in the 1800s. Granted he wasn’t talking about cyber attacks or disaster recovery – but he could have been. 


Consider these 2 scenarios:

#1. Disaster hits.

A flood has taken down your datacenter. The clock is ticking and every minute of downtime is costing your company - not just in lost transaction but sheer brand embarrassment. The fate of the company (and maybe your job) hinges on your ability to get your systems back up and keep them running while your team fixes the problem.

#2. Something more deliberate and malicious happens: Ransomware.

You have a limited amount of time to pay up if you want to see your files again, and they know you’re scrambling to see if you can rely on an accurate backup instead. Again, time is of the essence.

If you've been in either of these situations, you know the horrible feeling of swinging between panic and futility. From leadership to customers to criminals, you may be getting pressured on all sides. And if you can’t solve the issue fast, the damage will get worse by the minute.

That's why speed matters. And it's why onQ gives you 1-click recovery in minutes. Take the first scenario. When you're dealing with an outage, you can use any browser - including on your phone - to power on and spin up Recovery Nodes on the onQ appliance. The servers launch a pre-configured sequence, with any dependencies taken into account. An exact replica of your environment swings into action, with your total downtime limited only to the time it takes the clones to spin up. You now have access to your servers, applications and data.

The same applies to Ransomware. You don't need to trade bitcoin for your own locked files. You can just take your impacted servers offline, then launch a clone of your environment from a point in time before the attack. Once again, uptime is achieved and you’re not on the criminal’s timeframe anymore – you’re operating on your own. Your clone can keep running on the secure Quorum platform for as long as you need it to, with your system getting backed up the entire time. And once your production system is clean? Just failover back to production, with all changes and updates going with you. Once again, the speed of the solution has saved your bacon.

When we say we deliver the fastest 1-click backup and recovery in the industry, we’re not kidding. Exact replicas of your physical and virtual production servers are always up to date, and thanks to automated DR testing, always available at just the click of a button. You don't have to wait hours for recovery. You don't have to worry about all the business you're losing, or the blame aimed at your team for not fixing the situation fast enough. Instant recovery is yours - whether you choose onQ as a hardware appliance, virtual machine, or as disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS).

We got into this business because we believe that disaster recovery should be simple, fast and complete. Take the delay out of your backup disaster recovery (BDR) and give onQ a try. Because when disaster strikes (and it always does) you won’t have a minute to lose.

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