Business continuity is the collective term for all the steps that need to occur after an outage until applications actually start running again. It takes the backup vs. restore discussion to the next level, since a business continuity system includes backing up and restoring data plus restoring applications.
QuorumLabs has an interesting approach to business continuity systems. Its onQ solution uses a 2U appliance to store backups that come from client servers using their own agents — no backup software needed. But the appliance also hosts virtual servers, called Recovery Nodes, which fire up with a “one-click recovery” and run the application(s) that failed. If the source server isn’t virtualized, the onQ system does the physical-to-virtual conversion and keeps the server image updated, with continuous incremental updates. You can also do virtualization to a second onQ appliance in a disaster recovery site. QuorumLabs sells through VARs and MSPs and can offer a compelling solution for companies that haven’t embraced server virtualization or are ready to move beyond just doing backups.
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