Welcome!

News Feed Item

Quorum Launches UK’s First Hybrid-Cloud Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) for SMBs

Quorum, a US-based disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) specialist, has launched its onQ hybrid-cloud service for SMBs into the UK. Unlike cloud-based data backup environments that simply restore data, Quorum’s DRaaS offering instantly restores the entire IT workflow (applications, servers, and data). The company has just launched its UK & EMEA operations, which will be headed up by David Fisk. This and the new product, specifically designed for UK, highlights the company’s commitment to the region.

The new onQ hybrid-cloud service is aimed at small to mid-size businesses (SMB) that need robust disaster recovery as much as large enterprises, but without the complexity or high cost associated with traditional data centre replication. It is the first cloud-based DRaaS solution in the UK to integrate an onsite DR appliance with a cloud-based DR platform that provides daily, automated testing of data and servers.

To guarantee that all UK customer data stays within the UK, the cloud-based part of Quorum’s new service will be offered through a dedicated and certified UK data centre.

The onQ platform was originally developed for US navy warships to ensure that on-ship computers never ‘go down’ during combat. The highly robust technology is today designed for businesses to rapidly recover their most critical applications and data in the cloud after any storage, systems or site failure.

onQ works by ensuring critical applications are always ready-to-run (or test) in the Quorum cloud by working in conjunction with the on-premise onQ high-availability (HA) appliance. This approach means that there is no need to ship new hardware, or even construct a machine from an image after a disaster as per most traditional DR applications. As a result, recovery time for onQ users is measured in minutes, not days.

Banbury based UK reseller Covenco Recovery Services, is already working with Quorum to bring the solution to market. Gurdip Sohal, Sales Director at Covenco, said: "Quorum's technology allows us to provide our customers with a seemless backup & disaster recovery solution which removes complexity and adds great value to their operations. The ability to offer a robust DRaaS option gives us an important and growing revenue stream that allows us to take a long-term approach with our customers rather than a one-point deal.”

Tony Craythorne, vice president of worldwide sales at Quorum, said: “UK firms have an ever-decreasing tolerance for delays or interruptions to business caused by IT failure. With revenues and brand credibility at stake, an apology for slow recovery in the event of a disaster is simply not acceptable. A cloud-based approach to disaster recovery, versus traditional approaches, delivers a more affordable yet more robust choice for many UK businesses.”

Lower pricing per server

Quorum has chosen to further differentiate its offering by selling DRaaS on a per server basis, than per gigabyte. This makes the onQ hybrid-cloud service solution typically 50% more affordable for SMB and mid-market organisations.

Craythorne explains: “The traditional gigabyte sales model risks becoming very expensive as data scales, and incorrectly puts the focus on data; in contrast, Quorum puts the focus on business operations, which is the value we deliver. Our goal is to acquire new customers by offering them a more comprehensive solution at a far better total cost.”

Other key takeaways:

  • Exceptional security: All data transferred from the HA appliance to the DR cloud goes through a 128 bit AES encrypted session over a 256 bit AES VPN tunnel directly connecting the cloud to the local appliance. There is a dedicated firewall isolating each individual virtual network enabling access to the DR recovery node. All connections to the DR nodes are done via VPN to that firewall.
  • PCI Compliance: Quorum is the only instant recovery solution available that is fully certified to the international Payment Card Industry (PCI) security standards. This ensures that when failover into Quorum’s DRaaS or onQ Appliance happens confidential payment card information can be handled in a fully PCI compliant manner.
  • Automatic testing: Unlike other cloud storage and data backup solutions, onQ presents a current virtual copy of any server - always on and ready-to-run. Additionally with onQ, daily tests are performed automatically on the servers. Because of cost and complexity, these tests are rarely performed with traditional back-up cloud solutions.
  • Pricing & availability: The onQ hybrid-cloud service is available immediately. Pricing is available via Quorum's authorised Partner Channel.

About Quorum

Quorum® provides assured, one-click backup, recovery and continuity, helping businesses safeguard their revenue, customers and reputation. The award-winning Quorum series of appliance and DRaaS/hybrid cloud solutions makes continuity a reality for the midmarket, letting them recover from any type of disaster within minutes.

Most importantly, Quorum is simple and cost-effective. If your company avoids just 30 minutes of downtime, the Quorum solution pays for itself. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. To learn more, please follow us on Twitter @quorumlabs, check out our Facebook page or visit http://www.quorum.net.

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
"Cloud Academy is an enterprise training platform for the cloud, specifically public clouds. We offer guided learning experiences on AWS, Azure, Google Cloud and all the surrounding methodologies and technologies that you need to know and your teams need to know in order to leverage the full benefits of the cloud," explained Alex Brower, VP of Marketing at Cloud Academy, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clar...
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Carl J. Levine, Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1, will objectively discuss how DNS is used to solve Digital Transformation challenges in large SaaS applications, CDNs, AdTech platforms, and other demanding use cases. Carl J. Levine is the Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1. A veteran of the Internet Infrastructure space, he has over a decade of experience with startups, networking protocols and Internet infrastructure, combined with the unique ability to it...
The question before companies today is not whether to become intelligent, it’s a question of how and how fast. The key is to adopt and deploy an intelligent application strategy while simultaneously preparing to scale that intelligence. In her session at 21st Cloud Expo, Sangeeta Chakraborty, Chief Customer Officer at Ayasdi, provided a tactical framework to become a truly intelligent enterprise, including how to identify the right applications for AI, how to build a Center of Excellence to oper...
"IBM is really all in on blockchain. We take a look at sort of the history of blockchain ledger technologies. It started out with bitcoin, Ethereum, and IBM evaluated these particular blockchain technologies and found they were anonymous and permissionless and that many companies were looking for permissioned blockchain," stated René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Conventi...
Gemini is Yahoo’s native and search advertising platform. To ensure the quality of a complex distributed system that spans multiple products and components and across various desktop websites and mobile app and web experiences – both Yahoo owned and operated and third-party syndication (supply), with complex interaction with more than a billion users and numerous advertisers globally (demand) – it becomes imperative to automate a set of end-to-end tests 24x7 to detect bugs and regression. In th...
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, James Henry, Co-CEO/CTO of Calgary Scientific Inc., introduced you to the challenges, solutions and benefits of training AI systems to solve visual problems with an emphasis on improving AIs with continuous training in the field. He explored applications in several industries and discussed technologies that allow the deployment of advanced visualization solutions to the cloud.
Widespread fragmentation is stalling the growth of the IIoT and making it difficult for partners to work together. The number of software platforms, apps, hardware and connectivity standards is creating paralysis among businesses that are afraid of being locked into a solution. EdgeX Foundry is unifying the community around a common IoT edge framework and an ecosystem of interoperable components.
Agile has finally jumped the technology shark, expanding outside the software world. Enterprises are now increasingly adopting Agile practices across their organizations in order to successfully navigate the disruptive waters that threaten to drown them. In our quest for establishing change as a core competency in our organizations, this business-centric notion of Agile is an essential component of Agile Digital Transformation. In the years since the publication of the Agile Manifesto, the conn...
"MobiDev is a software development company and we do complex, custom software development for everybody from entrepreneurs to large enterprises," explained Alan Winters, U.S. Head of Business Development at MobiDev, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Large industrial manufacturing organizations are adopting the agile principles of cloud software companies. The industrial manufacturing development process has not scaled over time. Now that design CAD teams are geographically distributed, centralizing their work is key. With large multi-gigabyte projects, outdated tools have stifled industrial team agility, time-to-market milestones, and impacted P&L stakeholders.
"ZeroStack is a startup in Silicon Valley. We're solving a very interesting problem around bringing public cloud convenience with private cloud control for enterprises and mid-size companies," explained Kamesh Pemmaraju, VP of Product Management at ZeroStack, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Enterprises are adopting Kubernetes to accelerate the development and the delivery of cloud-native applications. However, sharing a Kubernetes cluster between members of the same team can be challenging. And, sharing clusters across multiple teams is even harder. Kubernetes offers several constructs to help implement segmentation and isolation. However, these primitives can be complex to understand and apply. As a result, it’s becoming common for enterprises to end up with several clusters. Thi...
"Space Monkey by Vivent Smart Home is a product that is a distributed cloud-based edge storage network. Vivent Smart Home, our parent company, is a smart home provider that places a lot of hard drives across homes in North America," explained JT Olds, Director of Engineering, and Brandon Crowfeather, Product Manager, at Vivint Smart Home, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"Akvelon is a software development company and we also provide consultancy services to folks who are looking to scale or accelerate their engineering roadmaps," explained Jeremiah Mothersell, Marketing Manager at Akvelon, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"Codigm is based on the cloud and we are here to explore marketing opportunities in America. Our mission is to make an ecosystem of the SW environment that anyone can understand, learn, teach, and develop the SW on the cloud," explained Sung Tae Ryu, CEO of Codigm, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.