Blue Turtle redefines disaster recovery with Quorum’s onQ solution

Blue Turtle partners with Quorum to deliver resilient, reliable, cost-effective onQ On-Site Disaster Recovery services to protect data and applications for enterprises of all sizes.

Blue Turtle, a leading South African technology management company, today announced its partnership with Quorum, the number one provider of one-click backup and disaster recovery (DR) for small to mid-sized business.

Blue Turtle has expanded its infrastructure product portfolio with Quorum’s award-winning hypervisor-based DR solution, onQ On-Site. onQ On-Site is the building block of Quorum’s unique high-availability (HA), DR, and disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) capabilities. Organisations may choose DRaaS, protecting on-premises applications to the cloud, and in-Cloud DR, protecting applications deployed in the cloud, and replicated to a secondary cloud data centre.

Quorum’s onQ On-Site effectively maintains up-to-date virtual machine clones of critical systems, and transparently takes over failed servers within minutes. Leveraging Quorum technologies, Blue Turtle now offers a simple, fast and cost-effective platform to protect and recover critical IT services for users; whether service interruption is caused by man-made or natural disaster, equipment failure or data loss.

“Disaster recovery is often considered a first step for small to medium enterprises transitioning to a fully outsourced IT model, consisting of co-location, managed hosting, and cloud. The Quorum platform allows organisations to test the viability of this strategy, while meeting critical business continuity objectives,” says Avash Maharaj, Infrastructure Business Manager for Blue Turtle Technologies. “With Quorum’s onQ On-Site offering, enterprises can eliminate months’ worth of cloud compute costs, by maintaining a disaster recovery strategy.”

With Quorum, downtime events are essentially eliminated, ensuring instant asset restoration, so that daily activities remain uninterrupted and business continuity prevails. “Easy to use, cost-effective and PCI-compliant, the Quorum onQ On-Site solution is the best defence against costly downtime events, which are particularly vexing for mid-market government and educational organisations,” said Walter Angerer, CEO at Quorum. “With its Quorum-powered onQ HA solution, customers can rest assured that they have the very best in disaster recovery protecting their critical assets.”

Worldwide disaster recovery and business continuity arrangements look bleak, and South African (SA) enterprises echo these trends. According to an EMC-sponsored survey: “The top three causes of data loss and system downtime in SA are loss of power (56%), hardware failure (51%) and software failure (50%)”1. This is hurting business in loss of employee productivity and loss of revenue. The ability to instantly recover critical data, systems, and applications after a failure or disaster is crucial to the continuity of business operations.

David Fisk, EMEA Sales Director at Quorum, reiterated: “Many organisations today need a highly-available disaster recovery solution to protect critical applications and data, but without the traditional price tag or complications. As a result, Quorum’s highly regarded technology is plugging a gap in the market with its simple to manage and cost-effective platform. In fact, Network Products Guide 2013 Best Products Awards announced Quorum as a finalist for the ‘Best Cloud Storage and Backup Solution’, as this is the only solution in the industry that delivers assured one-click recovery in minutes.”

1 EMC Disaster Recovery Survey 2013: South Africa