Quorum OnQ Valuable Features

KevinKelcey
Director of IT at City of Gainesville Texas
By far, one of the biggest features is that, even on the absolutely run-of-the-mill box, if I lose any one of my servers I can automatically bring it up virtually on the physical onQ Quorum device. Another feature I really like about it is the fact that, after every backup, it automatically spins up every one of the hosts and confirms that it is actually a good backup and running. I know that if I ever have to rely on them, they are available for me. That is another of the biggest features. I've got 30 or so servers here and the vast majority are pretty critical for police, fire, water distribution, etc. I can't just pick and choose and say "Okay, I know I lost everything but let me just concentrate on this one," because, in reality, a lot of them are awfully important and really cannot be down for any length of time. That's why I really like the checking aspect of every backup, and I know that Windows will start up every time for me. When it comes to recovering what you need from a backup, they've got a handful of different approaches for gaining access to the files. I can spin up the entire VM and go find the files, or I can go off a specific application at any one of my snapshot points in time. Or I can open them up as a Windows share, and drill out from there for everything, using Windows Explorer. Or, I could just say, "I just want you to list entire directories." There are many options, depending on what your needs are for recovering the files. It's on a needs basis. If somebody comes to me and says "Hey, I just need this one file," I'll go grab just the one file. If I'm restoring a handful of directories, it's natural for me to check the user and hit "restore," refer them back to the original location, and I'm good to go. There are multiple options available, which is nice. I use the solution's automated testing functionality. It happens every time the backup runs. In my instance, I run backups twice a day, at noon and midnight. It tests automatically after every backup. I get an email notification every morning and I scroll through it and I look for how many good backups I had and, at the very bottom, how many successful tests it was able to do with the automated features. It's an incredibly important aspect of the solution. There are a lot of people out there who will run backups all day, blindly trusting that everything is working and that, if they have to restore they can do so or can spin it up in the cloud. If they never had it perform the task, or they do it so incredibly rarely that they only then realize "Oh crap, Windows won't even start," or "some applications within it don't start," they're now scrambling. Luckily, since I know that it's spinning them up automatically for me, I know at the very least that Windows is going to be coming up and give me a good starting spot. I find it to be an incredibly important feature. It definitely sets my mind at ease knowing that it's doing that after every backup. View full review »
WilliamEstlow
Network Manager at Century Savings
When it comes to recovering what you need from a backup, it's super-easy. I give their dev team credit for making it super-simple. When we first started with them, it was a little on the clunky side. We were an early customer for them but they have upgraded it over time. I can open up a window share within three minutes and copy the files I need, if I just need specific files. In five minutes, I can have all the files I need for a specific day and go back as many days as I want. We store for 30 days so I can pull 30 days' worth of data. Six years ago that would have taken me about 10 to 15 minutes. It wasn't terrible. Now, if it was a restore of servers, that's a different story. If I had to take a server and completely do a bare-metal restore before, it was down a good 4 hours, maybe a little bit less. Now, it's 30 minutes. They really changed the way things go. From a disaster-recovery point of view, one of the things I really like is that I can test the virtual copy of the physical server on a test network and compare the servers side-by-side, without interfering with the production network. So I can see and make sure that the latest copy of the server is the physical copy of the server, without interfering with production. Also, it automatically tests the copies of the servers for me. Whenever there's a copy of a server — bringing it over to the Quorum device to make a copy — it tests it and makes sure it will boot, that everything works fine, and then shuts it down. It sends me a notification saying "backup successful, test successful." I can choose a date that I want within the last 30 days, boot that server up on that specific day, and it will show me every file that was on there. So it does versioning. It will make the changes incrementally, so I can go through them by days. If there are any errors with a snapshot that has been created, I will get a notification and I can test it manually if I need to, or I can look into it why it failed. Maybe the server was in the middle of a reboot when it was trying to create it and created some errors. I can just create a new backup with one click. It sends it over to DR site and it's done. We're protecting the data we currently have against failures, malware, or ransomware. We can do a one-click restore of files without losing them, so we don't have to pay ransom. Also, all of the data is significantly compressed, so it does reduce data usage, but it's not something that we use to reduce our data usage. One nice thing that they added is a single pane of glass to see all of your servers. You can see whether up, down, or transferring. That was a nice addition in version 5. View full review »
SteveDenger
IT Manager at Trinity Logistics Corp
The "set it and forget it" approach of Quorum is huge, as far as time savings go. And the fact that the Quorum validates the data that's backed means I don't have that mystery of what's sitting on the tape. Every backup is validated. I know that I have good, recoverable data at all times. There's virtualized recovery within the Quorum appliance, which we do use occasionally — and sometimes we'll use it for sandboxing or testing — and then there's the situation where you actually lose a physical server. On my remote sites I don't have virtual servers, I have physical servers. They've got a great recovery tool for rebuilding bare-metal hardware as well. They've got virtual recovery, file recovery, and bare-metal recovery all nailed down perfectly. The automated testing functionality is part of the "set it and forget it" because I can look in an email that says all my VMs were backed up and tested and it takes me ten seconds. That's as opposed to having to go manipulate the system and do any kinds of validations or changes. It's stupid-simple. In terms of the solution’s ease of use for recovering what is needed from a backup, there are two facets to it. On a day-to-day, "Suzy lost a file" type of situation — just file recovery — it's extremely fast and simple. With four or five clicks you find your file, you hit recover and, in ten seconds, it's on the server. In a disaster situation, where you actually have to recover a full server, they have a very well-designed method. They call it the QUARK. It's the Quorum recovery procedure for doing recovery of VMs or recovery of bare metal. It's a guided GUI recovery and it works really well. View full review »
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Darryl D
VP Director of Information Technology at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
It's easy to manage. We're a smaller team. It's easy to implement, easy to spin up, easily configurable, to drop-in appliances and network. There wasn't a lot of time needed to spin it up. From a day-to-day management perspective, it's very easy to use as well. And I get reporting on the latest backup every day, whether or not it was successful, and whether or not the test of the VM was successful. It comes to me by email and gives me the status of each of the VMs: When it was last backed up, whether or not the backup was successful, and whether or not the test was successful. View full review »
ChrisMcCollum
Server Administrator at CBX Global
The biggest feature is being able to do a file recovery to the original server. That is extremely useful and has saved us a few times when we've had ransomware. In some of those cases, people's computers were locked down by viruses which spread to things they had access to, including server shares. But we were easily able to just restore to four hours prior, instead of a day or two or more ago. That has been extremely useful. And being able to bring a server up from the same backup from a few hours ago, if the server were to crash or have issues, is valuable. When it comes to recovering what we need from a backup, it's very easy to use. The interface is very straightforward in getting to your goal. It has made file recovery very easy, very simple, and quick. Also, the automated testing functionality seems accurate. If it comes back and says there's a problem, I can always contact support and usually it's just that there is a little hiccup. They run a few commands and resolve any automatic report issues. In our case, we have some older servers which don't necessarily report correctly even though their recovery nodes will power on. View full review »
Sean Fiandaca
IT Manager at a healthcare company with 11-50 employees
I have used the BMR (Bare Metal Restore) in several emergencies and it has absolutely saved my bacon. I love being able to bring up a machine as a VM too. I've used that to test system upgrades and system deployments without having to worry about breaking anything in production. It is easy to wipe and repeat those tests as you need to. View full review »
Bo Heinemeyer
Director of Technology at a financial services firm
Being able to spin up a machine in a sandbox is amazing because it allows us to test things that we otherwise would not be able to do. The self-test feature isn't anything new, but to not have that functionality these days should be a deal-breaker for any company looking for a solution. View full review »
Enrique C.
IT Adminsitrator at a software R&D company with 11-50 employees
The most valuable feature is spinning up a ready-to-go VM in a test or production environment that is based on a backup stored on the Quorum device. View full review »
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