CU*Answers supports in-house credit unions test redundant data centers

On January 16, 2022, CU*Answers coordinated a live test of an in-house credit union’s high availability strategy by conducting a rollover for core processing services from the production data center outside of Portland, Maine, to the secondary data center located more 1,500 miles away in Yankton, South Dakota.

Core processing data is replicated in real time between data centers. On an annual basis, teams conduct a live “rollover” to direct network traffic to systems at the secondary site for a minimum of three business days before redirecting traffic back to the production data center.

CU*Answers provides core data processing services to a mix of online and in-house (self-processing) credit unions with a similar high availability strategy. All the experience and knowledge gained during regular core HA rollovers is shared across the network. “Serving members today requires a 24/7 availability strategy,” said Jim Lawrence, VP of Operations and Business Continuity. “Leveraging the resources across multiple participants enables us to provide a consistent and affordable solution for credit unions who maintain a larger IT footprint internally. Offering support for disaster recovery planning gives the credit union an added level of confidence in their capabilities during disruptive events and allows them to focus more on their mission to serve their communities.”

More about Business Continuity Services offered to both online and in-house credit unions by CU*Answers, including reports from recent recovery and rollover events, is available on their website.

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Data center operations presentation provided to network

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System Availability website for core processing published by CU*Answers

On April 4, 2022, CU*Answers published a newly refreshed web page detailing the expectations for CU*BASE® core processing uptime. “Our goal each month is 100% uptime for teller and member facing applications,” states Jim Lawrence, VP of Operations and Business Continuity. “Realistically, even in a 24/7 marketplace, there are specific activities that need to be […]

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CU*Answers conducts a dark data center test as part of their Business Continuity Program

On February 6, 2022, CU*Answers conducted the true test of any Business Continuity program by shutting off power to the production data center as part of a remodel project. Prior to the power interruption, recovery teams performed high-availability rollover procedures to redirect core processing services, including online and mobile banking environments, to systems at the […]

Feb 11, 2022

Core system bare metal recovery test performed by CU*Answers

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Jul 2, 2021