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 secondary data center. With member-facing services operating from alternate locations, team completed the data center remodel project that includes an upgrade and test of the Emergency Power Off (EPO) safety system.

“The last power interruption to the production data center occurred in 2012,” said Jim Lawrence, VP of Operations and Business Continuity. “At that time, a construction project was completed to double our utility and alternate power capacity to accommodate future growth. Significant changes have occurred in the ten years since, not only to the technology installed in the data center, but also to the breadth of digital services our client credit unions and members count on us for. Reliance on any one site is no longer feasible in the 24/7 world we live in today.” Core processing services will continue operating from the secondary data center until the scheduled rollback on Sunday, February 13.

At the conclusion of each rollover and recovery exercise, whether planned or unplanned, CU*Answers publishes a full gap analysis report for credit unions to review. 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.

CUSO upgrading core technology using a high availability (HA) strategy

During the month of July 2022, CU*Answers will embark on a significant project to replace the server and data storage hardware that comprise the CU*BASE® core processing platform with minimal interruption of service utilizing a robust and mature high-availability strategy. To keep pace with continuously evolving technology and performance increases, CU*Answers upgrades the host core […]

Jun 30, 2022

Data center operations presentation provided to cuasterisk.com network

On April 12, 2022, speakers from CU*Answers were invited to participate in the annual CU*SOUTH Visionary Conference, held this year in Pensacola Beach, FL to share with the audience details about 24/7 data center operations across the CU*BASE platform. Attended by more than 100 credit unions professionals representing financial institutions on the cuasterisk.com network, presentations […]

Apr 28, 2022

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 […]

Apr 6, 2022

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

On July 1, 2021, CU*Answers completed a bare-metal restoration of their production core-processing system in a test environment as part of their Disaster Recovery Program. With a robust and mature high availability environment hosting CU*BASE for more than 190 credit unions spanning data centers located 750 miles apart, preparing for catastrophic scenarios is not overlooked. […]

Jul 2, 2021