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 environments at both the primary and secondary data centers every three years. The process is simplified by a high availability program that allows teams to introduce new hardware, replicate data to synchronize systems, and test configurations and applications prior to promoting the new servers to the production role.

“This is the fourth generation of core hardware,” states Jim Lawrence, VP of Operations and Business Continuity at CU*Answers, “where teams have been able to successfully rollover from the old to the new, during a planned maintenance period with minimal downtime. With live production HA rollovers scheduled every six months, the process has become routine and a part of the normal operations calendar, allowing for the implementation and execution of an active corporate strategic technology plan designed to meet the demand of a growing network of credit unions. ”

CU*Answers maintains a comprehensive Business Continuity Program to provided adequate opportunity for planned system and network maintenance as well as prepare for unplanned incidents that threaten to disrupt core processing services. Regular HA rollover and recovery exercises are conducted with gap analysis reports made available for client credit unions to review.

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