High Availability

For those services and applications where even the slightest amount of downtime has an immediate and measurable impact to our operations; controls and technologies have been implemented to reduce or eliminate the probability of a disruption or to dramatically reduce the amount of time required for recovery.  Controls include redundant system and network components, fault tolerant network topologies, load balanced server pools and real-time data replication; all working together to meet and exceed the strict security and availability objectives demanded by today’s users.

The High Availability (HA) strategy at CU*Answers focuses on 24-7 availability for core-processing products and services that our member credit unions depend on including the CU*BASE/GOLD and online/mobile banking platforms.  To accomplish this, CU*Answers owns and manages redundant state-of-the-art datacenters fully equipped with redundant power sources, multiple communications service providers, environmental controls, physical access security zones with video surveillance, and centralized network/system monitoring. (SSAE-16 report is available on request for client credit unions.)

High-Availability Rollovers

To ensure our readiness for a critical event affecting our primary processing facility, semi-annual rollover exercises are performed to “redirect” core-processing from systems at our primary datacenter to identical systems at our secondary datacenter. This is a live online event, not a dress rehearsal. Performing this exercise live brings with it the urgency and demand for high performance from our systems and from our recovery teams. This is yet another example of the pressure we put on ourselves in order to best serve our client credit unions.

Due to the nature of these production rollovers, a minimal amount of application downtime is required. This can range from 30-45 minutes, depending on the circumstances of the event. In some cases, should issues arise, actions are taken to collect debug information and/or perform additional checks and audits in order to ensure system and application stability. For these reasons, we schedule rollover exercises during non-peak operational hours. We treat each rollover exercise like a recovery test with full gap analysis reports available for review.

Performing regular HA rollovers helps us to validate our procedures, train new recovery team members, and confirm our readiness and capabilities for those unexpected incidents when unplanned rollovers are necessary. Planned rollovers also allow us to perform routine system and host maintenance with minimal downtime.

View our High Availability Rollover Schedule

Important Instructions for CU*BASE Credit Unions!

Monitoring network connectivity to the secondary datacenter is the responsibility of both CU*Answers Network Services and the credit union. Every time there is a change on your IT network (new branch opens, new PC added, new vendor interface added, firewall or router configuration change, etc.), it brings with it the potential for disrupting access to our secondary datacenter.

For this reason, we recommend that you regularly test connectivity from at least one GOLD workstation at each branch by performing one or both of the following tests:

If the PING or TELNET tests fail, confirm your network’s DNS and IP Routing configuration for compliance with the following AnswerBook items:

For assistance in troubleshooting network connectivity to the CU*Answers secondary datacenter, please contact a Network Services associate.

Updated
August 2, 2018

[The Pulse] 2021 Business Continuity Plan (mid-year revision) Now Available

[The Pulse] 2021 Business Continuity Plan (mid-year revision) Now Available

As your core data processor, we continue to invest in high availability and recovery strategies to ensure that the products and services you count on us for are there when you need them. Implementing those strategies and responding when uncertainty happens requires a well-designed and thoroughly tested plan. We’ve recently updated the 2021 CU*Answers Business… Read more »

Jul 29, 2021

[The Pulse] 2021 Disaster Recovery Test Results Now Available

[The Pulse] 2021 Disaster Recovery Test Results Now Available

2021 Disaster Recovery Test Results Now Available Test Period: June 14 – July 1 Now available for your review is a summary of the recent ‘bare metal’ disaster recovery test performed by teams at CU*Answers to restore CU*BASE from tape backup.  In this report, you will find details about the exercise, including challenges observed, lessons… Read more »

Jul 20, 2021

[The Pulse] HA Rollover Results Now Available

[The Pulse] HA Rollover Results Now Available

HA Rollover Results Now Available Rollover: April 18 – May 9 Now available for your review is a summary of the recent CU*Answers HA (high-availability) rollover event performed April 18th to May 9th for the CU*BASE core processing environment.  In this report, you will find details about the exercise, including challenges observed, lessons learned, and… Read more »

May 20, 2021

Reminder: HA Rollback This Weekend

Reminder: HA Rollback This Weekend

This is a reminder of the high-availability rollback event that will be occurring this weekend.  The rollback process will begin Sunday, May 9th at 3:00 AM ET.  During this time, there will be a period of approximately 60 to 90 minutes that will include an interruption to the following services: CU*BASE/GOLD, CU*Talk audio response, and It’s… Read more »

May 7, 2021

Rollover Event This Weekend – Updates to be Posted on CU*BASE Alerts Page

Rollover Event This Weekend – Updates to be Posted on CU*BASE Alerts Page

Don’t forget: this weekend, we will be testing our ability to redirect CU*BASE core-processing from our production data center to our high-availability (HA) data center.  As a reminder: instead of the typical one-week rollover, this rollover will occur over a three week period.  The rollover will begin at 3:00 AM ET on Sunday, April 18th,… Read more »

Apr 16, 2021

Don’t Forget: the Next HA Rollover is Coming this Weekend!

Don’t Forget: the Next HA Rollover is Coming this Weekend!

Twice each year, CU*Answers tests our ability to redirect CU*BASE core-processing from our production data center to our high-availability (HA) data center.  The next HA rollover has been scheduled for this weekend, Sunday, April 18th. As a reminder: instead of the typical one-week rollover, this rollover will occur over a three week period.  The rollover… Read more »

Apr 12, 2021

Reminder: Next HA Rollover Coming April 18th

Reminder: Next HA Rollover Coming April 18th

Twice each year, CU*Answers tests our ability to redirect CU*BASE core-processing from our production data center to our high-availability (HA) data center.  The next HA rollover has been scheduled for Sunday, April 18th. As a reminder: instead of the typical one-week rollover, this rollover will occur over a three week period.  The rollover will begin… Read more »

Apr 6, 2021

Reminder: Next HA Rollover Coming April 18th

Reminder: Next HA Rollover Coming April 18th

Twice each year, CU*Answers tests our ability to redirect CU*BASE core-processing from our production data center to our high-availability (HA) data center.  The next HA rollover has been scheduled for Sunday, April 18th. As a reminder: instead of the typical one-week rollover, this rollover will occur over a three week period.  The rollover will begin… Read more »

Mar 30, 2021

Rescheduled: Next HA Rollover Coming April 18th

Rescheduled: Next HA Rollover Coming April 18th

Twice each year, CU*Answers tests our ability to redirect CU*BASE core-processing from our production data center to our high-availability (HA) data center.  Previously announced for Sunday, March 7th, the next HA rollover has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 18th. As a reminder: instead of the typical one-week rollover, this rollover will occur over a three… Read more »

Feb 26, 2021