CU*NorthWest completes roll over disaster recovery test

LIBERTY LAKE, WA (December 29, 2016) — CU*NorthWest, an information technology cooperative CUSO based in Liberty Lake, Washington, participated in a successful production disaster recovery test of its high availability replication environment. The test began when CU*NorthWest moved all production operations from its primary data center to an out of region secondary data center where it maintains a second production environment that replicates data in real time. Over 60 credit unions executing from a single CUSO owned operations facility participated directly in the rollover test. All credit unions operated in the backup datacenter for three days, after which the entire network was moved back to the production facilities.

The test is part of the company’s ongoing disaster recovery and business continuity strategy that includes out of region high availability replication, EFT switch, credit union branch connectivity redundancy and backup operations and technical teams. CU*NorthWest is a partner/owner of its own production center CUSO (Site-Four) in Yankton, South Dakota. Site-Four maintains high availability and redundant systems throughout its partner network

Components of redundant facilities are continuously tested with full rollover tests done at least annually in order to continuously improve disaster recovery and business continuity strategies. The goals is to be “well exercised” and operate at a near immediate failover capability with state-of-the-art data replication technologies. Testing helps ensure that facilities are operating as designed and assists in continually improving the disaster recovery and high availability design and process execution.

Greg Smith CEO of CU*NorthWest stated: “What we accomplished together with our client credit unions was impressive. Most tests are simply simulations or very quick recovery exercises outside of the normal service delivery to account holders. Not only did we test the rollover and the integrity of our strategy and engineering, but we ran EVERY client in this environment for 3+ business days—our client-owners were all active testers and participants in the test. The level of confidence in our disaster recovery planning, approach and execution has been validated through this process. We don’t have to wonder whether it will work because we just proved it and that builds confidence.”

About CU*NorthWest

CU*NorthWest was founded in 2005 as a part of the network of credit unions and CUSO’s. It is a 100% credit union-owned cooperative CUSO located in Liberty Lake, Washington. CU*NorthWest offers a wide variety of services for credit unions including its flagship CU*BASE processing system (online and in-house) and Internet development services featuring the It’s Me 247 online and mobile banking. Additional services include web site development, network design and security, execution services, and a complete eDocument solution. CU*NorthWest provides expertise in implementing technical solutions to operational needs, and helps credit unions form strategic alliances and partnerships. For more information, visit


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