It’s such a simple question—and yet consider the following:
- Business continuity and disaster recovery testing is often a painful, manual ordeal that many businesses don’t have the time or the inclination to perform.
- Application-, virtual machine-, and operating system-level dependencies in site-level recovery is undocumented at best and unknown at worst.
- Granular backup can result in the exclusion of files necessary to perform instant recovery on a single physical server or virtual machines.
These are just a few of the challenges that make RTAs (Recovery-Time Actuals) unknown, and cause well-intentioned RPOs (Recovery Point Objectives) and RTOs (Recovery Time Objectives) to drift with increasing data and the deployment of additional and different applications.
What Is Recovery Assurance?
Recovery assurance provides automated testing of recovery from backups, archives, and replication. Single server-, virtual-machine-level backups or entire site-based application-level infrastructure backups may be tested locally or at the replication target—whether at a private single-tenant second location or a public multi-tenant cloud.
“Tested” means that the backup is actually recovered within a virtual sandbox without interrupting normal system operation and that the results of the recovery is compared against an expected result.
Sound like magic? Let’s explore in a bit more detail how recovery assurance actually works.
How It Works:
Server-Level Recovery Assurance
Server-level recovery assurance is available in our Recovery-Series physical appliances and tests a physical server or deep virtual machine backup (treating the virtual machine as if it is a physical server.) This is done by performing an “audit” of the backup so that it is automatically recovered within a virtual sandbox; a snapshot of the challenge screen is then available to the administrator as proof of the successful restore.
Site Application-Level Recovery Assurance
Site application-level recovery assurance handles not only automation (automatically performing the recovery) but also orchestration (allowing the IT administrator to specify the dependencies among applications, operating systems, virtual machines, and the like.) Testing the recovery orchestration ensures that the SLAs (Service Level Agreements) for RPOs (Recovery Point Objectives) and RTOs (Recovery Time Objectives) are accurately reported in the RTAs (Recovery Time Actuals) that occur in the recovery sandbox.
With Unitrends Recovery Assurance, business continuity and disaster recovery testing becomes an automated process with absolutely no manual intervention. Dramatically lower the cost of testingand obtain an iron-clad guarantee that you can recover.
Site application-level recovery assurance is available in our stand-alone ReliableDR product and is also available as a feature of all of our backup products (Recovery-Series physical appliances, Unitrends Enterprise Backup virtual appliance, Unitrends Virtual Backup virtual appliance, and Unitrends Cloud DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service) offering.)
Disaster Recovery Assurance
This white paper introduces the concept of Disaster Recovery (DR) Assurance
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Reducing RTOs to Minutes (for Service Providers)
How Service Providers can assure customers that their applications and systems are fully recoverable, and reduce RTOs to minutes.
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