How Strong is Your Disaster Recovery Plan? Find Out with the New Recovery Readiness Report

Posted 04/23/2018 by Don Foster

Raise your hand if you actively do disaster recovery tests every quarter?

How about every six months?

What about every year?

This topic has become a major conversation point among IT leaders lately with the advancements in ransom and malware and the impact natural disasters have had across the globe.

What happens if your business is struck by a real disaster? How fast can you recover? Is your level of readiness one that you could confidently tell leadership that any disaster would be a minimal impact to the business? 

Many things can cause a potential disaster. It is how well you respond, however, that will define the success of your organization. Recovery readiness in the past was only as good as your last DR test. If you hadn’t truly walked through the test and validated the speed in which you could return your IT systems back to normal operating order, then you really had no idea how fast your response time could be. I have seen companies with the most stringent of operations force live failover and fail back operations during the day to ensure their critical business lines could be operational the moment a disaster is called, and action must be put forth.

As you are probably thinking, those types of DR and business continuity plans were, and still are, extremely expensive. New technologies like the cloud have made these costs more like a utility than a capital expenditure, but with this on demand modeling, it has become more complex to transform DR operations from a colocation physical site to the cloud, or a mix of physical and cloud driven environments.

It’s time to start answering those questions with definitive answers and data when your leadership asks you, “How ready are we if we were to be struck by an "Event." And to help you do exactly, that Commvault has developed a new level of awareness to your recovery readiness called the Recovery Readiness Report. This report provides a scorecard view of the SLAs and outcomes you require. By collecting and analyzing all of the data about your operations, your desired outcomes and requirements for recovery point objectives and recovery time objectives, Commvault software scores how ready you are if an event were to occur. Providing leadership an answer and a solution to their questions and concerns about recovery readiness becomes simple and easy to showcase. Whether your plan is to recover to the cloud or to another data center, we will give the bird's-eye view of your environment and highlight how well it is meeting your SLAs across a variety dimensions.

By using the Recovery Readiness Report, inputs such as protection plans, group associations, applications and clients become key data that highlights the expected success and readiness of your organization. Zero in on RPO and RTO problems in your scorecard and Commvault will even help make better decisions on how to adjust job schedules, solve specific performance bottlenecks, or alter your backup methodology.

Pretty powerful stuff and it’s the perfect feature for today’s business environment where IT disasters are often a when, not an if. Even better: it’s now available in Service Pack 11 of the Commvault Data Platform. Find out more about our Disaster Recovery solutions or start a 30-day trial today.

Don Foster leads Commvault’s worldwide solutions marketing team and is a total technology enthusiast. He can often be seen speaking at industry events with customers and the analyst/press community.