Manual disaster recovery (DR) testing takes time you likely don’t have to spare. With SolarWinds Backup Recovery Testing, you can enroll servers in a test plan in just a few clicks. Simply define which servers you want to test and whether you want to test them automatically every 30 or 14 days. That’s it! No more time required.
You use to need your own secondary data center to perform DR test recoveries. Then virtualization made it easier—all you needed was a VM. Recovery Testing makes it even easier. SolarWinds provides the VM in the cloud, automatically spins it up, recovers the backup to the VM, takes a screen shot, and destroys the VM. The whole process is automated and designed for security, requiring no special resources on your side.
One of the reasons to perform regular test recoveries is to document and demonstrate the value of your ongoing data protection service. Customers appreciate the reassurance that their data is not only backed up, but also verified as recoverable. With Recovery Testing, you can set up automatic reports to go out to customers upon test completion. Or, if you prefer, you can simply include test results (including a screen shot of the booted VM) as part of your regular monthly customer reporting.
Until you’ve performed a test recovery, you can only guess how long restoring a specific server will take. It’s hard to set customer expectations when you don’t know if a specific recovery will take minutes or hours. Automated recovery testing in the cloud environment we provide won’t be the same as real-world recovery to your own environment, but it will give you a sense of what to expect, which can make a real difference at recovery time.
So don’t continue to put it off. Ease your recovery worries, starting today. Save time and gain peace of mind with regular reports that include screenshot verification your system state, file, and folder backups are recoverable and ready should the need arise.
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Carrie Reber is senior product marketing manager for SolarWinds MSP.