Disaster RecoveryWhy Disaster Recovery Fails

Why Disaster Recovery Fails

Configuration Drift: The Greatest Threat to Business Continuity

Configuration drift — an inevitable condition in today’s constantly changing data center –occurs when production or primary infrastructure configurations “drift” or become different in some way from the recovery or replicated infrastructure. This creates serious configuration gaps which impact your Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO).

Not surprisingly, configuration drift is the primary reason disaster recovery (DR) systems fail, exposing businesses to high risks of data loss and extended outages. While a single configuration gap can derail recovery, these inconsistencies often remain hidden until it is too late. AvailabilityGuard/DR automatically monitors your environment for hidden data protection and recoverability vulnerabilities, analyzes their potential impact, alerts you to the problem, and provides detailed instructions how to correct it.

DR Tests Alone Will Not Do.

In theory, disaster recovery (DR) readiness should be validated after each configuration change. In reality, companies just don’t have the time or resources to execute full, by-the-book tests. Moreover, the moment a change is made to the infrastructure, the disaster recovery test results may become invalid. Continuous, automated monitoring with AvailabilityGuard/DR validates your Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) at all times.

Vendor-specific Solutions Provide Only Partial Coverage.

While some vendors provide monitoring capabilities for their specific solutions, the typical datacenter infrastructure is a multi-vendor, multi-domain environment. AvailabilityGuard/DR covers your entire infrastructure, providing a single point of control over your disaster recovery readiness across physical, virtual, and hybrid environments, while factoring in the complex interdependencies between different technology layers.

The fact is, today most DR strategies will not work when put to the test.  Enterprise data remains inadequately protected.

Dan Yachin
Research Director, IDC