Why DR solutions fail?

Enterprises invest in IT disaster recovery (DR) solutions and regularly conduct disaster recovery testing. Nevertheless, despite making major investments and taking superior precautions, often, in a disaster situation – a deliberate or accidental, machine-made or man-made event – IT systems do not successfully failover and both the active and backup sites are down.

Why DR solutions fail?

Configuration drift — an inevitable condition in today’s constantly changing, hybrid IT environments – occurs when production or primary infrastructure configurations “drift” or become different in some way from the recovery or replicated infrastructure.

Not surprisingly, configuration drift is the primary reason IT disaster recovery (DR) systems fail, exposing businesses to high risks of data loss and extended outages.  Not only do configuration gaps impact Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO), a single configuration gap can derail recovery. These inconsistencies often remain hidden until it is too late.

DR tests alone will not do

Enterprises devote weeks or more to preparing for their disaster recovery, resilience and failover testing.  The reality of such tests is that because they require a lot of time and resources to execute they are run only once or twice a year and are frequently failed.  And, in theory, even if the DR tests were passed with flying colors, DR readiness should be validated after each configuration change because the moment a change is made to IT infrastructure, disaster recovery test results may become invalid. This is why enterprises require a solution that swiftly, unobtrusively, and consistently verifies the resilience of their IT systems. This is the best and only way to achieve disaster recovery verification.

Ensure your environment can be recovered

AvailabilityGuard NXG provides continuous, automated visibility into an enterprise’s entire IT environment, detects errors and misconfigurations, analyzes their potential impact, alerts relevant teams to the risks found and gives them detailed protocols for repair. It gives IT teams the tool they need to help ensure that disaster recovery solutions will be able to restore systems when needed. The solution also validates the enterprise’s Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) at all times.

Avoid partial vendor-specific coverage. While some vendors provide resilience assurance for their specific solutions, the typical datacenter infrastructure is a multi-vendor, multi-domain, multi-layer environment. AvailabilityGuard NXG covers the entire infrastructure stack, providing a single point of control over disaster recovery readiness across physical, virtual, and hybrid environments, while factoring in the complex interdependencies between different technology layers.

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