Here’s what they had to say.
It Reveals Problems with Your DR Plan
The purpose of testing is to identify any problems within your DR plan that need to be ironed out — before you find yourself in a high-pressure disaster situation in which you can’t afford for your plan to go wrong. Identifying solutions to these problems early on will, of course, benefit your business in the event of a disaster, but it’s also useful for improving your day-to-day operations.
It Allows for Proactive Troubleshooting
You never know when your business will be impacted by a hurricane, earthquake or massive power outage, so when you contract disaster recovery solutions, it’s important to schedule a test as soon as possible and test your solutions under conditions that are as close to real-world conditions as possible (in other words, test everything).
During this process, you might discover that certain applications don’t work on a specific hardware device the way you thought they would, that you need to involve certain people who weren’t initially included in the disaster recovery plan or that a certain recovery location doesn’t work as well as an alternate site.
When you identify these issues ahead of time, you have the advantage of being able to prepare for as seamless a recovery as possible.
It Helps Meet Both Your and Our Expectations
By taking the solutions through a trial run, you have the opportunity to experience a declaration for yourself, giving you a concrete experience upon which to base your expectations, and we’re able to work with you to make sure we meet those expectations.
It Gives Management the Confidence That You Can Recover in an Emergency
Stay tuned for part 2 of the series to hear our disaster recovery solution engineers share some of their most memorable disaster declarations.