As a product manager for Backup Exec I have the pleasure of talking to many of our customers and partners in the field. It’s fascinating to hear about the latest backup strategy, with the newest hardware and the way customers use our product to secure good backups. On the other hand, what concerns me is the lack of strategy when it comes to disaster recovery.
When I did IT work, which wasn’t too long ago, I remember having to rebuild a server from scratch when it crashed. True, I had my data secure, but the time it took to rebuild that server cost the customer or company money. It was very painful; I remember having to locate the drivers disc, install the OS again, get everything updated, reinstall the apps, configure everything, etc… and then restore the data. After that, I had to make sure everything was synced and then reconfigure the backup job.
Of course this is just the Reader’s Digest version. You, who have gone through this, know I didn’t cover this in its entirety. Needless to say, it’s quite time consuming and it could impact productivity, revenue, and moral. In some cases, it could have an impact on your position in the company if the proper disaster recovery plan is not in place.
Questions for you to consider:
Are you prepared?
If your Exchange server went down today how long would it take to get your system back online?
What is your RTO & RPO and do you meet those objectives?
I’d like to hear about your Disaster Recovery strategies. Share some glory stories and feel free to share some horror stories. If Backup Exec System Recovery saved you, please share.