Imagine you’re a trapeze artist for the Ringling Bros. Circus. Your brilliant blue tights shimmer as you mount the fifty-foot platform and prepare to dazzle the crowd with your aerial routine. You see the swinging bar arcing back towards you like a pendulum and crouch, mentally judging the point in time you need to leap to grab hold of it. Almost there…just a little closer…NOW!
But what if you miscalculate the distance? What if your grip slips and you plummet toward the ground, a glittery blur of Spandex and Lycra? You need to know a safety net is there to catch your fall.
Better yet, you need to know the safety net will support you should you fall. Otherwise, it’s not actually a safety net.
By offering backup and disaster recovery (BDR) as one of your managed IT services, you're selling a safety net to your end clients, but how are you proving to them that the net will actually work? Should a client experience a service disruption or hardware failure, for instance, they’ll need to be able to quickly recover data with an optimal recovery point objective (RPO), so as to restore uptime and profitability. To increase the reliability of your BDR solution, you have to routinely test your backups.
When it comes to your BDR strategy, are you taking a leap of faith?