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Peak 10 + ViaWest Rolls Out On-Demand Self-Service Disaster Recovery Testing

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New Feature Further Enhances Peak 10 + ViaWest’s DRaaS Solution

A Commitment to Continuously Improving Service Offerings: Enhanced Testing Features for DRaaS

When it comes to disaster recovery, regular testing and staying prepared go a long way—consider those activities part of the process. Avoiding the financial and operational damages that come with an unexpected disaster event hinge upon continuous adaptation and risk reduction.

Like we said in our infographic, The Perils of Passing Time – Infrequent Disaster Recovery (DRaaS) Tests and Increased Risk: 25% of organizations who fail their first round of DR testing don’t execute follow-up re-testing, as reported by the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council. That’s why we’ve enhanced our DRaaS offering with on-demand self-service disaster recovery testing; to make testing easier with reduced risk.

Without regular testing, there’s no way to know with certainty that your DR plan will work in the event of catastrophe, or that you’ll be prepared to know what to do. On the other hand, we also understand how much effort and responsibility comes with IT operations and infrastructure management, and while testing is critical, sometimes, it’s easier said than done.

Knowing that our customers have many critical initiatives to focus on in order to enable the success of their businesses, our DR development team came up with a new feature to ease the burden: on-demand self-service disaster recovery testing. That’s right—anytime DR testing that is safe and non-disruptive to help ensure your strategy is up to par and your business is safeguarded.

A quick reminder of the benefits of DR testing:

  • Train team members with roles.
  • Determine whether any assumption-based components of the plan are invalid.
  • Gauge efficacy in a DR plan.
  • Identify discrepancies and ensure that team members with roles in the DR process don’t have overlapping responsibilities.
  • Raise awareness throughout the organization.

What Does On-Demand DR Testing Look Like?

On-demand self-service disaster recovery testing effectively addresses all of the following strategies:

  • Ad hoc (immediate) testing
  • Single application testing
  • Department testing
  • Frequent testing
  • Regression testing
  • Re-testing (to prove issues from prior testing are resolved)
  • Patch and upgrade testing

Further, using our MyCloud Portal, customers have the ability to carry out the following testing activities:

  • Test a new or recently upgraded application for the first time
  • Go deeper into the organization by involving application users outside the IT department
  • Ensure continued success through regression and re-testing strategies
  • Perform software patch and upgrade testing in a “bubble” to ensure the next production upgrade goes smoothly
  • Validate data and applications as often as you like

29% of businesses report they’re not quite sure of the results of their last test. With on-demand self-service testing, test history is clearly displayed on custom dashboards.

A Focus on Superior DRaaS and Ongoing Development Efforts

Did you know that we were recognized by Gartner, Inc. in the Niche quadrant of the company’s 2017 Magic Quadrant for Disaster Recovery as a Service1? Since the Magic Quadrant was published in June 2017, we’ve also launched Extended Journaling, a new failback expansion feature of its Recovery Cloud offering, which gives customers the ability to expand DR testing capabilities and recover data quickly to previous points in time.

  • Up to 14 days earlier with Peak 10 Recovery Cloud Essentials
  • Up to 30 days earlier with Peak 10 Recovery Cloud Prime and Premium

This failback expansion significantly lowers an organization’s operational risk and potential for data loss in the event of a disaster. The update provides Peak 10 + ViaWest customers with broad support of disaster testing strategies, including multi-day exercises; reduces the risk of data loss through self-service control of data replication journaling; automates recovery of complex applications to precise point-in-time, and increases disaster preparedness.

Our mission is to increase disaster preparedness, and better arm our customers against the unplanned, and we fully intend to continue to develop new and innovative DRaaS features that support customer needs. Peak 10 + ViaWest is here to help you with your DR requirements. If you’d like to understand more about on-demand self-service DR testing, or wish to evaluate your current DR plan, visit www.peak10.com/contact-us or call (866) 473-2510.

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

1 Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Disaster Recovery as a Service” by Ron Blair, Mark Thomas Jaggers, June 19, 2017.

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"Our values are the foundation for everything we do at Peak 10, and are ultimately what enable us to earn our customers' business and their trust."
David H. Jones,
Board Member, Peak 10 + ViaWest