[MUSIC PLAYING] Hi, and welcome to the final episode of the series "Confident, Resilient, Prepared-AD Recovery." My name is Connie West, Product Marketing Manager at Dell Software. And I'll be your host for this series.
If you're watching this series, you already know that Microsoft Active Directory plays a central role in the operations of most companies. In the first episode of this series, we talked about the everyday type disasters that can occur with AD in an organization. And in the last episode, we went a little deeper into some of the more significant types of IT disasters, what organizations are worrying about today, and the importance of having a disaster recovery plan.
In this episode, we'll talk about how Dell can help with the creation and testing of AD Disaster Recovery Plans. We'll share some research that's been completed recently, regarding why people have a tough time testing their plans. And we'll talk about how Dell's Recovery Manager solutions can help.
Joining me today is Keri Farrell, Product Manager for our Recovery Manager Solutions here at Dell Software. Welcome to the show, Keri.
Keri, do most organizations have a Disaster Recovery Plan in place?
I think, most companies, based on the research that we have, do you have Disaster Recovery Plans. I think the question is, do they test the plans. Most companies do fall under some type of regulation, whether it be external or internal compliance. So they do have these plans in place. But sometimes, they're just a piece of paper, and they're not updated frequently.
For those who don't have good Disaster Recovery Plans, can you tell me why they don't?
The biggest reason why companies don't have Disaster Recovery Plans that are valid plans is, they just don't have the resources. And they don't have the time to put into them. There's a lot of time that goes into creating a plan that's valid and testing it and updating it.
So the next question is then, how often do they actually test their plans.
Well, seeing as they're most likely not all valid plans, from what we saw in our research, about 45% of companies will actually test their plan, but not with their production data.
And so for those organizations that don't test their plans, why wouldn't they test them? Well, the reason why they wouldn't test those plans is, again, they don't have the resources to put into it, meaning users to go and create the lab, the hardware to create the lab, and the ability to create this massive test environment, to go through a complete forced recovery.
Does Recovery Manager offer any kind of assistance in testing Disaster Recovery Plans?
Yes, actually, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forced Edition gives you the ability to create a test lab, using your production data. So your production environment can be either virtual or physical. And we will take all of that data and create a mirror image of your production environment, so you can go and test your disaster recovery plan. Or you can test software updates, patches, new software. You can test this all in this test lab that is a mirror copy of your production environment.
Thanks, Carrie, interesting information. And thanks for sharing with us today. Where can our viewers reach you, if they have any questions?
As always, they can reach me at Keri.Farrell@Software.Dell.com.
That's all we have time for today. Thanks for joining us, Keri.
Keri explained how Dell can help with the creation and testing of AD Disaster Recovery Plans. If you want to learn more about how Recovery Manager from Dell Software can help, please visit DellSoftware.com/AD-Recovery. Thanks for watching.