When it comes to recovery, terms like disaster recovery, recovery point objectives (RPO) or Recovery Time objectives (RTO) spring to the mind. Recovery Assurance is a coinage that is fairly new on the recovery scene and seems to be fast becoming the current favorite.

What is this Recovery Assurance? Why call it R2A? Recovery Assurance is R2A because it is really Recovery Restore Assurance—with 2 Rs and an A. It is the latest in the functional repository in the cloud and is considered a mark of sophistication of the vendor software.

R2A motivates system security, ROI and high availability of data. It underlies the efforts to protect data from viruses, software conflicts, data corruption, faulty driver installs, flawed operating system updates, and user errors. It is the driver behind the backup process management, computer time guarantees, productivity and service level agreements (SLAs). It demands the use of state-of-the-art technologies, sophisticated engineering, superior performance, and user friendly GUIs.

R2A facilitates Virtual Disaster recovery. The implication is that R2A takes a service oriented approach to disaster recovery with complete attention to applications rather than on restoration of hardware, applications and data on enterprise systems. R2A draws attention to the importance of recovery assurance. Can the enterprise quickly and effectively recover its data? The RTO and RPO are important, but an assurance of instant business continuity is considered more important. Loss of the data center or hardware due to natural or man-made calamities need no longer overwhelm the enterprise. They can switch over to virtual disaster recovery data centers and continue with their business while their IT personnel struggle to get the physical data center up and running within the RTO or RPO envisaged in the SLA with the service provider. Virtual Disaster recovery eliminates the need for immediate hardware or data center duplication and assists instant access to information. The applications can “return to operation” virtually.  In other words, R2A is an IT environment in which data services are virtually restored first and disaster recovery is managed later.

The R2A covers the entire digital footprint of the enterprise ranging from storage, servers, desktops, laptops and mobile devices of all kinds. The agentless version of R2A promotes multi-site online cloud backup and the restore software marries utility services with disk based WAN optimized architectures.