Storagepipe Solutions (http://storagepipe.com) has been providing companies with online data protection services since 2001. And over the course of that time, they’ve noticed that – although most companies back up their data regularly – many companies still don’t perform emergency test drills with their backups.
Just like fire drills, you should run a full backup recovery test at least once every 6-12 months. Otherwise, you have no way of knowing if your backup process is actually working. Neglecting to test your backups is a great way to end up with nasty surprises in the event that you need to perform a full recovery.
In order to help with this process, Storagepipe has developed a Downtime Cost Calculator which can be used to track the amount of time it takes to rebuild your servers and reload all of your critical data. The information collected by this tool can then be converted to financial figures relating to how productivity and revenue were affected by the server crash.
All of this data can be used to optimize the ROI of the company’s data disaster plan, and assist in setting IT budgets for the year.
The app is completely free, and it comes in both iPod/iPhone and Android flavors. For business owners and IT managers, this is an important financial tool that will help the company save money.