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Protera has announced that it has developed the Automated Disaster Recovery Framework, a new solution to enable organizations to consistently test, validate, and prove that their processes can effectively respond to incidents and quickly restore operations with minimal business disruption.

"BCDR [business continuity and disaster recovery] is certainly not new, but today's security ecosystem has forever changed the way businesses manage to it." said Adam Mommersteeg, Protera vice president of solution architecture. "It's not enough to say you can back up your systems to a remote location. Cyber insurance companies are demanding proof that the right technologies are safeguarding your systems and, in the event of a breach, that operations can be restored within one business day or less. If you can't do that, you run the risk of being uninsurable."

Traditionally many business continuity and disaster recovery tests relied heavily on industry point solutions that only evaluated a particular business function says Protera. While each individual procedure may be automated, testing myriad operations can be an incredible drain on resources. The new Automated Disaster Recover Framework ensures all point solutions are identified and executed systematically.

"Aside from Fortune 100 companies, most organizations seldom checked to see if their DR plans actually worked," said Mommersteeg. "And even those that did, it was typically done in a very controlled environment with months of planning and tons of resources executing against the plan. That's not a real-world situation."

The Automated Disaster Recovery Framework delivers an outcome-focused technical solution that can be executed with minimal human interaction during testing or real-life mitigation of data after a business disruption. The solution minimizes resource requirements and supports readiness in a business continuity or technical DR program.

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