The Case for Disaster Recovery as a Service

In the world of disaster recovery, there are two distinct models that consumers can purchase. The traditional model of disaster recovery and the cloud based disaster recovery as a service, DRaaS.

Here’s why, in our connected world, you would be a fool not to protect your business with cloud DRaaS.

Geographically Diverse Data Centers Are Paramount to Disaster Recovery as a Service

We cannot stress this point enough: when it comes to building out a rock solid virtualized disaster recovery plan, it is imperative that you utilize a provider like HOSTING that replicates your backup data across multiple virtual servers stored in geographically diverse data center locations.

The reason for this imperative is simple: if your business is based in lower Manhattan and you utilize a hosting provider with a data center and backup recovery DC in lower Manhattan, what happens when the entire grid goes offline due to a severe weather condition or summer blackout? You lose all your data/solutions for as long as the power is offline.

You choose a cloud disaster as a service solution to ensure your backed up data is virtualized within a data center outside of your and your provider’s geographical location.

Geographically diverse backup data centers ensure your business will stay up and running even when your home DC location goes offline.

Instant Fail Over and Rapid Implementation

One of the best benefits of DRaaS is speed. Unlike traditional disaster recovery services, cloud based solutions rapidly deploy backup services in a matter of seconds/minutes as opposed to hours.

As shown in the graphic below, the recovery time of virtualized DR, represented by the red line, is both quicker and cheaper than that of traditional solutions.

 

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In the event your home data center goes offline, you want to make sure your business solutions are online as quick as possible. With cloud disaster as a service solutions, due to the virtualization of environment and data, fail over (the amount of time it takes your solutions to come back online) takes place in a matter of seconds/minutes as opposed to hours.

Data Security

The basic premise of DRaaS is backing up sensitive company data to offsite virtualized servers. While the basic idea here is to make sure your data is always available the more finite point which has to be made is security via multiple failover locations.

With the lower OPEX and CAPEX costs of cloud based disaster recovery solutions, companies are free to invest in multiple failover locations to ensure multiple points of recovery. This investment, while raising the cost of DR, allows the SMB to be sure as they scale, multiple failover locations around the country will have their back.

Scale to Meet Growth

DRaaS means you don’t have to guess or estimate what your future data demands will be. Rather, it means you have the ability to scale as your demand grows or shrinks.

This being said, while scale is a great feature of cloud DR, before entering into any contract with a provider like HOSTING, you should have a general idea of your overall IT footprint and where that IT footprint might be in the next five years. Scale allows for instant demand satisfaction yet having a scale procedure in place will allow your business to plan for cost increases/reductions along with understanding where your next location for DRaaS should be based.

As you grow, you want to make sure that not only your provider can handle your growth but can provide you with the right data center locations to backup and secure that growth.

The Bottom Line is Always Cost

In study after study, cloud DR has been consistently shown to lower costs. It’s really that simple. The major upside of DRaaS is the lower cost of doing business which, in turn, allows you to focus on your core competencies instead of your cloud backup options.

If you are wondering, yes, HOSTING offers excellent DRaaS. It includes:

  • Offsite data replication and continuous application availability
  • Synchronized protection and recovery sites via reliable data replication, facilitated by VMware’s vSphere and Site Recovery Manager (SRM)
  • Failover and failback capabilities to bring systems back online in as little as 15 minutes
  • Affordable protection of virtual machines (VMs) via predictable billing and tiered RPOs
  • Streamlined operating expenses and reduced upfront capital expenses
  • Centralized visibility into five critical aspects of an organization’s cloud environments
    • Availability
    • Performance
    • Security
    • Capacity
  • 24 x 7 x 365 expert support

Is disaster recovery on your IT priority list? HOSTING can help. Our experts help you understand your position, and work in tandem with you to create a cloud-based disaster recovery plan. We implement and manage your DR plan so that you can focus on your core business goals. Contact them anytime to discuss your specific needs. And view our on-demand webinar,Think You’ve Tested Your DR Plan, Think Again! for more insights from HOSTING CTO Darrell Hyde.

 

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