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7 reasons why your business needs disaster recovery as a service

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7 reasons why your business needs disaster recovery as a service

What is Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)?

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Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) main benefits

1. Cost savings

2. Ease of use

As you already know, building and maintaining your own disaster recovery site can be both too complex and costly. The same holds true for configuration and testing backup and recovery processes, too. By getting rid of all of this infrastructure on your side and getting access to a dashboard that automates most of the functions and tools included in the DRaaS solution, you can forget about high administrative and maintenance requirements.

3. Frequent backup and quick recovery

DRaaS automatically backs up data to the cloud with some degree of frequency and recovers the backup data in case of an emergency. Backup frequency and recovery speed are defined by RPO (recovery point objective) and RTO (recovery time objective) values accordingly. The lower these values, the higher your company’s IT resilience will be. On the other hand, you should be aware that close to zero RTO and RPO imply high cost, so you need to find optimal values by figuring out the potential monetary loss due to a system outage.

4. Data safety and security

5. Platform agnosticism

DRaaS solutions work with different systems, so you can, for instance, run virtual servers with different hypervisors and replicate data between various storage systems and clouds, which makes DRaaS hypervisor-, hardware-, and application-agnostic.

6. Accessibility

7. External IT expertise

As soon as you choose a DRaaS solution, you’ll get help and guidance from field experts employed at disaster recovery service providers — data safety, cloud backup, and disaster recovery is their primary area of expertise. If a problem arises, reliable providers will help you overcome it with ease. One more thing is that your in-house specialists don’t necessarily have to be proficient at disaster recovery since your service provider becomes the one who is responsible for hardware-related data protection.

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) vs. Backup as a Service (BaaS)

Backup as a Service is deemed by many business owners and IT specialists as another great solution that helps minimize the negative impact of an IT disaster. However, there’s a significant difference between BaaS and DRaaS, which is often overlooked. Simply put, Backup as a Service protects data, while Disaster Recovery as a Service protects applications, data and the whole infrastructure. Thus, BaaS is just a subset of DRaaS with limited functionality. DRaaS incorporates compute services so that, in addition to the data backup services, it ensures application continuity. Unlike BaaS, DRaaS has features that enable orchestration of failover, failback, and testing. BaaS requires more manual interventions and, subsequently, more efforts and IT expertise from your in-house team members to work properly.

Conclusion

Due to the rising trend in IT disasters and the increasing intolerance from users towards service outages, disaster recovery has become widespread and has proven effective. Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) stands out favorably against other disaster recovery scenarios because it provides access to the essential tools required to maintain business continuity for most organizations, even for those that have a limited budget. DRaaS has all the benefits of cloud-based technology: scalability, flexibility, and many others.

Nick Smirnov, CEO and Co-Founder

Nick Smirnov, Finops and digital transformation enthusiast, CEO at Hystax

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