The price of disaster recovery used to be too expensive for most companies (except for the largest organisations with the deepest pockets) to justify and prohibitive to implement, despite the potential damaging impact of an unforeseen disaster. Businesses basically had two choices when it came to protecting their environment; duplicate all their existing hardware and leave it on standby until it is required or restore from old and less than reliable backup media.
However, the rise of the cloud has undoubtedly changed all that. The scalability and flexibility of the cloud makes it the perfect platform for disaster recovery. Now, recovery is no longer just about standby servers and backup. It’s about virtual machines and data sets, which can be replicated and ready to run live if and when needed. The cloud also allows businesses to outsource their disaster recovery plans, with disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS).
Here we list the ten business benefits of DRaaS:
Availability. DRaaS allows businesses to replicate their data centre in the cloud, providing much better availability of their most critical applications and data.
Cost Reduction. With DRaaS, organisations don’t need to invest heavily in hardware such as secondary servers, storage systems, and network infrastructure, and keeping it all up and running for their DR needs. The cloud economic models allow companies to pay for what they use, making DR within the means of even the smaller companies.
Simplicity. Today’s DRaaS solutions combine all the different elements of DR into a single tool or interface, thus making it much simpler than ever before. Much of the complexity, such as the skills required to build and maintain complex data replication and failover mechanisms, are outsourced to a third party/MSP.
Visibility. Through the DraaS management interface, businesses can have better visibility and control of their whole DR environment.
Scalability. The cloud allows organisations to scale their DRaaS solutions upward and outward, to cover as many VMs, databases, storage systems and sites, provided they have enough bandwidth to do so.
Flexibility. Software and hardware lock-ins are a thing of the past. With a DRaaS solution, organisations are free to use to mix and match different operating systems, virtualisation platforms, database management systems, and backup tools. The DRaaS system is the underlying technology that brings it all together.
Easier Testing. With DRaaS, companies can test out their disaster recovery plan easily. For example, they can failover their entire infrastructure at the click of a button without disrupting production replication.
Compliance. DRaaS also provides businesses with the necessary tools to monitor and protect critical and sensitive information, and thus meet their compliance requirements. They can keep track of where all their data is located and who has control over it through a single interface.
Competitive Advantage. A company that employs DRaaS can assure their customers that their business is prepared to deal with any disaster and will be there no matter what. If competitors in the region are put out of service by the same disaster, for example, the business that still has their services up and running has a huge advantage over the competition.
Disaster Survival. Last but not least, DRaaS can give organisations that added assurance that they can and will survive a disaster with minimal downtime. After all, with a DRaaS solution, businesses essentially have a skilled team of DR experts at their beck and call should anything go wrong.
Veeam’s “DRaaS for Dummies” provides further information on DRaaS in a concise and easy to understand manner and lays the foundation for this new approach to DR. To download DRaaS for Dummies, click here.