Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), refers to a service rendered through cloud computing and backup that operates from the cloud as a means to protect the customer’s data in a disruptive event. It is an easy way to have a total system backup while being able to run normal operations unhinged. DRaaS will be offered together with a Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) or a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) and also can be referred to as the Business Continuity as a Service or BCaaS.
Employing DRaaS not only serves as a secondary fully functional infrastructure, but it also enables full replication and backup of the entire cloud environment. The organization is able to run on Virtual Machines on the alternate environment seamlessly, for as long as needed while the disruption is being mended without loss of time or revenue. As not all reasons for disruption are due to disasters, companies may use the platform to perform upgrades or downgrades, shift inventory or run periodical system tests as and when needed, while business goes on as usual.
A DRaaS platform is not only a multi-site solution that is fully functional through the cloud and therefore is able to replicate to numerous sites ensuring better availability, it is also array agnostic while being extremely granular in fitting the needs of the client easily. It replicates on any environment without favouring any vendor or platform.
With many vendors offering potentially similar DRaaS solutions, Zerto’s DRaaS platform is arguably one of the easiest to adopt and configure to fit the business needs. It is not a one-size-fits-all proposition and therefore it is important that the customer is aware of their business requirements so as to achieve the best results in situations where they will need to run on a replicated environment.