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What Is Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)?

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Every business needs a disaster recovery plan. In today’s fast-paced business environment where your teams need to be always on, planning for disaster recovery is critical to maintaining your organization’s competitive advantage in your field, protecting your brand reputation, and maintaining the loyalty of your customers.

What is disaster recovery?

Disaster recovery includes a set of rules, policies, tools, infrastructure, and procedures to assist in the recovery or continuation of technology following a human-induced or natural disaster. You can imagine all of the critical technology infrastructure and systems organizations like yours use. You need a plan to recover all of those following a disaster to maintain uptime, delivery and continuity of essential resources and services.

 

Is disaster recovery available as a service?

The as-a-service model relieves businesses of the need to own all the resources, infrastructure and internally manage the services they want to deploy. In today’s everything as a service (XaaS) business environment, disaster recovery is available. Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) is a cloud computing service model that allows organizations to back up data and technology infrastructure with a third-party partner. This cloud environment can provide disaster recovery protocols and orchestration. It’s delivered through a SaaS solution to maintain access to and functionality of technology infrastructure. DRaaS takes much of the burden of planning for recovery after a disaster off your organization and puts it into the hands of disaster recovery experts.

To recover from a disaster, data protection and business continuity are of the utmost importance. A DRaaS deployment works best when it directly mirrors your existing data center infrastructure. This fail-safe delivery model puts your critical applications, including computing power, storage, and networking functions, on virtual servers, allowing you to continue to run them as usual in times of crisis.

 

Which type of DRaaS is the right solution for you?

Everyone plans differently. Perhaps you want to maintain your very own unique disaster recovery plan or only need a few redundant services. Working with the right partner will help you find the right solutions to achieve operational resiliency even in times of disaster. There are three main models of disaster recovery as a service to choose from:

Self-service DRaaS

In a self-service DRaaS model, your business is responsible for every aspect of the recovery planning, testing, and management process. Providers include

  • Axcient
  • Carbonite
  • Evolve IP
  • iLand
  • Infrascale
  • Microsoft Azure
  • NTT Communications
  • Tier Point
  • VMware
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Zerto

Assisted DRaaS

With assisted DRaaS, you partner with experts for advice and assistance, but you assemble the tools independently. The vendor acts as an advisor as you implement, test, and manage your solutions. Providers include

  • InterVision
  • IBM
  • iland

Managed DRaaS

With a managed DRaaS model, your vendor is responsible for nearly all aspects of planning, testing, and managing your recovery strategy. Providers include

  • Axcient
  • InterVision
  • Databarracks
  • Datto
  • Peak 10
  • Recovery Point

 

Which DRaaS provider should you choose?

Everyone plans differently. Perhaps you want to maintain your very own unique disaster recovery plan or only need a few redundant services. Working with the right partner will help you find the right solutions to achieve operational resiliency even in times of disaster. There are three main models of disaster recovery as a service to choose from:

DRaaS can help save your organization money by eliminating the need to provide and maintain your own off-site disaster recovery environment. However, most businesses simply can’t afford to take the time needed to research, implement, and fully test disaster recovery plans. While industry analysts like Forrester, Gartner, and IDC have given insight on DRaaS solution providers, they haven’t made it any easier for customers to choose which solution is best for their business. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of DRaaS providers, and finding the one that meets your specific needs can be difficult. Ask these questions to help you decide:

  • Are there additional charges, penalties, or other costs associated with long-term hosting?
  • How long does it take to recover an app, a server, or data?
  • How frequently will data be backed up or synchronized?
  • How complex is it to move from backup to a live state?
  • How does the provider manage restoration/failback?
  • Does the DRaaS offer a local appliance and address network change issues?
  • What architecture is used to guarantee availability?
  • Will there be downtime?

As-a-service solutions vary in scope and cost. Evaluate potential DRaaS providers according to your unique needs, the vendor’s capabilities, and your budget. You may purchase DRaaS plans through a traditional subscription or pay-per-use model, which allows you to pay only when disaster strikes. Finding the best solution for your organization will take some time, but choosing the right vendor will make all the difference.

At LinkSource, we have spent years working with top DRaaS providers around the world to understand each of their software platforms' unique characteristics and capabilities. We are happy to explore how one of our trusted partners might help you do more with less this year. For more insights on helping your business manage expenses in an increasingly digital world, see our blog!

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