What is disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) and is it right for me?


As technology becomes more advanced in the mobile, social, and IoT spheres, businesses become more resilient and more responsive. But, with the desire to remain resilient and available comes an increased risk of disaster striking.

When considering Disaster Recovery as a Service and whether it is right for you, the key question is how much, if any, downtime or unavailability of service can your business afford. Research indicates that approximately “43 percent of the organizations succumb to the disaster and never resume operations. Another whopping 51 percent of businesses close down within two years after IT and infrastructure loss caused by the disaster. Only 6 percent of companies survive the catastrophic conditions and lead a successful long-term recovery life.”

Can you really afford not to have a disaster recovery plan in place?

What is Disaster Recovery as a Service? 

Disaster Recovery as a Service entails the replication and hosting of physical or virtual servers by a third party to provide failover to a cloud computing environment, on a pay-per-use basis or through a contract, if disaster strikes. When disaster strikes, an offsite vendor is less likely than the enterprise itself to suffer the direct and immediate effects. This allows the provider to implement the disaster recovery plan even if a complete shutdown of the enterprise occurs. These requirements are usually contained in a Service Level Agreement
(SLA).

Is this right for me? 

Disaster Recovery as a Service is ideal for any business lacking the expertie to provision, configure, and evaluate their offsite disaster recovery environment. As systems are often virtualized within the cloud, your business can continue business as usual and redeploy IT resources to resolve server issues without compromising any data or incurring any downtime.

The core driver for disaster recovery is having a backup plan that will ensure the continuity of your business if disaster strikes. In technical terms this means attaining a meaningful recovery point objective and recovery time objective to restore critical applications following a disaster.

It means that whenever file changes occur, DRaaS replicated those changes to a different geographical location. The benefit of this approach is that should you experience downtime, it won’t be for long as your apps, files and systems can be up and running by utilizing the DRaaS failover to continue operations until you can restore your on-prem environment. The burden of driving this failover and restoration process falls to your service provider allowing your team to stay focused on getting back to work.

Choosing a Disaster Recovery as a Service solution requires partnering with third-party technology partner who can systematically meet the above objectives. Stage2Data uses your company’s existing infrastructure to recreate your server in the cloud. If a disaster occurs, simply call Stage2Data to arrange a recreation of the system. Your data will remain intact whilst our DR experts work with you to resolve the problem.



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