Disasters don’t happen every day. This is a good thing, of course, but there is a downside to their perceived rarity: a lack of understanding and concern. Since disaster recovery (DR) isn’t something used on a day-to-day basis, some organizations make the mistake of not putting a solid DR plan in place; if they do have a plan, they may fail to test it until it’s too late. Then, when something damaging happens—whether in the form of outages, malware, human error or natural disaster—they find themselves woefully unprepared.
When it comes to disaster recovery, it used to be that organizations had two options:
- “Risk it all” and forgo a DR plan
- “Go all in” and invest millions into off-premise real estate to house servers backing up there data.
But today, there is a third option: Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). With this new model, business, government, and healthcare organizations can turn to an experienced IT solutions provider that, using the cloud, offers DR services.
Here are the top seven reasons DRaaS is projected to go from a $2 billion market in 2017 to a projected $12.5 billion by 2022.
- Ease of Implementation
Creating a traditional DR site can be complex and time-consuming. Not only could it take months or even years to complete, it also takes the know-how of highly-skilled IT experts who may not be on staff; even if there are employees with the qualifications, their valuable time will be completely occupied with this project.
WIth DRaaS, your organization utilizes the hardware of the provider in their data center, which is then accessible to you through a manageable web portal.
- Access to Experts
The right DRaaS provider also acts as a partner, giving you immediate access to the wealth of IT knowledge they possess. Rather than call a one-time equipment vendor who likely won’t know much about your organization and needs, you have highly skilled and certified cloud computing professionals ready to answer questions and offer support.
- Reduced Costs
Traditional DR generally requires large capital expenditures (CAPEX) to purchase equipment or real estate to house it. With DRaaS, no hardware needs to be purchased, and other expenses such as maintenance, energy, and licensing costs are also passed on to the provider becoming a much more CFO-friendly recurring operational expenditure (OPEX) that remains relatively fixed over time.
Additional savings come into play when it’s time to up your storage space; rather than purchase more physical hardware, you can quickly and easily increase storage through your provider.
- Fast Recovery Speeds
The Recovery Time Objective (RTO) of in-house DR solutions can vary based on the quality of the hardware and software used; with Garter reporting that the average organization loses $300,000 per hour of downtime, this is not acceptable for most organizations!
But with today’s DRaaS models, you can be up and running in no time. Planning RTOs in advance with your provider will help ensure quick data recovery whether you’re facing malware or Mother Nature.
- Higher Levels of Security
DRaaS allows organizations to get their equipment out of storage closets or warehouses and into facilities with the highest levels of data security.
Enterprise-level safekeeping at top data centers may include:
- Uninterrupted power supply (UPS)
- Computer Room Air Conditioning (CRAC) versus traditional A/C
- Physical security features (HID card, PIN, biometric access)
- Encryption for data-at-rest and data-in-flight
- 24/7 surveillance
- Proximity to flood zones
- Hurricane-structure rating
- Internet Accessibility
Because DRaaS happens in the cloud, approved personnel can access their portal anywhere with an internet connection. IT management controls the portal, in which they can run reports and manage storage including growth rates and future projections.
Ease of access is also beneficial for multi-site recovery, and in unfortunate cases where an office is uninhabitable and data needs to be accessed from alternate locations.
- Peace of Mind
Organizations are now realizing “hoping for the best” is not a long-term solution for DR, and worry over a data disaster can keep some CIOs tossing and turning at night. According to FEMA, on average 50 percent of small businesses do not reopen following a disaster—who wants that weight on their shoulders?
With DRaaS, disaster responsibility becomes the focus of the provider, so CIOs and their team can rest easier and focus attention on growing the business.
Finding the Right DRaaS Provider
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