DRaaS can be especially useful for small to mid-size businesses that lack the necessary expertise to provision, configure and test an effective disaster recovery plan (DRP).
DRaaS prevents organizations from having to invest in -- and maintain -- their own off-site DR environment. Additionally, DRaaS contracts can be flexible to allow for the changing needs of the business. The downside, of course, is that the business must trust that the DRaaS service provider can implement the plan in the event of a disaster and meet the defined recovery time and recovery point objectives. DRaaS platforms vary, so do your homework and make sure all your questions are answered satisfactorily before you sign an SLA.
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Some of the features of DRaaS:
Rapid and immediate recovery – Your company can never be sure when a disaster might occur. If one does happen, how much downtime is acceptable? Each second the power is out or your servers fail means huge losses for your organization. With a DRaaS solution in place, you do not have to worry about this: if a disaster strikes, you will be able to restore normal operations within minutes.
Resources used – Virtualized DRaaS uses vast and scalable infrastructure, and allows virtual access of assets, with little or no hardware and software expenditures. In other words, DRaaS requires far fewer operational resources. This results in significant savings in software licenses and hardware, allowing the organization to increase its budget in other areas of operation, such as marketing and R&D. Businesses using DRaaS do not have to worry about backup servers, as their service provider will be supported by a state-of-the-art data center, along with enterprise-grade bandwidth and computing power.
Flexibility – Compared to more traditional methods of backup, DRaaS is much more flexible. The various DRaaS services offer clients more options in how to handle different business systems. Any enterprise using a DRaaS solution can select from a variety of recovery scopes, depending on the type of the disaster. These can include server failure, human-caused disasters, loss of power or building access, data hampering, and much more.
Reliable Security – Security in DRaaS is commonly misunderstood, so choose your provider wisely. For example, it’s important to ensure that the provider is compliant with all the relevant regulatory bodies. In addition to making sure the data center itself is physically secure, you should also verify that data is encrypted in-flight and at rest. DRaaS providers should implement automatic systems to monitor the health of your data. For peace of mind, they should also be able to provide you with reports for any specified period.
Professionalism – A team of professionals will handle your account in case a disaster strikes. They will make sure your data is up and running in a short period of time, as specified in the service level agreement (SLA). Depending on the provider you choose, 24 x 7 x 365 services might be available.