In any business, especially in an IT company, data is one of the key elements for day-to-day operations. There are several ways a company can store and protect its data. In the past, IT staff often had to travel to off-site data centers and/or copy corporate data to tape in preparation for a disaster. However, advances in technology and computing platforms have enabled the creation of better and more scalable data storage mechanisms. These have paved the way for complete Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solutions that can be used in place of internal IT teams.
When data is breached or hacked, uncontrollable losses occur. To prevent this, many companies choose to set up contingency measures and even special teams to deal with such situations.
Today there are two main categories of computing: cloud computing and hardware server-based computing. This includes using DRaaS or traditional backup methods to protect and store data. With current technology, DRaaS offers several advantages over traditional backup and disaster recovery methods.
DRaaS is quite reliable and helps in addressing many challenges including mobility, portability, and high performance, among other features. Traditional disaster recovery doesn’t offer the capabilities that DRaaS can offer today. In the following section, we look at some of the reasons why you should move away from other methods and rely on DRaaS for disaster recovery instead.
Fewer resources required
DRaaS recovery data is stored in the cloud, reducing on-premises hardware requirements. Traditional disaster recovery services generally require expensive on-site hardware and are complex to implement and manage.
DRaaS can be used for a group of critical servers or just a single server, which may not be economical with traditional DR. As a result, companies can resume restricted operations much more quickly.
Defense against cyber attacks
Cyber attacks are one of the biggest threats facing businesses. Earlier this year, the WannaCry ransomware attack made headlines when it hit over 300,000 computers in 150 countries.
Cyberattacks also come in the form of email phishing scams, where scammers trick careless employees into revealing confidential information, and data hacks, where cybercriminals gain access to the company’s network and exploit sensitive data.
With DRaaS, you can mitigate these security incidents and prevent a disaster situation. In this type of event, you simply invoke your DR plan to bring your applications live to the cloud with the latest, clean copy of your data. Once you’ve cleared your production systems of the attack, you can replicate your cloud versions back to your data center.
This is better than dealing with an attacker to get your data back!
Lower cumulative costs
Most companies don’t have a good disaster recovery plan because they are concerned about the costs. In general, backup and disaster recovery can be expensive if you choose methods that require hardware purchases. For example, if you want to physically back up all your data on private servers, you need to invest in the same number of servers that you have now. DRaaS is a solution provided by a third party. Therefore, the hardware and software used in your disaster recovery strategy is owned by the service provider. Your initial investment will be small.
Failover testing is now as easy as point-and-click, reducing a lot of effort (and risk) in testing. And as I have made clear, it is not reliable unless tested regularly.
DRaaS includes many really good tools for monitoring and protecting critical and sensitive information and provides auditors with an easily auditable “paper” trail.
Compared to more traditional backup methods, DRaaS is much more flexible. The various DRaaS services offer customers more options for dealing with different business systems. Any organization using DRaaS solutions can choose from a variety of recovery scopes depending on the nature of the disaster. This can include server failures, man-made disasters, power failure or building access, data disruption, and more.
Speedy and immediate recovery
Your business can never be sure when a disaster might strike. If so, how much downtime is acceptable? Every second that the power goes out or your servers go down means huge losses for your business. With a DRaaS solution, you don’t have to worry about that: if a disaster strikes, you can restore normal operations in minutes.
Security in DRaaS is often misunderstood, so choose your vendor wisely. For example, it is important to ensure that the provider is compliant with all relevant regulatory authorities. In addition to ensuring that the data center itself is physically secure, you should ensure that data is encrypted in transit and at rest. DRaaS providers should implement automated systems to monitor the health of your data. To be on the safe side, they should also be able to provide you with reports for a specific period of time.
Optimizes internal IT requirements
Many small and medium-sized businesses do not have the IT expertise to manage disaster recovery solutions. Managing processes like data recovery or disaster preparedness requires knowledge of business processes and specific IT skills. DRaaS allows organizations to leverage the expertise of consultants to provide a more effective way to implement a disaster recovery solution for your organization.