IT – Disaster Recovery As A Service
Disaster Recovery as a Service
The most effective way to avoid data loss is to rely on a Disaster-Recover-as-a-Service (DRaaS) platform. This simplifies much of backup and recovery process, saves money in the long run, and provides greater reliability. Businesses no longer need to worry about maintaining redundant data centers on their own, nor do they have to worry about the locations of these backups and how they may be affected by disaster. They can leverage the network and infrastructure of these DRaaS solutions in order to save money and have greater peace of mind.
As mentioned above, managing disaster recovery internally necessitates the deployment of one or more off-site data centers, which complicate overall IT operations. They require additional real estate, employees, and higher overall costs. They are also inefficient because there are only used rarely, in event of emergencies or tests that approximate these conditions.
DRaaS provides storage-related cost savings and allows businesses to back up their data more frequently with less administrative complexity. In the event of a natural disaster, they can help bring your data back online much faster than most in-house solutions. On top of this, DRaaS providers are experts in this area, and handle real world failovers frequently; they know this process well. In-house disaster recovery is unlikely to have this kind of experience; to reach a similar level of expertise requires significant training resources, careful planning, and experiencing multiple catastrophic events – a very expensive combination.
Many organizations do not have a robust disaster recovery plan, so it can be useful to engage with outside consultants to help audit your existing procedures and make recommendations around what DRaaS services might be most appropriate.
To get to a point where you can weather natural disasters with limited or no effect on their IT operations, you should try to follow several best practices. In addition, performing the requisite planning (LINK to IT Disaster Recovery Plan Guide), businesses should ensure employee processes support effective file backup, maintain company-owned servers in diverse locations, and ideally implement a DRaaS platform for cloud-based backup and recovery. Businesses that put these practices in place will be more likely to avoid costly outages and data loss that could harm their operations and reputation. By being prepared, companies gain a competitive advantage.