DRaaS Comes Through in a Bind to Help You Save Your Bacon

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Customers have come to expect an always-on functionality from enterprises — they want services available when, where and how it’s most convenient for them. This modern service expectation calls for an ongoing and highly effective disaster recovery strategy.

If you think you’re safe from disasters, think again. Research from IBM has shown that nearly 40 percent of organizations have had to execute their disaster recovery plan due to a service disruption in just the past two years.

Luckily, disaster recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) solutions allow your organization to recover from unpredictable problems, whether it’s a large-scale data breach, flooding at your data center or anything in between. Implemented in both hardware and software and delivered as a service, DRaaS is essentially an insurance policy that will keep your enterprise functioning — and your customers happy — when disaster strikes.

Disaster Recovery Starts With Better Backup

DRaaS has a few main components, including backup-as-a-service (BaaS) and recovery-as-a-service (RaaS). These parts are highly dependent on one another — after all, if you don’t back up your data, it won’t be available for restoration.

BaaS transforms your existing backup environment into a fully managed service delivered at capacity-based pricing. It also provides comprehensive monitoring and management of the backup environment, which can help you identify and resolve issues before they affect the business.

Backup is too often done as the last part of the business cycle, occurring only at certain times and in certain conditions. Changing the process from a discrete one to a continual effort with BaaS ensures that in the case of a disaster, all data will be recoverable, not just the data that was backed up last. Continually backing up business data is the only way for your business to ensure it can rebound from unforeseen circumstances.

Further, full remote management of the backup environment can cut administrative efforts, enabling in-house staff to focus on tasks that add greater business value.

Recovery’s Role in DRaaS

RaaS is the complement to BaaS and uses your backup to restore data to where it belongs. RaaS takes the specifics of recovery off your plate at the very time you’re least able to perform such a task. For example, if you’re the victim of a data breach, you’ll be busy conducting digital forensics, mitigating data losses and preparing statements to release to customers. When you have RaaS to fall back on, restoring lost data will be one less step for you to worry about in the recovery process.

When things go wrong, businesses may not be able to do a restore, even if they want to. Having an unaffected party implement recovery efforts increases the chances the recovery will be done correctly when the situation is far from normal.

The Perils of Onsite Data Storage

The most reliable way to ensure there is a clean, unadulterated copy of your data is to store backups in an area that is not physically — or logically — near your production equipment. Isolation in terms of both space and time is going to give your company the best probability of recovery.

One example that shows the value of offsite storage is the current ransomware threat. While locally stored data can become infected and unusable after a ransomware attack, continuously backed-up data that is stored in another location can save your business from having to pay off attackers to get up and running again.

A resilient disaster recovery suite, developed in conjunction with the essential stakeholders, will ensure your data will be available regardless of which challenges are thrown at your business. That is what will save your bacon.

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