Disaster Recovery as a Service
You may have heard of Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) but may not fully understand what it means. The good news for business owners is that this form of service provides invaluable assistance in case of a natural or man-made event that causes massive disruption.
DRaaS is the hosting or replication of both physical and virtual servers by an outside party. In essence, it is a duplicate system that is separate from your business. This means if a natural or man-made event, such as a tornado, earthquake, fire, overload, or hurricane strikes, the information stored on the servers will be accessible at another location. This means that even if your servers are totally lost, you have the needed data in place and ready to go.
Benefits and Issues
Employing Disaster Recovery as a Service system means that use a reputable third-party that backs up your server system which protects the information that is stored. For small to medium-sized companies, there are definite advantages to using DRaaS.
Arguably the most important advantage is the speed in which you access the stored information lost through natural or man-made disasters. Because it is stored in a separate location, all you need to do is transfer your operations to access the backup servers.
The extra expense of such a recovery system done internally may be too much for most small to medium-size businesses to handle. However, having it as part of a contracted service keeps the costs down while still having the same effect.
However, not everything associated with DRaaS benefits the businesses that use this system, so you will need to be aware of the potential issues.
Trusting the Service Provider
You will need to be careful in selecting the right provider for your backup needs. All too often, the least expensive company is chosen rather than the one who provides what you need in case the worst should occur.
Issues with Performance
The information may be delayed or compromised if the applications that run inside the cloud system are not compatible or failing to fire at highest efficiency. Also, there may be migration concerns for applications that are returned to the data center once it has been restored.
A DRaaS system should not be confused with Backup as a Service (BaaS) system, although they are similar. The DRaaS allows the organization to continue operating even after the disaster has struck. The BaaS only brings back the information to new servers after the recovery is completed. While BaaS may be adequate for businesses that can wait until everything is ready, the DRaaS allows for continued service even in the middle of a disaster assuming that access can be made.
The DRaaS is best for businesses that cannot afford to let a disaster stop their company operations. For those who are in such a position, the best course of action is to locate a reputable third-party that guarantees its DRaaS system and ensure that it is compatible and accessible even when disaster strikes.