Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is one of many areas of IT that is gaining momentum as an outsourced specialty. Overwhelmed with the many tasks related to managing security in an era when threats change by the minute, many enterprise IT teams find efficiency and cost reduction in turning disaster recovery over to experts.
Part of what’s driving this trend is the expectation of inevitability around natural disasters and cyber threats. Enterprises are investing heavily in areas like training employees to recognize malware and utilizing cloud solutions, which tend to be less vulnerable to natural disasters. Even as momentum increases around preventing a variety of disasters, enterprises are facing the reality that disaster may be impossible to avert.
Even with the tightest security, it’s challenging for enterprises to completely eliminate human error or the possibility that a natural disaster will impact their business processes. Instead, it’s important to shift the focus to minimizing the impact on customers and end users. How can enterprises reduce the impact of a disaster?
DRaaS for Business Continuity
DRaaS is an attractive option for getting business back to normal as quickly as possible. Quicker and more affordable than hardware-based solutions, DRaaS is a cloud-based solution for disaster recovery. The enterprise has access to a virtual machine that restores backed-up data in the event of a disaster. It is able to restart your systems in the cloud if necessary, allowing your organization to be up and running quickly in a crisis.
To better demonstrate the practical benefits of investing in DRaaS, consider its role in mitigating the risk around ransomware. The cloud provides a type of “air gap” around your data and prevents unauthorized access by those that may want to view or manipulate it. It allows you to back up your data to the cloud periodically, switching off that connection once the backup is complete. On-site solutions, by contrast, introduce risk by requiring an ongoing connection for data backup.
Enterprises also gain security features inherent in the cloud, such as data encryption and geographical protections.
What’s Next for DRaaS?
In the future, you can expect that DRaaS will benefit, as all cloud solutions will, from the additional data gathered about security. It will get better at predicting or identifying the signs of a breach or an upcoming natural disaster, creating a new level of protection for enterprise IT.
Before investing in DRaaS, consider which business processes are critical and require this type of service. You should also investigate the claims of any provider, testing to see if their assertions surrounding response time hold up when you talk with current customers.
If you’re considering DRaaS or have questions about the level of protection you need for your enterprise, contact us at Compass Solutions. From assessing your needs to assisting you in choosing the best solution, we can help ensure you are ready when disaster strikes.