It seems counter-intuitive to spend money on something that is rarely, if ever, used. That’s the reasoning behind the choice organizations make to devise a strategy around disaster recovery. There is no argument that should a disaster occur, the business needs to continue to operate, but how can that happen without a disaster recovery plan?
Many companies are looking at the costs associated with on-premise hardware and software dedicated to replicating data and applications. These must be maintained, updated, and tested, which can add up to a large sum of money for a company. A cloud-based service can help with all of those tasks and free a company from having to build up their own infrastructure and incur the associated additional costs.
The DRaaS Method
Disaster Recovery as a Service, or DRaaS, is gaining traction with organizations from a variety of industries that need a better business continuity plan but don’t want all the baggage that goes with it. Instead of being a burden, disaster recovery in the cloud becomes a highly effective tool for ensuring connection to data.
With the prevalence of ransomware, which is hitting small- to medium-size businesses with a fury, everyone needs the protections that a good disaster recovery plan affords. Instead of having data held for ransom, companies can start anew with data they’ve backed up to a secure server in the cloud.
Another benefit of a DRaaS solution is that you can scale up or down as needed. As your business grows and data increases, you have virtually limitless space in the cloud to store it. You can also take advantage of cloud migration tools.
Some companies, rather than have every single byte of data available to them in their disaster recovery plan, will focus on having access to critical functions immediately with the remainder of the data available to them in a couple of days. That’s one way DRaaS has evolved, and it’s getting more organizations in line with a disaster strategy.
You can also optimize service levels to set parameters regarding what your allowable downtime actually is. Furthermore, you can customize the acceptable amount of data you can lose and still be able to run your organization successfully.
At Clarksys, we work with each client to design a tailored solution. Need a disaster recovery strategy that won’t break the bank? Contact us today.
January 29, 2018