The Ups and the Downs
Disaster Recovery as a Service, or DRaaS, provides protection that is worth pursuing. While it’s more expensive than just Backup and Data Recovery, or BDR, it’s much less expensive than secondary data centers; which are fully mirrored, as is necessary, for comprehensive data security.
What Is DRaaS?
What DRaaS does is apply failover that is cloud based to traditional backup services. Failover is designed to be either automatic or manual; depending on client needs. What this, essentially, means is that your public and operational systems will switch to solutions projected from the cloud when disaster strikes. So, if your internal server crashes, you can immediately jump into the cloud-projection and experience no loss in production or public perception of your operations. This means that, while you’re still trying to exceed RTO and RPO (Recovery Time Objective and Recovery Point Objective) requirements, you’re not going to have downtime; which is so extensive. A big part of downtime is productivity loss and client acquisition/retention declination. When you can cut those expenses then your only costs are those related to support personnel and that which is devoted to maintaining your DRaaS solution.
DRaaS can also facilitate what’s known as a “hot site” several different ways. Basically, the public needs to be able to see your professional online persona at all times. So, if you experience disaster an automatic or manual solution can be designed to project a surrogate site until operations resume normalcy. This is, especially, crucial for businesses who have applications of a critical nature that must be continuously online. Disaster recovery as a service is recommendable.
Not Strictly a Cloud-Based Service
As it turns out, DRaaS can also be acquired through services of a site-to-site variety. What happens here is the IT organizations providing this secondary DRaaS solution operate a hot site that they also host. There are, also, solutions which incorporate servers that are rebuilt and then shipped to client sites. Both of these solutions are, more likely, to be a larger expense than cloud solutions.
Several notable advantages to DRaaS based in the cloud include:
- Immediate Failover
- Remote Desktop and Virtual Private Network Re-Connection Solutions
- Failback Projected Over Rebuilt Servers
Some Downtime Considerations
Downtime is very expensive. For larger companies, it can cost $5,600 per minute. Now, that number won’t represent the majority which may require a DRaaS solution. Let’s calculate conservatively. Say downtime only costs you $560 a minute. An hour of downtime will cost you $33,600. The average on annual downtime is 13 instances per year. You could experience more or less. What do 13 hours look like at only $560 a minute? $436,800 or $4,368,000 at the $5,600 rate.
Numbers like that indicate you can afford DRaaS solutions and it makes a lot more sense to acquire them than to avoid them. Critical operations downtime is very costly.
Disaster recovery as a service through Idealstor can provide your business much more reliable security. Contact us to safeguard your systems, perpetually, ensuring that even in the worst case scenario, you are able to functionally operate as you normally would. It’s very likely you’ll conserve resources.