Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) is a cloud-based solution designed to bring systems expediently back online in the wake of a disaster. Disasters are not always massive, but sometimes, they are. With DRaaS, whether you are a small or large business experiencing huge or minimal damages, you can have a “mirrored” cloud platform immediately available online. Operations can continue without clientele noticing that you have hit a bump in the road and you can operate from the mirrored platform until you fix the primary one.
This is possible because of the virtualization of cloud-based systems, which are not tied down by hardware. imagine that you have a computer screen— look closely. The closer you get, the quicker you realize that you are not looking at a single static picture; you are looking at a bunch of little “bits” of data which together make up a larger picture. These are called “pixels.” With cloud computing, individual servers act like pixels. Thousands of them “float” data such that whether any of them fails, information is secured. It is a “disaster flotation device,” if you will. This reduces downtime. Through virtualization, entire databases and networks can be backed up and activated within minutes, and that time is reducing as technology expands.
RTO and RPO
Disaster recovery as a service often deals with two abbreviated terms: RPO (Recovery Point Objective) and RTO (Recovery Time Objective).
RPO is a metric by which an SLA (Service License Agreement) between your business and a tech solutions provider defines the time in which specific applications will be recovered. If your primary development app crashes— though the network remains functional— an SLA may stipulate that this application must be restored within X minutes/hours, depending on the size and scope of your operations.
Similarly, RTO refers to the SLA metric on when systems must be up. The lower the RTO, the more reliable supplied DRaaS is likely to be. So, look for organizations which offer DRaaS with cost-effective recovery objectives.
Backing up Information
Something else that defines DRaaS is caching relevant data. You want to backup data as regularly as possible. There are continuous backup solutions today, which make a lot of sense. If you are not familiar with it, a continuous backup solution is one where data is backed up whenever a network change happens. With some systems, this ends up being too slow for profitability. But technology is becoming swifter with each passing minute. Moore’s Law stipulates a technological potential that doubles about every eighteen months. Big Data today is processing terabytes in real time, and that trend is going to increase. What this means is that getting involved in continuous backup now may yield continuously quickening operational speeds as developments accrue.
Safeguarding Your Business
DRaaS through Idealstor can help your business:
- Backup information quickly
- Recover applications and network operations
- Reduce downtime
Halloween is just around the corner, and maybe as a business owner, you do not get spooked by ghouls or goblins anymore. But nothing is as terrifying as a system’s crash at a critical juncture. We at Idealstor can help ensure that your only scares this Halloween are seasonal. Contact us today for more information on disaster recovery as a service.