Disaster Recovery (DR) has always been a critical part of businesses or trades in which IT plays a critical role. After all, if a company’s IT system goes down, they no longer have access to any files or records – and the client often no longer has access to that company. Even in a few short minutes, IT disasters can cost thousands of dollars in lost revenue. So it stands to reason that a company should choose the most efficient DR solution on the market.
DR-as-a-Service (DRaaS) is that solution.
Benefits of “as-a-Service”
There is a host of other as-a-Service (aaS) IT models (Backup-, Storage-, and Software-, to name a few), and they all share one crucial trait: efficiency. Where most IT solutions rely on purchased hardware, aaS models offer cloud services that perform the same functions as well as or better than the hardware alternatives at a lower cost.
The various aaS models:
• Convert a one-time pricey expense into a much smaller operational expense – a service rather than a product, as the name explains.
• Provide as much scalability as a growing company needs.
• Operate more securely than a purchased on-site product.
• Eliminate the need for an administrator or advanced IT technician.
Typical Disaster Recovery Processes
Without DRaaS, DR processes tend to be convoluted by necessity. Internal or private DR processes aremore expensive and include the price of a secondary storage location. In addition to the hundreds of dollars of required hardware, trained professionals are needed to set up the solution. A number of DR apps also have to be installed before the process can function.
Typical DR requires updating each time an application is modified or a new one is added, and a team member needs to manually ensure that the data on applications is synced to the secondary location. The quicker a company needs the data to sync, the more expensive the required software is.
Disaster Recovery is the most fitting implementation of the aaS model for a number of reasons.
• Cost. Before DRaaS, the sheer quantity of equipment and software alone put even a basic DR process out of reach for most businesses. In contrast, DRaaS charges much smaller monthly service payments for a high-end process. DR is affordable for even small business owners.
• Less hassle. There’s no installation required, nor does a business owner need to worry that their DR process may be lacking or out of date. In addition, there’s no need to ensure that the data syncs to a secondary source, as the secondary source is already connected by the cloud.
• Very quick. Those baseline DR processes, which many business owners can barely afford, often take hours to fully recover the IT services and data required to continue doing business. DRaaS does that in just minutes.
• Little to no latency. Latency is often a concern with cloud-based services, but due to how infrequently DR processes are used, it is essentially a non-issue.
DRaaS is not simply another solution to consider. Between its affordability and the high-quality service it offers, it’s quickly becoming the only solution.