Four benefits to moving your disaster recovery solution to the cloud
From customer information and financial data to product information and your company’s intellectual property, it’s critical that your business’s data is kept safe, not only from increasingly aggressive and savvy cybercriminals, but from any number of circumstances that cause unexpected downtime, including power outages, tech failures and human error. Regardless of the disaster, recovering from it is what matters. But how?
Traditionally, disaster recovery solutions involved replicating and storing data in servers and drives, sometimes at a secondary site, which of course required cooling and maintenance. Now, businesses can choose disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS), where a third party manages replication and storage in the cloud for a monthly fee. Why is DRaaS quickly becoming the more popular option? Here are four reasons:
1. DRaaS reduces costs and complexity
As touched on above, traditional disaster recovery solutions require physical servers and space as well as maintenance measures, including cooling and IT resources to oversee tasks like planning and updating. Over time, this can lead to a patchwork of vendors and technologies hosted in various locations, most of which probably don’t integrate seamlessly. Furthermore, all this equipment and space costs money. Purchasing or leasing servers, acquiring the licenses and software to run and update them, renting additional space if needed and paying for electricity and cooling costs all add up quickly.
Since DRaaS is hosted in the cloud, you simply pay a consistent, predictable fee for your service. And since it’s all provided through a single vendor, both systemic and administrative complexity are greatly reduced.
2. DRaaS makes it easy to access your data and scale for more
Since DRaaS replicates and stores your data in the cloud in real time, you can easily restore your systems and applications wherever you have an internet connection. Whether your system goes down because of a virus, power outage or physical damage, you can continue with business as usual with minimal disruption.
With DRaaS, you can also gain new capacity on demand as your business grows without worrying about running out of storage—or where to store new servers, for that matter.
3. DRaaS unlocks the true value of your IT team
For businesses with traditional data recovery solutions, many of their IT team’s hours are spent on maintenance tasks, including updates, patches and data backups—not really the best use of their time given their skills and potential. With DRaaS, you can refocus your IT team’s efforts on innovation or more strategic tasks that will ultimately benefit your business’s bottom line.
4. DRaaS allows you to leverage professional services
Any good DRaaS provider would support your adoption of their solution from end to end, beginning with assessing your cloud readiness and preparing you for the shift. They should also help manage your migration, configure your solution and provide ongoing technical support.
Disasters might not be entirely preventable for your business, but downtime and data loss can be if you have the right recovery solution in place—and in an increasingly agile market, DRaaS is that solution.
Contact a Rogers representative to take the next step in building your disaster recovery plan with DRaaS.