With the list of possible disruptive events that can take a business offline growing in number year over year, it's no surprise so many organizations' leaders are now asking IT departments to strengthen their stance against these threats. But what role can DRaaS and the cloud play in ensuring this greater resiliency?
Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), like its cousin Backup as a Service (BaaS), provides technology to ensure business continuity, a target site and infrastructure, and the management of the process that it takes to ensure its success—all delivered to you as a service. The key for DRaaS is that the target site and infrastructure are in the cloud, rather than in a on-premises datacenter as a traditional DR solution might usually entail. The management is provided by a team of professionals who live and breathe DR and backups, which allows your IT staff to reallocate valuable time to business projects of greater daily importance.
Offloading management to a third party to address cloud skills gaps may only be a temporary need, to let staff learn a new cloud environment before taking it on in a full capacity.
For CIOs and other IT leaders who must demonstrate early cloud wins to help gain wider stakeholder buy-in needed for a full migration, Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) to AWS makes an ideal candidate for demonstrating that the cloud can be a successful driver for the business. It also encourages cloud-hesitant IT members to learn the ropes of the AWS environment in a non-production scenario.
A recovery time objective (RTO) means the time it takes to stand up the disrupted technology, but the problem is that it's not True RTO.
Upon requesting the recovery, InterVision was able to bring up 40 terabytes of critical file servers and restore connectivity in their hosted recovery datacenter.
InterVision executed the DRaaS solution to AWS, then tested it for verification. It has given them confidence in recovery, freed up their IT team to focus on other priorities, and has enabled the ability to scale as the company grows.
Deciding which target or targets are right for your DRaaS strategy can be complex. Some of the factors end up being tradeoffs, speed vs. cost.
Traditional norms were no doubt disrupted in 2020, which makes 2021 predictions a big question mark of how things will evolve. As we reflect on lessons learned from 2020, one commonality among those we saw thrive is that being prepared for the uncertain means pivoting your company toward a stance that emphasizes agility, speed and security.