Tremors from an earthquake might wake you from your slumber, but the fear of data loss associated with a natural disaster won’t keep you from falling back to sleep. Disaster recovery in the cloud eliminates worry by offering a solution to meet recovery point and recovery time objectives that is affordable, flexible, secure and well managed. Here are four ways DRaaS can ease your mind:
1. There’s no need to worry about who will implement the company’s DR plan when disaster strikes. Knowing there is an IT team in place to set the plan in motion allows employees to focus on other issues – like the safety of themselves and their families. Knowing that there’s a team in place already taking care of it is an immense relief.
2. Natural disasters often wipe out power and communications across entire regions. If a company’s disaster recovery plan is in house or even regionally based, disasters can cause the best of DR plans to be rendered ineffective. With DRaaS, however, as long as the DRaaS provider has facilities in more than one region of the country and offers failover access between facilities, its clients’ businesses can be up and running again in no time.
3. To be effective, disaster recovery plans have to have an element of redundancy, which by definition makes them expensive. DRaaS, however, makes disaster recovery both accessible to, and affordable for, most any organization as redundancies become the responsibility of the provider and merely an operational expense for its clients.
4. There’s really no way to know if a company’s disaster recovery plan works unless it is thoroughly and regularly tested, but testing DR plans for an emergency that hasn’t happened yet often takes a back seat to dealing with the very real and everyday issues that occur in a data center. With DRaaS, regular testing becomes much easier, and it is this kind of testing that ensures business-critical data will be available when and where it’s needed to keep the organization running smoothly when and if disaster strikes.
Is DRaaS a model that you would consider adopting for your company?