10 Reasons to Choose Disaster Recovery as a Service

vExpert David Davis

In his first post for Doyenz, Virtualization Expert David Davis lists the top 10 reasons small and mid-sized businesses should choose Disaster Recovery as a Service, or DRaaS, to backup and recover virtual environments. Keep an eye out for weekly posts from Davis on the Doyenz blog.

If you work at a small or mid-size business, the story in the IT department is always “too few resources and too much work.” Small IT shops are constantly pushing to their limits just to “keep things running.” Disaster recovery planning and offsite storage of backup data always takes a backseat to whatever “firefighting” has to be done that day. However, one day, lack of time spent on disaster recovery and offsite backup storage will cause downtime and massive financial loss.

What the SMB needs is a disaster recovery and offsite backup solution for critical servers that’s reliable, scalable, and automatic. “Disaster Recovery as a Service,” or DRaaS, is that solution.

To further understand how DRaaS can help you, let’s look at the top 10 benefits of using Disaster Recovery as a Service:

  1. Simple: DRaaS offers simplified disaster recovery planning, testing, and replication. Instead of creating your own secondary datacenter, finding ways to get data there, documenting complex restore procedures, and hoping for a window to test, this process can be off-loaded onto DRaaS.
     
  2. Built-In Offsite Backup: Since DRaaS replicates your data offsite for you, and includes multiple point-in-time backups of it, there’s no need to stress about storing backup tapes offsite.
     
  3. Zero Capital Investment: Building your own offsite datacenter is expensive and complex. DRaaS is a pay-as-you-go monthly service with no capital investment to get started.
     
  4. Geographic Separation: As server backups are stored in a datacenter, other than your own that is, very likely, considerable distance away, your backup data is geographically isolated from production data.
     
  5. Pay as You Go: When building your own datacenter or leasing a colo, you pay by the cage space, rack, or cabinet — likely much more than you need (especially with server consolidation). By using a DR cloud service, you only pay for what you use and avoid wasting money.
     
  6. Fast Recovery: With your own DR implementation, your recovery time objectives (RTO) will vary greatly. By using DRaaS, your RTO can be as little as 15 minutes.
     
  7. Web-based Access: Web-based access allows users to verify data replication, test recovery, restore individual files, and initiate recovery of virtual machines, all without contacting your provider.
     
  8. Self-service Network Connectivity: With DRaaS, you're empowered to open firewall ports and connect recovered virtual machines, in the cloud, back to your production infrastructure for testing or in the event of a true disaster.
     
  9. 100% Confidence: Because the backups of your virtual machines can be verified and brought online, 24 hours per day, you can have 100% confidence with your disaster recovery solution. Additionally, even when you don’t have a disaster, those backups are available at any time for testing upgrades or performing file-level restores.
     
  10. State of the Art Protection: With your backup data is stored in a state of the art Tier 3 datacenter, you’ll know that your data can’t be better protected.

I recommend that SMBs consider DRaaS to protect their virtual environments, and Doyenz rCloud is a leading DRaaS solution.

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About the Author
David Davis is the author of the best-selling VMware vSphere video training library from TrainSignal. He has written hundreds of virtualization articles on the Web, is a vExpert, VCP, VCAP-DCA, and CCIE #9369 with more than 18 years of enterprise IT experience. His personal blog is www.VMwareVideos.com.

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