Why consider DRaaS at all?
Companies are looking to Disaster Recovery as a Service to deliver improved recovery time and recovery point objectives over the traditional methods of disaster recovery. With some of the inhibiters to Cloud adoption being concerns around the security and reliability of the service for live environments, many organisations are considering storing data and recovering servers in the Cloud as a ‘toe in the water’ before committing to a wider Cloud implementation of their IT systems.
DRaaS – then and now
Initially there was a proliferation of Cloud-based IT providers launching DRaaS branded offerings who had little to no real-world experience of Disaster Recovery, creating confusion around the definition of ‘DR’ in the context of DRaaS, which in turn creates uncertainty and risk for the user.
More recently businesses are looking to utilise a combination of on and off premise Cloud infrastructure (Hybrid Cloud) to deliver DR but the biggest challenge with this is management of disparate systems and automation at the point of invocation following a business interruption.
DRaaS – what’s good and what’s not so good?
One of the biggest advantages of DRaaS is the automation that it delivers, minimising human intervention in both protecting and recovering data. This automation reduces the risk of error and reduces the time required to recover business-critical data and systems – minimising the potential revenue loss associated with downtime.
A downside to DRaaS is that it’s predominantly based on virtualised infrastructure which leaves businesses that run business-critical applications on physical servers unable to take advantage of DRaaS or an incomplete recovery solution if they do. In many cases physical servers require an alternative technology to deliver the required recovery solution which just adds complexity and this makes DRaaS less attractive to these types of organisations.
Is the DRaaS market still relevant or is it being disrupted?
Many organisations are yet to implement DRaaS and so this is still an emerging market in the IT sector. Technology enhancements are adding value to this market rather than being disruptive.
Analysts see DRaaS as a growing market and estimate it will grow by as much 48% CAGR between 2016 and 2020 with a potential revenue of $11.11BN worldwide.
What are others doing when adopting DRaaS?
Strategies range from adopting a simple Cloud Backup and Recovery service provision so that the organisation has both data and recovery IT infrastructure offsite but this requires manual intervention at the point of disaster which increases the time to business resumption. Other organisations utilise a combination of site to site replication and backup to cater for different system recovery time and point objectives to ensure minimal disruption following a disaster scenario.
Why should you look at NG-IT DRaaS to meet your needs?
Giving organisations the ability to take control of data protection & Disaster Recovery without adding huge overhead on the IT team. We protect physical and virtual servers with the same technology and recover in the same Cloud infrastructure. We simplify the recovery process through automation of the provision of both test and production disaster recovery infrastructure.
Our solution recovers using a simple & repeatable recovery process. All your data management and protection requirements are delivered through a single interface to manage, administer, recover and resume.
Where does the NG-IT solution sit in the market?
The goals of implementing DRaaS are to simplify the complexity of data protection procedures, minimize the number of technologies deployed and enhance the recovery operation, both of day to day and full disaster recovery scenarios. This will, in turn, improve recovery times and enable you to meet and exceed the requirements of the business when it comes to RTO. Finally, save money over the existing day to day management and support of your existing solutions but also through less downtime caused by an outage.
NG-IT DRaaS meets all of these objectives by using a single automation engine to deliver day to day data protection & disaster recovery procedures. Disaster Recovery management is now hugely simplified and becomes intrinsically linked to your existing IT operations ensuring the business is always ready to deal with any interruptions and resume business operations quicker & more cost-effectively than ever before.