What Is DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service)?

Understanding the Business Value of DRaaS

Everyone understands the importance of a solid disaster recovery solution. According to results from industry surveys conducted by Gartner analysts, downtime costs $5,600 per minute, or $300,000 per hour, on average. Businesses with strong disaster recovery plans recover faster and lose less data when a shutdown occurs.

In the past, a robust disaster recovery plan was an expensive and resource-intensive proposition for many businesses. Only the biggest institutions and enterprises could afford a full-scale disaster recovery solution.

Today, there are a host of affordable disaster recovery options that give businesses of any size and type the ability to eliminate downtime and reduce complexity. Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) is one of these options. In this article, we’ll look at the business value of DRaaS, including some “hidden” benefits, such as affordable infrastructure upgrades and access to expert resources.

Fast Recovery Equals Cost Savings

The most obvious business advantage of DRaaS is the ability to recover from a disaster, such as a weather event, data breach, human error, or equipment failure. If any of these things happen, you will have a plan in place to restore operations.

The faster you can react to a disaster, the less money you will lose. Researchers at Ponemon Institute polled 477 companies that experienced a data breach within a 12-month span from 2017 to 2018. Companies that contained a breach in less than a month saved $1 million more than companies that exceeded 30 days for containment. The average total loss per breach in this 12-month period was $4.25 million, but companies that had a faster response time only lost an average of $3.09 million.

Disaster Recovery Challenges:

  • It is expensive to provision staff resources and redundant infrastructure to maintain an internal DR solution.
  • Increasing threats and strict compliance requirements require more extensive DR planning and testing.
  • Disaster recovery planning is complex, which translates to expensive and time-consuming.
  • When your infrastructure does go down, it will be your responsibility to fix the issue so you can meet your own uptime requirements.
  • Customers lose confidence in your business when your infrastructure is unavailable, which can result in lost revenue and a damaged reputation.

The Hidden Benefits of InfoSystems DRaaS

One of the greatest benefits we offer customers is our Production-Ready Cloud. Many of our customers have older infrastructure that holds value but might not meet current or future production requirements.

When you partner with InfoSystems for DRaaS, we can offer you our Production-Ready Cloud to serve as your infrastructure. We can then repurpose the equipment that you already own to serve as your DR target. With this solution, you get the benefit of our high-performance, state-of-the-art cloud environment while you retain the value of your equipment.

InfoSystems offers a complete disaster recovery solution that can be customized to meet your business needs and maximize your technology investments. We will study your current environment and business goals to develop a purpose-built solution that makes the best use of your equipment and ours.

As your DRaaS provider, we accept the responsibilities and risks of maintaining a DR solution on your behalf, including ensuring that you meet your uptime requirements. We offer you personalized service and access to our seasoned team of disaster recovery experts, plus an ironclad SLA that includes an agreed-upon amount of uptime.

InfoSystems DR Services Explained

We offer a complete selection of disaster recovery options and services to meet your changing business needs. Following is a list of our DR services and a brief explanation of each.

Data Vaulting: If you need to hold on to data for the long term, then you may benefit from our data-vaulting service. We can offer long-term and historical data storage from a variety of sources.

DR Cold: For businesses that can tolerate a significant amount of downtime, this is an affordable DR option. This service requires systems to be offline while the backup is performed.

DR Warm: This method is also known as mirroring. The system can be online, but no data can be written while the backup is performed. This option is a good choice for businesses that can tolerate some downtime.

DR Hot: The best choice for businesses with high uptime requirements. Backups can take place while users are active in the system.

High-Availability Cloud: With high-availability cloud, you can resume operations within minutes, even if your primary infrastructure suffers a catastrophic failure.

Production-Ready Cloud: We can deliver state-of-the-art infrastructure to you right from the cloud. This is an affordable option to upgrade your technology and pay for it as a monthly operating expense (OpEx), as opposed to a capital expenditure (CapEx).

 

If you come to InfoSystems for DRaaS, we will take a holistic look at your business, including business goals, budget, and current infrastructure. From this, we can develop a customized, purpose-built DRaaS solution. Our goal is to help you get the most value from your technology investments.

Schedule a free Disaster Recovery consultation with an InfoSystems DR expert today.