When a disaster strikes, whether it be a natural disaster, a human error or a cyberattack, wouldn’t it be advantageous to have a system in place to enable you to continue operating while it’s being sorted out?
Disaster Recovery as a Service (DraaS) is either a cloud-based form of backup or a dedicated hosting service that enables efficient recovery in the event of a natural or human disaster or a straightforward disruption to your computer system.
Efficient recovery is the ability to switch to a standby computer server where operations can continue until your system is up and running again.
But isn’t that what online backup is? No, despite what many people think, it isn’t.
Online backup is valuable in its own right because it ensures you always have a backup of your data in the event of it being lost, damaged, stolen or hacked, but having online backup doesn’t mean your systems will carry on running.
This is the big difference between online backup and DraaS. Online backup, and DraaS to some extent depending on the service, is only as good as your last scheduled backup, which is sufficient under certain circumstances and in some IT environments, but it isn’t going to solve your problem quickly if your hardware is destroyed or your business involves online systems.
When disaster occurs, there are substantial time and financial implications involved in getting a business back up and running again. In some cases, insurance payouts need to happen before recovery of hardware can begin and machinery can be replaced. Then it’s configuring the software and the workstations and, most importantly, managing the incoming requests from clients, whose only concern is that their service is being carried out as agreed. At this point it’s also your clients’ trust that is at stake.
Fortunately, the technologies available today can help us keep that trust intact, as well as our systems and services in the event of an unfortunate eventuality.
DraaS ensures that all your computer systems are being backed up and secured in a dedicated disaster recovery environment so that in the event of a disaster your systems will be restored and fully functional within a day. With this kind of service now available, it’s possible to focus on your core business processes, knowing that no matter what happens there’ll be minimal disruption to them.
Typically, DraaS models provide quarterly simulations of disaster recovery events so that in the event of a disaster you and your colleagues already know what to expect and which processes to follow. The simulations minimise the chance of your backups failing, data being missed for backup and common IT errors interfering with them. And performing these audits allows for the correction and prevention of problems that may affect the recoverability of your business’s critical systems and data.
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