Disaster Recovery as a Service offers another way to simplify IT


Disaster recovery as an IT simplification strategy. Really? You bet.

Disaster recovery demands a degree of commitment that’s hard to sustain. You know you need to prepare for the inevitable, but it requires discipline to maintain backups. It requires budget to keep a stable of “dark hardware” ready, just in case. And, if something does go wrong, it requires a lot of sweat—not to mention a little luck—to get things back up and running quickly. Sounds complicated, and it is.

And that’s if you had the patience and made the investments. In fact, many enterprise disaster recovery plans are incomplete, untested and unable to ensure that a company can maintain its operations in the event of an unexpected event.

Now, though, you have more options. Thanks to virtualization and cloud architectures, companies can develop a truly effective disaster recovery plan that is affordable, manageable and simplifies IT in the process.

Disaster Recover as a Service (DRaaS) enables an enterprise to maintain a full replica and backup of all data and applications and serve as a secondary infrastructure. It can function as the new business environment while primary systems are being repaired. Switchover can happen very quickly, minimizing the impact of a disaster.

Compared to the approach that most companies take, DRaaS has a number of advantages:

* It’s multi-site and multi-platform. Data and applications replicated to cloud infrastructure are maintained on many different sites in widely dispersed geographic locations. And, DRaaS doesn’t favor one particular vendor. It can back up and run a wide range of platforms.

* It’s continuous and current. Unlike periodic tape backups, DRaaS backup is an ongoing automated process. There are no tapes to maintain, no rotation schedules to observe and no off-site location to manage. Data and applications are always up to date, and they’re ready to go at a moment’s notice.

* It’s affordable. Many companies just don’t have the budget to set aside duplicate hardware “just in case.” DRaaS is priced on a consumption basis, so you only pay for what you use. And, it’s an operating expense, not CAPEX.

Implementing Disaster Recovery as a Service can’t prevent a catastrophe from happening or obviate the hard restoration work that follows. But it does mean that following such an event, your company can continue to operate uninterrupted. And, you can focus on other aspects of recovery without worrying about software, systems or data.

It’s that simple.

Thomas-Carroll-headshotThomas Carroll is global portfolio offering manager for Continuity Services at DXC Technology, responsible for risk and sustainability planning, crisis and incident management, disaster recovery planning and testing, data center recovery services, and Disaster Recovery as a Service. A former investment banker specializing in risk and technology, he has more than 30 years of experience in IT, security, and business continuity delivery and operations.

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