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Defining the Right DRaaS Strategy

Do you know what to features to prioritise or the criteria for a good DR partner?

With a DR plan designed to your exact specifications, you can eliminate the service interruptions, financial losses, disruption to your team and customers or loss of reputation. Don’t let the costs of downtime threaten your SME.

What does DRaaS stand for?

Disaster recovery plans relate specifically to the IT components of your business and fit into an overall strategy for business continuity, which also involves the people and processes that would be affected by a disaster. A successful DR plan will equip your business with a cost effective means of replicating your critical IT systems to an enterprise class secondary location. It is tested frequently and can scale with your business as your needs evolve.

Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) uses the cloud as a secure secondary location where you can replicate not only your data, but an actual mirror image of your disk drives, servers…your entire infrastructure!

With continuous replication, your DR environment will always have the most updated version of your systems. This mirror image of your systems allows you to restore the system much quicker than re-installing an OS and copying over all your files.

Why should I choose DRaaS?

DRaaS is a great option if:

Your steps to an excellent DRaaS strategy:

A few things to look for in a DRaaS provider:

Know where your infrastructure and data will be hosted, and look for clear evidence of high-powered cooling and 24/7 monitoring by highly-trained technicians.

Can they confidently meet your SLAs? Also pay attention to the level of service you are agreeing to. Determine whether a partial or fully-managed solution will suit your needs, and investigate other customers’ level of satisfaction with their support.

Look for features like vulnerability scans of your infrastructure in its DR environment, which can happen without any disruption to your normal operations. Be sure that your DRaaS partner uses state-of-the-art firewalls and encryption in their data centres. Don’t forget to check that they fulfil requirements for regulations like GDPR and PCI-DSS.