I recently posted a blog titled Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) for Optimal Failover. According to a survey of 300 IT professionals at small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that was conducted by Zetta, 37% of SMBs are currently using the cloud as part of their disaster recovery solution, which is up 11% over the previous year. The results, recently published at TalkinCloud.com, also indicated:
- Of those SMBs that are planning to add a new disaster recovery solution in the next 12 months, 57% said they intend to leverage a cloud-based solution
- 84% said that several days of IT downtime would result in moderate to catastrophic costs and losses
- 33% said they rarely test their disaster recovery plan
- 13% admitted their organization does not have a technical disaster recovery strategy in place
Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is the replication and hosting of physical or virtual services by a third-party to provide failover in the event of a catastrophe, and it’s currently becoming a hot, strategic offering. While there are plenty of smart technologies available to help facilitate a DRaaS solution, it’s important to keep in mind that all of them require that you already know how your business operates.
DRaaS solutions expect that you’ve already captured the tribal knowledge inherent in most IT departments and that you have a plan to associate server groups with services that your enterprise delivers. This is a hidden cost and effort that many organizations fail to include in the migration process. If it isn’t completed properly, success is highly limited.
In the recent blog I mentioned above, I discussed using DRaaS for optimal failover, but cautioned that each hosting provider approaches DRaaS differently, and they each have specific goals and offerings designed around their own product suites. Also, the industry currently only provides estimates given the wide range of variables in the leasing of compute.
While standards are beginning to emerge that will make the process smoother, a solid, well-experienced cloud computing consulting partner can go a long way in building the best DRaaS solution for your needs.