Comport, a leader among cloud managed service providers, recently expounded on the importance of disaster recovery as a service in providing IT availability for an organization. Businesses need to utilize DRaaS solutions that are highly secure and housed within a data center that offers physical and environmental security controls to effectively maintain redundancy for your business. When you break disaster recovery down, here are a few components to look for when examining your protection.
- Reliable Replication – Your provider should be able to provide secure replication from one site to another. The current generation of DRaaS should support replication for virtualized and physical servers combined with the ability to take frequent data snapshots to meet RPOs.
- Failover & Failback– During an event, transitioning access of end users into the third party hosting environment is imperative for your organizations ongoing business. DRaaS simplifies the process by creating and managing either parts or all of your infrastructure in a fully replicated environment. It’s important to ensure that the support and tools provided to you are in place so that even if your IT team is remote, i.e. it happens overnight, failover can still occur. Make sure your applications and workloads can continue to run without downtime by creating a fallback strategy… After failback, and immediate replication process should be undertaken in order to ensure business continuity.
- DR Testing – A commonly overlooked and crucial aspect of any DRaaS solution is testing. The ability to have benchmarks from DR test performed not only give an organization the ability to say they can recover data but also know how quickly they can be up and working to support business continuity.
“These four components are among the most important that you should consider if you are looking for a disaster recovery solution,” said Hannah Coney, Director of Business Development, ComportSecure. “With a provider who can support these four capabilities, you have a clear path to business continuity and the ability to recover your data when it matters most.
DRaaS is more than an insurance policy for your IT infrastructure, it is an operational necessity.. Once upon a time, disaster recovery was only envisioned for large upset events or companies who had disposable budgets to invest. Today, businesses realize that you have the need for DR to facilitate smaller more frequent events like data center power failure, a network issue that isn’t immediately identifiable or even a disk failure that takes your critical VM’s down. Full business continuity is the goal. Disaster recovery is imperative in today’s “always on” world but it no longer means designing, building and maintaining your own duplicate site. Disaster Recovery as a Service provides you the protection you need without the management needs that can overwhelm your internal team.