Disaster Recovery as a Service, or DRaaS, is an excellent business continuity and disaster recovery option (BC/DR) for many businesses, going beyond the capabilities of Backup as a Service (BaaS).
DRaaS offers huge benefits to protect your data and infrastructure in the event of both natural and manmade disasters, minimizing downtime and keeping your brand reputation intact at a pay-as-you-use low cost.
Unfortunately, many are unaware of the myths that have cropped up about DRaaS, leading to frustration, instead of what should be peace of mind, with this service. In this blog, we clear up five major myths about DRaaS so you can move forward with the information and confidence you need.
5 Myths about Disaster Recovery as a Service
1. It fixes all your problems.
DRaaS is a top-notch recovery solution, but it can’t cover up all the problems you’ve already left unaddressed. If you have existing issues with your applications, application design, or data issues, then your recovery will be just as problematic as day-to-day operations.
As the old saying goes, “garbage in, garbage out.” Make sure everything in place is already running smoothly so that your DRaaS will too.
2. It’s all I need.
Yes, Disaster Recovery as a Service is the “executable” part of the plan, meaning it carries out the actual recovery. However, truly effective BC/DR solutions need to account for things like workspace, telephones, a plan for who to call, and what to do in various situations depending on the emergency.
Your BC/DR especially needs to take into account the human element that accompanies and compliments the system element. Make sure your DRaaS is supported by a well-designed plan so the human element it relies on to succeed isn’t a sinking ship.
3. It covers everything.
DRaaS solutions typically include replication and recovery of existing virtualized systems; but they may or may not cover any legacy physical servers you have. What’s more is that most solutions do not cover replication or recovery for other platforms, including IBM’s iSeries, zSeries, or pSeries.
Be sure to check with your provider about traditional backup, archival, and retention of data based on your business and compliance requirements. Some industries are required to keep records for up to seven years. This typically involves a relatively large volume of data as well as policies and procedures to recover files based on daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual backups. It is too costly for most large companies to just conduct a full backup of all their information every night and have it available for production systems.
It’s likely your DRaaS provider can help you with this, but it’s also not typically “included” in the base solution. Be sure to check the details of a potential provider’s offerings and how they can strategize with you to meet your priorities for recovery.
4. It’s an IT solution and therefore and IT decision.
While the IT department can typically scope and spec a DRaaS solution because they know the systems and requirements of IT, you’d be well advised to get buy-in from your executive team. That’s because your execs will likely be funding it to protect the assets, brand, and ongoing operations of the business.
As we all know, priorities change, markets change, and businesses change. That’s why it’s a good idea to approach your executive team before putting considerable effort into pursuing a solution.
5. All DRaaS solutions are the same.
DRaaS providers can vary greatly from each other, including differences in:
- What they are able/willing to cover
- How fast they are able to recover and how much they can reduce downtime
- The level at which they will manage/monitor your solution
- Their level of compliance with industry standards
- How physically and virtually secure they are
- The quality of their customer service
- Whether or not they are willing to customize your solution
- How often they test, if at all, which is crucial to preventing failure
All of these qualities will vary from provider to provider, so be sure to get to know a potential provider well before signing the contract.
Are You Interested in DRaaS?
With five major myths debunked, you can skip the surprises and make an informed decision about whether or not Disaster Recovery as a Service is right for you. At the end of the day, the key to success with DRaaS is choosing the right provider, especially one like LightBound who will work with you personally, explain the details of what you can expect from their solution, and be a true partner to your business.
With LightBound, you can rest assured knowing that our DRaaS services protect you with the most secure technology in the industry and can help you recover from downtime with lightning speed. Our data centers are SOC2 certified and we maintain complete compliance with industry standards set by HIPAA, PCI, SOX, and FISC. We care about the success of your solution, which is why we offer 24/7/365 monitoring by our skilled and experienced support staff.
Have more questions about DRaaS? Contact us today and we’ll answer any questions you might have about Disaster Recovery as a Service and share how DRaaS can help protect your data.