93% of businesses that lost their data centre for 10 days went bankrupt within a year

Disaster recovery (DR) is an unpopular subject but like all forms of insurance it’s important. And if your business can’t afford to be without its IT services for several days, then a good DR plan is 100% necessary.

Disasters can be natural or man-made but either way, they’ll lose business for your company.

If you take the DIY option, a good Disaster Recovery (DR) plan will require additional data centre space, IT infrastructure and IT resources. All of which come at a price.

And don’t forget the additional staff and their training.

The costs associated with DR meant that until recently, it could only be afforded by larger companies.

Cloud based Disaster Recovery: the Cost Effective Solution.

Hosted solutions such as DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service), have made cost effective DR available for everyone.

Using DRaaS means you won’t have to maintain you own off-site DR environment. Also, you can have a flexible DRaaS contract that means you’ll only pay for what your business needs, when you need it.

The following table will better explain the benefits that Cloud based DR offers over the DIY option:

Traditional DR DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service)
You buy and maintain the necessary hardware, software and infrastructure.

If you locate the server off-site (and I hope you will) you’ll have to pay for the additional accommodation.

You’ll have additional operating costs and the responsibility for making sure everything works, will rest firmly on your shoulders.

While everything is working fine, you only need pay your DRaaS provider to backup and store the ‘snapshots’ of your servers.

When disaster strikes and only then, do you pay your provider for their infrastructure-as-a-service feature.

This feature means they will use the latest snapshot of your server to quickly create a virtual server that you can use until your main server is back on line.

When disaster strikes, somebody has to access your DR to make your data ‘live’.

This is unlikely to be a quick operation and the longer it takes, the longer it will be before you can begin trading again.

A cloud DR site can be made live in seconds or at worst, just a few minutes.

You’ll be trading again much quicker and you’ll lose much less business and data.

Do think about connectivity. If you don’t specify the ability to operate your DR remotely, someone will have to go to the DR site and manually start the system. With cloud DR you can start the service from anywhere and from any device that has internet access.

 

Choosing to use a cloud based disaster recovery service can make good financial sense. But if you have critical applications that need to be available within minutes, it’s likely to be your best option.

Disasters can be natural or man-made but they can all lose business for your company.

If you want a disaster recovery plan that allows you a good night’s sleep, let’s talk. You’ll like what you hear.