With fully managed Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), businesses of all sizes, from small to enterprise, find viable and affordable recovery options.
Here on the PMI blog, I have been talking a lot lately about disaster recovery. It is suddenly a big trend in the IT world, in large part because technology is making major strides in affording small and medium-sized businesses the ability to reliably protect their data against threats both inside and outside their buildings.
Note that I said inside their buildings. That is because it’s important to realize that most “disasters” that wipe out important data are not the weather-related type of disaster the term implies. Most data-destroying disasters are, in fact, man-made.
Anyway, you have been hearing me talk about it long enough, so I thought I would take a break and share an interesting commentary I found on the subject called Look to the Cloud for Disaster Protection by Jaclyn Mispagel, who works in the industry for Windstream Corporation.
It’s a good read, and if your business is looking to the cloud for disaster recovery, it’s well worth a read.
Here are a few highlights:
With fully managed Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), businesses of all sizes, from small to enterprise, find viable and affordable recovery options. DRaaS allows businesses to avoid the costs of investing in an off-site building. The cloud permits the use of multiple geographic locations, so data is available wherever and whenever it is needed. For example, businesses all over the East Coast can leverage a data center right here in Little Rock, and vice versa.
Storing data in the cloud relieves IT or other personnel of the burden of physically transporting backups, beginning the disaster recovery process by manually rebuilding servers and loading backup files. Instead, the data and applications are stored and mirrored off-site, and server recovery is managed by the DRaaS service provider. Due to the cloud’s efficiency, businesses are able to recover data in a matter of a few hours, not days.
In addition to the faster recovery times, Ms. Mispagel notes that DRaaS offers other key benefits to organizations. These include:
Increased functionality for less cost. There is little to no upfront investment required, and the recurring cost for the service is minimized due to provider-managed oversubscription and economies of scale.
Easier, more frequent and less expensive testing. With DRaaS, the bulk of the burden of testing is on the service provider.
More flexibility. DRaaS gives businesses the ability to adapt to a changing IT environment and evolving business needs. As the company grows, so does the scale of its DRaaS.
Pay-as-you-go options. DRaaS customers pay per protected service, which optimizes disaster recovery spending. Customers can start by protecting a handful of critical servers and grow over time.
It sounds to me like she is describing PMI’s solution from Axcient. It offers all the benefits mentioned here and more. Head over to our Axcient page and see a short video introduction. There is a form on that page, too, if you find you would like to know more about the product.