Disaster Recovery as a Service. DRaaS
The Effects of Disasters
In 2018, there were 315 natural disasters which amounted to US$131.7 billion in economic losses across the world, according to ReliefWeb. The occurrence of natural disasters may not be a rarity, but companies with disaster recovery plans are.
However, before looking at Disaster Recover and its various component, we must first establish what a disaster is:
A disaster is an unforeseen, devastating event that has the capacity to jeopardise the running and lifetime of a business.
What is disaster recovery?
Disaster recovery is a system that allows companies to deal with technological crises that may arise. These crises can occur as a result of a range of events from fires to natural disasters and even human error. Despite the fear-inducing name, disaster recovery is a system that picks a company back up when it is on its knees. It restores data that would ordinarily be lost and prevents company productivity and turnover from suffering.
How does disaster recovery work?
Traditional disaster recovery solutions were extremely costly and out of reach for many smaller companies. Companies, with sufficient capital, would have an entire replication of all of their servers, systems and software on standby in a separate location. In the event of a disaster occurring, this backup system could be utilised.
Nowadays, disaster recovery is provided as a service. Disaster Recovery as a Service, or DRaaS, works by mirroring company information and backing it up at a secure location known as a data recovery centre. At vCloud.ie, we have two data centres; one in Cork, Ireland and another in Warsaw, Poland.
DRaaS is provided in several different ways;
- DRaaS with public cloud – this is where a large public cloud service provider, such as Microsoft Azure, provides a DR solution to your company.
- DRaaS with a local service provider – This is what we offer at vCloud.ie. A local company, like ours, uses their private cloud to backup company data and provide a disaster recovery solution. A key difference between this form of DRaaS and DRaaS with public cloud is that the experience is much more personalised with a local service provider and involves human, face to face contact.
- DRaaS with private cloud – this is similar to DRaaS with a local service provider, however, this option is suited towards companies with multiple processing centres in different locations and requires companies to set up their private cloud system and allocate the role of a service provider to an internal employee.
How does DRaaS with vCloud.ie work?
DRaaS works by using incremental backups to ensure that company data is constantly being duplicated and is readily available in the event of a disaster. Simply put, when a file is updated on a company’s system, it is also updated on our system. Disaster recovery has two main components:
- Recovery Point Objective or RPO – this is essentially the amount of data a company willing to lose between time points. DR solutions, as mentioned above, backup data incrementally. At vCloud.ie our objective is to get RPO as low as possible. But, let’s talk numbers, our current RPO is 5 seconds. This means that, in the event of an attack, only 5 seconds worth of work will be lost and the rest can be recovered. So, if a company sustains an attack at 16:55:05, all data before 16:55:00 can be recovered. With such a low RPO, vCloud.ie ensures that that company information is being backup continuously and that minimal amounts of data are lost in the event of a disaster.
- Recovery Time Objective or RTO – this is how fast we can get your systems back up and running after an attack. So while RPO refers to how much data can be recovered in the event of an attack, RTO refers to how quickly a business can be back to normal again. With such a low RPO, our RTO is as fast as the company’s IT system is.
What are the benefits of DRaaS?
- It is cost-effective – traditional disaster recovery practices cost vast amounts of money, making them untenable for many companies. However, because our service does not require companies to have a system on standby, DRaaS does not have the overhead costs that DR traditionally entailed and, hence, is a cost-effective way of implementing a DR solution.
- It is simple – with DRaaS, companies do not need to worry about implementing and maintaining their own, private cloud DR solution. Monitored by our employees, DRaaS works in the background to ensure that your business is constantly protected.
- It gives your company a competitive advantage – there must be a relationship of trust between companies and their customers and with DRaaS companies can feel confident that they will be able to deliver on their customers’ needs, even in the event of a natural disaster or other unforeseen events.
- It ensures companies survive disasters – perhaps most obviously, DRaaS ensures that companies will survive even in the face of adversity. The U.S National Cyber Security Alliance found that 60 percent of small companies go out of business within just 6 months of sustaining a cyberattack. However, with a DR solution in place, companies can feel confident that the business will survive even the most devastating attack.
Who needs DRaaS?
Disaster Recovery as a Service is beneficial to all companies, big or small. However, it is essential for companies that work industries where data loss is not an option such as finance and banking.
What exactly do companies receive with DRaaS?
When a company engages vCloud.ie to provide Disaster Recovery as a Service it receives a continuous, comprehensive and ongoing service as well as business protection and peace of mind.
In today’s IT climate, disaster recovery is becoming increasingly important and DRaaS is the ideal way for companies to protect their businesses in a simple and cost-effective way.