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What is Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)?

What is DRaaS?

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is a fully managed IT Disaster Recovery Service. It typically applies to servers, rather than desktops. If your servers have failed whether by a hardware failure, a software update that doesn’t work properly, a power outage, or a ransomware attack, then your DRaaS provider will get you back up and running in a DR site.

In most DRaaS cases, IT departments oversee the restoration process, but a third-party provider guides the way with their experience. Depending on the service level purchased, businesses may be able to recover IT systems in minutes, hours or days following a failure. The service should also include regular testing of your Disaster Recovery solution to ensure that it is all working properly, and meets compliance and regulatory requirements.

The Benefits of DRaaS

DRaaS solutions have many benefits. Human error is a large cause of IT downtime. It’s very easy for IT departments and system end users like employees and partners to make honest mistakes; we’re all human after all. But sometimes there are also intentional, internal threats to businesses that can be harder to manage. An unbiased, independent provider is often best to ensure that failures don’t end up as total data loss, and that the cause of the disruption is accurately assessed and identified.

In addition to internal threats, recoveries are very stressful and difficult scenarios unless you are experienced and well-rehearsed. It is quite common for the pressure to become overwhelming, or for the recovery process to become a difficult and drawn out affair as unexpected issues mount, all the while the business revenue suffers. It’s important to have someone on your team who has the experience of many IT recoveries and isn’t distracted by internal pressures or other tasks. Your recoveries will be more consistent and faster, resulting in less downtime and less damage to your business.

Choosing the Right DRaaS Provider

Implementing an effective DRaaS solution is not a simple matter. Your provider will act as your trusted partner, ensuring not just that you have the most appropriate DR solution, but also that this solution is managed, maintained, monitored, adapted and scaled properly for years to come.

There are a few key points that you need to consider when choosing a DRaaS provider:

  • Location
  • Performance
  • Testing
  • Specialized Experience
  • Pricing
  • Breadth Of Capabilities
  • Levels of Service

Read more about choosing the right DRaaS provider.

Thrive to the Rescue

Your Backup and Disaster Recovery Experts

Threats to business continuity continue to evolve. From ransomware to employee error to natural disasters, a variety of events can cause outages, and the costs of downtime can be high, even for short incidents. It’s up to IT organizations to be prepared. But how do businesses choose the best disaster recovery strategy while also making the most of limited budgets and resources?

Thrive offers DRaaS and business continuity solutions for businesses of all sizes.

Contact us today for your customized solution.