What is DRaaS?
DRaaS, also known as disaster recovery as a service, is the replication of hosting of physical or virtual servers by a service provider to provide failover in the event of a man made or natural catastrophe. DRaaS can be especially useful to organizations that lack the necessary expertise to provision, configure, and test an effective disaster recovery plan (DRP).
Why is DRaaS useful?
- Millions of businesses around the world encounter some form of natural disaster. Imagine if a power outage, hardware failure, file corruption, human error, earthquake, flood, hurricane, thunderstorm, wildfire, winter weather, or tornado, strikes the infra. Major interruptions like erp or website going down or losing all customer data will likely occur.
- Individual studies have reported that unplanned downtime costs organizations an average cost of thousands of dollars per minute. It also states that 43% of organizations affected by a natural disaster never reopen, and 29% of organizations affected close within two years of the occurrence.
- DRaaS focuses on a short recovery point objective. This means that the data restored will be as close to its current “now” state as possible. Typical recovery time objectives are within 4-6 hours and will bring up machines geographically located in a different location. For example, if your datacenter in Dehi gets affected by a earthquake, DRaaS ensures your data will not be lost by switching to live mirrored servers in Mumbai, which was not affected by the earthquake.