DRaaS: Choose Your Provider Wisely

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DRaaS offers scalable, flexible, cost-efficient disaster recovery solutions.

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is not only a flexible, scalable and reliable business continuity and disaster recovery solution, it’s extraordinarily cost efficient. DRaaS lowers costs in numerous ways including pay-as-you-go pricing, lower IT infrastructure, technology and staffing investments, faster recovery and less downtime in the event of a disaster - just to name a few. Apparently the word is out. A recent report by ResearchMoz projects strong and sustained growth as small, mid-size and enterprise businesses all realize the ROI potential and begin adopting DRaaS solutions. ResearchMoz is forecasting DRaaS to grow nearly 55% (compounded annual growth rate) from 2014 to 2018.

It’s not surprising that DRaaS is poised for growth, considering increasing reliance on IT and the alarming statistics following any disaster. Not that you need more convincing, but Forsythe presents the vast array of digital and physical threats and consequences in a clear, concise infographic,  revealing that 93% of companies have had to executed disaster recovery plans and that more than 40% of companies that experience a disaster never reopen their doors.

When it’s time (and it is) to choose a DRaaS provider, choose wisely, looking for the following:

  • Replication options: Options for continual replication of your critical physical and virtual servers with application-consistent recovery solutions for key applications.
  • Recovery environments: The virtual recovery environment is pre-built in cloud data centers, including private network connectivity, security and per-server failover plans linked to a continuously updated replica of each of your servers.
  • Support: 24 x 7 x 365 technical support and skilled operations experts that provide fully managed recovery of servers and storage at all times, enabling you to run in their cloud environment until you restore operations at your primary data center.
  • Testing:  Regular, periodic testing of all servers, platforms and applications.
  • RPO: Recovery Point Objective (RPO) is the maximum acceptable length of time that data loss can occur in case of a critical event. Is it hours or minutes? At Windstream, many clients can achieve an RPO of less than 15 minutes.
  • RTO: Recovery Time Objective (RTO) is the maximum tolerable length of time that a computer, system, network, or application can be down after a failure or disaster occurs. Is it days or hours? Windstream’s RTO is 4 hours, with some solutions well less than 1 hour.  
  • Data Centers: Multiple, strategically located facilities in geographically diverse locations with security, power and redundancy capabilities, matched to your specific needs. 

Moving to a DRaaS solution and choosing a provider may be one of the most important IT decisions you make this year. We can help you get started with two helpful resources, our Windstream Whitepaper, Outsourcing Disaster Recovery With Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery as a Service and our Windstream Tech Article, Crunching the Numbers: An ROI Guide to DRaaS. Both are available for downloading, free.

Or contact a Windstream advisor to learn about your DRaaS options. Take enough time to choose wisely, but not too long. Disasters don’t wait.