Disaster Recovery as a Service
Guaranteed protection for your IT environment to ensure business continuity
Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is a cloud-based DR method that has gained popularity in recent year due to the rise of virtualization, which has revolutionized the way companies operate today.
By decoupling data from the underlying physical hardware, businesses are freed from the limitations imposed by a need to keep their data within arm’s reach — it can now be stored anywhere in the world that it makes operational and regulatory sense to do so. However, while data is more mobile than ever, many organizations do not have a comprehensive plan in place for how to recover their data in case of natural disaster, human error, ransomware, etc.
Positives of DRaaS include lower cost, easier deployment and the ability to test plans regularly. Cloud storage services save an organization money by running on a shared infrastructure. They are more flexible, as organizations can sign up for just the services they need. DR tests can be completed by simply spinning up temporary instances.
Don’t be fooled though, simple backup is not the same as disaster recovery. Many backup vendors claim to provide DR as part of their solution, but unless they are optimized to provide the fast recovery of all enterprise data and applications, they aren’t enough. If you need quick access to mission-critical data, such as following a ransomware attack, it could be weeks before you get it.
A well-designed backup/restore solution should include DR data stores in one or more separate locations. Most importantly, the enterprise should be able to restore operations quickly and easily, including spinning up VMs off-premises or in the cloud to run applications in order to maintain business continuity.
With a comprehensive DR strategy in place, companies can achieve a recovery point objective (RPO) of less than 24 hours and a recovery time objective (RTO) of mere minutes, restoring any amount of data — from an individual file to a complete virtual machine.
Let Nascent work with you on creating a strategy for implementing a cloud-based backup and recovery strategy that works for you...
Some best practices for evaluating and implementing a cloud-based backup and restore strategy are common to most types of IT projects. However, there are situations and techniques that are unique to cloud-based data protection projects. Here are some of the most important things to keep in mind, which Nascent can help you with, when developing and implementing a cloud-based data protection plan.
Planning: Creating a project plan to guide evaluation, procurement, implementation, and support of your cloud-based backup-and-restore strategy.
Architecture: Cloud-based data protection can run on a variety of architectures, including direct-to-cloud, hybrid-with-caching, hybrid-with-storage, and local-appliance-to-cloud, let us help you choose the right one or combination of ones.
Configure and Test: Sounds simple but making sure your backup and DR solution are correctly configured and tested, minimize surprises during the implementation and operational phases.
Encryption: Data security is just as important to your company’s success as adequate backup, so be sure that the products you evaluate include appropriate encryption. This is an absolute necessity in industries that are subject to data security and privacy regulations, such as HIPAA, FINRA, and Sarbanes-Oxley.
Cloud-backup redundancy: Along with tiering data between local and cloud storage, it is important to consider replicating backup data among other data centers and among multiple clouds for added protection.
Support: Even the best cloud-based data protection is worthless, if the vendor is not available to provide help in a timely manner to the project manager or operational IT manager. We recommend testing each vendor’s support processes and expertise as part of your product evaluations.
Why be prepared...
Cybersecurity Ventures predicts1 cybercrime damages will cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021, up from $3 trillion in 2015. They also project cybercrime “will be more profitable than the global trade of all major illegal drugs combined.” In such a climate, an attack is not a matter of if, but when. The secret to recovering from a ransomware breach or other disaster lies in preparation. It is no longer sufficient, or even wise, for an IT manager to cross their fingers and hope that their company won’t be attacked — they must take active, purposeful steps to prepare for the inevitable. In today’s 24x7x365, always-on world, a solid disaster recovery (DR) plan is no longer a “nice to have” — it should be a critical part of every company’s data management strategy