How Small Businesses Can Implement Disaster Recovery as a Service

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How DRaaS Changed Risk Management

For small businesses, a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy may seem daunting, but the field has come a long way. Over the past 10 years, disaster recovery technology has shifted from on-premises backup servers to cloud services. Disaster recovery as a service represents the latter approach.

With DRaaS, data backup is handled by a cloud service provider. The as-a-service model allows small businesses to rely on a trusted partner instead of relying on their own resources.

“Traditionally, organizations needed to host their own data center, with their own IT equipment and the manpower to run that location. It’s expensive,” says Naveen Chhabra, principal analyst at Forrester. “But now disaster recovery hosting providers are increasing their business, helping customers reduce their investment, and offering roughly similar services and capabilities.”

To prepare for disaster, small businesses using DRaaS don’t need to maintain expensive, duplicate infrastructure, data centers, or subscriptions to third-party management tools.

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Organizations can scale DRaaS to meet their needs

The scalability of the cloud allows businesses to upgrade storage space to accommodate fluctuating data traffic. With DRaaS, a business simply pays the bill; the service provider handles computer maintenance tasks such as software patches and upgrades. “You can give a group of apps to a DRaaS vendor to manage for you, and next year if you want another group of apps, it should be scalable,” says Chhabra. “I see no limit to scalability.”

Major vendors such as vmware, Microsoft Azure and Veeam offer different solutions, including website recovery, full backup, archive storage for rarely used data, and cloud-based disaster recovery. It is up to organizations to identify their needs, with an understanding of all the features offered by the vendor, such as visibility, management and security. “Organizations need to create these services based on what vendors bring to the table,” says Chhabra.

DR solutions should be tested frequently (Chhabra suggests once a month) to gauge vendor performance. Such tests can help small businesses find unexposed underlying issues, he says. “Identify the technology capabilities that the service provider offers you. It should not be based solely on moving data or copying data from one location to another. »

Ultimately, an investment in DRaaS — as well as regular tests and evaluations — will act as a bulwark against the growing threats that businesses face. Weather conditions may worsen and become more frequent, threat actors may develop more sophisticated malware, and pandemic challenges remain, but with a strong disaster recovery strategy, retaining vital data becomes easier .

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