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There are many threats to the sustainability of smaller businesses. One of the biggest is a disaster, which can happen at any time or at any level of severity. In an effort to curtail the effects of a disaster, many businesses have adopted disaster recovery plans. If you have been looking into this topic recently you may have come across the term DRaaS, but do you know what it actually is?
DRaaS stands for Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service, and is a cloud based service offered by an increasing number of tech companies. The concept is similar to other cloud based services like Software-as-a-Service, where the solution is delivered and managed by an IT partner.
DRaaS is a Disaster Recovery solution provided by a vendor that businesses can purchase. With most DRaaS solutions the vendor helps develop and implement a disaster recovery plan that fits the needs of the company that they will then manage to ensure that the systems are running properly.
When a disaster strikes, the vendor can work with you to help get your systems back online as fast as possible. Often this is quicker than other solutions, largely because the vendor’s systems will likely not be affected by the disaster.
It is for this reason that many companies are becoming increasingly interested in this form of disaster recovery solution. Many smaller businesses also seem more open to it because it’s a managed service. As these businesses likely don’t have a disaster recovery specialist on staff, finding a solution that works and is affordable can be a challenge. Therefore, going with a managed service like this is a big draw.
What to look for when picking a DRaaS vendor
If you are looking for a vendor to help you with your disaster recovery plans, or for a DRaaS solution, you should look for a solution that:
Working with a vendor who provides a disaster recovery plan and service is only one option at your disposal. If you are in the process of updating your plan, or would like to implement one, contact us today to see how our solutions could help you and your business.
Published on 4th September 2013 by Jeanne DeWitt.