What is Disaster Recovery?

What is Disaster Recovery?


What is a Disaster?

A disaster is defined as an unforeseen event that can significantly put the organization at risk by interfering with that organizations ability to properly run their operations.

Disasters can come in multiple forms from naturally occurring such as fires and floods to hardware failures and power outages.

Disasters can also come in non-physical form such as cyberattacks on a business’s IT infrastructure.


What is Disaster Recovery?

Disaster Recovery is the process of regaining access to data that was lost in a disaster, so operations can resume to normal as quickly as possible.

Disaster Recovery response typically follows a set of policies, tools and procedures to enable the recovery or continuation of vital technology infrastructure and systems.


What is Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)?

Disaster Recovery as a Service involves third-party cloud based replication and hosting to provide full recovery in the event of a disaster, whether it is a natural occurrence or a cyber attack.

This enables organizations to continue their daily business processes while the primary system undergoes repairs

This service is ideal for organizations that do not have the necessary expertise to provision, configure and test an effective disaster recovery plan.


Why should a business have DRaaS in place?

Disasters can have long lasting effects on a business.

When data loss occurs, your entire business is at risk. Critical systems are shut down, employees are unable to work and all operations come to a halt.

With each minute that goes by, costs and losses continue to go up.

If your business isn’t able to recover quickly enough, it may never recover at all.

Depending on the size of the business, each hour of downtime can range from thousands to millions of dollars.’

DRaaS focuses on a short point recovery. This means that the data restored will be as close to it’s current “now” state as possible.


How to get started with DRaaS?

Implementing DRaaS in your organizations starts by finding a reputable and reliable service provider.

Some key things to consider when choosing a provider are:

  • What security measures does the service provider employ? You need to ensure your data is safe and secure at all times. Ask your DRaaS provider if they encrypt your information.
  • What bandwidth is necessary? You’ll need the bandwidth to upload your information to the cloud. Bandwidth will change your pricing, ensure you choose bandwidth that works for you and isn’t just the cheapest option.
  • Get a clear overview of the restoration process. When a disaster strikes, you need to be up and running as soon as possible. Have a discussion with provider about how quickly they’ll be able to restore your systems.


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