In a business environment highly dependent on technology, the need to safeguard digitally generated data and application software is becoming critical by the day.
Each year, cyber threats, system failures, and natural calamities completely destroy a multitude of business data, leading to billions of dollars in losses.
A mock example of the situation is when a person accidentally deleted his entire company due to a bad Linux command. The problem in this situation was that all the data, including the backups, were also kept in the same location. Hence, all was lost.
Disaster Recovery as a Service is one answer to such a demolition of data. It provides a reliable alternative for businesses of all kinds and sizes to have a fallback mechanism.
What is Disaster Recovery?
Essentially, Disaster Recovery refers to creating a system that automatically backs up the important segments of data or the entire infrastructure and moves it into a live virtual environment. The virtual cloud space temporarily hosts the applications and resources, omitting any downtime for the end-users, while the original servers are repaired.
For any SMB or enterprise that has on-premise data, such a system extends their business continuity and makes sure that they don’t go out of business, even if their servers observe a complete failure.
Methods to Implement Disaster Recovery
Through in-house IT
If you have an in-house IT team, you can plan to implement DR using three components;
- Automated Backups
- A Cloud Service Provider
- An automated system for transferring resources
The IT team would have to deploy a solution that can take automated backups of your infrastructure. Depending upon priority, you can have the entire system backed up or only the critical aspects. Some companies prefer their customer data backups over anything else.
Lastly, a fallback mechanism would be needed that can restore the most recent backups quickly into a remote location and make the resources available.
Using Disaster Recovery as a Service
Disaster Recovery as a Service is a managed offering wherein an IT provider deploys the entire workflow, or the required components, for enabling Disaster Recovery in your office.
DraaS Companies take care of obtaining cloud space for storing backups, carry out the required engineering at your data center for backup migration and also provide SLAs for the same.
This significantly puts you out of burden for managing the entire operation. Many companies take care of restoring your applications and data onto a new server environment when an emergency hits.
Using a Software Solution
The last option is to employ a software solution that takes care of the entire backup and migration process by itself. Quorum onQ is one of the examples of such products that can manage the interlinked processes for your business applications and databases.
Setting up the software will still require technical expertise. The solution also offers deduplication and replication support.