What is DRaaS and how can it save your business from disaster?


Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) provides data replication, hosting, and recovery services from the cloud in the event of a disaster, power outage, ransomware attack, or other business disruption.

DRaaS backs up data, applications and IT infrastructure to the cloud, and providers often have geographically dispersed data center footprints. In the event of a disaster, the business will fail over to the DRaaS provider’s data center in a different region.

Unlike traditional disaster recovery methods that require businesses to operate an off-site DR facility, DRaaS shifts this burden to service providers, thereby expanding the market beyond large enterprises that can afford such capital-intensive deployments.

The DRaaS market is an expanding, complex one, with hundreds of providers offering a wide variety of different approaches that replicate everything from data and virtual machines (VMs) to on-premises servers and hosts.

Ransomware, DDoS attacks, natural disasters drive DRaaS adoption

High-profile disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, the California wildfires, and the Texas power grid outage highlight the need for rescue services located far enough from an organization’s main data center that a major disaster would not affect both locations.

In addition, recent high-profile ransomware attacks, such as Colony Pipeline and City of Atlantaand DDoS attacks like these Russia attacked Ukraine points to the need to have DR plans before the invasion that cover more than just natural disasters.

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