For organizations of all sizes, having a disaster recovery plan as well as the means to execute on it – i.e., a disaster recovery solution, either self-managed or entrusted to a cloud service provider – is essential for staving off financial ruin. Downtime can cost the typical enterprise hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, regardless of whether it is the result of a fire, a cyberattack or a simple technical failure of a server.
However, many firms are not well-prepared for such disasters. For example, a 2015 Nationwide survey of small business owners found that 75 percent of respondents did not have a plan in place. More than half (52 percent) stated that full recovery from a major incident would take three months or longer. The Federal Emergency Management Administration Agency has estimated that 40 percent of SMBs do not re-open after a disaster.
"40 percent of SMBs do not re-open after a disaster."
Why are feasible disaster recovery plans in short supply? One reason is the high cost of many traditional approach to DR. Customers have to foot the entire bill for the hardware and software that support the DR platform, and also keep it up-to-date. This requires huge upfront capital expenditures on IT assets that will quickly depreciate and become outdated. So what is the alternative?
Disaster recovery-as-a-service at a glance
Enter cloud-based DR, also known as disaster recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS). DRaaS combines an affordable business model with the real-time performance that companies need to meet their recovery time objectives (RTOs) and avoid losses in revenue, productivity and reputation.
The building blocks of a modern DRaaS solution include:
- Predictable operational costs, as a result of subscription billing alongside the option to reserve specific resources in advance to support rapid recovery.
- Secure and redundant infrastructure, such as Tier 3+ data centers that are protected against a wide range of threats and also compliant with widely accepted auditing frameworks like SSAE.
- Seamless switchover to applications and systems in the cloud when their local equivalents become unavailable, so that personnel can continue working as the incident is resolved.
- Reliable performance, since intensive backup workloads are supported by the provider's dedicated infrastructure and do not have to traverse the crowded public internet.
Thanks to these features, DRaaS offers superior return on investment to traditional DR. Instead of having to struggle during disasters to get critical systems back up and running, organizations can meet even highly aggressive RTOs. Such speedy recovery helps maintain customer confidence and ensure that operations continue even under otherwise challenging circumstances.
SafeHost DR from UbiStor: A DRaaS solution you can rely on
UbiStor's SafeHost DR is a fully managed DRaaS platform built from the ground up for the demanding DR requirements of today's organizations. Visit our services page for a quick overview of what it brings to the table, and be sure to contact us directly with any inquiries or questions about how to get started.