Cloud Computing infrastructure has brought numerous advancements for big and small enterprises alike including cost optimization, scalability, agility and many other opportunities that enable businesses to stand out from the crowd.
Introduction to DRaaS
One such important aspect that is recently gaining popularity is Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). According to Techopedia, DRaaS is defined as a “cloud computing and backup service model that uses cloud resources to protect applications and data from disruption caused by disaster. It gives an organization a total system backup that allows for business continuity in the event of system failure.”
Thanks to cloud computing, DRaaS can boost the resilience of entire IT systems against disasters. Using the cloud as part of a disaster recovery plan versus traditional physical infrastructure allows companies to avoid the capital expenditure needed to purchase and maintain a duplicate set of DR hardware, instead relying on on-demand compute resources that can be easily accessed through the Internet. This reduces the cost of comprehensive disaster recovery solutions to a fraction of the former cost and allows more capital to be covered by such a solution including laptops, desktops, and other assets that are considered uneconomic to include in a disaster recovery plan.
“This Disaster Recovery solution can sync data not only from onsite premises and data centers but also between all existing and future CloudSigma locations. This is particularly relevant to enterprise customers who are running many deployments in different locations and want to utilize the full potential of cloud infrastructure.”Robert Jenkins, CEO & co-founder of CloudSigma
Another advantage of cloud-based DRaaS is that it works with a wide range of systems which enables businesses to protect systems across a wide range of different virtual and physical deployment environments using a single DR system. This makes DRaaS solutions hardware, hypervisor, and application independent.
A DRaaS solution can also significantly reduce IT resources spent on disaster recovery. It can be deployed within hours or days (depending on the number of servers) as compared to the weeks or months it can take to build a secondary disaster recovery site. Thus, businesses and their IT providers save a tremendous amount of time by reducing complexity and simplifying the disaster recovery solution.
CloudSigma Brand New DRaaS Offering
CloudSigma has recently launched a DRaaS offering that will allow companies to set up Disaster Recovery with just a few clicks and minimal configuration time. The service allows users to replicate data and systems from other infrastructures or locations, and have these periodically synced to the cloud automatically. This seamless DRaaS system fully integrated into the CloudSigma platform provides an ideal business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) solution. It enables the IT department to easily switch production systems to a secure and stable cloud infrastructure during a disaster.
“Our Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) powered by CloudSigma can be set up almost instantly, with only a few clicks via our online platform. With this, companies can replicate crucial data to our cloud and switch them into production immediately should an untoward incident compromise their systems.”Niño R. Valmonte, Director for Marketing and Digital Innovation at IPC
DRaaS is a model that takes advantage of cloud storage and backup services to ensure business continuity in the event of a disaster. Put simply, it involves creating an on-demand, cloud-based replica of the operational IT environment through virtualization, that can be initialized quickly and easily. When not used during disasters, the virtual infrastructure is synchronized for any changes, and tested periodically depending on the defined recovery point objective (RPO) — the maximum targeted period in which data might be lost due to incidents and disasters.
“Small customers who could not afford DRaaS now can do. When users realise that the cloud is more stable than the deployment in their offices. They all start coming in.”Fred Rodi, Director @ DRFortress.
Compared to traditional solutions that require complex set-ups and custom implementations, this new DRaaS feature allows CloudSigma and its data center partners to bring to market a comprehensive disaster recovery solution at a disruptively low price by using technology to automate the process and encourage self-configuration via the main webapp.
Currently, our DRaaS solution is available in several CloudSigma locations, including Manila, the Philippines, where we have partnered with cloud services pioneer IPC; Honolulu, Hawaii with data center partner DRFortress; and Saudi Arabia with Virtual Vision. By the end of 2018, the service will be introduced across all CloudSigma locations.
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