Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) offers a cost-effective way for an IT team to quickly improve business resilience and meet compliance or regulatory requirements. In addition to minimizing expensive IT disruptions, DRaaS programs deliver simplicity through orchestration, automation and rapid provisioning of end-to-end software-defined resilience solutions.
Other benefits include protecting operations against the impact of disaster events, hardware failure, human error, cyberattacks or even planned outages.
Like all technology, DRaaS is evolving. Below are DRaaS trends Recovery Point Systems sees in 2023:
More Frequent Testing
DRaaS testing is critically important because it determines any gaps in the complex interdependencies found in most environments. Strong testing also demonstrates whether or not predetermined Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO) requirements can be met.
How often should organizations test their DRaaS program? If you can be down for two days after a disaster, testing twice a year is recommended. If one day of downtime is your limit, you should test once a quarter. If your systems can’t be down at all, a more aggressive testing schedule is needed.
How will your organization completely recover from a disaster? The answer varies from company to company. For some, application and end user testing will suffice to validate the agreed upon recovery capabilities. For others, tabletop testing is needed where the IT team simulates a dangerous situation and then validates recovery by verbally walking through the recovery steps. Common examples include recovering data from your latest point in time to simulate a power outage or recovering data and also possibly hardware from a previous point in time to simulate a ransomware event.
Recovery Point can conduct a series tabletop exercises that test your strategy against various scenarios to make sure that your expectations and backup capabilities are properly aligned. Recovery Point is proud to say that we have been successful in 100% of the DR tests conducted with our clients.
Increasing Frequency of Disasters
Twenty years ago, organizations rarely experienced a disaster. With dangerous weather patterns and ransomware now commonplace, business interruptions happen more frequently. Natural disasters (such as hurricanes, floods, wildfires and earthquakes), equipment failures, power outages, and cyberattacks wreak havoc on organizations.
True DRaaS mirrors a complete infrastructure in fail-safe mode on virtual servers, including compute, storage, and networking functions. After a disruption, an organization can continue to run applications—it just runs them from another environment instead of from the disaster-affected physical servers. Recovery time can be much faster.
Recovery Point’s DRaaS Offerings
DRaaS eliminates the need for maintaining an offsite disaster recovery environment. Another advantage is taking the burden of planning for a disaster off of the internal IT group and placing it into the hands of disaster recovery experts.
Recovery Point is the only DRaaS provider you’ll ever need. We have decades of experience supporting complex, heterogeneous environments as well including IBM Z Mainframe, IBM i, AIX, HP-UX, x86 Zerto, Veeam, and Carbonite.
Business Process Resilience (BPR)
Recovery Point’s next-level DRaaS solution, Business Process Resilience (BPR), is a game changer for many organizations. BPR gets your operations up and running after a disruption in hours, not days. We manage your entire resilience program from one platform. Recovery Point takes the lead through recovery stages while proactively reporting on the environment. With BPR, automated testing occurs at least four times a year, which catches many issues before they become problems.
BPR’s key features include:
- RPO and RTO Monitoring and Reporting
- Sandbox Testing
- Configuration Validation
- Managed Recovery
- Drift Management
Our experts can help you reimage your DRaaS strategy. Contact Recovery Point to learn more about BPR and our other DRaaS offerings.
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