Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is essential to SMEs as it provides a high level of risk management with a relatively low cost.
DRaaS may look and sound like a complicated term, but despite the long acronym, the concept is relatively simple. It involves regularly backing up your business’ data so that you can get back up and running in no time in the catastrophic event that it all gets lost.
This article explores what DRaaS is and why it’s often crucial to invest in services like this.
Concept of DRaaS
Ideally, businesses should keep three copies of all their data, with at least one offsite, such as in the cloud.
In the world of data, a ‘disaster’ refers to the loss of said data – whether it’s from natural causes or human error. There are many potential examples of disasters, including:
- Natural disasters
- Power outages
- Hardware failure
- Software failure
- Accidental deletion
- IT security breaches
- Acts of terrorism
Disaster recovery refers to the retrieval of an entire system in these types of situations. You’ll have previously backed up the information to another source and simply copy it back across to a device, meaning you can carry on working almost as if nothing had happened.
When we’re considering DRaaS, it simply means someone else is taking care of it for you. In today’s technological world, this means cloud services, regular backups and advanced software programs.
DRaaS is most helpful for SMEs that don’t have the time, staffing or resources to formulate their own Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) or Business Continuity Plan. Rather than learning an entirely new skill, taking time away from your everyday business concerns, it’s usually helpful to leave it to a professional company.
It is also often coupled with data protection.
How DRaaS works
While most people are familiar with the concept of backing up data – for example, using a USB memory stick – DRaaS is more than that. It involves the replication of your entire IT environment. When a disaster occurs, you can quickly retrieve your whole system back across to your workplace.
Depending on the DRaaS platform you choose to use, your data and infrastructure will be automatically – or manually, if you prefer – backed up to the cloud at specific intervals.
If you should lose your entire IT system in a significant disaster, an effective DRaaS program will assist you in getting everything back online very quickly.
How quickly a small business can recover from a disaster affects its survival chances. Sadly, without an effective DRP, many simply can’t carry on.
Let’s consider an example of DRaaS in action
Every business has a data storage server – a physical place. Where this is located depends on a variety of factors, including the programs you use, your location, your personal preferences and settings, and so on.
This data server might include information such as customers’ names, addresses, payment information or transaction histories. It also likely holds the information you need for taxes, bookkeeping, GDPR, business strategies, and more.
If your data server shuts down – perhaps due to a fire spreading through it – all your data will be irrecoverably lost. Without backed-up copies of everything, it’s simply gone.
For many businesses without an effective DRP, there is no possible way to recover from this, and they have to close.
However, if you have DRaaS in place, your data is backed up to the cloud. In other words, there is an exact copy of your information on a separate server in a completely different location, often on the other side of the country or even further.
The odds of this data centre also being affected by a catastrophe simultaneously are almost negligible. This means you’ll be able to retrieve everything you need almost immediately.
Benefits of DRaaS for SMEs
DRaaS is most important for SMEs as an insurance policy against complete data loss, for whatever reason.
As an SME, your margins are likely to be smaller than those of larger organisations. As such, the risk posed by a disaster is very high.
Investing in DRaaS eliminates this risk, giving you peace of mind and flexibility.
How does BCDR manage DRaaS for you?
Here at BCDR Solutions, we offer both onsite and offsite disaster recovery and data backup services. We also provide individual file and folder backup solutions where necessary.
If your business doesn’t have the in-house expertise for Disaster Recovery, let us do it for you.
Our advanced software programmes mean your entire system, including the data stored within it, gets backed up to the cloud, with constant monitoring and accessibility. You can run backups every 15 minutes as a background process, meaning you never lose more than a few minutes of data.
Our primary objective is to restore your system as quickly as possible with 100% accurate data.