8 Must Haves for Implementing DRaaS

No matter which cloud option a business considers, there are a host of critical “must-haves” that no DRaaS solution should be without.

In today’s online, always-on economy, if your company’s IT systems are down, you’re offline – but not your competitors. That’s why the importance of a solid disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity (BC) plan can’t be stressed enogh. 

As we’re fond of saying at Logicalis, “Hope is not a strategy.” Too many IT pros go home every night hoping that their organization won’t experience a disaster that will leave them scrambling to get their IT systems back online in a hurry. The fact is, disaster recovery and business continuity solutions require both a strategy and a financial commitment because not thinking about a disaster won’t stop it from happening. Today, with the myriad of technological solutions available, there is a combination of virtualization, replication, co-location, data-center-as-a-service, DRaaS, or cloud-to-cloud technologies that will suit nearly every enterprise organization, making a data protection strategy not only prudent, but a no brainer. It’s no longer a question of whether or not to implement a DR solution, but what form that solution should take.

Tape backup has traditionally been a solid option for disaster recovery – in fact, according to analyst reports, approximately 75 percent of the world’s data is still protected by copying it to magnetic tape and shipping it off to some secure offsite location for storage. But in terms of the time and effort it takes to retrieve data –the recovery point objective (RPO) –and reunite it with the systems that are required to do anything with it – the recovery time objective (RTO), tape may be cost effective, but it may not be the most efficient option available. By the time data is restored from tapes, that data may be hours, days or weeks old, something that is acceptable in some business scenarios, but a death sentence in others.

When continuous uptime is the most critical decision-making factor, the cloud provides a variety of DR options, ranging from do-it-yourself DR in the cloud to DR-as-a-Service and cloud-to-cloud DR options, each requiring numerous decision points all based on the business’ specific RPO/RTO needs. No matter which cloud option a business considers, there are a host of critical “must-haves” that no DRaaS solution should be without.

Eight DRaaS Must-Haves

  1. A multi-tenancy cloud environment in a Tier 1 data center
  2. Geographic diversity and data center redundancy
  3. A security framework based on industry best practices, i.e., HIPAA, PCI DSS, FISMA, ITAR and MASS LAW compliance
  4. Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with true financial penalties
  5. Dedicated disaster recovery delivery managers
  6. Guaranteed reservations for additional capacity required in the event of a disaster
  7. Monitoring and management based on ITIL best practices
  8. Quarterly review and an annual full recovery test

Logicalis can help you learn how DRaaS can work for your organization.

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