Security is a crucial aspect of business operations, but data security is even more critical. Business disasters are inevitable occurrences that have devastating impacts on data security and an organisation at large.

To avert these effects, businesses have turned to Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). DRaaS is an efficient cloud computing solution, used to safeguard company data and applications in the event of any type of disaster. This is why DRaaS is regarded as the ‘’backbone’’ for protecting business operations.

In this article, you will find some critical reasons why your company needs DRaaS regardless of its size.

 

Less Resources are Required

With DRaaS services, companies have virtual access to many different assets. They don’t need to worry about buying new hardware or software, which allows them to save on additional licences. Consequently, these savings can be redirected to other critical areas, for example, R&D and marketing. Additionally, DRaaS services eliminate the need to purchase additional servers as you can replicate your mission-critical data without increasing your computing capacity. Generally, in-house disaster recovery programs are expensive, primarily because of the recurring costs for maintenance and IT support. DRaaS however represents a lower investment, where your business will further reduce costs over the long term. Since most cloud service providers offer pay-as-you-go, you won’t pay for anything you don’t use.

 

Allows IT, team to Focus on Core Operations

With traditional DR strategies, your in-house IT team is saddled with the maintenance, testing, and IT support associated with disaster recovery planning, wasting valuable time that could be dedicated to other critical IT functions. DRaaS simplifies IT management and frees up your IT staff to perform those key operations.

 

Flexibility

Unlike traditional DR methods, DSaaS solutions are incredibly flexible. Service providers offer several different recovery options and scopes, giving you the opportunity to customize your DR solution according to your business needs.

 

Enhanced Security

DRaaS solutions are by far more secure than traditional methods. DRaaS doesn’t only protect your critical data, but also your business-related applications and IT infrastructure. By securing your data in the cloud, DRaaS enables seamless restoration of normal business operations. Additionally, DRaaS allows you to regularly test your infrastructure to help you measure your business RTO / RPO to meet legislative audit requirements.

Partnering with the right service providers that can provide your business with comprehensive data security is also critical. Renowned DRaaS providers like PeaSoup operate within highly secure Data Centres encompassing state-of-the-art equipment and tools, from CCTV cameras to electronic fencing, personals IDs, and security-coded doors.

Faster Recovery Time

When business operations are compromised, companies lose money, and when it takes longer for a business to recover, the financial losses accelerate rapidly. While on-premises DR strategies often lead to protracted recovery times, a cloud-based DRaaS solution will typically have you back in business quickly, often in 15 minutes or less.

 

Ransomware Recovery

The increasing rate of ransomware attacks poses various challenges to businesses worldwide. According to a recent survey by KeeperSecurity, more than 50 per cent of organisations are not ready for a ransomware attack. And in 2016 alone, companies lost more than $75 billion to ransomware attacks.
Without an effective recovery policy, ransomware attackers can extort millions from companies since the attack commonly involves theft or inaccessibility to data. Thus, underscoring the need for DRaaS solutions for mission-critical servers, whilst underpinning this with an air-gapped cloud backup solution to restore the ‘non-critical’ data.

 

Better Access

Enhanced access is arguably the most critical benefit of using DRaaS. As a cloud-based solution, DRaaS allows access to the company’s system from any location which has an internet connection. In the event a natural disaster makes your office unusable, for instance, you’ll still be able to do business from another location.

 

Hardware Protection

A large portion of data recovery costs is associated with data protection for hardware. Fortunately, when you move to a DRaaS solution, your service provider is responsible for hardware-related data protection.

 

Conclusion

Both man-made and natural disasters can be lethal to your organisation. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 40% of businesses never reopen following a disaster, and of those that do, 29% close in less than three years. Besides, with the alarming increase of data breaches and its repercussions, you owe it to yourself—and your business—to ensure you have an effective DRaaS system.

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