Increased dependency on data and IT system for every business
Protection and availability of these systems is crucial for business to operate
Outages can be caused by natural disaster or an operational failure, but the IT systems need to get back up and running asap
Maintaining a DR site/system was a costly affair
Paying for the DR services/system even when they are not in use
Its complex to maintain, test, failover & failback
Protect your environment by automating the replication of the virtual machines
Protect Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware and physical servers
Use Azure or your secondary datacenter as your recovery site
Easily create Disaster Recovery plans
No impact DR testing
Application aware replication
Easy Failback Capabilities
Data encrypted while in replication and at rest
Reduced RTO and RPO with low cost
Guaranteed 99.9% availability for each Protected Instance of Site Recovery Service
Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) is a cloud computing model that uses cloud resources to protect applications and data from disruption caused by disaster allowing the full continuity of the work environment within minutes of the system failure by making a seamless interlink between on-site IT Infrastructure and the one sitting 1000’s of kilometre away.
DRaaS is also known as business continuity as a service (BCaaS).
It is a basically comprehensive service that provides system failover to a secondary infrastructure by replicating your production infrastructure and all its processes onto a recovery infrastructure so that you can transition to this environment without any hint of trouble, allowing your business services to continue without any hindrace.
This Recovery infrastructure can be implemented in the event of an IT disruption, providing you with a backup working environment whilst your original environment is repaired and your Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) is put into action. DRaaS also assists the failback when you are ready to move services back to your original server, immediately resuming replication services to protect against future outages.
The level of support required by each business can vary, with some companies choosing to protect their entire environment and others selecting just the most vital functions. The services are laid out in a Service Level Agreement (SLA) that forms a contract between the customer and Service provider allowing for flexibility and scalability to suit the needs of any business.
DRaaS is also available to organizations that employ on-premise solutions, making it a workable gateway and sandbox to test cloud computing. It requires an organization to replicate a system on the cloud without discarding its on-premise system and, once backed up, enables testing of such a system.
Taking steps to manage this risk is crucial to mitigate the damage and financial costs that can result from such a disruption.
Let’s look at the common IT challenges that a business faces during its functioning and how the Azure Site Recovery can get you over that.
Approximately 50% of IT outages are software or network failures, meaning it is highly likely that all businesses will experience a system failure at some point in their lifetime. From the diagram below it is evident that it is necessary to have a Recovery plan in place, so that whenever the workflow is hit by any sort of disaster you can easily and quickly start again without compensating too much of the crucial time.
In this fast paced world, every second of the minute has its crucial value, it can add an enormous value or can take out a considerable chunk out of the revenue. In such conditions, having your IT infra down for hours can hit your business in a really bad manner. With Azure Site Recovery you can easily have a secondary virtual environment up and running within a matter of minutes and keep your production in continuity.
Reduce disaster recovery costs:
Businesses that currently have a secondary site for disaster recovery purposes are surely familiar with the high costs associated with it. Beyond the unavoidable investments in replication software and the required software licenses for servers, storage, and security, there are a number of significant additional costs. Most of these additional costs are effectively eliminated by using DRaaS through a managed service provider. A DRaaS offering eliminates the need for the following expenses:
- Owning or leasing space for a secondary data center
- Monthly costs associated with power, cooling, and internet bandwidth at the secondary site
- Purchase or lease of servers, storage, and network equipment for the secondary site
- Travel to and from data centers or onsite staff at the secondary data center
Building and maintaining a secondary DR site can be both costly and complex. If all of that infrastructure could be eliminated, then the administration, upgrade requirements, and maintenance contracts could be eliminated as well.
Azure offers the largest portfolio of compliance certificates throughout the globe. So, you can solely focus on your core activities and help your organization reach new heights.
DRaaS solutions work with dissimilar systems so that businesses can protect servers across different hypervisors and replicate data between dissimilar storage systems. These DRaaS solutions are hardware-, hypervisor-, and application-independent.
Reduce IT resources spent on DR:
DRaaS 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. And by reducing complexity and simplifying the DR solution with a single provider, businesses and their IT groups save a tremendous amount of time—when compared to managing their own DR site.
Provide a comprehensive DR solution:
Many times companies who implement their own disaster recovery site have to start by protecting the most critical servers first. In some cases, they are never able to protect all their servers. Because DRaaS is much easier and more affordable than do-it-yourself DR, many companies are able to protect all of their servers (physical and virtual) within a reasonable time frame and budget.
Why Microsoft Azure ?
There are several reasons for you to make use of Azure for you Disaster Recovery. For instance, it does not rely on third-party solution but provides the best in class recovery service all on its own, so that, you can leave all your worries to it while taking care of your day to day activities. Azure supports a range of different environments from Hyper-V, Windows, VMware to Linux. Not only that, Azure provides more regions than any other platform, giving you a wide range of choice to go for a secure and cost-friendly location.
Choosing a DRaaS provider with a wealth of experience and expertise will give you a peace of mind that your IT systems are resilient against disruption and working with them to select the most suitable SLA means that the service you are receiving is right for you.
The next stage after DRaaS
In any ideal world, the DR service would never be invoked. But disasters do happen and DRaaS is designed to reduce the impact of these events. In the event of a disaster, any failover must be evoked quickly and easily. The DR service must be tested periodically, and the associated DR plan kept up-to-date with regular reviews.
From an IT director’s point of view, DRaaS allows the effective outsourcing of the DR plan, testing and ongoing monitoring, this enables them to focus on those projects that drive business value, rather than spending time on risk mitigation and testing. Many data protection practitioners believe that in the future, DRaaS, data protection, and data management are going to become intrinsically linked.
It is expected of organisations to be using data virtualisation or data fabric technologies to manage data across on-premise and cloud services as well as using those tools to simplify the management and improve the availability of data. With internet bandwidth and cloud servers becoming ever cheaper and more ubiquitous, DRaaS should become a much more viable proposition for virtually every workload and enterprise.
As Robert Rutherford, CEO of technology consultancy QuoStar says, the financial and reputational impact to a business that is not able to operate in a short or extended disaster is so great now, DRaaS in some form, is “pretty much essential for all but the largest of businesses.”
We at Mismo Systems keep track of all the recovery reports, run tests periodically and subsequently, provide reviews, so, when the actual need arises you don’t have to face any difficulty and be focused on the production.