Benefits of Disaster Recovery As a Service

October 11, 2018

Moleskine Project: illness & recovery #5

In any business, especially in an IT firm, data is one of the key elements used in running daily operations. There are several ways in which a firm can store and protect its data. In the past, disaster preparation would often require IT staff to travel to off-premise data centers and / or copy corporate data onto tapes. However, advances in technology and computing platforms have enabled the creation of better and more scalable data storage mechanisms. These have paved the way for complete Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solutions that can be used instead of internal IT teams.

When data is broken or hacked into, uncontrollable losses will occur. To prevent this, many companies opt to have in place disaster response measures and even dedicated teams for managing such situations.

Today, you'll find two main categories of computing: cloud computing and hardware server-based computing. This includes the use of DRaaS or traditional backup methods to protect and store data. With current technology, DRaaS offers several advantages over traditional backup and disaster recovery methods.

DRaaS is quite reliable and helps address many challenges, including mobility, portability and high performance, among other features. Traditional disaster recovery does not offer the capabilities that DRaaS can today. In the following section, we'll look at some of the reasons why you should shift away from other methods and instead rely on DRaaS for disaster recovery.

Fewer Necessary Resources

DRaaS recovery data is stored in the cloud, which reduces the on-licenses hardware requirements. Traditional disaster recovery services generally need expensive on-premises hardware and are complex to implement and manage.

DRaaS can be used for a group of critical servers or just a single server, something that may not be economically viable using traditional DR. This means companies can resume limited operations much more quickly.

Cyberattack mitigation

Cyberattacks pose one of the biggest threats to businesses. Earlier this year, the "WannaCry" ransomware attack made headlines when it took over 300,000 computers in 150 countries.

Cyberattacks also come in the form of email phishing scams, wherey scammers trick unwary employees to give out confidential information, and data hacks, whereby cybercriminals gain access to the company's network and exploit sensitive data.

With DRaaS, you can mitigate these security incidents and prevent a disaster situation. In this type of event, you just invoke your DR plan to bring your applications live in the cloud using the most recent, clean copy of your data. When you have cleaned your production systems from the attack, you can replicate your cloud versions back to your data center.

That beats negotiating with an attacker for your data back!

Lower Cumulative Costs

Most businesses do not have a good disaster recovery plan because they are concerned about the expenses. In general, backup and disaster recovery can be expensive if you choose methods which necessitate the purchase of hardware. For example, if you want to back up all your data in private servers physically, you must invest in the same number of servers as you have now. DRaaS is a solution provided by a third-party. Therefore, the hardware and software used for your disaster recovery strategy are owned by the service provider. Your initial investment will be small.

Easier testing.

Failover testing is now as simple as pointing and clicking, which takes a lot of the effort (and risk) out of testing. And, as I have made clear, if it is not tested regularly, it is not reliable.

DRaaS comes with a lot of really good tools for monitoring and protecting critical and sensitive information-and provides auditors with an easily verifiable "paper" trail.


Compared to more traditional methods of backup, DRaaS is much more flexible. The various DRaaS services offer clients more options in how to handle different business systems. Any enterprise using DRaaS solutions can select from a variety of recovery scopes, depending on the type of the disaster. These can include server failure, human-caused disasters, loss of power or building access, data hampering, and much more.

Rapid and Immediate Recovery

Your company can never be sure when a disaster might occur. If one happens, how much downtime is acceptable? Each second the power is out or your servers fail means huge losses for your organization. With a DRaaS solution in place, you do not have to worry about this: if a disaster strikes, you will be able to restore normal operations within minutes.

Reliable Security

Security in DRaaS is commonly misunderstood, so choose your provider wisely. For example, it's important to ensure that the provider is compliant with all relevant regulatory bodies. In addition to making sure the data center itself is physically secure, you should also verify that data is encrypted in-flight and at rest. DRaaS providers should implement automatic systems to monitor the health of your data. For peace of mind, they should also be able to provide you with reports for any specified period.

Streamlines In-House IT Needs

Many small to medium-sized businesses do not have the IT expertise to manage disaster recovery solutions. Managing processes like data recovery or disaster prevention require knowledge of business process and a specific IT skillset. DRaaS allows businesses to leverage the expertise of the consultants providing a more effective way to implement a disaster recovery solution for your business.


  • RUHappyATM October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Very, very educational.

  • J J JR October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Them desert pin stripes looking goog mate!

  • jimutron October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Had my teeth cracked with one of these and knocked out

  • Jay October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    How about changing the title to farm jack as those are far from being Hilft jacks………….

  • Peter Toner October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Good of you to concentrate on the safety

  • William Murphy October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Good work

  • Crazy SanMan October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Instead of using a towel on the jack to prevent damage when lifting from the side, just open the door. As Mr Miagi says "Best defense is no be there".

  • olihaub October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Met a guy who had the handle smash into his face and basically popped his eye. Poor bugger only had 50% sight left in the other due to some other condition and is now basically blind!

  • TheGammerguy October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    @Ronny D any advice for the pinch weld seams under my 1st gen Trooper/Jackaroo? If i cant do bumpers how would you adapt? Seems like it will crush any seems pretty fast.

  • Vytas October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Sounds like they need to invent a safer jack

  • Travis Miranda October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Great videos and channel Ronny, if you're ever in California come 4-wheeling!

  • Tazzspaz October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Having used mine once. I realize how much more I need to use it. You really have to get out and test your equipment. Even if you do it in a driveway. I used mine to help with a vehicle in my garage. Super nervous and trying an operation I had not practiced. I feel a little better about it now. But I need a lot more practice. I knew the principles and have even fully disassembled mine to do a complete rebuild. But all of that and my video watching did not completely prepare me.

  • Tazzspaz October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    As an arm chair comment only. I suppose you can use the lift mate or strap to lift the vehicle up enough to prop the vehicle on something. Remove the jack. Replace tire. Then use the jack and lift mate to lift again enough to remove the temporary stand and lower. Easy peasy! 😛

  • Jack October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Always chock your wheels and put handbrake on

  • La_ Chicharra October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    great vids……u need more volume on them

  • JJEEEZY EZY October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Great videos Ronnie. I have only just started heading out bush and the information you provide on this channel is sure to come in handy! Cheers from SA.

  • Bwanar1 October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Nice video, Couple points….You didn't chalk the Jeep before you lifted it from the center the first time. If you did, it wouldn't have moved on you. Secondly, if your going to use straps through your wheels, you should use chafe guards on them where they contact the rim, to prevent cutting with all that weight.

  • ITz_Tonyy_x October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Subbed to your channel mate
    Great video 👍 👍

  • STEVE FOURNIER October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Great video, got stuck in mud with my Tacoma, recently, this would have helped, thanks.

  • Charles October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    great video , thanks

  • ineedabeerandaliedwn October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Found this for safety:

  • Ollie Hopnoodle October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Ronny, this is a great video. So much I could comment on but I will keep it short. Showing how that handle can slap back was awesome. I have done a few recoveries with these jacks. Respect the jack! The suggestion to try it in your driveway before needing it is spot on. And you didn't mention it but folks never ever get under a rig supported by a farmers jack.

  • ForkliftJoe October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Sheepherder's Jack!

  • Monthusi Moetse October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    nice Landcruiser

  • Bill Nicholson October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Whilst there are a number of comments in the video about safety there are other points to note (as some reviewers have commented too).
    Firstly, one must always chock the wheels before using the jack to prevent the vehicle moving (as the jeep did). Applying the hand brake is no substitute; if the vehicle has a transmission brake, like a Land Rover, it can move as soon as the first wheel comes off the ground; if the hand brake operates on the rear wheels and you are lifting the rear the brakes become ineffective as the weight comes off the wheels.
    The other major risk is that the shoe of the jack can slip sideways if you are jacking under a bumper or a sill. It's far better to use a jacking point (which may require an adapter) or to weld metal lugs under the bumper or sill (as I have done on my 4×4).
    These jacks can be lethal and when used in recovery situations conditions are often challenging and the user may be very stressed. Carry the right kit with you (e.g. jack adapter and wheel chocks) and you are more likely to achieve a good outcome.
    Anyhow it's an informative video particularly for those not used to these jacks.

  • Steel and Tree Design October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Thanks, great video..better than the companies by far.

  • Mohamed Hirsi October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Ronny is a legend

  • G 55 October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    These Cheap Hi-Lift knock offs like these are not worth the money because when bits break you can't get the parts for them, There is no way would I risk my life using a Chinese knock off. Copied straight off the Hi-Lift Video's.

  • letserb October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    The jack all has only been around for decades, trust the Aussie’s to be so far out of touch they think they are first.

  • Nathan Rotar October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Ronny, have you seen the new ARB jack?

  • Chris Hughes October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Quick tip: When using a high lift on a rock slider, open the side door to avoid damage if the jack slips.

  • R Arizona October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    He's right…the down procedure is dangerous. I was changing a tire without gloves in 110 degree weather. My hands slipped off the handler and it flew up and then just repeatedly jacked itself downward fast. The jack shot off the truck too. Luckily I was off to the side. Great video

  • Ice Age Aurochs October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    I remember all the old cars had jacks like that.

  • Wade Caton October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    I've got a high lift, or as we call it, a tractor jack. It's probably 60 years old but works perfectly. Also have a manual tire bead breaker stamped Sears and Robuck1933. It works great too. Antiques I got from my father.

  • Rere West October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Really good video on using high jack and it's hazards…thanks.

  • BD78738 October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    You were saying the wheel accessory cant be used to change a tire but i always carry at least one jack stand with me so couldn't i jack the wheel then put the jack stand under the axle?

  • Benjamin Hippler October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Everyone carries one but I've never seen anyone using one in the wild.

  • Goodoldm October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    What do folks do if they do not have a slot in their bumper frame ? Thanks again for sharing.

  • readyme October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Do you have another video showing how to use the highlift for towing/pulling?

  • RikuSpirit October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    This is an excellent and very educational video! Thank you for taking the time to make it.

  • Roy Reyes October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    It's a lil bit monotone 😂but your videos are always very informative so I keep coming back. Good job bud!

  • Louis Costa October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Woah shit!! 7:00

  • Buzz Bayley October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Thanks very much, really well explained.

  • Dogurasu October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    I realize this is an old video but you shouldn't suggest to people to use those generic copies of a real Hi-Lift jack.. That's why they appear to be dangerous.. Those cheap copies ARE dangerous. A real Hi-Lift jack is much safer to use and well worth the extra money.. Stay away from copies.

  • Jason howe October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    1 recommendation i will add is you are going to use highlift/kangaroo jack and you have access to 2 lift points i would strongly suggest using 2 as a lifting option a connection bar..

    if you have a tray i would also build in lifting points..

    I like your demo ron though please take note of its weight you are dealing with the likeliest heaviest part of the vehicle and likely playing russian roulette for a single jack failure..

    safety is paramount whether traveling in a group or on your own because 1 day the jack will fail and may cause death and injury..

    I think that is what malcom douglas killed a couple of years ago due to getting bogged and had a jack failure..

    NOTE: if the jack you can not reach factory jacking mounts always endeavor chock and jack from front or rear never repeat what ronny does because it is a way to find yourself with injury case in point with the jeep lift.. yes you can do it in an emergency situation though 1st think of what you should and shouldn't do in recovery situation last thing you want is the jack failing whilst you are under the vehicle..

    My opinion i would keep a recovery sheet somewhere so you know the correct way to RECOVER your customized vehicle

  • Israel S.S. October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    great video. Love your explanations. Thanks

  • Morris 4x4 Center October 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Wow this was a really good video!

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