Benefits of Disaster Recovery As a Service

July 8, 2018

Recovery

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 breached 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-premises 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, whereby 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 centre.

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 isn’t tested regularly, it isn’t 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.

Flexibility

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 does happen, 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 the 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.

22 Comments

  • Farai Elias Silola Jone July 8, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    desculpa gente boa.tenho um problema quando ligo meu chromebook vem um ponto de esclamacao com um teste avermelho dizendo que o chromebook foi bloqueado pelo gerenciador do spark school. tem como resolver isso?

  • SnakJesus Blanco July 8, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    My chromebook is turn black what can I do ?

  • dominusdeum July 8, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    If you have an Acer use this link from Acer Support on YouTube. Takes 10 minutes from start to finish, if that. It restores a Chromebook to factory settings. No USB recovery stick needed. It might work for other types of Chromebook too. Might be worth you trying it before this or if the USB method has failed for you as it seems to for many people.
    https://youtu.be/eUKDoroDxao
    Good luck!

  • Shamshad KTKL July 8, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    I need file download link

  • Lanze Cruz July 8, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    an unexpected error has occurred. please refer to this URL for troubleshooting tips:

  • Lanze Cruz July 8, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    sir still not working.. i tried so many flash drive but still can't do progress..

  • testticklehead July 8, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    I replaced the Hard Drive since the first recovery told me that there were issues with the HD.
    New Hard Drive installed…..System recovery is going on for well over an hour…..I'm guessing its FUBAR.
    Why can't shit just work???
    My next option is to try another HD but I'm sure that will present some issues as well.
    I've been in IT for over 16 years and still can't figure out why there is never an easy fix to any computer problem!!
    F*** Technology!

  • ArK Rager July 8, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    will this work for any chromebook

  • Michele Sorento July 8, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Anybody know how and where I can get a usb stick for my Acer Chrome book?

  • vedicastrol July 8, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    "Unexpected error" occurred. After the "recovery" went on for 5 mon. Do I need a different USB stick? I'm using Kensington Traveler.

  • BVNKS_310 July 8, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    What is the "recovery image"

  • Akeem Glasgow wjhs July 8, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    I have the same computer same model I tried it it says the device you inserted does not contain chrome os

  • Asriel Dreemurr July 8, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    After I press exit, reset, and power it says "Please remove all external devices to begin recovery." After I do that is says "Chrome OK is missing or damaged." I NEED HELP

  • ripu daman singh July 8, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Hi! Please help.

    I have the recovery image on USB, did it just now. I insert the USB, turn on samsung chromebook followed by press esc+refresh+power. I get the same damage screen but the system recovery never starts.
    Is there a way to tell chromebook to load things from usb? USB light is on so its not that usb is broken.

  • new channel July 8, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Hi. I'm trying to add all the information on my USB using my computer, it's stuck at 0% and it's creating a recovery image. What do I do? Please HELP!

  • Yo guys July 8, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    cant always..Please remove all external devices to begin recovery OR 
    An unexpected error has occurred.Please refer to this URL for troubleshooting tops. 
     how ? ??? -_-

  • Liam Phillips July 8, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    By recovering will I loose any of my work files/stuff on my hard drive?

  • Estefano Gio Garcia July 8, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    i i did is turn off my chromebook,remove the battery then put it back and turn on.. i dont know how it worked..

  • Shu Yin Ang July 8, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    i downloaded the image from googlechrome os / recovery

  • Shu Yin Ang July 8, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    thank you SIR

  • Shu Yin Ang July 8, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    i need BIIIG  help SIR, i have tried to recoverd the same way you showed , an error occurred << keeps showing up, i tried force reset by pressing that small reset button in the hole using a pin on my samsung chromebook exactly shown in your video, ; i have tried using transcend usb flash, i have tried kingston, i even tried rebooting it with chromium but it says my drive doesnt contian chrome,
    what else can i do?

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