For a long time, disaster recovery was a thorn in the side of smaller IT teams. Either you found yourself paying enormous sums for a product you (hopefully) never actually used OR you rolled the dice by relying on backups, knowing that in the event of a disaster it may take you a day or more to get back up and running.
This was the unfortunate reality for SMBs — until the cloud came along and changed everything. In today’s cloud-centric world, people expect data, applications, and services to be always on, and always fast. Any amount of downtime or even slow failover can cause serious financial repercussions and potential security concerns.
The cloud is also making disaster recovery more affordable than ever. If you’re still avoiding disaster recovery solutions, thinking they’re too expensive or complex to be worthwhile for your startup or small business, it’s time to look into a new approach: disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS).
What is Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)?
Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) changes disaster recovery from a capital expense to an operating expense, making it ideal for companies with limited IT budgets. DRaaS services typically back up your entire system — including VMs, applications, and files — to the cloud on an ongoing basis and provide push-button failover in the event of a disaster.
You’re not paying for compute resources you’re not using on an ongoing basis. And that means disaster recovery is suddenly much more affordable.
Benefits of Azure Site Recovery (ASR)
For companies that run on hybrid infrastructures that include Azure resources or Microsoft applications, DRaaS is even more of a slam dunk because it’s integrated into Azure. ASR integrates with and protects Active Directory, Exchange, DNS, SQL Always On, SAP, and Oracle Data Guard, among other critical workloads.
It also provides comprehensive, single-management-portal disaster recovery for VMware, Hyper-V, and physical servers.
ASR uses synchronous, streaming replication to send data changes so it can minimize potential data loss. It’s ideal for a variety of recovery scenarios, including site-to-site, Azure-to-Azure, site-to-Azure, or from a Hyper-V or VMware source.
One of the hallmarks of good DRaaS offerings, including ASR, is the ability to orchestrate your recovery to quickly restore even complex, multi-tier workloads (e.g. executing custom Windows PowerShell scripts and Azure Automation runbooks and pausing for manual interventions). You can also run tests to see how your DRaaS recovery will perform without impacting your production environments.
And in the event that you do have to failover from a disaster, you can choose to get up and running in your original data center or another location.
Get ahead of disaster with DRaaS
Whether ASR or another DRaaS solution is the right fit for you, it’s important that your implementation is designed for optimal recovery speed and data parity. Codero can implement your DRaaS solution and give your team the training and knowledge you need to test — and trust — your recovery strategy.
In the event of a disaster, it’s vital that you have direct access to push-button failover. We’ll ensure you’re ready to jump into action when needed, and we’ll also be here to support your transition back to your original data center after a failover occurs.
Disaster recovery doesn’t have to be expensive, and it certainly doesn’t have to be a sore subject. What’s stopping you from putting the protections in place to achieve 100 percent business continuity this year?
Let’s talk about your questions, concerns, and goals and figure out how DRaaS can work best for you.