With all the disaster recovery cloud solutions available now, it’s difficult to sift through their differences and be certain that you’ve chosen the right plan for your business. Managing cyber-security threats and security during a failover situation were priorities for over 40% of UK businesses in this recent study. Confidence in your DR plan is more important than ever, and understanding your options is the best way to strengthen your confidence.
So, what are the key differences between Backup and DR?
- Backup is a catch-all term for the common ways we secured data in the past: snapshots of your VMs stored for a set period of time in a separate location from your primary system. Backups are important for legal reasons, like data protection, but if they are updated infrequently (like once at the end of every day), they might be out-of-date when you need them most, leaving your team scrambling to re-build whatever was lost. Additionally, traditional backups tend to be on hardware, leaving you vulnerable to broken disks or misplaced hard-drives.
- Disaster Recovery systems tend to back up your data and IT systems much more frequently than traditional disk or server backups—sometimes even every minute. During a crisis like data loss or a ransomware attack, this up-to-date copy of your system is invaluable. A failover situation will produce your secondary copy, andhave your systems live and secure within minutes, not hours or days. The additional benefits of DRaaS include the crucial relocation of your secondary site to the cloud.
- DRaaS offers the same benefits of DR systems, but with the 24/7, 365 accessibilities of the cloud. Building your own DR systems can be incredibly expensive and often inefficient. DRaaS offers a more flexible pay-as-you-go pricing structure and allows you to access unparalleled tech support in times of crisis.
Can investment into DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service) help protect you from cyber-security threats?
Because so many of the businesses in the survey were concerned about security, assessing your DR strategy should be a top priority. If you’re re-evaluating your own plan, here are just a few of the ways that DRaaS can protect you better than backup alone:
- DRaaS offers an incredibly fast recovery time, to get you back to normal as soon as possible
- DraaS systems will allow you to orchestrate your failover plan so your business-critical apps and systems are restored first
- DRaaS systems allow for ongoing testing and revisions to your plan
- DRaaS offers flexible recovery options, because malicious cyber-attacks could damage or encrypt more than just your files and folders
You should be looking for specific qualities in a DRaaS provider; clarification is important because your data and IT systems are important. Be sure that you know your recovery objectives, and whether your service provider has credentials like ISO 27001 and uses strong encryption and security standards.
Thankfully, System Professional’s DR services tick all of those boxes. We can promise you exceptional customer support, transparent pricing, and the highest security standards possible.
To discover more about the Backup and Disaster Recovery services we provide please click below
Disaster Recovery as a Service
Backup as a Service
If you’d like to speak with a member of our expert team about improving your DR plan, contact us here.