When determining what is best for your business’ Disaster Recovery plan, there are a few options to consider these days.
There is of course traditional on premise back-up; though that can be quite pricey. There are extremely high costs associated with infrastructure as well as the cost to manage it. However, you can’t deny the convenience of giving your own people the ability to have direct access, especially when immediate response is needed during a failure. But then there is the risk of dealing with on-site disasters caused by something like extreme weather conditions for instance.
That is why using a CSP (Cloud Service Provider) for cloud backup is so appealing these days, not to mention it can be much cheaper. It is the most failsafe means of keeping your data, applications, and systems safe without worrying if anything is compromised or destroyed on-site. When choosing a CSP, you will need to consider a few things pertaining to your recovery time. The amount of data being backed up, what is the support like, availability of on-site hardware – do you have what you need to restore your data from the cloud? There will still be some downtime, but it could be days or weeks? Can the CSP recover your data into their own Cloud Environment?
A newer alternative is Disaster Recovery as-a-Service (DRaaS). It essentially extends the power of the cloud by giving it an improved array of storage and retrieval capability which greatly reduces recovery time or downtime for your business. What might have been a multi-daylong recovery process could be reduced to minutes when planned correctly. Another pro for DRaaS is that it enables businesses to move operations to a live, remote environment where users can gain access to their data and applications, and work with them in real-time. Though more expensive than a simple cloud backup, it is considerably less than maintaining a second site disaster recovery environment yourself and integration with a DRaaS environment is extremely flexible, and it greatly reduces second site failure and downtime.
All three options are viable, but take the time and research to ultimately choose the one that makes the most sense for your business.