What is BaaS? And why are organizations embracing BaaS & DRaaS?

Welcome to another installment in our ongoing series from the Cloud Protection Trends Report for 2023, which surveyed 1,700 “as a Service” administrators, including those utilizing Backup as a Service (BaaS) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). Veeam contracts with independent research firms to ask questions on an assortment of topics – including “What does BaaS mean?” to modern buyers, as well as why those currently using BaaS or DRaaS made the choice over self-managed solutions:

This research revealed a few key truths related to interests in cloud-powered data protection:

  • BaaS itself certainly means more than just “backup server running in the cloud” – with a high interest in MSP monitoring, managing and troubleshooting. Just as interesting, BaaS is NOT thought of as the “tape killer” that it erroneously used to be, nor is BaaS understood to always be cheaper than self-managed, nor entirely eliminating on-site hardware.
  • Interest in BaaS over self-managed backup hardware and software predominantly is motivated by not just “survivable data” but the broader, albeit tactical, goals of operational efficiency in costs and execution.
  • Interest in DRaaS over self-managed multi-data centers or hot-sites is most commonly driven by a need for higher BC/DR expertise provided by the outside MSPs, including BC/DR planning, testing, documentation, etc. This shows that DRaaS is seen as more strategic than tactical, and recognizes higher-value motivators like regulatory compliance and process management, instead of just BaaS’ operational efficiency. That said, it’s hard to do DRaaS without BaaS, considering the foundation of survivable data as its common basis.

With that in mind, organizations of all sizes, small to enterprise, are seeking these benefits (survivable data, operational efficiency and execution, BC/DR planning, testing and documentation) as they modernize their data protection and meet industry standards and regulatory compliance. For some, managing and hiring in house is feasible to meet these objectives. For others, they may look to purchase these “as a Service” to maybe save on costs, but most likely save and streamline resources. We also see that one-size BaaS or DRaaS solutions don’t fit all – and organizations need flexibility in choosing what to protect and who will manage it as well as varying SLAs by workload.

The Veeam Platform is software-defined, which enables it to be storage agnostic. This means that the Veeam Platform works for any hardware, storage or cloud. There is even more flexibility in your level of management too. You can choose to self-manage your backups and DR, offload some workloads to a Veeam partner or have a fully managed service, it’s up to you! Whether you’re looking to free up resources, reduce your operational burden in performing backups in house, or just need some expertise for a specific function, Veeam partners have you covered. To learn more, visit our Veeam-powered BaaS and DRaaS page.

We discussed these ideas and more on our Dec. 13th, 2022 livestream and throughout this blog series:

  1. Announcing the Cloud Protection Trends Report for 2023
  2. IaaS/PaaS usage adoption
  3. IaaS/PaaS backup roles and methods
  4. What is BaaS? And why BaaS or DRaaS?
  5. Considerations when choosing a BaaS/DRaaS provider
  6. M365 backup roles & methods

Download the Cloud Protection Trends Report for 2023 or your region’s executive brief here:

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