There is a good chance that you’d like to see your business survive any disaster as well as any problems that follow. Moreover, we live in an age when even one hour of downtime is not an option.
While it’s almost impossible to predict what the next disaster will be, it’s possible to prepare for it. To reduce downtime, every company should have a secondary site with a full copy of the production environment. In case of a natural or human-induced disaster, or a failure of the IT environment, when your production is partly or fully not available, you can always switch to the secondary site, ready to be used.
However, in the real world, it often happens that small and mid-sized organizations can’t afford a secondary data center and experienced IT staff to manage it. The need to address this problem is the reason why the DRaaS (Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service) market appeared.
There are a lot of DRaaS definitions. However, the majority of them describe DRaaS as a replication of physical or virtual machines (VMs), from a production data center to a recovery site that is owned by a service provider that will provide failover capabilities in the event of a problem of any size.
Today, DRaaS adoption increases among companies of all sizes. Small and mid-sized organizations with tiny budgets can save money on flexible subscription-based options offered by service providers. Big enterprise companies also find many benefits from outsourcing their disaster recovery services to a third party, primarily to avoid the high costs of supporting secondary sites and complexity issues.
Among the many benefits of DRaaS, businesses often mention the following ones:
- Fast recovery: As I said before, downtime is not acceptable. Fast and successful recovery is one of the most important metrics today. It means that customers choose less expensive DRaaS options that have better recovery times — usually only lasting minutes
- Cost effectiveness: DRaaS removes the necessity of investing in a secondary site upfront. Companies can rent an allocation of CPU, RAM, storage and other resources only when they need them. The fewer the capital costs, the less willing businesses are to enter into a management ‘nightmare’ when you need your own DR site
- Security: Privacy, security and service level agreements are key elements to consider when choosing a DRaaS provider. The provider should be compliant with all relevant regulatory bodies, and your data should be encrypted in flight and at rest
Why use DRaaS with Veeam
Veeam makes DRaaS even simpler for both service providers and their customers.
First of all, with Veeam, service providers can easily set up and maintain a secure multi-tenant environment for hosting standby VMs, Veeam backups or both (no network complexity anymore!) This technology is called Veeam Cloud Connect. We’ve already talked about it a lot on our blog (several links provided below.)
Secondly, using backups for disaster recovery causes recovery inefficiencies and often lackluster RTOs. That’s why we’ll add advanced image-based VM replication capabilities to Cloud Connect in version 9 later this year. This will allow service providers to:
- Deliver cloud-based disaster recovery for all applications with recovery time and point objectives (RTPO) < 15 minutes all over the world
- Don’t mix different vendors for true disaster recovery
Thirdly, Veeam doesn’t offer its own cloud. All communications are carried out between two participants – a service provider and a customer. Veeam provides the powerful technology that makes DRaaS solutions happen. Service providers can expand their market presence and offer customers the best of DRaaS, including fast and flexible failover of individual VMs or an entire site, quick failback with no data loss and minimal disruption for users, recovery assurance and much more.
To learn more about new functionalities, read the blog post, NEW Veeam Cloud Connect Replication coming in v9, by Veeam’s Service Provider Evangelist Luca Dell’Oca or other helpful materials listed below.
This resources might also be interesting to you:
- Disaster Recovery as a service (DRaaS) with Veeam
- Video: Delivering DRaaS with Veeam
- Veeam Cloud Connect Replication for Service Providers
- Blog: Welcome Veeam Cloud Connect!