Disaster Recovery as a Service is growing as an option for organizations looking to deploy a fail-safe to guard against data loss. This is due to the widespread expansion in enterprise cloud adoption. However, the increase in interest is two-fold, as data volumes are also exploding, creating a perfect storm that is driving companies in the enterprise toward these kinds of solutions. In that, data protection has become a hot-button issue.
What is Disaster Recovery as a Service?
Gartner defines Disaster Recovery as a service (DRaaS) as, “A service as the scenario when the service provider manages virtual machine (VM) replication and, optionally, physical machine (PM) replication from the production data center into the cloud, VM/PM activation inside the cloud and recovery exercising within the cloud.”
Why DRaaS? Gartner predicts market growth in the billions. “In recent years, IT disaster recovery (DR) as a whole and DRaaS specifically have gained momentum for small and midsize organizations due to improved affordability and functionality. Gartner estimates the DRaaS market will nearly triple in the next three years to a revenue point of $3.4 billion by 2019.”
The growth of Disaster Recovery as a Service is being driven primarily by the allure of cost savings over traditional Backup and Recovery tools. However, some of the features are also driving intrigue, namely the speed, scalability and security of these offerings. DRaaS solutions also reduce operational complexity, allowing IT to focus on other more pressing tasks while essentially outsourcing their data protection to third-party vendors who can keep a watch on their data for them.
Additionally, DRaaS solutions serve as a great option for enterprises that want to test the cloud for the first time.
“If you are in the middle of a disaster and suddenly you have no infrastructure to restore to, would you rather have a cloud-based solution that maybe you would have been wary of as your primary option or would you rather have nothing?” asks Industry Analyst in Cloud Computing Services, Karyn Price, of Frost & Sullivan.
Drawbacks, and Words to the Wise
Growth in the DRaaS market does not come without skepticism from some business executives, as organizations fear losing control and visibility of their vital data – and given how necessary data has become to the success of the modern enterprise, that makes sense.
As a relative newcomer to the enterprise Backup and Disaster Recovery tool belt, some hiccups with DRaaS solutions are to be expected. So to ensure that the tool you choose is deployed and working properly, frequent testing is advised. In addition, those currently looking to implement DRaaS plans should focus in on storage, security, and planned downtime, as well as making sure that vital systems are prioritized in order of importance regarding critical business function should a disaster take place.
Earlier this year, Gartner introduced a new Magic Quadrant to their family of comprehensive enterprise IT reports, this one solely focusing on the emergence of the DRaaS market. Click for our coverage of that study.