If a disaster were to hit your enterprise, would your data be protected? This information is the backbone of your organization so hopefully the answer to the questions is yes. However, if your disaster recovery plan is not what you would like it to be, or if it’s missing all together, it’s not too late to protect your data in the event of disaster.
Firstly, to have an effective disaster recovery plan your enterprise should follow the “3-2-1 rule.” This rule states that you need to keep three copies of your data, on two types of storage, with one copy being off-site. Getting backups off-site can be challenging, but disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) can help.
Why Your Enterprise Needs Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)
As Tech Target explains disaster recovery as a service, “It is the replication and hosting of physical or virtual servers by a third party to provide failover in the event of a man-made or natural catastrophe.”
Where backup as a service (BaaS) requires you to pick and choose which files to store in the case of an emergency, disaster recovery as a service does not. DRaaS automatically copies and stores data in the cloud, allowing your employees to access the data they need to do their jobs even while in the middle of the disaster. This ability to work during a failure saves your enterprise from needing to shut down in the event of a catastrophe.
Disaster recovery as a service also does not require your enterprise to continually send files for backup, a requirement for BaaS. What does this mean? In the event that something happens to your servers, the data stored with a DRaaS provider, such as Veeam, is the most up-to-date information available.
Another obvious benefit of using disaster recovery as a service is that it saves your organization money and resources. A traditional DR plan involves a secondary physical location where you house a data center where your data is copied. Running a second site is costly and requires the time of your IT team to maintain – time and money that can be used elsewhere when using DRaaS.
According to Carbonite, DRaaS removes the need for the following expenses:
- Owning or leasing space for a secondary data center
- Monthly costs associated with power, cooling, and internet bandwidth at the secondary site
- Purchase or lease of servers, storage, and network equipment for the secondary site
- Travel to and from data centers or on-site staff at the secondary data center
Veeam: An outstanding DRaaS Solution
WEI works with only the best in class tech partners to configure what fits your enterprise’s needs, such as Veeam. The Veeam Availability Suite is a backup software suite that combines the award-winning data protection and virtualization management expertise of Veeam Backup & Replication and VeeamONE for VMware vSphere.
The Veeam Availability Suite provides organizations with five key capabilities that enable the “Always-On” Business:
- Rapid recovery of what you want, the way you want it
- Near-continuous data protection and fast disaster recovery
- Guaranteed recovery of file, application, or virtual server
- Backups that create an exact copy of the production environment
- Proactive monitoring and alerting of issues before impact
Veeam Availability Suite also provides monitoring and alerting tools so you can discover and be alerted to issues in your IT environment before they have a significant impact, and gives you complete visibility of the Veeam backup infrastructure.
Application-item recovery is simple and fast. Veeam allows you to zero in on exactly what you need to recover, and restore individual items directly from your backups.
By using a DRaaS provider like Veeam in partnership with WEI, you can rest assured that your vital information is protected in the event of a catastrophe. Need help figuring out which DRaaS solution is best for your enterprise? Contact us today for a personalized evaluation of your disaster recovery strategy.
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