Backing up your data offsite is important. Restoring your servers and applications when disaster strikes? Equally important.
Disaster Recovery as a Service — DRaaS
Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) has moved beyond a preventative measure for data protection to be a strategic option that provides many benefits. IT organizations recognize that protecting corporate data and making sure it is available to users is one of their top priorities.
A good DRaaS solution:
- Reduces your CapEx cost — e.g. sometimes negating the need for you to build a secondary data center
- Reduced Operational Expense – you no longer need specialized Disaster Recovery personnel
- Provides options to replicate or back up your data in multiple geographic regions in case of natural disasters
- Assists in helping your organization meet HIPAA, PCI-DSS, and other regulatory compliance requirements where applicable
- Increases your flexibility to shift and migrate workloads between different Cloud platforms as your business needs evolve
- Allows you to easily spin up workloads to develop and test against non-production environments
- Perhaps most importantly, DRaaS improves data recovery times and provides near real-time protection depending on your configuration
With all this value, you can see why so many organizations are gravitating toward the DRaaS model versus traditional disaster recovery. So what makes TierPoint different?
TierPoint believes in providing organizations like yours with an affordable and customizable DRaaS solution that lets you choose your personalized mix of cloud, colocation and your own data center. We give you the tools to reduce hybrid complexity, manage resilience and simplify management with software-defined integration.
It isn’t just our technology that sets our DRaaS apart. It is our people who work with you to customize your DRaaS solution. When the National Elevator Industry Benefit Plans, an organization that administers health and financial benefits to elevator-construction workers, was looking for a DRaaS solution, they could not find one that met all their requirements. TierPoint collaborated with their internal team to design a customized DRaaS solution that will cut down on their recovery time and recovery point objectives plus protect data created by their remote workers.
“TierPoint brought in experts who understood the technology and how to collaborate with us to achieve a common goal,” said Ron Tedesco, director of IT. “They understood our cost concerns, too. Anyone can design a great system with a million-dollar budget, but that’s not the world most of us live in.
How DRaaS works:
TierPoint offers Cloud to Cloud Recovery DRaaS and Server to Cloud Recovery DRaaS. Each type has different configuration and high-availability options plus a variety of managed services available including fully-managed DRaaS. With 39 data centers across the United States, TierPoint provides you with many replication destination choices, which allows you to have protected data in different parts of the country. This is important because of potential natural disasters and other risks that may only affect one geographic region.
Keep in mind that DRaaS is only one component of business continuity. A comprehensive disaster recovery plan can include several elements including backup services and workspace recovery solutions to allow your employees to keep working during an outage.
Cloud to Cloud Recovery is for organizations that have VMware-based production environments and value short data recovery times and with continuous data protection.
In TierPoint’s Cloud to Cloud DRaaS:
- A customer’s production environment lives in either a TierPoint private or multi-tenant Cloud or on a Cloud in their own data center
- There are fully-managed and self-serve options for controlling tests and changes
- Customers can use any VMware-compatible storage and operating systems
- Data is replicated continuously to provide RPO targets measured in minutes
- Optional backup of replicated data is available
Customers get the same benefits with Server to Cloud DRaaS as with Cloud to Cloud DRaaS.
Two primary differences: Server to Cloud DRaaS
- Protects a non-virtualized physical server typically located in a customer’s own data center or colocated inside a TierPoint facility
- Protects virtual servers too for situations where more than one kind of server requires protection