5 Reasons to Consider Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) for IBM i
Does Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) for IBM i make sense for your organization?
Due to the complexity of protecting ever-changing infrastructures and the perception by some that disaster recovery planning and testing is “optional,” IT departments in companies of all sizes tend to be in a constant state of struggle. Key challenges include:
- Justifying and funding the proper disaster recovery infrastructure
- Updating and testing DR infrastructure
- Finding time to investigate and understand the various disaster recovery options.
However, these challenges are not insurmountable. Thanks to advancements in cloud computing and disaster recovery software, there are more choices than ever before for more simplified, cost effective data center protection.
Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is an option that is rapidly gaining popularity among organizations seeking a cost effective way to protect their data, applications and servers from disaster. DRaaS is offered by increasing numbers of Managed Service Providers (MSPs). Let’s take a look at DRaaS in a bit more detail.
In the most generic form of DRaaS, a third-party Managed Service Provider (MSP) provides some type of remotely-hosted disaster recovery service to protect your data and applications. Each provider of DR services can define what is included in their DRaaS offering. As such, the services provided can vary
greatly between providers. However, most involve a plan where the DR software is hosted by the provider and licensed to users on a subscription basis. Some providers will refer to this as a cloud offering.
One of the significant ways that offerings can differ is the level of protection provided by the MSP. The protection can vary from just data files to one or more critical applications, an entire server, or every server in the data center. To achieve any level of protection one common factor must always be in place,
In this white paper, we take a look a detailed look at DRaaS, including reasons to consider if recovery as a service might make sense for your organization.