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Disaster Recovery as a Service: What it is and How Your Business Can Benefit

Wade Bjorge
2 min read
Aug 9, 2023 11:49:00 AM

Disaster recovery planning is a critical aspect of a business continuity plan. We have seen an increase in disasters that can significantly impact IT infrastructure, and organizations are more prone to business downtime than ever before. Those include:

  • Cyberattacks
  • Disruptions to the power grid and power outages
  • Natural disasters like hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and earthquakes

The productivity loss and reputational damage that businesses face with a disaster along with the financial consequences can have a catastrophic impact. According to FEMA, 40% of small businesses never reopen after a disaster and another 25% that do reopen will fail within a year. The stakes are high, so having a proactive plan in place to mitigate damage is crucial.

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is a great option for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) who don’t have the time, money, and resources required to maintain and test their own disaster recovery environment.

What is Disaster Recovery as a Service?

Disaster Recovery as a Service is a cloud service model that allows an organization to back up its data and IT infrastructure in a third-party cloud environment to regain access and functionality to IT infrastructure after a disaster. In the as-a-service model, the organization doesn’t have to own all the resources or handle disaster recovery management and instead can rely on a service provider to do so.

Who needs Disaster Recovery as a Service?

DRaaS should be considered for SMBs and other businesses with small IT teams who can’t afford the investment in time and resources for testing and implementing a disaster recovery plan. It can be a more affordable option than hosting your own disaster recovery infrastructure and IT staff in a remote location.

What are the benefits of Disaster Recovery as a Service?

For many companies, DRaaS is a less costly and more effective solution than in-house disaster recovery. There are several benefits to consider:

  • Efficiency. DRaaS lets disaster recovery experts do the heavy lifting while your workforce focuses on revenue-generating initiatives.
  • Reduced costs. DRaaS provides a cost-effective solution that will eliminate downtime in the event of a disaster without the upfront costs of creating an IT infrastructure.
  • Scalability. As your business grows, so does your IT environment. Because it’s a cloud service, DRaaS allows you to review and update your disaster recovery strategy easily as your business grows.
  • Recovery. Downtime in a disaster will kill your business financially. Traditional in-house disaster recovery solutions can have prolonged downtimes, but DRaaS can make sure your IT infrastructure is up and running in a disaster.

Locknet’s Reinforce® Disaster Recovery as a Service

Be prepared and protect your business’s data and IT infrastructure from the unexpected disruptions of a ransomware attack, hardware failure, or building disaster. Regular backups are important, but they have no value if you cannot restore them quickly and easily after a disaster. Locknet’s Reinforce® Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) provides fully managed data backup, retention, disaster prevention, and recovery.

Locknet’s Reinforce® DRaaS includes:

  • Hardware and software backup
  • Local and cloud backup and storage
  • Application-level testing, backup recovery testing, and web-based test restores
  • Redundant, nightly replication to the cloud
  • Local and remote restore services
  • Full system failover in the cloud in the event of a disaster
  • Ransomware detection
  • Backup log monitoring and reporting
  • Automated Disaster Recovery Compliance Reports
  • 24/7/365 support center
  • Additional Microsoft Azure Cloud backup available

Contact one of our experts at Locknet to find out if DRaaS might be a good option for your business.




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