Disaster Recovery plans help organizations retrieve lost data in a systematic way. It identifies the different processes and information and identifies the acceptable downtime for each, coming up with a suitable way to retrieve the information timely. A Disaster Recovery Plan will take into account everything from the type of cloud storage you use to the kind of content and data you store in it.
The Leaders in DRaaS market
There are a number of cloud storage providers today, depending on the size of business. A number of these providers offer Backup as a Service (BaaS) or Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). One can do well to locate a provider that offers fixed prices for their services, so that they can manage a budget for the backups. In all probability, the cost will be far lesser than what one would have had to spend in order to have an effective on-site storage.
Drag and drop cloud storage
Carbonite is one such example. They offer different fixed priced tiered plans to small and mid-sized businesses.
Google, Microsoft and Dropbox are some other well-known cloud providers out there today, and even offer single system solutions. Users can directly drag and drop the file to a folder in their desktop and it’s synced with the cloud. Google gives all of its users 15 GB of storage and users can upgrade to 100 GB or more of storage monthly. Do remember that drag and drop but do note that they are not that well suited to disaster recovery solutions.
Look out for cloud providers that offer DRaaS solutions. Data needs to be encrypted even on the go to prevent it from being stolen, something Barracuda’s Copy.com fails to do by only encrypting data on its servers. DRaaS offerings from providers like Microsoft and Amazon can be handy.
The Companies in Question
These companies offer leased storage space on their servers and companies like Rackspace offers what they call Rackspace Replication Manager, which is an enterprise-class DRaaS. Rackspace claims that their work eliminates data going missing because of human error, an often-related reason for deleted data.
The other competitors when it comes to offering DRaaS solutions are Veenam, Zerto, Intronics and VelocityCloud. The market size worth is expected to rise up to as much as $20 billion by 2020, making this one of the fastest growing markets ever. The companies are increasingly investing on data backup, recovery and retrieval through quality Disaster recovery solutions.
In fact, Gartner, in its latest report, has estimated that by 2018 there will be a “wide variance in experience and service quality amongst DRaaS solutions.” The report is more significant since it means that companies like Acronis, which has strength in hybrid recovery configurations, can look at some major expansions shortly.
Other companies like Bluelock are known for their training and runbook development processes while companies like Databarracks offers adjustable management process that is aimed at resource bursting. IBM has also stepped in to offer quality solutions, with the IBM Cloud Virtualized Server Recovery (CVSR offering complete DR solutions.