Business Continuity strategies have been a requirement in IT operations for decades. The need to back up and restore data is an essential requirement in all data enters. With concerns over cybersecurity on the rise, the need for a Disaster Recovery (DR) plan has never been more important, and more options than ever now exist to implement an effective DR plan, even for the smallest IT operations.
With the adoption of Virtualized Infrastructure, many of the traditional obstacles no longer existed in DR plans. Servers did not need to be the exact same model, allowing for repurposing of equipment. Storage Arrays had to be similar models in order to be replicated, and if replication was performed per Virtual Machine at the software layer, storage at both sides could be different. This led to a more cost-effective way for DR plans to be rolled out.
Up until now, any Disaster Recovery plan still had a challenge … it required BOTH data centers be managed, regardless of the DR implementation.
This is why Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) has provided a tremendous benefit to organizations, both large and small. The ability to fail over a Virtual Infrastructure to a data center in the Cloud eliminates the aggravation and costs associated with managing multiple data centers. There are even options that can address the physical server workloads that exist in your data center as well.