All of this can be understood using the metaphor of a car accident. Would you prefer your car to be guaranteed a third-person restoration post accident? Or would you want your team to put back together the parts that have been restored themselves? Do you want the burden on your team or an outsourced one?
The right answer depends upon the infrastructure and preferences of your company. If for example, your company can afford the burden in the given time restraints then you can go about it on your own. Backup is defined as the activity of putting back files together to form an application that was lost due to some unknown reason. Your team will play mechanic and put together all of these backups so they can work as they did before – and in the given time.
Disaster Recovery, on the other hand, is where procedures, policies, and processes are put together to ensure a technology infrastructure runs continually. This is so because their smooth run is most vital to organizations where human-induced or natural disasters can occur.
DRaaS not only gets you back the lost data but the application which was made using the cumulative data. Cloud backups on the other hand only promise to bring back the lost data, and it’s a jigsaw puzzle from there on out.
DRaaS, however, has a lot of consideration before it can be announced the excellent choice. The primary concerns in this are the different pricing packages or the RPO and RTO promises. RPO signifies the max timeframe that the data can be lost for after a disruption occurs. RTO, on the other hand, is the significant time that can be allowed for business practices to run smoothly.
On average, DRaaS offers 120 to 150% of the cost of your current infrastructure for a recovery, and this is usually the case for immediate RPO and RTO’s. Some businesses, however, meet this problem by having two active systems. If one crashes then the other is allowed more RPO and RTOs – which brings the cost to 95 to 105 % of the current infrastructure.
Most medium-sized businesses cannot afford these recovery costs. This is why they opt for robust cloud solutions for backups. While they consider this option they also make sure they are confident about their ability to recover to full production capacities within mere hours. This can be done at just 40% of the cost of current infrastructures – which is a considerable drop as opposed to DRaaS.
So, the right questions you need to ask yourself are:
– Can you and your team take on the technical burden, energy and time constraints?
– How much downtime can your business suffer before it hurts?
– What price are you willing to pay for your data infrastructure?
If you’ve answered these questions and still need a little more reason to make your decision, you can get more advice from our professionals who have experience in this field.