Today’s disaster recovery strategy is not just about getting your IT systems back up and running as fast as possible, it’s about creating the backbone of a comprehensive risk management strategy. Whether a business runs a consumer-facing e-commerce website, processes financial transactions or is part of a B2B supply chain, customers, partners and employees expect services, data and information to be available at all times. Critical IT systems have to be always on and, in case of a severe issue, recover within minutes, not hours or days. Still, system outages such occur frequently, and, in addition to a public relations nightmare, often cause a business to lose a lot of money.
To lower risk while keeping an eye on affordable costs, enterprises increasingly turn to the Cloud and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). DRaaS is turning into a major driver for Cloud adoption. According to a 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant report, the DRaaS market “will nearly triple in the next three years to a revenue point of $3.4 billion by 2019”.
Gartner has positioned Microsoft in the Leader quadrant because of “service feature innovation, cost-effectiveness and simplicity of the provider portal GUI as strengths meriting the Leader status.” Microsoft’s Azure Site Recovery simplifies disaster recovery for VMware, Hyper-V, and physical servers and eliminates the need for a costly second datacenter. It’s also easy to integrate with other Microsoft-based cloud solutions.
The usage-based cost of Azure works well in disaster recovery scenarios because a DRaaS infrastructure is only used when it’s needed. By comparison, Microsoft estimates the cost of building an 8,000 square foot on-premises, high-availability datacenter to be $21.3 million. With Azure Site Recovery, budget discussions for disaster recovery shift from hardware and resources to capacity planning.
For business continuity and disaster recovery to be successful, it’s important to plan, build and operate it in a consistent and strategic manner. One of the potential pitfalls for IT scenarios such as DRaaS is the assumption that IT management will get easier in the Cloud. But a Cloud-based service model can in some cases be more complex than traditional on-premises scenarios. A customer managed self-service DRaaS solution can require a lot of attention and resources that can impact the return on investment.
The alternative is a Managed Services model. By relying on a Cloud service like Azure Site Recovery and layering on Managed Services, businesses gain both cost savings over capital investments in data centers and a skilled team of experts that, with New Signature, is available 24/7/365.
The New Signature Managed Services team will create a comprehensive recovery plan. Based on extensive customer experience, New Signature developed a framework for disaster recovery that includes business impact analysis, security and compliance assessment, cloud infrastructure, workloads, solution configuration, strategic plan, operating and testing. Once created and approved by the customer, the Managed Services team will update, maintain and execute the recovery plan.
In the event where a recovery is required, a highly qualified expert is available at all times to take that call. Customers of New Signature’s Recovery Experience can rest assured that their IT systems will be available in case their data center is destroyed by any type of disaster.
Interested in finding out more about Azure Site Recovery and Disaster Recovery as a Service?
• Join us at the Azure Recovery Clinic on September 6 in New York City
• Participate in our Azure Cloud Lab – Azure Recovery Services Focus – on September 13 at Microsoft Canada’s Mississauga offices
• Attend our upcoming live webinars on September 1 or September 15
• Watch past webinar installments