If you operate an IT infrastructure, a Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) has to be a part of your business development plan to make sure your application is available 24/7. This influences the company brand to a large extent.
Let’s imagine eBay is down for more than a minute. They will instantly lose an immense amount of money. For this reason, companies allocate maximum resources to develop recovery plans that will activate once the system is down. Disaster recovery plans involve geographical position analysis, electricity outage and flood probability, etc.
Businesses need to be protected from ransomware, hurricanes, floods, and a dozen other disasters that can bring organizations to a standstill. Computer downtime can cost as much as thousands of dollars per minute. The cloud can be an ideal location to host a disaster recovery backup, particularly for businesses with only a single location. Consider Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) as a form of insurance that protects your business from expensive computing downtime.
Choosing DRaaS, you can go one of two ways. You could use a public cloud with all the time commitments and complexity it requires, or the other option is a cloud service built specifically to provide easy and affordable disaster recovery as a service.
Disaster recovery as a service by OpsWorks Co. involves prevention of any kind of loss in case of:
- System crash. In case your application stops functioning properly or a separate service/feature fails, the system follows the protocol and redeploys an app/ a service with zero-downtime.
- Hardware failure. In the event of hardware component failure, the cloud has billions of terabytes that your infrastructure can move to when necessary.
- Natural disaster. Earthquakes and floods can cause immense data loss. Make sure your data is safe and recoverable so your service is always available for your users.
We take responsibility for the set up, testing, fail over, and fail back of your data and business applications with minimum investment of your time and effort. Apply for a call with our DevOps specialists to find out what type of disaster recovery works best for you.
It is when external expertise on recovery is outsourced to ensure that the company will continue to operate after encountering a disaster while solutions are being implemented to return the company’s status to normalcy. These service providers ensure that the customers continue to acquire the service, despite the disruption, thus preventing loss of revenue and reputation.
A disaster recovery committee must be set up. It must have representatives from different sections as the disaster affecting the operations of IT can emanate from sections other than the IT department. Representatives must come from the management, electrical, security, and human resources departments. All possible threats that might affect IT must be analyzed and recovery plans drafted for future occurrences of the outlined threats.
It depends on the size of the organization and the components that they must have as a backup in case of failure. More critical components will mean more money required to establish disaster recovery plans. Furthermore, the risks of downtime, such as loss of revenue, productivity, and possible loss of customers will determine the resources the company is willing to spend to prevent that.
The best method is to have a backup recovery site in another location running alongside the primary infrastructure. This kind of setup ensures that if disaster strikes on one of the sites, the other one takes over and customers are not affected. It allows the technicians to quickly troubleshoot and restore normal operation to the affected site without affecting the clients’ experience.
This depends on the effect the component has on the operations of the company. Sensitive data, for example, requires daily back ups for the recovery process. Other systems may be tested on a weekly or monthly basis, monitoring how their state of operation changes with the operating parameters and with time. After continuous monitoring, the acquired data can help organize a testing plan suited to that particular component.