Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaas)

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Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) enables businesses to outsource the responsibility of data loss reduction. DRaaS utilizes a cost-effective combination of hardware, applications, and replication technology to provide real-time IT infrastructure backup and redundant functionality to lessen downtime while recovering from a disaster such as power outages, weather events, connection disruption, or even cyber-attacks. Nfina’s DRaaS can be utilized to meet a business’s needs at a moment’s notice, due to the flexible nature of the physical digital twin..

DRaaS uses the combined efforts of hardware and cloud based infrastructure to deploy disaster recovery solutions to recover data loss, using the strength of the Nfina’s storage, to entirely replicate an organizations critical IT infrastructure, including server environments necessary for it to keep running. A DRaaS is more than simply a backup service provider. DRaaS is intended to support all the necessary infrastructure, configurations, and functionality to completely replace your live service in the event of a failover by utilizing a DRaaS site populated by a physical digital twin.

Companies that provide Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) can now provide DRaaS as an affordable option for mid-market enterprises.

DRaaS Scoping

Nfina typically offers a Disaster Recovery solution to clients after meeting with a group of highly qualified technical staff members to explore the current IT ecosystem. Customer’s typically provide Live Optics or RVTools spreadsheets which provide detailed information about the customer’s IT ecosystem for their DRaaS solution.

(DraaS) is like having an insurance policy for your data; it’s that safety net that ensures that even if the worst happens, you can still get back up again. With DraaS, disaster recovery scoping becomes exciting because it means your business can be up and running quickly after any potential catastrophe. 

Based on this customer-provided information about the onsite compute and storage environment, Nfina’s DRaaS technical team can design a custom solution (including an offsite physical digital twin) to meet all of the clients disaster recovery requirements.

Implementation of DRaaS

In most instances, a distance of 600-1000 miles is recommended as a best practice for DRaaS, so that the data will not be affected by the disaster. Disaster recovery relies on the geographically redundant replication of data far enough away from the primary site. If an infrastructure failure occurs (for whatever reason), the business must recover lost data from a backup site.

A backup is a very crude form of DRaaS, but its RPO (Recovery Point Objective) is usually insufficient for most organizations to avoid financial losses. In most cases, DRaaS backup schemes are very computed and I/O intensive, so they can only be run once a day (typically after hours) and result in data loss (up to 24 hours) if restoration is required.

It is important to design an active-active DRaaS replication system to minimize downtime during disaster recovery in order to ensure that compute and storage resources are duplicated and kept synchronized to minimize data loss. To maintain maximum protection while running out of the disaster recovery site, this DRaaS active-active scheme must also be reversible.

Cost of Downtime

The average downtime that organizations are experiencing is on the rise, leading to the popularity of DRaaS implementation. Recent studies show a 16x increase. In recent surveys, 91% of IT executives have estimated that the average downtime of the IT ecosystem is $300,000/hr, and 44% have reported it to exceed $1M/hr.

Don’t you think it makes sense to implement an active-active business continuity plan rather than the traditional once-a-day backup?

Complete your Business Continuity Plan with DRaaS Managed Operations

Stop racking your brain on how to recover from a natural disaster or cyberattack. Nfina has you covered with our DRaaS and Hybrid Cloud solutions. We have business continuity built-in, so in case of any unforeseen circumstances, our team can swiftly ensure that operations remain uninterrupted. Our Hybrid Cloud solution integrates local VMs, cluster-to-cluster replication, and remote data storage for backup and DRaaS purposes. Beyond that, Nfina offers comprehensive IT infrastructure services including IT policies, standards, processes, systems, measurements, and maintenance – all tailored to meet your company’s risk management, cost control, IT governance compliance, and business performance goals.

DRaaS at Nfina

With the advent of immutable snapshots originating from the storage array, high frequency RTO/RPO policies can now be implemented with DRaaS coupled with hyperconverged storage. With this technology, organizations can recover their IT infrastructure in minutes rather than hours or days, minimizing data loss and downtime.

Companies offering Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) can now offer DRaaS as a cost-effective option for mid-market enterprises thanks to recent advances in immutable snapshot technology. Nfina’s implementation of DR successfully implements the NIST Cyber-Security Standard for data recovery.