The Profound Effects Of Virtualization Software And DRaaS

Disaster Recover As A Service (DRaaS)

As a technologist, I am constantly thinking about leveraging the latest software or hardware to provide solutions to problems. My latest thoughts revolve around disaster recovery and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), and how it can be made more accessible to the masses.

What is DRaaS? 

Before diving into the topic let’s first discuss what has enabled it for enterprises of all sizes – in a word, virtualization, a technology which has revolutionized today’s data center and been one of the biggest disrupting technologies of the last decade or so. Server virtualization products like VMware’s ESXi, Citrix’s Xenserver, Microsoft’s HyperV and various other hypervisor platforms have been the driving forces behind server virtualization. The concept of virtualization has bled over into other data center technologies such as storage and even networking. Though not as common as server virtualization, these technologies display the promise of providing cost savings while enabling agility and scalability.

Virtualization 

Server virtualization has enabled enterprises to consolidate physical hardware and more effectively utilize server hardware, while providing a platform for cloud offerings such as Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) to create a multi-billion dollar market for Amazon, Microsoft, Google and IBM.

virtualization-server

Another benefit derived from server virtualization is a market propelled by a plethora of start-up companies offering Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS). These companies are able to offer cost effective disaster recovery solutions to enterprises of all sizes. Dedicated hardware is no longer required at a disaster recovery site, as virtual servers can now easily be replicated to the disaster recovery site’s virtual environment. Software vendors also noted this opportunity and have begun to focus on developing disaster recovery software with greater capabilities and intelligence. Features include replication of virtual machines, agnostic of storage types and server hardware, which allow near instantaneous recovery point objectives for only the cost of bandwidth needed to keep up with the data flow. The automation in these newer software packages has also reduced possible recovery time from days down to hours.

Today, a cloud based disaster recovery service should offer the following capabilities if it is to earn your valued business.

  • The ability to seamlessly integrate into your virtual environment, meaning no required software upgrade to your virtual environment to be compatible with the provider’s solutions.
  • The solution should be storage agnostic, meaning your storage or SAN solution does not have to be the same as the provider’s storage solution.
  • A Recovery Point Objective (RPO) of seconds should be available and Recovery Time Objective of minutes should be possible depending on quantity of servers being recovered.
  • The solution should be completely managed by the provider taking the burden off you and your team. This includes supplying software, providing installation and performing ongoing management to assure replication is happening error-free, as well as performing and managing the fail-over process when a disaster is declared.
  • Allow the customer visibility into their environment to validate that RPO’s are in compliance with contract service level agreements and the service is operating error free as expected.
  • The ability to define protection group for a set of servers that need to be restored to the exact same point in time. Important for systems that exchange data with my one another.
  • Provide continuous replication of servers and allow point in time recovery.
  • Guarantee that when a disaster is declared the contracted resources will be available.

Now we have defined the bare requirements for DRaaS. In Part 2 we’ll put together a list of features that a service provider could offer that would make our lives easier, add value to our businesses and change the DRaaS market.

By Marc Malizia

Episode 6: Cloud Migration: Why It’s More Important Than Ever

The Importance of Cloud Migration Moving fully to the cloud is still a concern for ...

Episode 3: The Bottomless Cloud – An Interview with David Friend of Wasabi

Why data is not “the new oil” and why “cloud” means more than we think ...

Episode 4: The Power of Regulatory Compliant Cloud: A European Case Study

An interview with Johan Christenson, CEO of CityNetwork With the world focusing on the big ...
Kaylamatthews

New Security Regulation – Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Changes are on the horizon for the Department of Defense (DoD) and its contractors. Late last year, the DoD announced the ...
Aruna Headshot

2019 Predictions for Innovating, Transforming and Enabling Workplace Transformation

My Predictions for 2019 As we think of the top Collaboration trends for the coming year, we should start by taking a look back at ...
Mark Banfield

A Seamless Customer Experience Is Essential to Success in Today’s Digital Economy

Implement A Seamless Customer Experience The need for digital interaction has never seemed more critical than it does today. As the coronavirus continues to spread, ...
David Discenza

Four Ways to Improve Cybersecurity and Ensure Business Continuity

Four Ways to Improve Cybersecurity Cyber-attacks on businesses have become common place. In fact, it’s estimated that a cyber-attack occurs every 39 seconds. Who are ...
Steve Prentice

Episode 5: How the Pandemic is Changing Business and the Cloud

An Interview with Ed Dryer of Steadfast With the global pandemic wreaking havoc on business and society, everything is changing. Ed Dryer, Senior Technology Strategist ...
David Gevorkian

Website Accessibility: Compliancy, Laws and Best Practices

Key to Making Your Website Accessible The internet has changed the education sector in so many ways. With e-learning, more people around the globe are ...
Ben Ferguson

7 Reasons Why You Should Consider Deploying SD-WAN Alongside Public Cloud Services

Why You Should Consider Deploying SD-WAN Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) and public cloud IaaS services both offer powerful benefits to virtually any business. Many of these same ...
Al Castle E911

Businesses Need E911 for Remote Employees

E911 for Remote Employees Remote working is no longer a luxury or a distant possibility – it’s the norm for enterprises around the world. The ...
Karen Gondoly

Lessons Learned When Moving to the Cloud

Moving to the Cloud Lessons At Leostream, we work with organizations around the globe that are moving workloads to the cloud. These organizations span a ...
Aruna Headshot

66% Say They’d Switch Vendors in Order to Get an Intelligent Online Meeting Solution

People are getting frustrated with online and video meetings. In fact, according to a recent survey, 85% say they are challenged with these types of ...