As enterprises continue to embrace the benefits of cloud services, they are routinely looking for additional ways to move critical workloads and applications to the cloud. Analysts have observed, and we agree, that disaster recovery is quickly becoming one of the most popular use cases of cloud computing. With enterprises often lacking viable disaster recovery capabilities in their existing infrastructure, adopting cloud-based services is a low-risk entry into cloud computing that delivers added value and great benefits to the business.
There are two main approaches to cloud-based disaster recovery: “DR to the cloud” and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). The first is a do-it-yourself function that provides customers with a piece of compute and storage resources to set up, monitor and manage disaster recovery services such as replication. However, since it’s “Do-it-yourself”, in real disaster situations like we’ve seen recently, key people may not be available to execute failover and recovery of their important data and assets.
With the second approach, DRaaS, the service provider architects and implements the solution, monitors and manages the data, and connects customers to the necessary resources in emergency situations. In the event of failover, when it seems their entire business is hanging in the balance, customers have disaster recovery experts available 24/7/365 instead of trying to manage the process on their own.
We believe DRaaS, not “DR to the cloud”, is essential for enterprises to keeping data safe and recoverable in a timely manner. We also offer some unique thinking and several distinct advantages in our service compared to our competitors:
- First, we give customers the ideal balance between the financial benefits of an oversubscribed model and the transparency and control of a dedicated model. Customers are provided access to resources they contract for, so there are no surprises when regional disasters strike. But we don’t stop there. Customers can burst into additional resources on a best effort basis, giving them the flexibility and control to balance financial benefits and risk tolerance for their individual situations.
- Second, we deploy hybrid virtual and physical services as part of the same solution. Many DRaaS providers require their customers’ servers to be 100% virtualized, which, from our experience, is rarely the case. Most of the time, enterprises are 80-90% virtualized, but a lot of enterprise applications still run on physical servers. If the most valuable applications require physical servers, then 100% virtual disaster recovery services do not cover the most important data.
- Third, the cost of bandwidth in DRaaS can represent a significant portion of the overall cost. As Verizon Terremark has some of the most densely connected data centers on the planet, and provide several major carriers access to connect with them, we supply the diversity and density needed to enhance bandwidth. More importantly, this allows us to scale bandwidth costs to offer customers great low rates.
Enterprises need a partner in disaster recovery to help them maintain business continuity during the unexpected, because as we’ve seen in the past few years, disasters can strike anywhere. As the widespread adoption of disaster recovery services are set to continue, we are proud of our innovative thinking and comprehensive services in DRaaS. Most importantly, we are proud to serve as a reliable partner for our customer.