Over the last few weeks, we’ve introduced you to – and educated you on – three of the most common services offered around disaster recovery. You may find that more than one service could be used to meet your needs. But are you supposed to choose just one? Would that even work for you?

This week, we’ll take a look at the different services and provide a comparison among them.

Why BaaS?

Many organizations will choose Backup as a Service because it has the lowest barrier to entry. Unlike IaaS or DRaaS (where a significant investment in planning and implementation is necessary to get the service properly configured), BaaS requires little more than the installation of backup software locally and the definition of backup jobs to get started.

If you’re more concerned with having managed offsite backups of your data and plan on addressing DR if and when it becomes necessary, BaaS is for you.

Why IaaS?

Organizations wanting to proactively host critical workloads in the cloud while managing it themselves choose IaaS. The value to your DR strategy is that these workloads are already running offsite in one of the safest and highly available data centers in the world. The upside for internal IT is the retaining of control over the entire environment – without having to invest in your own SuperNAP. But it’s a double-edged sword – in theory, the use of IaaS should offset a material amount of risk, but should the disaster be the corruption of a database on a server hosted in IaaS, it’s all on internal IT to rectify the problem.

Why DRaaS?

Most organizations have at least one critical workload they can’t live without – even when all hell breaks loose. And, in your time of need, you want to know that someone is working diligently to restore service to your employees and customers. Whether a single workload, your entire network, or something in between, DRaaS provides organizations with the confidence that, no matter the disaster, the designated workloads will be up in the timeframe promised, minimizing the damage caused by a disaster.

Comparing Services

Use the considerations in the following table to identify the right service to help you with your DR needs. But are you supposed to choose just one?

It’s a question that should be addressed. The definitive answer is no.

Rather than looking at the table below from an organizational standpoint (looking for the single, “right” choice), try looking at it from a per-workload standpoint. This way, you’ll begin to see how you can best leverage DR-related cloud services to protect your organization.

Making the Right Choice

By understanding each of the services offered, what they bring to the DR table, and how they will be used to keep your business running, you can align your own business requirements with the appropriate services. This not only clears up the confusion, but also empowers you to form the foundation for creating a new cloud-based DR strategy.

We’ve created the “Confusion as a Service” eBook to help take some of the confusion out of selecting the right recovery-related, cloud-based services for your company. You can download your copy here.

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