DRaaS is much more than just implementing an ability to recover in the cloud. It involves many parts of the business and IT coming together to define what recovery should look like.
The idea of disaster recovery in the cloud is more than simply pointing your backup solution to a cloud target and pressing “Restore”. DRaaS provides organizations an ability to make operations resilient against any kind of outage, replacing downed systems, applications, and data, with cloud-based counterparts that work with operations like their on-prem counterparts.
We’re talking about creating a mirror of production, so establishing and implementing a DRaaS plan is going to involve a copious amount of detail.
There are many specifics you’ll need to address as part of properly planning a DRaaS implementation. Consider the list below as just a sample of all that needs to go into planning DRaaS:
- Business Requirements – What does the business need to consider itself operational?
- Workloads – What constitutes each workload and how critical is it to the business?
- Recovery Objectives – How quickly do you need to recover a given workload and how much production data can be lost?
- Dependencies – Do any of the workloads require directory services, or another application to already be running?
- Cloud Requirements – Do you have the proper infrastructure, low enough latency, and ample connectivity to your cloud-based recovery target?
- Plan Testing – How often will you test the plan and what constitutes a successful plan?
- Automation – Will you be using automation to achieve a consistent DR result?
- Staffing – Who will be performing the recovery and do they have the expertise to oversee the process?
The list above is by no means exhaustive, but it does make the case that this will be an extremely detailed process for most organizations. Even if you have DRaaS in place, if you haven’t worked through some of the details above, it may be time to rethink your DRaaS strategy by looking at the current plan and identifying ways of optimizing it.
Here’s a few ways to get started:
- Get Input – Ask executives, line of business owners, and a DRaaS partner to provide perspectives on what it’s going to take to truly make the business operational quickly.
- Know Your Limits – Most internal IT organizations aren’t masters of recovery; they know how to keep platforms running and how to restore data, but not necessarily how to recover the entire environment.
- Get Help – Consider using a Cloud Service Provider that specializes in DRaaS; one that already knows what details are necessary, and can use them to craft a tailored DRaaS strategy that ensures business resilience.