By Dan Timko, Chief Strategy Officer, Cloud Backup at J2 Global
When it comes to protecting data, industry best practice is to follow the 3-2-1- rule: three copies of your data on two different forms of media with one offsite. Accomplishing all of this on your own is no mean feat, especially if you have to meet short recovery point and recovery time objectives (RPOs and RTOs). As a result, many organizations are turning to providers who offer backup-as-a-service (BaaS) and disaster recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS).
Unfortunately, not all BaaS and DRaaS offerings are created equal. And even when you’re dealing with a high-quality provider, it can be difficult to decide whether to go with BaaS, DRaaS or even infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) as a back end for a data protection and disaster recovery system that you architect on your own.
We’re here to help with an on-demand webinar: Confusion as a Service – The Problem with Disaster Recovery and “as a Service” Offerings Today. Hosted by Nick Cavalancia of Techvangelism, the webinar taps into the deep BaaS and DRaaS expertise of Travis Evans, sales engineer with OffsiteDataSync, and Justin Giroux, inside systems engineer with Veeam.
For more detail, definitely watch the video, but I can give you a brief overview of what the webinar has to offer.
Why use a service for backup and disaster recovery?
So, why entrust data protection to a service provider in the first place?
For starters, backup is a time-consuming task that requires a lot of network and storage resources. By taking advantage of a service, there’s far less to manage. There’s no need to deploy and manage additional hardware to store backups, and the process itself is fully managed, which means no more babysitting backups every evening. System administrators can spend their time performing other more value-added tasks.
As for disaster recovery, in addition to the time and expense of maintaining a redundant data center, the process itself requires a fair amount of expertise to do it successfully, and, if ever you need to rely on your disaster recovery, it absolutely must work. Most IT professionals have never executed a failover in their entire career; if you’re with the right service provider, they likely conduct a couple of failovers every month. Should human error, a natural disaster or some other calamity take out your data, you’ll be glad you relied on experts for disaster recovery. Remember, it’s “easy” to back-up, but it’s hard to “recover”.
Choosing between BaaS and DRaaS
The next question is which service to use: BaaS or DRaaS-because backup is not disaster recovery? With BaaS, data is restored from compressed backup files, which can take hours to complete, depending on the amount of data in question. DRaaS, on the other hand, replicates the data to a system for nearly instantaneous failover.
Naturally, DRaaS is a more expensive option, so it’s important for IT to determine how much downtime the organization can sustain for each workload. If five minutes of downtime will seriously harm the business, that workload should be protected by DRaaS. On the other hand, if a few hours without it won’t really cause any harm, BaaS is the way to go.
Again, a good provider will help you work through these decisions to come to the best mix of services for your workloads and meet your business RPO/RTO’s.
Finally, make sure you’re working with a strong provider. Here at OffsiteDataSync, our BaaS and DRaaS offerings are built on Veeam, whose reputation speaks for itself. We’re the only global Platinum Veeam Accredited Service Provider and we’ve twice been named Veeam Partner of the Year, a designation we earned by delivering high-quality service to our customers. Our highly credentialed professionals provide professional services at a reasonable price, with flexible options, and we support public cloud integration, hybrid cloud environments and any of the major hypervisors.
BaaS and DRaaS don’t have to be complicated, so long as you work with experts who can provide you the counsel and services your workloads require. There’s no reason you need to endure confusion-as-a-service when, with OffsiteDataSync and Veeam, you have options.