When Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) was first introduced its advantages were immediately obvious to the organizations that chose to use it. Namely the cost savings in not having to equip and operate a remote DR site. But limitations on performance, security and the lack of truly leveraging a hybrid cloud model kept many IT professionals on the sidelines. They, and even DRaaS early adopters, are looking to the next generation of the technology to perform to its full potential.
What is DRaaS 1.0?
Technologies like virtualization and recovery in place drove DRaaS 1.0, enabling service organizations to instantiate an organization’s applications in the service provider’s remote data center. Essentially the subscribing organization is renting both the remote data center and its available compute to be on standby in the event of a disaster. Different DRaaS solutions accomplished recovery in different ways; most backed up data to a local appliance and then replicated that data from the appliance to their data center or to a general purpose cloud provider.
In the event of a disaster or a DR test, data was either copied to the provider’s compute cluster or recovered in place on the provider’s backup storage. The customer could then map users in and they could resume their activities.
The Challenges of DRaaS 1.0
While DRaaS 1.0 was a significant step forward in providing high quality recoverability to a broad spectrum of organizations, it fell short in a few key areas. The first is performance, which most organizations assume is not even an option when dealing with cloud/remote backup. They learned performance was not only limited to the movement of data for backup, but also in how long it would take for the recover process to complete AND what the performance of the application would look like in its recovered state.
The second issue is security, always a concern when transferring data outside of the data center. Organizations learned that when and where encryption occurred and who owned the encryption keys varied widely between vendors.
The third issue is the inflexibility in determining where the DR destination might be. Most vendors force the use of their preferred location, be it the public cloud or their data center (purpose built cloud). In addition, many providers can not leverage the on-premises appliance to host applications in the case of a less severe disaster than a total data center wipe out.
Organizations Need DRaaS 2.0
DRaaS 2.0 is the next generation of DRaaS solutions that address these shortcoming. They provide performance at all levels including faster initial seeding, faster incremental backups, faster recoveries and better performance in the recovered state. They increased security by making sure data is encrypted both inside the organization’s primary data center, during the transfer of data and being stored in the cloud. Finally, they provide increased flexibility where recovery can occur, with options to recover within the on-prem appliance, in a private cloud or in a public cloud.
DRaaS is no longer a game of checkers, making sure that each provider checks enough of the right boxes. Instead it is a game of chess where organizations need to dig deeper and look for high performance, secure and flexible solutions that their present and future needs.
QuorumLabs, Inc. is headquartered in San Jose CA with offices all around the world. Quorum “Disaster Recovery as a Service” (DRaaS) solutions provide organizations with both local and remote instant recovery capabilities for their servers, applications and data. Quorum onQ provides the fastest on premises backup and recovery appliance combined with the most flexible DRaaS in the industry. This hybrid approach allows Quorum customers to enjoy high performance and cloud scale in a single product. To learn more, visit www.quorum.com/product for details.