How Does DRaaS Protect End-Users?

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is becoming one of the most popular methods for data centers to not only solidify their disaster recovery strategies, it is all becoming a go to method for general data protection. It provides quick, efficient and frequent backups of applications that enable organizations to meet the demands of application owners. But those same efficiencies also enable IT to provide rock solid protection of end-user desktops and laptops.

Why Protect End-User Devices?

It’s hard to believe that the organization needs convincing that end-user devices need protection. The problem is there are so many of those devices and most IT staffs are overwhelmed with their current responsibilities. Adding such a big responsibility on them seems like too much.

The threat to end-user data is more serious than ever. While the age old problem of media failure, laptop loss and laptop theft remains as valid as ever, new threats like ransomware present a daily risk to the unique data stored on these devices. It is important to remember that while servers remain safe and secure within a data center, laptops are exposed to the real-world, and it’s a jungle out there. One misplaced cup of coffee or click on the wrong email can cause the loss of critical organizational information that may not be available anywhere else.

The problem is devices are not only more vulnerable than ever, they are also carrying more unique copies of data than ever. Today’s laptops can store TBs of information and have processing power that rivals many of the servers within the data center. Most studies indicate that over 50% of an organization’s data is outside the data center and most likely it is on end-user devices like laptops and tablets. While there may be a version of this data stored somewhere in the data center, it is not the most recent copy.

The End-Point Protection Problem

The problem is how to protect these devices without burying IT with even more tasks. DRaaS may be the solution. The limited bandwidth of the Internet forced DRaaS solution providers to be innovative in their efforts to protect and recover data. It forced them to master capabilities like block level backup and recovery in place restores.

These innovations created a new market that enterprises around the world are using to meet their disaster recovery requirements, and to improve recovery point and recovery time objectives. These same innovations translate well into the process of backing up end-user laptops. With DRaaS, it does not matter where the user is as long as they have an internet connection, their device can be protected. And if they have a hardware failure, suffer a ransomware attack or their laptop is stolen, IT can quickly recover it.

With proper planning, IT can leverage the virtualized recovery capability of the DRaaS solution and create a virtual desktop instance of their laptop until a new system can be delivered to them.

Most importantly, laptops can be folded into the same data protection solutions and process that the organization’s servers are. No new software to learn, configure and support. Instead, they can use the same resources for server data protection they can for laptop protection.

StorageSwiss Take

One of the most compelling aspects of DRaaS is how well it solves other challenges facing the modern data center. Laptop data protection is just one example.

To learn all of the benefits that DRaaS brings to an organization, watch our on demand webinar, “DRaaS: Not Just for Disasters Any More”, to learn how DRaaS can help you:

  1. Recover from ransomware, stolen user laptops and other end user errors.
  2. Modernize infrastructure by easing hardware upgrades, testing new or upgraded applications, and even assisting organizations migrate applications to the cloud.
  3. Protect from minor disasters like storage system or server failure.
  4. Protect from any major disaster as well as provide peace of mind with compliance adherence and DR testing.

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Twelve years ago George Crump founded Storage Switzerland with one simple goal; to educate IT professionals about all aspects of data center storage. He is the primary contributor to Storage Switzerland and is a heavily sought after public speaker. With over 25 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS and SAN, Virtualization, Cloud and Enterprise Flash. Prior to founding Storage Switzerland he was CTO at one of the nation's largest storage integrators where he was in charge of technology testing, integration and product selection.

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