The Importance of Cloud DRaaS Performance

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solves a lot of IT challenges, especially when trying to meet the organization’s need for a DR strategy. As a result, there is a glut of solutions in the market. Situations like Hurricane Harvey and Irma, which are impacting business in at least three states at the same time will push DRaaS providers to their limits.

Suddenly Performance Matters

Imagine a situation where a DRaaS provider successful in the South Texas Region or Florida has hundreds if not thousands of businesses declare in preparation for the impact of a storm. All of a sudden, that DRaaS provider’s compute and storage performance capabilities are put to the test. Massive amounts of data has to be prepared for startup and then compute resources allocated to run mission critical applications.

Then, a few days after the storm hits two situations arise. First, many businesses will realize they dodged the bullet and can fail-back to their primary data center. The other situation involves businesses that are not as fortunate. There are some enterprises that will run in the cloud for an extended period of time because their entire data center has been wiped out. In some cases, data centers and/or the businesses that house them will need major clean up. In others, they may be rebuilding from scratch.

For DRaaS vendors, a major, widespread geographic disaster is the worst case scenario. The performance of their cloud becomes critical. How fast can thousands of VM be prepared for activation and what will the performance of those applications look like during day-to-day use. Remember, the organization still needs to support their customers in other parts of the country. A provider using a purpose built cloud can respond directly to the impact by implementing more compute and storage IO performance as needed. A public provider may need to reconfigure its environment to meet those demands.

StorageSwiss Take

For organizations already impacted by Hurricane Harvey or Irma, they are already at the mercy of their chosen provider. Hopefully, those providers are responding to the needs of those businesses. For those watching the devastation caused by these storms, the time is now to learn lessons.

While DRaaS is an ideal cloud use case, there are key requirements that these solutions should provide to help the organization recover from disasters, great or small. To learn more about these requirements, join us for our live webinar “5 Keys for Next Generation DRaaS”.

In this live webinar we will introduce you to “DRaaS – The Next Generation” and show you the key elements a DRaaS solution must deliver in order to meet this challenge.


  1. Why cloud backup performance is a differentiator
  2. Why recovery performance varies from vendor to vendor
  3. Why ransomware has to be a key element of any DRaaS solution
  4. Why DRaaS needs to be available on-premises
  5. Why cloud security is more critical for DRaaS

Register now for the on demand webinar.

Attendees to this webinar will receive a copy of Storage Switzerland’s eBook “DRaaS 2.0 – How to Take DRaaS to the Next Level”.

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George Crump is the Chief Marketing Officer of StorONE. Prior to StorONE, George spent almost 14 years as the founder and lead analyst at Storage Switzerland, which StorONE acquired in March of 2020. In his spare time, he continues to write blogs on Storage Switzerland to educate IT professionals on all aspects of data center storage. He is the primary contributor to Storage Switzerland and is a heavily sought-after public speaker. With over 30 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS, 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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