Data Center POST: “DRaaS is a Cornerstone of the Cloud”


Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service is a Cornerstone of the Cloud

As published by Shea Long for Data Center POST on August 31, 2016 on 

Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) is emerging as a fundamental component of the cloud services landscape because it provides a way to protect against data loss from your own servers or from other cloud services. The two primary types of DRaaS are cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-server. Each has unique benefits but are both part of the broader DRaaS solution set that is growing in popularity.

Large enterprise organizations are not the only ones buying DRaaS. Mid-sized companies can reap the benefits too. The big benefit that drives interest is risk mitigation. No one wants to be caught without the ability to recover their data in the event of a crash. DRaaS is also growing because companies recognize the substantial cost of unplanned downtime. IDC, a market research, analysis and advisory firm, has uncovered that the average revenue lost per hour of downtime in midsize companies is significant: nearly $60,000 for manufacturing firms, $158,000 for healthcare businesses and $400,000 for retail businesses. A significant storm, single lightning strike, and even human error can put an entire operation at risk.

Gartner Research predicted that, “By 2018, the number of organizations using disaster recovery as a service will exceed the number of organizations using traditional, syndicated recovery services.”

Another reason for DRaaS’ growth is that more organizations are utilizing hybrid IT to balance the mix of IT services between a cloud provider and their own internal data centers. Hybrid IT provides organizations with more flexibility to scale up their storage and compute needs and shift workloads to the right resources, with the added benefit of having it all managed through a single pane of glass.

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Shea_Long_SVP Product TierPoint

Shea Long is SVP of Products at TierPoint.  He brings more than 20 years of Product experience to TierPoint and leads the strategic vision, development, revenue growth, and life cycle management of Cloud, Managed Services, Security, Disaster Recovery and Colocation services. Shea’s passion drives the creation of products that inspire and connect businesses, people and technologies while improving performance and creating opportunity.