Making the most of Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) requires that you pay particular attention to how your data is being replicated and the end destination cloud environment. Let’s say you’re already committed to Microsoft products like Windows and Office 365. Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform is an obvious choice, right? Of course. But there are other, less obvious reasons why Azure might be your best bet for a secure data protection environment. Before we explore those reasons, let’s review the basics of DRaaS:
Next, let’s take a quick look at three DRaaS scenarios where Microsoft Azure shines:
Your organization may require data to be stored in specific geographic areas. Microsoft has global data centers in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa, enabling Azure to meet location-specific data requirements worldwide. As you shop for an Azure for DRaaS provider, always confirm that the data-storage location aligns with your specific compliance and regulatory requirements.
If you’re still using tape drives for backup, Azure for DRaaS can transform your business continuity program and greatly reduce the time it would take to get your business back up and running after an unplanned outage. Tapes remain a reliable choice for data archiving, but it can take days or weeks to restore mission-critical systems from tape.
Cloud DR can be configured with near real-time failover, keeping your most vital IT systems running without disrupting your business. If you’re ready to expand or replace an aging tape or optical disk backup system, it may be a perfect time to switch to Azure.
Disaster Recovery used to be cost prohibitive and only accessible for enterprise giants. Today, the cloud is a game-changer and Azure is an ideal fit for small to midsized enterprise organizations that have the same requirements for 24×7 availability but only have limited resources or skill sets. Moreover, if you have a tight budget or relatively simple DR requirements, the Azure service can prove practical and economical.
After you’ve assessed your entire IT environment and determined your recovery time and recovery point objectives, you’re ready to implement DRaaS to Azure. Your disaster recovery infrastructure will consist of technologies for virtualization, management, and replication on the original site. Your recovery site will have a cross-platform design enabling automatic failover and bi-directional migration to and from the Azure environment. The five key components of implementing DR on Azure include:
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DRaaS with Azure might seem straightforward, especially for Microsoft power users. But replicating systems in the cloud and making sure they deliver in a crisis is anything but simple—no matter which technology brands are the best fit.
CBTS has decades of data center experience and highly-trained DRaaS experts who will design, build, test, and manage your backup system. You enjoy all the cost, flexibility, and security advantages of the cloud without having to worry that a system crash or hacking attack will paralyze your organization.
Contact the disaster recovery experts at CBTS to get started on your Azure DraaS Environment