Azure creates a powerful DRaaS environment

July 23, 2018
Brian Mescher

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 the DR data protection environment. Before we explore those reasons, let’s review the basics on DRaaS:

  • Instead of handling all disaster recovery on your own, you partner with a managed services provider that runs DRaaS in the cloud and carries the ownership of success.
  • Your DRaaS provider designs, documents, tests, implements, and manages the solution around the clock with trained specialists.
  • The solution replicates your IT systems on virtual machines (VMs) in the cloud. In the event of an outage, your provider conducts a failover to these VMs in the secondary site.
  • Instead of investing millions in a dedicated duplicate data center, you pay a predictable monthly fee based on the compute, storage, and bandwidth you use. For many IT organizations, switching from CapEx to OpEx creates substantial cost savings.
  • Cloud storage often provides better security and scalability than you can accomplish on your own, improving your security posture and ability to address complex compliance and regulatory requirements.

Next, let’s take a quick look at three DRaaS scenarios where Microsoft Azure shines:

You have regional compliance requirements

Your organization may require data to be stored in specific geographic areas. Microsoft has data centers in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa, enabling Azure to meet location-specific data storage requirements worldwide. As you shop for a DRaaS provider, always confirm that the data-storage location is compliant.

You’re using a legacy backup system

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 good choice for data archiving, but it can take days or weeks to restore systems from tape.

Cloud backup can be configured with near real-time failover, keeping your most vital IT systems running without disrupting your business. When you’re ready to expand or replace an aging tape or optical disk backup system, that’s a perfect time to switch to Azure.

You have a specific business need

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.

Partnering with CBTS for DRaaS

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.

Download our free eBook to learn how to build a disaster recovery program in Microsoft Azure—and find out how the experts at CBTS can help.


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