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Quorum 2015 Predictions: DR and DRaaS - Don't Fly too Close to the Sun


Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2015.  Read them in this series exclusive.

Contributed article by Walter Angerer, CEO, Quorum

DR and DRaaS: Don’t Fly Too Close to the Sun

You would be pretty worried if you didn't have fire safety and evacuation plans in your office, so why would you not put the same risk assessment strategy in place for your data?  2015 will be an important year for businesses as they look to the cloud to fulfill their disaster recovery (DR) needs. Disaster recovery as a service (DraaS) or cloud-based DR strategies are now making data, server and application recovery plans far less complicated and highly efficient for businesses in 2015.

Greater Adoption of DRaaS

DRaaS offers a flexible platform that uniquely empowers businesses to resume operations seamlessly in the event of a disaster-rather than simply recovering data-and achieve incredible value even in the absence of a disaster or data interruption event. Moreover, advances in DRaaS have enabled an industry-first: the ability for businesses to decide the level of protection at a server level; mission-critical servers can be set to recover instantly while other servers with less critical data might be set to recover at a longer RTO, creating incredible cost efficiency. Because DRaaS is easy to deploy and manage when compared with traditional non-cloud disaster recovery solutions, we can expect to see a rapid increase in adoption, particularly in the mid-market.

Faster DR Planning and Testing

One of the hurdles to most business continuity plans is that regular testing, just like the office fire alarms, must occur to ensure that everyone is prepared should a disaster happen. Communications, data, server and application recovery are often the key focus to disaster recovery testing. The testing process enables companies to conduct planned maintenance and also train staff in disaster recovery procedures. 

Traditionally tests have been complex and disruptive, and are far from popular. But a hybrid-cloud approach to DR has changed the testing landscape for the better, combining public cloud and SaaS automation software to make continuity planning easier than ever. Companies gain data backup, fail-over of servers and the ability to have a secondary data center at a different site to allow for regional disaster recovery.

With DRaaS solutions, there is also computing capacity on standby to recover applications if there is a disaster. This can be easily tested without impacting the production servers or unsettling the daily business routine.  A so called ‘sandbox' copy is created in the cloud which is only accessible by the system administrator. These copies are created on demand, paid for while being used and deleted once the test is complete. This makes testing simple, cost effective and does not disrupt the business.

Hybrid-based DR will be Big business for the Channel

As demand for next-generation cloud-based business continuity solutions accelerates, the channel is well-positioned to benefit from an explosion of lucrative opportunities. There are financial benefits to cloud-based testing.  Service providers regularly offer sliding scales for DR testing. Putting a DR solution in the cloud also means there isn't a redundant in-house infrastructure that is sitting unused most of the time. There is speculation that some traditional vendors are collaborating to provide a DRaaS solution by end of 2015.

The cloud gives small to medium-sized business the same capabilities that larger companies have had for years.  This means that no company has an excuse today not to have a BC/DR plan in place and test it regularly.  People learn by repetition, so just like fire drills we have to create practice DR drills, which are critical to a DR plan. If you don't, your business could be flying too close to the sun.


About the Author

Walter Angerer, Chief Executive Officer of Quorum.

Walter Angerer has nearly 20 years of experience in building and leading successful teams in storage, backup, and data protection. His vision and focus on quality and execution has built him a sterling reputation in the field. Quorum provides mid-size businesses with fool-proof disaster recovery plans, all without the complexity or high cost of data center replication. With the Quorum Hybrid Cloud Service, clients' recovery solutions are tested daily! And if disaster strikes, up-to-date VM clones of their protected servers take over. With just one click. 

Published Wednesday, January 07, 2015 6:55 AM by David Marshall
gatorchris - January 30, 2015 9:05 AM

I completely agree on the testing! I am in the healthcare industry and must comply to FDA, EU, and various other regulatory agencies. Solutions such as this allow for more frequent testing at very little cost to resources.  

Sean - January 30, 2015 10:36 AM

Excellent thoughts, Walter. Many analysts are forecasting a 52.04% growth in DRaaS in 2015 alone. The business value for faster recovery time and near limitless storage capacity on a cloud platform are becoming more pertinent as data grows and Moore's Law becomes an exponential reality.  

nw.itguy82 - January 30, 2015 12:52 PM

In the case of my company, we're pretty cloud averse, however DRaaS /Hybrid-Cloud is the exception.  You've got to ship your data offsite regardless of your solution, but to get it offsite, while providing near instant failover is a win-win for everybody involved.

Sosipater - February 3, 2015 10:26 AM

In SMB it is difficult enough shaking loose backup dollars, much less DR dollars, that I think that selling this in that market will be hard, but once it is established as a cost of doing business that things will get easier for everyone involved.

rtitworks - February 4, 2015 11:33 AM

This is a nice article summarizing the values of DRaaS.  I agree that converging technologies are making it easier and within reach for SMBs to design, implement and testing DR/BC solutions with limited resources.

ytrehod - February 4, 2015 11:59 AM

Very well written article and I agree with the insight for disaster recovery and "as a service". However my organization currently utilizes the on premise solution w/ OnQ systems and the "cloud base" is not a viable option for us in the foreseeable future.

StrikerTS - February 6, 2015 1:40 PM

I'll be very happy when we are able to move to DRaaS. The features and capabilities are very intriguing.

@VMblog - (Author's Link) - February 10, 2015 6:55 AM

Once again, how great is it to be a part of the virtualization and cloud industries? 2014 was another banner year, and we witnessed a number of fantastic technologies take shape and skyrocket. And I, along with many industry experts and executives, media

David Katz - February 18, 2015 3:18 AM

Great Product great people

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