Winter has Arrived – Get Prepared with Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

Posted on January 29, 2019 by Jeff Flanagan

The other week, Boston was hit with its first snow storm of the season. It included snow, rain, and then more snow, and left the city slick with ice. And it’s probably no surprise that these types of conditions can make equipment maintenance all the more difficult, and power outages all the more likely.

We’ve been lucky so far this year in terms of blizzards and snow accumulation. The latest storm is a friendly reminder – whether your region is facing record snowfall or just one bad storm, your organization’s disaster recovery plan needs to be ready.

This starts by:

  • Identifying mission-critical business applications and data. These are services at the top of your recovery priority list when something goes wrong. Understanding the key services and applications you must get back online, the order of their recovery, and the process of recovery helps to ensure that your business can continue doing business with minimum downtime.
  • Testing equipment, even if you’ve never had downtime. This means including equipment testing as part of your regular maintenance checks. This should cover physical on-site equipment such as generators. Work with your service providers to make sure they’re doing the same.
  • Being transparent with staff, even if they aren’t critical to your disaster recovery plan and protocol. When employees across all departments know exactly what to do when systems go down, you’ll be able to get back up and running as quickly – and efficiently – as possible.

But as the best service providers know, the needs of organizations are quickly changing. Not too long ago, IT departments were tasked with setting up multiple sites to meet specific disaster recovery requirements. This costs time, money and additional resources.

Today, as more organizations move to the cloud, so have disaster recovery solutions. Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) has emerged as a transparent, cost-effective, agile solution. With Markley DRaaS, organizations have access to a highly resilient and geographically diverse solution. You can replicate your on-premise, co-located, or cloud data center infrastructure to one or more secure, mission-critical cloud locations.

To learn more about DRaaS with Markley, connect with our team of experts today at info@markleygroup.com.