Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is a turn-key solution that Handy Networks manages end-to-end including
- the primary environment
- the failover environment
- the firewalls of both sites
- the storage of both sites and the replication
Handy Networks jointly works with clients to establish criteria, such as:
- What exactly is a disaster that would lead us to failover?
- What does the process look like for a planned or an unplanned failover?
- What does the process look like for a planned or an unplanned failback?
- What does the process look like for doing all of these things?
Every mature organization has disaster recovery requirements. A lot of people can be intimidated by the complexities of just managing infrastructure that spans multiple states and needing to constantly monitor things like SAN replication and snapshots.
Sometimes companies that are offering DRaaS are using third-party vendors. That’s not always a bad thing. And for some companies, it can be a very viable strategy to have someone that manages your DR environment in Microsoft Azure for example.
However here’s the key point:
You don’t have disaster recovery unless you routinely test your disaster recovery plan.
In major enterprises, that testing can mean teams of 20 or 30 people locked in a conference room for a weekend, walking through the steps, and validating something every step of the way. For smaller organizations, it might be a much simpler process, much less time consuming, and involve far fewer people. Make sure that it’s possible to get the DR site up and running, and functional in the RTOs and RPOs that have been defined in your company’s business requirements.
How confident are you in the company’s disaster recovery plan? When as the last time your team fully tested that plan? If you’re concerned that your company may not be doing what it needs to for protecting against catastrophic, business-threatening IT interruptions, now’s the time to be proactive about addressing this risk.