3. Decreased infrastructure. Forget about having backup servers. You'll save a lot of cash because you no longer need to fork over for data storage and the attendant maintenance requirements. You can also free up some space or potentially close down your secondary backup site. The savings also extend to IT resources, freeing up IT staff for other tasks when they would have been running backups and testing data integrity. Your DRaaS provider should test and validate your backups regularly.
4. Flexibility. DRaaS solutions allow you to assess your business needs and work out which systems, or even parts of systems, you actually need to maintain. You can fine-tune your backup plan by selecting vital data to be backed up and specifying the recovery point objective that dictates the maximum gap between your most recent backup and a failure.
5. Only pay for what you use. Rather than going to the expense of a complete mirror site, like traditional disaster recovery plans, DRaaS allows you to specify the important systems and data. Since infrastructure resources are shared with other companies using the same DRaaS solution, you only need to pay for what you actually use. There is no wasted capacity or inefficiency.
6. Complete mobility. Thanks to virtualization you can keep key systems up and running in the cloud even if the primary site is out of commission. As long as your staff has access to the Internet they can get back to work. This affords you complete mobility to move to another site or even allow people to work from home in the short term. In the event that your building is destroyed or contaminated this is a real life-saver.
7. An enhanced reputation. We've saved it for last, but it could very well be the most important reason of all. To withstand a disaster and keep things running is no mean feat and you can be certain that your clients and customers will appreciate it. If your competitor goes down in the face of the same disaster and lacks your DRaaS solution then you may even find that you gain a few new customers.
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