In disaster recovery, one size doesn’t fit every company, every budget, or even every IT workload that you need to safeguard.  Flexibility is the key.  But research indicates that nearly half of all companies don’t have a disaster recovery solution in place at all.  That is surprising because the stakes are higher than most people realize.  Ninety-three percent of all companies that experience a server letdown without a recovery plan in place go out of business in five years or less, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

When the Sky Falls

Most people focus on natural disasters, like hurricanes and tornados, yet most catastrophes are caused by power, hardware, network or software failures and even human error.  If you think that you are safe based on your distance from the ocean, think again.  Operational failures are your most likely threat. They are all around you, and they are more common than you think. In fact, one in three companies has declared a disaster in the past five years.  So, if one in three companies will have an unfortunate turn of events and one in two, does not have a plan—pardon the pun, but that is a recipe for disaster.

As a manager of aggregation, infrastructure & managed services at CDW, I’ve come across my share of potential clients who won’t pull the trigger on implementing a Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) plan because they are stuck on the costs or timing involved with taking their servers down temporarily. This is where my expertise in DRaaS can be of use. I work with providers to get a deep understanding of their offerings and best match those offerings to each specific customer’s needs.

If getting started is such a major hurdle, I usually recommend that organizations start by trying first to achieve base-level compliance with business or industry regulatory standards, protect standard workloads and then address those business-critical production workloads that have little tolerance for downtime. This way, companies can choose the right level of protection based on business requirement, budget and infrastructure.

Before You Take Cover, Take Note

When selecting the right recovery solution for your company, IT managers should:

  1. Seek continuous data protection. An ideal feature to hunt for in a brand is the replication of data as it changes — in real time not through periodic backups — to minimize data loss in the event of an outage.
  2. Prioritize providers that route orchestration and automation retrieval services to get applications back up and running in order of importance and as quickly as possible.
  3. Opt for a solution that can be implemented on a wide range of existing infrastructure without changes no matter where it’s running; on-premises, colocated or in a cloud.

One great example of a CDW DRaaS partner that emphasizes both a flexible services model and a great standing on all CDW partnership requirements is Peak 10.  Its Recovery Cloud, a Cisco-powered DRaaS offering, delivers three tiers of capability, which allows me to choose the best tier for the customer need around specific time objectives and offer greater flexibility to my customers.

For example, the first tier of Peak 10, Recovery Cloud Essentials, is a great way to get started with disaster recovery.  The second tier, Recovery Cloud Prime, establishes the safeguards required for most of today’s business-critical production workloads. Finally, the third tier, Recovery Cloud Premium, supplies disaster recovery capabilities required for demanding workloads with little tolerance for downtime.  In the event of a failover, premium provides the muscle needed for complex or very large systems, or when the top-end performance offered by dedicated compute resources and all flash storage are needed. Additionally, in preparation for a calamity, the tiers can be combined to create a tailored, cost-effective infrastructure that adds the right protection for every application – from least-critical to most-critical workloads.

Understanding the options for creating and executing a DRaaS blueprint can transform disaster recovery from something that you should have, to something that you can have. There is a peace of mind that comes with knowing that you can salvage your records in a data center with 99.999% availability. At CDW, we can help our customers gain confidence in a DRaaS plan for any business, in any infrastructure and on any budget.

Want more information about Peak 10’s Disaster Recovery as a Service tiers? Reach out to your CDW account manager today.

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