Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

As the IT dependence of companies increases, so does its necessity in implementing a disaster recovery plan even in the event of the worst-case scenario: a total or near-total shutdown of the affected enterprise.

Today, companies are exiting their over-reliance on local backup and adopting a more advanced Disaster Recovery (DR) approach based on cloud services. This approach allows organizations to create a tailored solution to best aligns with their existing infrastructure.

DRaaS

How we can help

For organizations using Axional software, we provide the expertise, technologies, and services that their DR plan needs to build a replication solution on our data centers. We apply a holistic strategy including people, processes, policies, and technologies focused on restoring the IT systems critical to supporting your business functions.
If you have processing and I/O intensive workloads, or mission-critical applications that require high availability, security and control, we offer you a dedicated hosting infrastructure, with dedicated hardware to ensure consistent network, CPU and disk I/O performance (Fully Managed Dedicated Servers 24x7x365).

Deister DR Services

Still the most common method for many mid-size companies is copying data to tape and transporting those tapes to an offsite location. Is a well proven method but in the event of a disaster, the recovery process is long, costly, and inefficient. The Recovery Point Objective (RPO) is a minimum of 24 hours for these traditional methods, with an even longer Recovery Time Objective (RTO) to restore manually from backup systems.

Additionally, a vital component to any DR plan is the testing conducted to ensure all of the capabilities are functioning properly. Traditional DR methods make this task extremely time consuming due to significant architectural work, and an immense amount of hardware and storage that is used in the DR solution.

Instead, we offer a fully managed DRaaS that provide failover to a cloud environment. The service contains three basic steps:

  • Images of the customer’s servers are created and stored as warm-standby VMs in our Data Center. A dedicated communication line is configured between both environments. During this process, IP addressing, VLANs and other elements are defined for the recovery environment.
  • Our technicians works with the customer to deploy a replication that continually copies data changes in the customer environment to the cloud. We offer two options (see table): Fast Recovery Time (HDR or RSS) and Medium Recovery Time (rsync). In both cases we store the current DB and the last back-up copy.
  • Upon declaration of a DR (or a test), the VMs are ready for use immediately. Customers then have access to their environment through a portal providing console access for any testing or management they need to perform.
    With this approach, IT personnel are no longer required to physically transport backups or begin their DR recovery process by manually rebuilding servers and loading backup files. The data and applications are stored, mirrored offsite, and server recovery is managed completely by Deister.
Replication method Technology Target

Communication

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Recovery Point Objective

(RPO)

Fast Recovery Time HDR DB Very high speed Ultra Low Recovery Point Objective. Our servers can act as Secondary servers of customer’s main server.
Fast Recovery Time RSS DB High speed Very Low Recovery Point Objective. Our servers can act as Tertiary servers of customer’s data center.
Medium Recovery Time rsync DB/Files Medium

Requires restoring DB backup and loading logical logs.

Our servers act as an off-site DR environment.

 

Benefits

All of these services and technological architectures can seem overwhelming, but the layout and arrangement of the services have key cost and operational benefits for organizations. The four major benefits include:

  • No new investment: There is little-to-no upfront investment required.
  • Ensured testing: Testing to make sure a Disaster Recovery plan is effective is vital for any organization. With traditional methods of DR, testing is a long and costly process. DRaaS enables non-disruptive failover testing. All the customer has to do is validate that applications perform and function as expected. The infrastructure we’ll be handled by us.
  • More flexible: DRaaS gives mid-sized businesses the ability to adapt to a changing IT environment and business needs. As the company grows, so does the scale of the service.
  • Pay-as-you-go: Companies can start by protecting a handful of critical servers and grow over time.

Those benefits, in addition to the cost-savings provided, allows companies to focus on the more immediate issues that affect day-to-day operations, leaving the safety of its data in the hands of qualified and certified professionals.