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Looking Under the DRaaS Hood

Too often when you’re in the market for a new or upgraded IT capability, it’s by necessity, because your operations have been thrown into crisis by some sort of failure and you need a solution now.

In resolving disaster recovery and business continuity crises, you’ll likely end up with an ‘as a service’ solution, since you can get it up and running quickly with little or no CapEx. And, especially if you’re in crisis, you may think all DRaaS solutions are alike.

They’re not. So as you (re)consider DR strategies and the cloud services you’ll use to implement them, take a look under the DRaaS hood. Evaluate the service’s enabling technologies.

Although enterprise-class disaster recovery technologies have been with us since the broad adoption of virtualization, many were designed to protect physical servers using storage-based replication, not virtual machines. A lack of integration between these older configurations and virtualization platforms adds significant complexity to these technologies.

I suggest you opt for a DR solution that’s explicitly designed for virtualized environments.

These integrate replication (including replication of multiple hypervisors), recovery orchestration, and automation into a single solution that enables replication and recovery to and from any storage between any kind of cloud environment — public, private, and/or hybrid.

A trusted technology advisor can help you find the DRaaS technologies that fit the needs of your enterprise.

Meet the Author
Tim Burke is the President and CEO of Quest. He has been at the helm for over 30 years.
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