Forrester Survey Reveals High Demand for DRaaS
Sixty-three percent of businesses rated disaster recovery as a high or critical priority. Many of these companies feel they simply don’t have enough in-house expertise to put together a solid disaster recovery plan that will truly work when disaster strikes.
Very few small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) come even close to having enough resources for disaster recovery in-house. Or if the IT department has those resources, employees are so bogged down with everyday operations, that they don’t have the time or budget to set up an effective disaster recovery plan.
Growing Demand for DRaaS
According to Forrester, the increasing demand for DRaaS is especially influenced by regulatory pressures, compliance, and responsibility to stakeholders. While those are the highest priority concerns, the cost of downtime is another major issue businesses want to address.
A single disaster could mean the end of business for good, and SMBs are aware of that. In fact, about half of SMBs that experience a data loss incident of more than a couple of days never recover. Whether struck by a natural disaster such as a hurricane or a technical issue leading to system failure, in a perfect world, SMBs should be able to recover lost data at any point in time.
Effective Disaster Recovery Planning
But safeguarding the enterprise with effective disaster recovery protection is cost-prohibitive for most businesses. That’s why DRaaS is quickly gaining traction. Forrester’s survey shows that most businesses can only afford to set DR as a percentage of their overall IT budget, which usually isn’t high in the first place, especially when building a duplicate data center for failover.
Since SMBs have to make do with what they have, many don’t set up an adequate disaster recovery plan. And with lack of funds or resources, firms do not test their disaster recovery plan frequently, a vital part of ensuring that systems will actually work and data can be recovered if a disaster strikes.
According to the survey, SMBs face multiple consequences as a result of inadequate disaster recovery planning: a severe productivity drop since employees can’t work, a heavy hit on revenue, major damage to reputation, and a drop in customer loyalty as word gets out that the company can no longer deliver services.
DRaaS: Affordable DR Protection
DRaaS addresses these concerns by simplifying disaster recovery and making it more affordable for SMBs. With a direct-to-cloud DRaaS, the need to wait for replacement hardware is eliminated making it a true DRaaS-ready solution—the ability to immediately spin up servers and run applications in the cloud to keep business running.