You know your business needs a disaster-recovery solution for your data, applications, and operating systems. You’ve heard the horror stories: power failures, cyberattacks, human error, and natural disasters crippling companies’ operations and permanently destroying their mission-critical data. You know your company needs a contingency plan—before one of these disasters strikes.
There Is No One-Size-Fits-All Solution for Disaster Recovery
But what exactly would a successful “Disaster Recovery” mean for your organization? If you’re like many of the thousands of businesses OffsiteDataSync has helped over our 20-year history, you probably haven’t given much thought to recovery questions like these:
- If a ransomware attacker locked us out of our network companywide, which data would be the most urgent for us to recover?
- What’s the longest time period we could go without access to our mission-critical data before it hurt our operations? Our revenue? Our reputation? Our regulatory compliance?
- Would we want all of our data and apps to have the same Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs)? Or would it make more economic sense to set different recovery plans for different types of data?
- What logistical and technological factors would we need to account for—application dependencies, hardware needs, cloud security—that could affect our ability to quickly recover our digital assets in an emergency?
The Good News: Deploying DRaaS Is Easier than You Think
You probably don’t have the resources to build and oversee a full-time secondary data site to replicate your entire digital environment, at all times, just in case you face a disaster onsite and need to access important data or systems remotely. In reality, however, this wouldn’t be your best option anyway.
The Right DRaaS Solution
Veeam Software is widely considered the leader in cloud data management solutions, including data availability and disaster recovery. The company’s backup and replication offerings have earned nearly perfect customer ratings from sites such as Spiceworks and TrustRadius.
With Veeam’s DRaaS solution, called Veeam Cloud Connect Replication, you’ll receive:
- Offsite VM replication – for fast disaster recovery of your data
- One-click failover – either for specific VMs or for the full site
- A hypervisor-agnostic infrastructure – offering failover capabilities for VMware and Hyper-V
- Aggressive recovery times – allowing you to access your mission-critical data in minutes
- Instant file-level recovery – for nearly effortless retrieval of lost or corrupted files
- Configurable WAN acceleration – to move select data offsite up to 50x faster, while using 20x less bandwidth
- Fully customizable rules for replication jobs, RTOs and RPOs – so you can easily set and adjust recovery objectives for different types of data
- Recovery assurance – with support for replica and failover testing
- Pay-as-you-go pricing – so you pay only for the bandwidth you use, and can scale your service up or down
How the Veeam DRaaS Solution Works
Establishing offsite replication jobs with the Veeam DRaaS solution is a simple task you can perform in minutes from your Veeam Backup and Replication console. You can set up multiple jobs, each with different parameters, according to the varying levels of urgency you assign to different types of data.
For example, you might want to establish a job to replicate your Microsoft Exchange data only every couple of hours, and a separate job to replicate your mission-critical file-server data more frequently. Here’s how this process works:
- When you submit a replication job in your Veeam Backup and Replication console, Veeam sends a request to the cloud gateway to access the host—your Veeam cloud service provider—via a TLS encrypted secure connection. From there:
- The cloud gateway passes the details of your replication job to your service provider’s Veeam backup server. VM data from your machine is transported via the cloud gateway to the cloud host—again, this is your Veeam service provider managing your DR environment on their cloud.
- At any time, you can log into your Veeam Backup and Replication console to monitor the health of your VMs and replication jobs. You can also run tests of your environment anytime from your console, to identify possible technical weaknesses in your ability to quickly recover digital assets in an emergency.
- In the event of a disaster in your own digital environment, when one or several VMs become corrupted, you can failover to VM replicas on the cloud host.
Businesses require a robust disaster recovery plan to ensure data isn’t lost due to human error, hardware failures, cyberattacks, and more. With all the options for getting started on this plan, what would work best for your business? After reading this technical walkthrough, you will learn:
- What is included in Veeam’s Disaster Recovery as a Service platform
- How the Veeam Disaster Recovery as a Service solution works
- Options for setting up your Disaster Recovery infrastructure
Included is the option for a free Disaster Recovery as a Service evaluation with an OffisteDataSync Solutions Architect.