Mike Smith, President of AeroCom, Inc. didn’t think DRaaS was a good fit for small to midsize businesses until he did his own research which dispelled two myths he previously believed: DRaaS is expensive and all DRaaS services are similar. We are sharing highlights of his findings which were published in Network World.

For a couple of years, Smith notes that he dismissed DRaaS as not a good fit for small to midsize businesses. But one day in thinking about Gartner’s statistic that the use of DraaS is expected to grow by more than 200 percent by 2020, he decided it was worth doing some research of his own. Mike Smith took the time to arrange conference calls with around 20 cloud providers with a DRaaS solution in their product portfolio, to discuss their DRaaS service, one-by-one.

The first myth he proved wrong for himself is that DRaaS is expensive. Mr. Smith shares, “after discussing pricing with almost 20 DRaaS service providers, I learned there are five core pricing components of DRaaS service:

  1. Storage cost (of data stored in cloud backup environment)
  2. Bandwidth cost (of cloud backup environment)
  3. RAM cost (of backup environment’s servers)
  4. Compute cost (of backup environment’s servers)
  5. Licensing fees for backup software (i.e. Veeam, Zerto, etc.)

Some providers charge for all five components, every month, regardless of whether your backup environment is used or not (i.e. in an active or passive state). Others, however, only charge for storage and software licensing while your backup environment is passive, and then only charge for bandwidth, RAM and compute if your company moves into an active state. For these cloud service providers, DRaaS is about the same price as cloud backup, since (your company may already be paying for backup software), and you are only paying for data storage and software licensing.

Some DRaaS providers also have their own proprietary backup software and never charge you for software licensing. In this case, DRaaS is less expensive than plain-old cloud backup.”

The second myth he addressed was that all DRaaS offerings are the same. Smith lets his readers know that you really must self-evaluate your company’s DRaaS needs, then go find a service which best-matches your top requirements. Here are some examples:

  • “Some DRaaS services are only able to back-up your company’s VMs while others can back-up your physical servers too.
  • Some will only work if your company is using VMware for virtualization software on your servers. Others will also work with Hyper-V, etc.
  • Some offer data-center colo space for hybrid cloud needs.
  • Some specialize in large, custom solutions while others focus on small business.
  • Some offer an option for an on-site backup appliance and some do not.
  • All of them vary in initial setup, initial testing, long-term testing and ongoing administration and monitoring of the service.
  • Some solutions are designed to reduce your company’s recovery time objective (RTO) to seconds, while others are designed to reduce downtime to 4 hours.”

After completing his research, Smith concludes the Network World article by saying: “If your company does not have the means or expertise to have a mirrored server environment among multiple, geographically diverse locations, DRaaS is a cost-effective option to consider.”

Broadleaf provides DRaaS for small to midsize businesses. To learn more about our offerings, contact us by email or phone.

To read Mike Smith’s article, go to: https://www.networkworld.com/article/3220510/disaster-recovery/2-myths-i-believed-about-draas.html