SMB Cloud Migration Made Safer With DRaaS

Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) makes migration to the cloud easier by removing the threat of data loss or long, costly shutdowns.

  • June 25, 2021 | Author: Todd Hyten
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The COVID-19 pandemic helped to accelerate the migration/use of public cloud resources as businesses sought new ways to keep operations running with a remote workforce. According to market watcher IDC, the following segments had double-digit year-over-year growth from 2019 to 2020. 

  • Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS): +33.9 percent
  • Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS): +31.8 percent
  • System Infrastructure Software-as-a-Service (SISaaS): +22.4 percent
  • Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) +18.6 percent
SMBs are laying out some significant dollars on the public cloud too. According to Statistica, in late 2020, 35 percent of SMBs annually expect to spend between $600,000 and $1.2 million on public cloud services through 2021. Unburdening small IT departments with a move to cloud services is an easy win for SMBs. Cloud-based services also are easier to scale up (or scale down) to meet changing business needs. Fixed, predictable costs are another big plus for SMBs. 
 
Despite these advantages, there’s still resistance to cloud migration. A recent survey of SMB heads of security from IS Decisions found that 61 percent believe their data is not as safe in the cloud. With the prevalence of ransomware and malware attacks, that concern is understandable. 
 
However, that concern reveals an opportunity. Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) makes migration to the cloud easier by removing the threat of data loss or long, costly shutdowns. No doubt some SMBs think of storage and backup first—and DRaaS as “added” protection. But there is a good case for providing DRaaS:
  • Unlike traditional disaster recovery, there’s no need to purchase and manage alternate resources (servers and software) for failover. Instead, DRaaS moves that burden of cost and complexity to the provider. 
  • In the event of a data attack, SMBs don’t have to worry about the strain on people, processes and technology—recovery from the cloud provider is easy and efficient.
  • Other services can be bundled in DRaaS. StorageCraft Cloud Services, for example, can provide valuable features such as alerts, data replication and recovery orchestration.
For MSPs, StorageCraft Cloud Services is a highly flexible DRaaS solution. Providers can offer basic services which includes offsite secure storage and with full system restores. Premium services include virtualization of user systems so that in failover, the cloud can operate as a virtual workspace. Options exist to meet the needs of clients of any size. 
 
Whatever the benefits, knowing that data can be recovered quickly in a data disaster will be a big relief to SMB clients. With that security, an MSP may then find more opportunities to offer other cloud services—a win-win for both.

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