Disaster Recovery as a Service

by Wally Moore

on November 11, 2019

in Disaster Recovery

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is an appropriate name for a remarkable business saving service in the worst of times for business!

Disaster Recovery as a Service may be an unfamiliar name for you.

If this describes you, keep reading! What you are about to learn may be one of the most important things you’ve ever learned for your business. It’s true.

Disastrous situations can come as a fire that damages your physical location. A disaster can come in like a flood or a theft of equipment. A disaster can also come from a data breach or a Ransomware attack. Disasters present themselves in many different ways.

A disaster can also come from a human mistake.

Hard-working employees can make a mistake and open an infected email. It happens all the time.

A McAfee report confirms ransomware is not going anywhere: Across all sectors, ransomware incidents increased by 118 percent during the first quarter of 2019. That’s a lot.

A question for all of us is, “Are we ready for a disaster?”

The answer to this question can be overwhelming for the owners and managers of businesses of all sizes, from Mom & Pop stores to small businesses (SMB) with just a few employees to large enterprise businesses with hundreds of employees who have found themselves on the nightly news because of a Ransomware attack or some other crisis they have to deal with publicly.

A hospital in California was forced to send patients to other hospitals.

These events happen all the time, but you don’t hear about them because they are under-reported. It happens much more than what we see in the nightly news or online.

You have to search for it, and if you do that, you’ll find the term cybersecurity is searched for 246,000 times every month. Search results like this one is a lot.

Downtime is common.

Downtime can be deadly. Downtime can put a business out of business.

One statistic notes that 60% of small businesses fold within six months of a cyber attack. There are many tragic examples of this on the internet.

Plan.

The best way to reduce downtime is to plan. What kind of planning? Planning that takes every aspect of your business into account. The kind of planning that gives you the ability to stay open for business no matter what happens.

Even the total physical loss (God forbid) of your building and all the electronic data you depend upon to serve your customers.

Good planning and a working, tested, Business Continuity plan will ensure your business will survive any misfortune that comes your way. It’s true. It can be done. It’s already been done. Business survival has been proven even after tornadoes destroyed everything.

Recovery is painful.

The average time it takes for a business to recover from a disaster is 18.5 hours, but 43% of businesses never recover.

Businesses that recover do so because they planned and tested their business continuity plan. They knew exactly what to do when the disaster struck.

It’s the knowledge of ‘knowing what to do’ that will save your business.

(Down) time is money.

Did you know that an hour of downtime costs $8,000.00 for a small company, $74,000.00 for a medium company, and $700,000.00 for a large enterprise? If your business survives a disaster, you can count yourself lucky, or prepared, or both because 4 out of 10 businesses do NOT survive.

What could happen?

Planning for a disaster must include disasters of all types and sizes: fires, floods, fraud, ransomware, cyber-attacks, acts of terror, IT system failure, human error, and other terrible scenarios.

The type of disaster will vary, but the impact on your business is typical: data and operational downtime that is truly disastrous for you and potentially disastrous for the customers you serve.

Think about how far the ripples of a disaster will travel.

Your reputation as a business, the relationships you have with your customers, your income, and business vitality will be affected when disaster strikes. Our very lives are greatly influenced by the success or failure of our business.

The best offense is a good defense.

You must protect your business by understanding your vulnerabilities. Developing a business continuity plan will bring to the surface the vulnerabilities in your business.

You have to develop safeguards against the risks you face.

You have to prepare for the worst possible business disruption you can imagine with a business continuity plan and disaster recovery that will shield your data, protect your business, and keep your IT systems working, available, and reliable no matter what happens. No matter what? Really? Yes, no matter what!

Solutions

The strength to avert disasters and effectively handle the ones that occur starts with knowledge. As a business owner, of course, you know this. But you may not know how to go about developing a solution to recover from a disaster. That’s okay!

Let’s get you started on developing a solution right now.

The different types of business are too many to list. But a simple place to start for the discussion of disaster recovery says that all businesses can be grouped in one of three size categories — small, medium, and large.

The way you protect them from a disaster is to employ four different strategies.

Those strategies are:

1. Hardware

2. Software

3. Technical Expertise

4. Training

Here at DTS InfoTech, we are partners with Datto https://www.datto.com/, award-winning business continuity, and disaster recovery vendor. Datto has several products to choose from.

To keep it simple, we’re going to focus on just three of them for this post, although Datto has many products and services that will help you survive a disaster.

We’ll shine a little light on each one, just so you get a feel about what is available for your business, no matter what size (small, medium, or large) your business is.

We should point out here at the beginning that as your business grows, datto products can grow and scale with you. Scaling and growth are important.

Datto ALTO

Datto ALTO

Small and mighty, Alto is a plug-and-play appliance that can be up and running in minutes and managed through a simple web-based management console. Alto will keep your small business running during a disaster through instant recovery to the cloud.

The best thing we can say about Datto technology is that it works every time. We have real-life customer disaster stories where Datto Alto saved the day.

Your data is protected at your physical location in this physical device with frequent backups, plus your data is replicated to an offsite cloud location – and if disaster strikes, your data is instantly available in Datto’s secure cloud.

Datto SIRIS

Datto SIRIS

Medium and mighty, All-in-one Business Continuity, built to ensure your business is always on and resilient to disasters, Siris is an all-in-one solution that includes verified data backups, restore options for ANY scenario, instant virtualization, and ransomware protection. All backed by Datto’s private cloud.

Datto NAS

Datto SIRIS

Large and mighty, Network Attached Storage (NAS) platform for business continuity in local, virtual, and cloud environments.

With Datto NAS, Windows, Mac, and Linux can all work together! You can protect large datastores and applications that require non-server storage like video, audio, or image files.

Datto NAS is perfect for File Sync and Share (FSS), where files are stored and available on the network in your protocol of choice, providing a single abstracted storage location across operating systems.

Protect your business.

Your disaster recovery plan must ensure that your entire business infrastructure can be recovered within minutes. Minutes? Yes! Minutes. Not hours or days.

Your business must have a holistic, integrated disaster recovery plan that is reliable, simple, and quick.

Disaster Recovery as a Service, from DTS InfoTech, offers a part of your overall disaster recovery plan that is visible, scalable, and affordable. Affordability is important.

Business-critical data, systems, desktops, servers, and your entire infrastructure must be protected and recoverable.

If disaster strikes, your entire infrastructure is up and running in minutes, empowering you to continue your business operations without losing any data, incurring any damage, or experiencing any downtime.

Get Disaster Recovery as a Service with Datto and DTS InfoTech.

We’re good at the four strategies we mentioned earlier: Hardware, Software, Technical Expertise, and Training. Seriously, we are, and we can prove it.

We also know how intimidating technology can be, we make a living helping people just like you who have questions about all things technology, and that includes disaster recovery.

Most small businesses do not have the technical resources or time to understand all this geek stuff. If this describes you, we can help.

If you would like more information about disaster recovery give us a call, we’re always happy to chat, and the call is free!

Read: I Don’t Need A Data Backup And Security Audit .

Dedicated to your success,

Wally Moore

Business Development Manager

dts|infotech . . . secure computer networks that work

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