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Beware of hidden gotchas in DR-as-a-service options
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of June 2017, Vol. 16, No. 4
The cloud has successfully captured much of the backup, archive and disaster recovery services and products once marketed exclusively to tape and disk. While enterprises and a lot of smaller businesses still require local backup, many also keep a copy of important data off site in a cloud repository service. This has resulted in an explosion of providers, many of whom are focused on cloud-based services rather than more traditional captive-equipment approaches. In addition, DIY setups let you use DR software to access a directly rented public cloud storage space. It's often difficult for administrators to determine their priorities and needs before looking at the cost of any particular cloud-based disaster recovery, often referred to as disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS). What they find is that a few vendors -- such as Axcient, IBM, iland and Microsoft -- provide a wide set of features, which can be important as needs change. The best featured services aren't necessarily the most expensive. Because these DR-as-a-service ...
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