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November, 2017, Vol. 16, No. 9

DRaaS providers: Four key capabilities to screen for

Disaster recovery as a service lets organizations of all sizes, some for the first time, create rock-solid disaster recovery strategies that are both cost-effective and easy to verify as workable. Within just a few years, DRaaS has evolved from an interesting concept to a full-fledged market with many DRaaS providers claiming to offer products. Sorting through this maze is an overwhelming task for busy IT professionals. Most DRaaS offerings work by either replicating or backing up a business's data to a cloud data center. Such data centers can be purpose-built for the task and owned by DRaaS vendors or their partners. Or they can be a public cloud provider the customer or DRaaS provider contracts with to support the effort. In either case, the DRaaS offering has two essential components. The first is cloud storage to store a copy of the organization's data. The second is cloud compute, so that in the case of a test or disaster, the provider can host the organization's applications. Beyond this simple description, DRaaS providers...

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