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As federal agencies and programs embrace an advanced cloud strategy, the need to establish a sound and tested disaster recovery plan is becoming even more crucial to mission success. Disaster recovery plans ensure data availability, business continuity, and reputational trust when a system interruption occurs. Nobody can predict exactly when a worst-case scenario will strike. A natural disaster, a compromised datacenter, or a system failure can come when you least expect it. That’s why a disaster recovery plan is a smart investment for savvy IT managers.

What is DRaaS?

Not every agency has the technical and wide-ranging know-how to implement a thorough disaster recovery plan in-house. In these instances (which are the norm for government cloud adopters), a remotely hosted disaster recovery service can fill the void. Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) protects business continuity across data and applications. It is a comprehensive backup service model that leverages cloud and on premise resources to safeguard the organization from outages or data availability failure – while outlining a clear roadmap for system failover and post-event recovery.

This two-sided approach helps build a resilient, secure infrastructure on one hand that’s capable of withstanding a barrage of cyber threats, while also having a detailed and rigorously scoped action plan in place for when data, software, or network failures occur. It’s highly likely that such an event will impact most organizations at some point. Will yours be ready? Just think of the operational, financial, and reputational impact if you’re left unprepared.

The advantages of using a DRaaS provider are clear:

  • A DRaaS provider eliminates the need for costly in-house servers, storage, security, replication software, redundant licenses, and more.
  • IT resources can be directed toward mission-advancing projects, rather than disaster recovery management.
  • Administration, upgrades, and maintenance are streamlined across the organization’s IT infrastructure.
  • DRaaS providers bring together a breadth of bundled services and wide-ranging expertise, meaning your organization is better protected and more prepared.

Lower cost, reduced complexity, and proven experience on-hand to guide you through the process are the largest benefits of a successfully-implemented disaster recovery plan with a DRaaS provider.

Business resiliency matters.

There’s a lot to consider when selecting a DRaaS provider, including what kind of legacy hardware and software your agency relies on, what your tolerance is for downtime (RTOs and RPOs) across data types, who is responsible for enacting recovery protocols, how sensitive information is transferred and handled, and more. An experienced DRaaS provider like GovDataHosting can walk you through these challenges and others to ensure your systems, data, and personnel are protected when disaster strikes. Discuss a DRaaS solution today and enjoy peace of mind with GovDataHosting.

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