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3 Proven Reasons Why DRaaS+ is a Worthy Business Investment

02/16/2023

Every business has a different level of tolerance for risk, and there’s plenty of risk out there. But the fact of the matter is that after a disaster, 40% of businesses do not reopen, and 25% of those that make it through will fail within one year. In the world of technology, we think of disaster as a beast with three heads: natural disasters, security breaches and infrastructure failures.

 

Involta’s NextGen Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS+) is designed to protect businesses from many of these real scenarios. In our experience over the past 15+ years, we’ve seen three common scenarios that make the case for getting a DR plan in place as soon as possible.

1. DRaaS+ ensures that your business can bounce back after disaster

Iowa sits pretty close to the center of the United States. It’s about as far away from the coast as possible, so hurricanes are not something that Iowans worry about. Tornados, straight line winds, blizzards? Definitely—but not hurricanes.

At least, this was the case until a derecho storm whipped through the Cedar Rapids area during the summer of 2020. The region lost power, and over 1,000 buildings were severely damaged. Business ground to a halt and the Involta team worked tirelessly to get work environments back online.

Businesses in Iowa never planned for a storm of this magnitude, and those that had DR plans in place fared better and bounced back faster than many others. Involta DRaaS+ is designed for exactly this type of situation. It covers your bases and protects your business for the long haul. It’s a worthy investment in your company’s future.

2. DRaaS+ supports, enhances and protects your backup solution

We’re no strangers to IT security at Involta, and our team of experts is equipped with an arsenal of cyberwarfare defense technologies. The biggest offender? Ransomware. The best defense strategy? SOC Services, Backup + DR. Backups ensure your environment can be restored to a certain point in time before an attack, but sophisticated bad actors can infect your backups, too.

Involta DRaaS+ leverages specialized software (from our partners at Zerto and VMWare) that adds layers of protection that prevent ransomware from reaching replication journals from prior to the infection. This allows us to access the environment from 5 minutes before the attack without the risk of restoring corrupted data.

Having a backup solution in place and protecting it with Involta DRaaS+ means you’ll be ready for anything. That piece of mind is immeasurable.

3. DRaaS+ protects your business in the event of a hardware failure

What happens if your production compute cluster goes down, and parts are hours or days away? Or a power source fails? Or a storage array becomes corrupted? Today’s IT infrastructure is incredible, but it’s not 100% indestructible. Hardware failures still happen from time to time.

Having a tested and validated DR plan also protects your business from unexpected and non-malicious failures to your infrastructure. These events are (hopefully) few and far between, but an ounce of prevention will avoid countless hours of downtime and the high price tag that comes along with it.

Three Tiers of DRaaS+ = The Right Level of Protection for Your Business

Our three-tiered DRaaS+ model is designed to deliver the right services for securing your essential business systems and data at the right time. Whether you’ve got a highly sophisticated team that can manage day-to-day oversight and testing on your own or you want to tap Involta’s team of DRaaS experts to take this responsibility off your plate, we’ve got a solution that’s right for you. Check out our next blog for more information on selecting the right level of DRaaS+ for your business.

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