Originally published to Cloud Post by Shea Long
Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) is emerging as a fundamental component of the cloud services landscape because it provides a way to protect against data loss from your own servers or from other cloud services. The two primary types of DRaaS are cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-server. Each has unique benefits but are both part of the broader DRaaS solution set that is growing in popularity.
Large enterprise organizations are not the only ones buying DRaaS. Mid-sized companies can reap the benefits too. The big benefit that drives interest is risk mitigation. No one wants to be caught without the ability to recover their data in the event of a crash. DRaaS is also growing because companies recognize the substantial cost of unplanned downtime. IDC, a market research, analysis and advisory firm, has uncovered that the average revenue lost per hour of downtime in midsize companies is significant: nearly $60,000 for manufacturing firms, $158,000 for healthcare businesses and $400,000 for retail businesses. A significant storm, single lightning strike, and even human error can put an entire operation at risk.
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