Moving to the cloud is not an all or nothing proposition. Most organizations are, at some level, on a journey to the cloud, or as Gartner analyst Thomas Bittman says, “A journey to the mix.”1While some IT shops take the plunge and embrace the change with the grace of an Olympic high diver, most organizations find themselves dipping a toe in the shallow end for a phased-in approach.
If the latter seems familiar, you aren’t wrong. We’ve already seen a similar adoption trend with virtualization. But with the exception of legacy applications, virtualization was essentially a one-size-fits-all solution. A technology platform built to solve a variety of IT issues, the cloud is a different story altogether.
Why? Because moving to the cloud is much more variable in its advantages, and as a result, requires a discerning eye. Simply put, there are dozens of “right ways” to adopt cloud. From tenancy (hyperscale public vs. dedicated private) to payment model (pay-as-you-go vs. discounted reserved resources), the cloud offers an unprecedented degree of service flexibility.
So where to get started? Fortunately, there’s one business use case that perfectly showcases the advantages of the diversity of choice offered by cloud computing: Disaster Recovery.
Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)
When the decision comes down from the executive level that you will be required to add DR to your project list, are you really going to build and manage an additional data center for this requirement? Some (mostly larger) enterprises will, and it will be the right decision for them. But that’s an increasingly rare scenario.
That’s because the cloud has created a veritable buffet of cloud-based “as a service” offerings that can fulfill the same requirements without having to make heavy investments in both human expertise and IT infrastructure. Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is offered by many Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) around the globe, enabling organizations of all sizes to protect their business operations without committing to heavy capital expenditures.
Here at SingleHop, we have taken DRaaS a step further by offering a few ways to apply DR to your organization.
Standby DRaaS and Active DRaaS
Looking for a simplified DR solution to “check the box?” Standby DRaaS offers a pay as-you-go model in a private cloud environment, allowing the customer to pay for server resources they consume at the time of demand. Think of it like having a second data center “on call” and ready for action in the event of a critical failure. When the solution is in a “standby” state, only storage and software license fees are charged. SingleHop Standby DRaaS customers can dip their toes in the cloud without fully committing their IT budget.
Do you have more stringent compliance requirements or require dedicated resources for the most critical of workloads? SingleHop has a solution for that too. SingleHop Active DRaaS is an always available dedicated cloud environment for disaster recovery that protects your business with the strict recovery times and objectives. This purpose-built environment guarantees that virtualized workloads have the resources they need during an unexpected outage, backed up by an industry-leading SLA.
While both Standby and Active DRaaS offerings are based on SingleHop’s Private Cloud infrastructure, SingleHop also has the ability to enable hybrid cloud for your organization. Hybrid cloud combines the security and control of the SingleHop Private Cloud with economic and scalability benefits of public cloud offerings from Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure Cloud. By coupling SingleHop’s Managed AWS and Managed Azure offerings with SingleHop DRaaS, virtualized Disaster Recovery workloads can be placed where they make the most sense.
Like the cloud, Disaster Recovery isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. As a trusted partner in hybrid cloud and multicloud solutions, SingleHop can provide your organization with the guidance and expertise needed during its cloud journey.
References & Further Reading:
1. “The journey to the cloud is now about a mix of models, Gartner says.” Lauren Horowitz. Cisco.