Disaster recovery can be an effective way to move to the cloud more easily – TechCrunch

Operating in the cloud will soon become a reality for many businesses, whether they like it or not. Points of discussion with this shift often stem from unfamiliarity and discomfort with cloud operations. However, cloud migrations don’t have to be a full lift and shift.

Instead, leaders unfamiliar with the cloud should start moving their disaster recovery program to the cloud, which helps build familiarity and understanding before a full migration of production workloads occurs.

What is DRaaS?

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is cloud-based disaster recovery delivered as a service to organizations in a self-service, partially managed, or fully managed service model. The agility of DR in the cloud provides businesses with a geographically diverse location to perform failover operations and keep things as normal as possible after a disruptive event. DRaaS emphasizes speed of recovery so that this failover is as seamless as possible. In addition, technology teams can take some of the more taxing aspects of maintaining and testing their disaster recovery off their hands.

When it comes to disaster recovery testing, take extra time to teach your IT staff the ins and outs of the cloud environment.

DRaaS is a perfect candidate for a first step in the cloud for five main reasons:

  • Using DRaaS helps leaders get used to the ins and outs of the cloud before running a full production crew.
  • Test cycles of the DRaaS solution enable IT teams to see first-hand how their applications will operate in a cloud environment, helping them identify the applications that need a full or partial refactor before migrating to the cloud.
  • With DRaaS, technology leaders can demonstrate an early win in the cloud without risking full production.
  • The success of DRaaS helps to gain full support from stakeholders, board members and executives.
  • The replication tools DRaaS uses are sometimes the same tools used to migrate workloads for production environments – this helps the technology team practice their cloud migration strategy.

Steps to start your DRaaS journey to the cloud

Determine your strategy

Do your research to determine if DRaaS is right for you given your long-term organizational goals. You don’t want to go down the path to a single cloud environment if that cloud doesn’t align with your company’s short-term and long-term goals. Having cross-functional conversations between business units and with business leaders will help define and iterate your strategy.

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