Disaster recovery as a server (DRaaS) is next big wave for the MSP community and if you are not offering it or considering offering it, many of your competitors will be more than happy to help your current customers with that. Here’s a quick look at the top five reasons to consider a DRaaS offering to your clients. By creating a DRaaS offering you will be creating a new profit center within your MSP practice.
1. Cost Reduction
Businesses understand that having a secondary location for data backup replication can be very costly. Between hardware, software licenses, co-location and the list goes on and on, can be reduced by using a DRaaS offering through an MSP. This type of offering can help to reduce and, in most cases, eliminate all these extra expenses:
The cost to mirror client’s production environment at the secondary location.
Monthly costs associated with a co-location provider for power, cooling, rack space and bandwidth.
Travel time for repairs or just to lay hands on equipment
Monitoring time and the cost to make sure equipment is fully patched for hardware, software and security updates.
2. IT Resources
In most cases a business using an MSP for DRaaS can deploy a solution that protects 100% of their systems within hours or days. A business trying to go at it on their own could spend weeks or months to just plan it out. This doesn’t even cover the time needed to implement, And in most cases, they never fully implement because of time and money.
3. Reduce Complexity
When a business reduces its complexity, they are inheritably reducing cost in their organization. If they were to go with a DRaaS solution, they could expect to eliminate all cost for that secondary location. Which would include hardware, administration, maintenance, etc.
4. Hardware/Software Agnostic
In today’s world businesses use different hardware and software platforms that make up their network. A true DRaaS offering can be deployed across multiple hardware and software platforms without any compatibility issues. Most DRaaS solutions can also include many different solutions that will work together in harmony.
5. Planning Software
Many businesses who attempt to implement their own disaster recovery solution in house never fully complete the project. I mean it’s easy to mirror their server infrastructure but after that they just kind of wing it or hit a roadblock because they’re not sure what it takes to make the solution complete. An MSP DRaaS solution should not only consist of hardware and software to backup and replicate a client’s environment, but the solution must have a written DR plan that gets tested at least once a year (if not more) depending on the client’s requirements.
DRaaS solutions integrated with PlanITDR will provide your clients with a total disaster recovery solution. You see, you are no different than your client. Parts of the backup and disaster recovery solution are easily replicated. The most difficult part of the DRaaS solution is being able to deliver actionable documentation along with the testing methods that prove your solution works. PlanITDR takes all the guess work out of creating a DR plan for your clients and testing those plans.
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