Why is Cloud-Based DR So Popular?

September 19, 2013 by Diana Nolting

Sometimes it can seem disasters occur more frequently today than they did in the past, but is that the reality?

According to tracking by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the number of declared US disasters (both man-made and natural) is on the rise.  Based on declared disasters tracked by FEMA, the number of declared disasters rose 158% in the 1990s, compared to the 1980s, and the 2000s were up by 72% compared to the 1990s.  2011 saw the overall highest number of declared disasters since tracking began, a 124% increase over the year 2010. (All data courtesy of http://www.fema.gov/disasters/grid/year.)

To many, cloud has seemed an ideal fit for DR since it was first conceived and cloud-based DR and Recovery-as-a-Service has also been the hot topic recently. Part of the reason talk of DR and RaaS has amped up lately is not only due to the increase of disasters, but also due to the increased reliance on cloud and technology to achieve their business objectives and overall success. The more reliant the business becomes on technology, the more critical the need to recover those applications and infrastructures in a disaster occurs.

Demand and use of cloud-based DR systems is growing, too. Bluelock, who offers a Recovery-as-a-Service solution, recently reported a 195% growth in DR revenue in 2013. This demand could be driven by a combined overall risk increase coupled by increased reliance on technology, but there is also a third ingredient to this “magic mix” that has helped catapult the success and demand for RaaS.

Bluelock CTO Pat O’Day refers to the efficiency of the cloud-based DR technology as ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back’.  According to O’Day, “The technology itself that you can use for disaster recovery has greatly increased. Some of it is natural maturity you would see. But a lot of it, too, is the technology providers.”

O’Day goes on to praise companies like Zerto for the amount of efficiency and cloud-awareness included in the product from the ground-up. This allows users to get traditional cloud value propositions, but in a Recovery-as-a-Service model.

Some examples of the cloud value propositions available in RaaS include:

  • A low barrier to entry
  • Improved recovery quality
  • Testable, easy to use
  • SAN agnostic
  • 100% software based
  • Application-aware

To find out more about these improvements in replication technology and how you can leverage RaaS and implement a successful DR strategy, watch this recording of the 60-minute webinar:  How to Implement a DR Strategy that Works”.


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