In a newly-published Gartner report, “Source DRaaS With These Five Steps to Avoid a Disastrous Outcome,” expert analyst Ron Blair explains the complicated nature of selecting a Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) provider in a crowded landscape with varied specialties. According to the report, “The DRaaS market comprises more than 500 providers.”*
In this report, you’ll learn:
With so many options, it’s no surprise that organizations struggle to fully assess which DRaaS vendor is right for their IT systems and business objectives, which may often lead to poor decisions in choosing a provider that’s misaligned with company culture and goals.
To assist clients in navigating the complex DRaaS landscape and offerings, Blair gives five steps to select a DRaaS provider. Read the report to learn what the five steps are.
According to Gartner’s research of 123 DRaaS customers, 53% chose DRaaS because they had non-existent IT disaster recovery (DR) capabilities with too few staff to execute an in-house solution.* Blair urges companies to avoid the perception that the cloud is an end-all solution, saying, “There is no cloud ‘easy button’.”* This is because there are so many intricacies that come with doing “cloud” properly, let alone ensuring a robust DR program will run smoothly when an event occurs.
An organization should engage with a wide array of stakeholders in revamping a DR strategy, since “disaster recovery encompasses most areas of business operations.”* It’s key that all critical applications and datasets are identified and properly protected, so to do this companies should conduct an assessment of existing dependencies.
As part of the assessment process, it’s important to look beyond the technology aspects, since other areas like the size of IT staff can have impacts on the end result. As Figure 2 of the report details, companies should consider why changes to their DR program arose as necessary, what the required technology needs are, what can be learned from past experiences, and what future-focused strategies should influence procurement decisions.
For example, a strategy to refocus IT on other projects that drive more business value may limit a certain range of DRaaS options that enable this accomplishment. If too few IT staff are available to test the DRaaS solution, it may impact RTO and RPO success during an actual event. For this scenario, it may be good to look for a DRaaS provider who could test on the company’s behalf.
In the report, you’ll be given detailed advice on the five steps to take for a good DRaaS selection. You’ll also learn the following:
At Bluelock, we agree with Blair’s assessment of the DRaaS marketplace, as well as the need to view each vendor with a critical eye. We believe that a DRaaS selection should never just include considerations around technology. Cultural alignment is an integral piece to ensure smooth execution during and after an event declaration. For this reason, we aim to establish client confidence – above all else – that a company’s elected DRaaS solutions will work as intended when needed most. Our unique Recovery Assurance™ program was built around this goal.
Read the full Gartner report, “Source DRaaS with These Five Steps to Avoid a Disastrous Outcome,” compliments of Bluelock.
* Gartner “Source DRaaS With These Five Steps to Avoid a Disastrous Outcome,” Ron Blair, 28 September 2017.
We’re proud to announce Bluelock has been positioned as a “Leader”. The report cites our strong professional services to support friction-free onboarding and runbook development.
We’re proud to announce Bluelock has been positioned in the “Visionary” Quadrant for our unique hands-on approach to provide organizations proof of effective recovery.
Gartner, Inc., the leading provider of research and analysis on the global information technology industry, has recognized Bluelock in the key areas essential to the selection of DRaaS providers.