Table of Contents
- Market Categories and Deployment Types
- Key Criteria Comparison
- GigaOm Radar
- Vendor Insights
- Analyst’s Take
- About Alastair Cooke
- About GigaOm
Very few organizations see providing disaster recovery (DR) for their information technology (IT) systems as a business differentiator, so they often prefer to outsource the process and consume it as a service that’s billed monthly. There are many disaster recovery and business continuity as a service (DR/BCaaS) providers with varying backgrounds whose services are often shaped by that background. Products that started as customer-managed DR applications tend to have the most mature orchestration and automation, but vendors may face challenges transforming their application into a consumable service.
Backup as a service (BaaS) providers typically have great consumption models and off-site data protection, but they might be lacking in rich orchestration for failover. Other DR/BCaaS providers come from IaaS backgrounds, with well-developed, on-demand resource deployment for recovery and often a broader platform with automation capabilities.
Before you invest in a DR/BCaaS solution, you should attempt to be clear on what you see as its value. If your motivation is simply not to operate a recovery site, you probably want a service that uses technology similar to what you’re using at the protected site. If the objective is to spend less effort on DR protection, you will be less concerned about similarity and more with simplicity. If you want to enable regular and granular testing of application recovery with on-demand resources, advanced failover automation and sandboxing will be vital features.
Also be clear on the scale of disaster you are protecting against. On-premises recovery will protect against shared component failure in your data center. A DR/BCaaS location in the same city will allow a lower recovery point objective (RPO) and provide lower latency after failover, but it might be affected by the same disaster as your on-premises data center. A more distant DR location would be immune to your local disaster, but you need to consider the rest of your business. It doesn’t help to have operational IT in another city if your only factory is under six feet of water.
DR services are designed to protect enterprise application architectures that are centered on virtual machines (VMs) with persistent data and configuration. A lift-and-shift cloud adoption strategy leads to enterprise applications in the cloud, requiring cloud-to-cloud DR that is very similar to DR/BCaaS in an on-premises environment. Keep in mind, however, that cloud-native applications have different DR requirements.
This GigaOm Radar report highlights key DR/BCaaS vendors and equips IT decision-makers with the information needed to select the best fit for their business and use case requirements. In the corresponding GigaOm report “Key Criteria for Evaluating Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity as a Service Solutions,” we describe in more detail the key features and metrics that are used to evaluate vendors in this market.
How to Read this Report
This GigaOm report is one of a series of documents that helps IT organizations assess competing solutions in the context of well-defined features and criteria. For a fuller understanding, consider reviewing the following reports:
Key Criteria report: A detailed market sector analysis that assesses the impact that key product features and criteria have on top-line solution characteristics—such as scalability, performance, and TCO—that drive purchase decisions.
GigaOm Radar report: A forward-looking analysis that plots the relative value and progression of vendor solutions along multiple axes based on strategy and execution. The Radar report includes a breakdown of each vendor’s offering in the sector.
Solution Profile: An in-depth vendor analysis that builds on the framework developed in the Key Criteria and Radar reports to assess a company’s engagement within a technology sector. This analysis includes forward-looking guidance around both strategy and product.