Choosing a secondary disaster recovery site is a critical step in achieving true IT resiliency. If you’re looking to implement a new strategy and are evaluating between setting up DR at a colocation facility and Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS), this blog may be the perfect read for you. What exactly is the difference between a colocation and a disaster recovery-as-a-service solution? Why is DRaaS the better choice? Read on to find out the advantages of selecting a DRaaS solution.

This infographic: Colocation vs. DRaaS will help you easily distinguish the two and help you select the right solution for your IT environment.

Difference between colocation and DRaaS:
If you are looking to use a secondary DR site using colocation, then you will be renting space in another facility to host duplicate hardware and software. If you are using DRaaS that means you are using the cloud as a secondary DR facility, but without having to duplicate hardware and software.

4 Reasons Why DRaaS is the Better Option:

1. Lowest True Cost of Ownership
When comparing colocation and DRaaS, DRaaS is almost always less expensive, this accounts for startup costs and monthly costs. DRaaS vendors do not require customers to purchase server hardware. Colocation also includes a long-term lease, DRaaS is more service oriented, meaning vendors bill the customer based on the resources they consume rather than on the physical real estate they occupy.

2. No Major Capital Expenditures
With DRaaS you receive a cloud-based solution. You will not incur major cap expenditures for hardware or software. You may be required to purchase on-premise appliances, but you will not have to purchase servers to be used in the data center.

3. Dynamic Scalability
With a colocation facility you’ll need to lease rack space for a predetermined time. Meaning that the customer needs to accurately estimate their resource requirements so that they do not lease resources that they never use. When you switch over to DRaaS you can leverage the best of the cloud: the dynamic allocation or memory and compute resources as the IT environment expands or your needs change.

4. Pricing Scales to Data Center Size
With DRaaS pricing scales to match the size of the data center. Customers will only be charged based on the resources they consume. This is why DRaaS is an attractive solution for small and mid-sized organizations that may not be able to afford the cost of a colocation service.

For a full list of benefits of a DRaaS, check out our whitepaper: Colocation vs. DRaaS: Which is the Best Option?