This is the third of a 3 part series centered around analyzing the pro’s and con’s of a colocation centers versus a Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) and figuring out which is better.

To read the first and second parts in this series, please read Taking a Closer Look at Colocation Centers and Taking a Closer Look at DRaaS.

Now that we have taken a look at the pro’s and cons of both colocation centers and DRaaS providers, a simple question is raised: which one is better for my business?

For businesses interested in data protection and DR/BC the answer is pretty straightforward – DRaaS is by far the most comprehensive and cost-effective option. Selecting a colocation center typically comes with the added costs of buying and maintaining hardware, as well as buying software. With a DRaaS, all that’s typically required is the monthly service charge.

DRaaS solutions are specialized specifically in disaster recovery and business continuity, which makes them inherently an optimal solution for these needs. Because of this, they typically include tools and features that allowed the user to validate recovery processes. For example, the user is able to test the disaster recovery process without having to worry about affecting the production environment.

So in the end, we can see that DRaaS offers customers a far more flexible option as an alternative to colocation centers. So below are a few key considerations when selecting a DRaaS provider:

  • Does the provider use flat-rate pricing for VMs or for host servers?
  • Is the provider able to protect your physical servers?
  • Does the provider charge your for DR testing?
  • Does the provider charge for failovers In which you must temporarily operate workloads in the Cloud?
  • Is there a fee for data recovery operations?
  • If a failover does occur, how easy will it be to fail back?
  • Does the provider have multiple data centers, and where are they? Will my organization be protected against regional disasters?

To read more about the comparison of a colocation center vs a DRaaS, read the full whitepaper here: Colocation vs. DRaaS: See the Upside of Each.

Yoav Naveh