Organizations may choose to hand over all or part of their disaster recovery planning to a DRaaS provider. There are many different disaster recovery as a service providers to choose from, with three main models:
Managed DRaaS: In a managed DRaaS model, a third party takes over all responsibility for disaster recovery. Choosing this option requires an organization to stay in close contact with their DRaaS provider to ensure that it stays up to date on all infrastructure, application and services changes. If you lack the expertise or time to manage your own disaster recovery, this may be the best option for you.
Assisted DRaaS: If you prefer to maintain responsibility for some aspects of your disaster recovery plan, or if you have unique or customized applications that might be challenging for a third party to take over, assisted DRaaS might be a better option. In this model, the service provider offers its expertise for optimizing disaster recovery procedures, but the customer is responsible for implementing some or all of the disaster recovery plan.
Self-service DRaaS: The least expensive option is self-service DRaaS, where the customer is responsible for the planning, testing and management of disaster recovery, and the customer hosts its own infrastructure backup on virtual machines in a remote location. Careful planning and testing are required to make sure that processing can fail over to the virtual servers instantly in the event of a disaster. This option is best for those who have experienced disaster recovery experts on staff.
Whichever of these models suits you, VMware has a solution. If you would drive your own DRaaS solution to your own target DR site, you can consider solutions like Site Recovery Manager and VMware vSphere Replication. If you want to drive your own to VMware Cloud on AWS, you can consider solutions like VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery and VMware Site Recovery. If you would like a service provider to assist you with DR, whether fully managed or self service, consider VMware Cloud Director Availability from one of our DRaaS Validate partners