Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) for Mobile Devices
When creating a disaster recovery plan, it's important to consider your employees' mobile devices.
For years, IT managers resisted the bring-your-own-device movement, certain that this access free-for-all would compromise enterprise security. Now, ironically enough, they're realizing that these same devices can lend considerable strength to their data management strategies.
Disaster Recovery, Reconsidered
Imagine that a disaster hits your main office. The servers are underwater or threatened by fire, and the office will likely be closed months. What's your first step?
If you have a disaster recovery plan, all of your critical business data is protected by server backup to an offsite backup location. So, depending on your service-level agreement (SLA), your new servers could be fully loaded with copies of your enterprise data in four, 24 or 48 hours.
But this step takes you only halfway. Where are your employees going to work? Well, if your employees have mobile devices that securely connect to your office's servers, they can work from home, or from any connected place of their choosing.
These mobile laptops and smartphone are full of documents, spreadsheets and contacts that can help your enterprise clients work more flexibly, and from wherever they see fit. However, all of that critical data they're carrying through coffee shops and airports should be backed up as part of both a cloud backup solution and a disaster recovery solution.
The technology supporting a mobile cloud strategy is known as Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). Using a DRaaS solution, an enterprise's clients can, after a disaster at the main office, continue working via their mobile devices. In addition to this big advantage, DRaaS programs can save resources and reduce hardware expenses when administered by a third party.
When you shop for a DRaaS partner, look for one that embraces a mobile work strategy. (And why not? These devices are already part of your workforce.) Here's a checklist of questions to ask a potential partner about its cloud-based DRaaS plan:
Get backed up, get your information back, and get your employees back to work. With a strong server backup plan and a mobile work fleet, no disaster can keep your company down for long.