Among the midsize companies using RaaS at present, two camps are forming, a Gartner report finds.
2014, 30 percent of midsize companies will have adopted recovery-in-the-cloud,
also known as recovery-as-a-service (RaaS), to support IT operations recovery,
up from just over 1 percent today, according to Gartner.
describes the managed replication of virtual machines (VMs) and production data
in a service provider's cloud, together with the means to activate the VMs to
support either recovery testing or actual recovery operations. The location of
the data center equipment, the party housing the provider's cloud equipment and
the price vary by provider.
Gartner report sees the RaaS market being driven by midsize companies (with
annual revenue between $150 million and $1 billion). Larger companies (with
annual revenue or operating budgets of $1 billion or more) are more likely to
have established recovery management facilities, infrastructures and support
teams that are too complex to move fully to the cloud, while smaller businesses
are less likely to have a formal strategy for managing disaster recovery, the
has been hailed as a 'killer' cloud app for disaster recovery, but the reality
is that there has been much hype and some truth," said John Morency,
research vice president at Gartner. "Certainly, it addresses well-recognized
'pain points' in IT disaster recovery management, including the need for
frequent recovery-readiness testing and the cost of dedicated recovery floor
space and facilities."
the midsize companies using RaaS at present, two camps are forming, Morency
explained. The first is using server virtualization recovery features and
SAN-based replication to deploy in-house disaster recovery solutions for some
applications. The second is implementing initial pilots for the use of cloud
services as an alternative to more traditional disaster recovery resources.
organizations that have not yet trialed RaaS, Gartner recommends commencing
cloud infrastructure due diligence, especially for systems that already reside
primarily outside their data center," said Morency. "They should then
qualify system image replication and failover support and probe how the
provider can support application connectivity during recovery testing. They
also need to check provider operations controls for potential regulatory compliance
exposure and pilot a bounded implementation of the target configuration. This
will clarify the potential service benefits as well as the level of management
support that the in-house IT team will still need to provide."
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.