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Disaster recovery as a service is the replication of data on virtual servers to ensure business continuity in the event of man-made or natural disasters. It is mainly facilitated by system integrators and Managed Service Providers (MSPs). DRaaS is based on three important aspects: disaster planning/management, business continuity, and backup.

COMPETITIVE LEADERSHIP MAPPING TERMINOLOGY

This section provides information about the major players that offer DRaaS, and outlines the findings and analysis on how well each vendor performs within the specified criteria. We have placed vendors into 4 categories based on their performance in each criterion: “Visionary Leaders,” “Innovators,” “Emerging Companies,” and “Dynamic Differentiators.”

VISIONARY LEADERS

Vendors who fall into this category generally receive high scores for most of the evaluation criteria. They have a robust and established product portfolio and very strong market presence. Moreover, these vendors also have strong business strategies. IBM, Microsoft, Sungard AS, AWS, Acronis, HPE, and VMware are the visionary leaders in the DRaaS market.

DYNAMIC DIFFERENTIATORS

The dynamic differentiators category includes established vendors with very strong business strategies.However, they are low in product portfolio. They generally focus on a specific type of technology related to the product Cisco, NTT Communications, Cable & Wireless Communications, and Iron Mountain are the dynamic differentiators in this market.

INNOVATORS

Innovators are vendors who have demonstrated substantial product innovations as compared to their competitors. They have a focused product portfolio. However, they do not have very strong growth strategies for their overall business. Some of the key innovators in this market are iland, Infrascale, Axcient, Bluelock, Recovery Point, Carbonite, Arcserve, Zerto and TierPoint.

EMERGING COMPANIES

Emerging companies’ category comprises vendors with niche product offerings, who are starting to gain their position in the market. They do not have very strong business strategies as compared to other established vendors. They might be new entrants in the market and require some more time before getting significant traction. The emerging companies in the DRaaS market are Geminare, Databarracks, Evolve IP, Datto, and Peak 10

On the basis of service type, the DRaaS market is segmented into real-time replication, backup and recovery, data protection, and professional services. Real-time replication can be defined as the duplication of a database from one computer or server to another, enabling end-users to avoid data ambiguity. Backup and recovery enables enterprises to back up and restore their business-critical data for avoiding data loss in the event of man-made or natural disasters. Data protection safeguards an enterprise’s data, keeping in mind the regulatory compliances needed for specific businesses and verticals. Professional services provide enterprises with the technical expertise required for storing and managing applications and data, overcoming complex problems, and managing operational challenges. Organizations are deploying DR services to overcome the loopholes in traditional DR systems. Moreover, low maintenance requirements and cost-effectiveness of DR services are the other benefits driving the growth of the DRaaS market.

BACKUP AND RECOVERY

Backup is the process of copying data in a cloud computing environment and enables the retrieval of the duplicate set in case of data loss during downtime or failures, such as power outage, human errors, and natural catastrophes. Recovery refers to the restoration of the deleted or damaged files from the storage media in the event of a disaster. The data recovery process typically refers to the state of recovering a specific data that becomes inaccessible because of logical or physical damages to the targeted storage device. The need for backup is increasing among businesses due to the significant rise in the amount of data being generated. Backup offers various benefits to enterprises, such as increased agility, data retention, lower costs, faster deployments, and improved data protection. Backup provides cost-effective, automated, reliable, secure, and scalable solutions that ensure business continuity in the event of a disaster. Enterprises with low budgets can outsource their data and applications to DRaaS vendors who provide specialized backup and recovery services and help them reduce their Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) and Operational Expenditure (OPEX).

REAL-TIME REPLICATION

Real-time replication is the process of continuous duplication of data from the client’s server to a remote server. This enables business continuity in the event of a catastrophe and provides various benefits, such as faster RTO and RPO, granularity, scalability, and ease of management. Enterprises need faster RTO and lower RPO, as they ensure business continuity. The duplicated data is accessible globally which helps enterprises in avoiding downtime in the event of a disaster. There are four basic approaches to replicating data, namely host-based, hypervisor-based, array-based, and network-based replication. Real-time replication typically occurs between a primary storage location and a secondary offsite location for DR purposes.

DATA PROTECTION

Data protection is of paramount importance for enterprises, as data loss can adversely affect their reputation. Enterprises need to ensure strict security and compliance, as both can directly impact their efficiency and productivity. Data protection is essentially considered for both static (stored in a server) and dynamic data (virtualization). Data loss can occur due to data theft, unauthorized access, or data tampering, resulting in complexities and hampering the work of businesses. Organizations need to protect their data by complying with the standards set by the government bodies. In order to prevent data frauds and ensure data authenticity, enterprises need to undertake regular auditing and masking of data.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

The DRaaS market is focusing on improving the operational activities and credibility of enterprise-critical data. This can be achieved across the value chain of enterprise activities through proper management and support. Professional services included in this study are training, education, and consulting, and support and maintenance. Training services are aimed at providing various training programs to fill knowledge gaps. Consulting services help enterprises make the right and informed decisions in order to achieve the desired outcomes. Support and maintenance services address technical queries and deliver cost-effective support, thus enabling improved business performance. Additionally, support and maintenance services are offered by vendors to manage the operational challenges within enterprises. These services also include technical support, repair and exchange services, field maintenance, and proactive services. With the increasing adoption of DRaaS, the need for professional services is also expected to increase among enterprises, as they help in reducing costs, increasing overall revenue, and improving performance.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the expected CAGR for the Disaster Recovery as a Service market?
    The Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) market size is projected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 41.8% during the forecast period (2017–2022).
  • What are the major growth drivers in the DRaaS market?
    Some of the major factors expected to drive growth in the DRaaS market include rising preference for custom tailored services, advancement of cloud computing into specialized clouds, and growing awareness among enterprises about loss due to IT outages. With an increasing adoption rate of cloud-based solutions among Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), the Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) market is expected to grow rapidly.
  • How is the DRaaS market segmented?
    The DRaaS market has been segmented into real-time replication, backup and recovery, data protection, and professional services. Real-time replication can be defined as the duplication of a database from one computer or server to another, enabling end-users to avoid data ambiguity. Backup and recovery enables enterprises to back up and restore their business-critical data for avoiding data loss in the event of man-made or natural disasters. Data protection safeguards an enterprise’s data, keeping in mind the regulatory compliances needed for specific businesses and verticals. Professional services provide enterprises with the technical expertise required for storing and managing applications and data, overcoming complex problems, and managing operational challenges. Organizations are deploying DR services to overcome the loopholes in traditional DR systems. Moreover, low maintenance requirements and cost-effectiveness of DR services are the other benefits driving the growth of the DRaaS market.
  • What are the benefits of having a Disaster Recovery as a Service over traditional Disaster Recovery solution?
    DRaaS delivers quicker automated and more dependable recovery operation than traditional DR approaches, it leverages data replication technologies, as well as automated and orchestrated recovery. DRaaS combines infrastructure, platform and software as a service and hence organizations dont bear additional costs to invest in infrastructure. It also minimizes the administrative burden placed on IT and allows businesses to assign team members to handle more productive tasks.

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IBM offers an extensive portfolio for Disaster recovery as a service, including cloud resiliency orchestration, data availability-as-a service (DaaS), cloud data virtualization, and virtualized server recovery to deliver end-to-end integrated services using private, public, and/or hybrid cloud. IBM Resiliency DRaaS offers real-time data availability for operational restores, DR and business resumption for physical, virtual systems, and applications with near-zero RPOs and RTOs.
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Microsoft provides the Operations Management Suite (OMS), which includes Azure Backup, Azure Site Recovery (ASR), automation and control, and protection and recovery service offerings for businesses. The suite provides backup, DR features and functionalities, such as integrated services, change tracking, monitoring and alerting, Azure services, minimal complexity of deployment, and security and audit services.
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Amazon provides DR services integrated with its other products and solutions, such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Glacier, Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), AWS Import/Export, AWS Storage Gateway, and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Amazon S3 is accessible from any location and is integrated with various commercial and open-source backup services to store backup data.
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Sungard AS offers cloud-based recovery services, such as vaulting, server replication, data replication, and backup and vaulting. The company also offers customer-centric IT consulting services, including IT Disaster recovery as a service consulting, information security management, and business continuity consulting. It also offers complete and secure assurance business continuity software, including features and functionalities, such as automated business continuity processes in a single tool, real-time alerts for insights into potential threats, and real-time intuitive dashboard view into key performance indicators, thus enabling businesses to identify, manage, and address ongoing challenges.
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HP’s cloud-based Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service reduces the burdens on the IT department by: enhancing recovery time by up to 90%; minimizing data loss by up to 95%; saving 15% to 50% in costs via a cloud-based As-a-Service pricing model. It provides businesses with the ability to provision additional storage at the time of recovery to meet short-term needs workload requirements. It also offers an option of a dedicated hypervisor to provide clients with the ability to host dedicated applications requiring real-time replication.
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Vmware disaster recover solutions are easier to setup and validate. It enables businesses to implement secure enterprise grade disaster recovery solution with 5-minute RPO The solution provides flexible, reliable and cost-efficient replication to allow data protection and disaster recovery for all virtual machines present in the environment. It requires zero capital investment and also enables companies to move from CAPEX to OPEX-based DR to control costs. All their solutions come with built in Industry-standard SSL encryption.
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Acronis offers an extensive portfolio of data protection services, which are instrumental in mapping an enterprise's requirements for business continuity. The company's nScaled DRaaS is an integrated solution for DR, backup, and data storage; it enables mid-sized enterprises to automate and simplify the administration of backup and DR. The company offers a variety of pre-integrated services in its DR services portfolio, such as Backup Cloud, Backup, Backup Advanced, and Data Protection Solutions.
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The iland cloud backup using Veeam provides features, such as end-to-end encryption, easy scheduling, and pre-built SLA infrastructure. iland cloud backup using Veeam offers support services, such as offsite and secondary site backup configuration, robust OS, consulting services, technical support, infrastructure availability, and VMware and Hyper-V support. It offers three simple pricing models, namely reservation, pay-as-you-go, and reservation-plus-burst.
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Zerto DRaaS allows businesses to chose flexible monthly billing. The company also helps them in gaining enhanced performance and reliability by leveraging CSP services, without sacrificing control over production environments. Zerto DRaaS solution enables users to replicate to one or more cloud sites for redundancy and long-term retention. It also provides multi-tenant capabilities that enable businesses to attain economies of scale by distributing computing resources in a public or private cloud while storing their data completely isolated and visible only to the specific tenant.
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NTT Communications offers cloud recovery service, which focuses on cloud-based server replication. It also offers DR Target as a service platform, built on the VCC technology that benefits customers with SLAbacked RTOs and RPOs. The key features of cloud recovery service are failover and failback in minutes, flexible scheduling for maintenance windows, scale with individual organizations and timelines, secure online portal, real-time activity reporting, and system health check reporting. NTT’s Multi-Cloud Connect caters to the dynamic business needs of customers. The company’s cloud recovery service provides the capability to virtually increase the number of servers, thus eliminating restrictions on the server count to be included in a single environment.
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Cable & Wireless Communications DRaaS is a comprehensive solution that protects business data and applications by replicating and backing up the entire environment. It provides four solutions for different platforms, namely DRaaS X86, DRaaS Oracle, DRaaS Power p, and DRaaS Power i. DRaaS X86 is a complete replication solution typically focused on Microsoft environments. It is instrumental in replicating data in real-time at a block level, providing an immediate failover and failback capacity for most critical production servers.
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Bluelock offers an extensive portfolio of DR services, bundled in Bluelock's Recovery Suite, including IaaS (active/active), DRaaS Run (active/passive), DRaaS Run (active/passive with scale out), DRaaS Run (always-on recovery), DRaaS Ready (real-time replication), and DRaaS Restore (backup-based replication). Bluelock's Recovery Suite is an integrated solution for DR, replication, and data storage for SMEs.
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Cisco DRaaS offers various benefits including reduced CapEx, easy disaster recovery implementation, IT environment replication etc. The solution's architecture enables cloud providers to deliver an attractive revenue-generating service to their enterprise customers who have on- premises workloads. It also helps enterprises to minimise disaster recovery complexity and costs. Adopting DRaaS allows businesses to maintain their critical infrastructure and applications and to help ensure their survivability.
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At the core of its DRaaS program is the company’s ability to provide customers with flexible access to more than just one DR technology, while simultaneously providing access to a hybrid delivery model (across public, private, and hybrid clouds). TierPoint offers a robust suite of security services to maintain the availability, integrity, and confidentiality of business-critical data. These services include features such as intrusion detection, log management, monitoring, MFA, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) mitigation, VPN services, and data encryption.
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Iron Mountain's Disaster Revovery solutions are technology agnostic. Their solutions help businesses to explore various disaster scenarios and the implications each scenario can have on the business and the customers. The company's DR consulting allows users to test and assess their plans and then make adjustments based on the advice of experts.
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Infrascale Disaster Recovery, lets admins boot VMs from the local appliance or the cloud in minutes. It also offers complete cloud freedom, which means that the customers’ data can be replicated to their own data centers (private clouds), the Infrascale Cloud (16 global data centers), or popular third-party clouds (Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, or Microsoft Azure). The company also offers cloud spillover technology that enables organizations to decide how much data to keep locally and how much can reside in the cloud.
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Carbonite DRaaS provides byte-level replication that maintains constant synchronization between the source and target. It enables businesses to maintain recovery times and recovery points of minutes and seconds and optimizes bandwidth for limited network impact. The solution ensures efficiency at every step by deploying an agent to the systems being protected. It supports multiple platforms including Windows, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, VMware and Hyper-V etc.
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Arcserve offers direct-to-cloud backup and disaster recovery as a service (BaaS/DRaaS) solutions with consumer-grade usability which practically do not require any hardware on-premises. The solution is fully scalable and and it also allows business to run a high-performing virtual server instance in isntantly while delivering almost zero data loss with sub 15-minute recovery point objectives (RPOs). Moreover, the solution assures the smooth functioning of individual systems or entire environments in the event of an outage.
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Axcient DRaaS helps businesses in reducing the complexity and cost of their VMware business continuity and disaster recovery model. It helps organizations in moving from from a CapEx to an OpEx model and use their resources on managing other productive operations. Axcient's Web Management Interface provides MSPs the ability to handle protection, recovery, and orchestration operations in a single view. Moreover, the company allows businesses to set health status thresholds to send alerts and also provides the highest level of security of any competitor.
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Dattos DRaaS allows businesses to secure their physical, virtual and cloud infrastructure running on Windows, Mac or Linux. The company efficiently builds better backups and enables users to verify the backup thereby eliminating the need to worry if the system reboots. Datto has designed an Inverse Chain technology which is capable of managing high failure rates associated with most backup offerings. It has the ability to provide more resilient backups and efficient storage management.
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Databarracks is a recovery expert that provides reliable, long-term resiliency. The company has experienced resources that perform restores, testing and real invocations consistently. The company provides organizations with a dedicated engineer to help them in securing their critical DR and backup systems. The company also provides business continuity services through a sustainable framework for consistent continuity, ensuring plans remain relevant regularly tested.
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Recovery Point offers an integrated service portfolio to customers with contract flexibility and personal service. Moreover, it offers flexible and scalable services to ensure business continuity of customers and faster recovery, meeting their specific service requirements. Recovery Point offers hot site, cold site, work area recovery services, managed hosting and colocation, business continuity consulting services, DR, and cloud backup and recovery.
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Evolve IP's DRaaS Suite uses the technologies, tools, and interfaces including Veam, Zerto, VMware, Nimble, EMC and more. The company’s solutions are developed on top of the best in class technologies, which also leverage their globally redundant data centers, and run over the industry’s most robust network architecture. Moreover, Evolve IP is the only provider that has the ability to implement both cloud computing and cloud communications in a secure, virtual private environment.
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Geminare provides an extensive portfolio of DRaaS services, including cloud recovery integrated with Google Cloud Platform, cloud archive integrated with Google Cloud Platform, virtual server rapid recovery, and cloud archive on VMware vCloud Air, all managed through the RMP. Geminare RMP is a comprehensive set of technologies, including more than 18 management capabilities for partners and customers. RMP is Geminare’s patented platform for the delivery of DRaaS offerings.
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Beyond DRaaS, the company has a full suite of services to complement it along with additional managed service offerings. With its broad portfolio of IT solutions, OneNeck is well-positioned to fully assist clients, from plan to design, migration and deployment of services, end-to-end. OneNeck understands each client is different, and that there’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to DR planning. 

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Oracle DRaaS is a fully managed service, with 24x7 access to highly credentialed support staff. The solution supports all Oracle-supported OS platforms including Linux, Windows, Solaris, AIX, HP-UX. Oracle database-powered workload, has an ability to resume the service in maximum 15 minutes, in the event of a disaster, virtually any size. Oracle DRaaS brings up the hosted environment assuring the quickest activation possible. Oracle DRaaS protects businesses against datacenter issues such as hardware failures, power issues or natural disasters.
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