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4 Critical Shortfalls of On-premise Disaster Recovery Solutions

by Team Virtiant, on Apr 12, 2019 1:32:23 PM

Cost efficiency and safety are important elements of a sound Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Solution. It is surprising that many of the solutions that are available today fall well short when it comes to providing the best in infrastructure resilience. In this ongoing series of articles, we will continue to compare the power and simplicity of Recovery Site In the Cloud to other options in the marketplace. Let’s take a look at 4 critical shortfalls when it comes to on-premise disaster recovery solutions.

Extra Hardware and Software

By its very definition, an on-premise solution is an additional set of hardware and software located at your production location. ITs primary purpose is to provide failover, backup, and recovery capabilities that you can “put hands on”. To many IT Pros, this can give the feeling of control when it comes to your disaster recovery solution.

This feeling of control can come at a significant cost, however. No doubt your existing production solution was a significant capital expenditure. The effort to duplicate that environment is expensive enough. Many fail to realize that in addition to deploying the on-premise solution, there is a significant effort to maintain and upgrade that environment to keep it in sync with your production environment. This includes ongoing costs for hardware, software, and IT expertise.

On-premise DR solutions have inherent capex costs related to new hardware, new software and the effort to deploy them. There are also increased operating expenses to support that new on-premise solution, not to mention the need for IT expertise to run it. Since Recovery Site in the Cloud is a DRaaS solution, SMBs will benefit from capex costs by only paying for the use of the service and not the infrastructure backbone that supports it. In addition, Virtiant’s white glove service takes care of the IT expertise as well as the operational tasks further reducing SMB operating expenses.

Fortunately for SMBs and their IT Pros, Virtiant has resolved this problem with an industry first production-like recovery solution in the cloud. Recovery Site in the Cloud leverages the power of their VIrtiant Business Continuity Cloud to eliminate the need for additional on-premise hardware and software. Plus their intuitive interface provides a user-friendly method to deploy and maintain all elements of that solution including compute, network, data, and security policies.

Insufficient Safety

Another drawback to an on-premise solution is the fact that it sits in the same location as your primary production environment. In the event of a major disaster, both environments could be compromised leaving you without a viable solution to failover to or recover from. Best practice dictated by the 3.2.1 rule is that version of your network should be offsite whether physical or in the cloud, the cloud being the easiest and most economical way to go.

With Recovery Site in the Cloud, you will deploy your production-like infrastructure in the cloud which provides the physical separation necessary to handle the biggest challenges that Mother Nature has to offer. While those types of major events are few and far between, Recovery Site In the Cloud will be just one click away from a failover for even the smallest outages regardless of the cause being internal or external. Better yet, you are just a few clicks away from performing a hot failback which further minimizes costly downtime and time to fully recover back to your production environment.

Older Technology

You may be thinking that you are making use of the latest in virtual technologies in your production environment. Therefore, it doesn’t seem possible that your on-premise disaster recovery solution is not cutting edge. While this may be true, on-premise solutions are not taking advantage of the many benefits that cloud-based solutions coupled with the latest in virtualization and business continuity technology have to offer.

Recovery Site in the Cloud takes full advantage of this technological power and makes it ridiculously easy for IT Pros to take advantage too. Not only can you deploy up to the largest available VMs but you can also get direct to the cloud 15 minute RTO. You can even pre-build and pre-configure firewall, IPSec VPN, SSLVPN, L2VPN for failover. With RSIC, you never have to compromise, unlike other DRaaS on or on-premises backup and disaster recovery solutions.

Limited Scalability

While growth is typically positive for your production environment, the same can not be said for your on-premise DR solution. It is no easy task to grow the physical unit. Even then, after a few short years, you will end up needing to get rid of that appliance and start again. Of course, this leads to more cost, more time and more effort, especially when you have to account for 3x current storage capacity to store the incremental snapshots that will be generated over time - let alone your own data growth. Just like that new car you buy, the appliance starts aging from the day you buy it. You start losing money from the time you sign the contract.

At Virtiant, we understand the needs of SMBs. and we are passionate about delivering cost-effective and scalable solutions that are designed to grow seamlessly with your business. Recovery Site in the Cloud and the Virtiant Business Continuity Cloud increase their value to you over time as you continue to minimize the costs of maintaining your DR solutions and benefit from reduced downtime. The benefits grow as your business grows.

For more in-depth comparisons of Recovery Site In the Cloud, schedule a demo with one of our engineers and discover just how Virtiant can provide the infrastructure resilience your SMB needs and deserves.

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Topics:IT ResiliencySMBsbusiness continuityDisaster Recovery