Lee Ellams
July 3, 2024

Cost-Effective Data Protection Strategies: How DRaaS & BaaS Solutions Help Organisations Save Money and Resources

Data is the lifeblood of any organisation. Safeguarding and ensuring this valuable asset is accessible and available to those that need it is crucial, but traditional on-premise backup and disaster recovery (DR) solutions can be expensive and resource-intensive. Here's where Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) and Backup as a Service (BaaS) emerge as cost-effective alternatives.

Consider DRaaS and BaaS as your data protection insurance policy. Like home or car insurance, you may not use them regularly, but when disaster strikes, they can be a financial and business lifesaver. With the risk of natural disasters and cyberattacks rising (extreme weather events are 4 times more likely today than 50 years ago), the need for an effective data protection strategy is vital.

Traditional on-premise DR solutions often require significant upfront investments in hardware, software, and specialised IT personnel for maintenance and testing. This not only drains your budget but also diverts resources away from core business initiatives. DRaaS and BaaS eliminate these burdens.

What are DRaaS and BaaS, and How Do They Differ?

While the terms Backup as a Service (BaaS) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) are often used interchangeably, there are some crucial distinctions between them.

BaaS (Backup as a Service) 

This service focuses on securing your data by automatically creating regular backups and storing them securely offsite in the cloud. BaaS ensures you can recover lost or corrupted data quickly and efficiently, minimising downtime and data loss.

DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service)

DRaaS goes a step further. While BaaS protects against data loss, DRaaS helps you restore your entire IT infrastructure in the event of a major disaster, such as a natural disaster or cyberattack. DRaaS allows you to resume operations from a secure cloud environment, minimising business disruption.

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Here's how DRaaS and BaaS save you money and resources:

  • Reduced Hardware Costs: There's no need to invest in expensive backup infrastructure and disaster recovery sites. DRaaS and BaaS leverage the cloud, offering a scalable and cost-effective solution.
  • Eliminated Maintenance Costs: Say goodbye to managing and maintaining complex hardware and software systems. DRaaS and BaaS providers handle all the maintenance, freeing up your IT team to focus on more strategic tasks.
  • 24/7 Monitoring and Support: As well as handling all day-to-day management, your service provider will also ensure systems are monitored around the clock identifying and resolving any potential issues before they can disrupt your operations, minimising downtime and ensuring business continuity.
  • Simplified Scalability: On-premise solutions require complex upgrades as your data grows. DRaaS and BaaS offer on-demand scalability, allowing you to scale up or down without significant investment.
  • Pay-as-You-Go Model: You only pay for the storage you use, eliminating the upfront costs of on-premise solutions.

Think of DRaaS and BaaS as an investment in peace of mind. By proactively securing your data, you avoid the significant financial and operational costs associated with data loss and downtime. A robust solution that offers rapid failover or data recovery is more than an insurance policy, it’s business critical. Downtime can cost enterprises over $300,000 per hour, with non-enterprise businesses averaging $54,000 per hour and SMBs experiencing losses between $8,000 and $25,000 per hour. 

Data loss, on the other hand, can be even more difficult to quantify and recover from. Lost customer trust, productivity, regulatory fines and damage to business reputation can have long-term consequences that far outweigh the cost of a DRaaS or BaaS solution.

While DRaaS and BaaS offer another layer of protection against data loss and downtime, the unfortunate reality is that cyber threats are constantly evolving. This is where TIEVA's DRaaS+ and BaaS+ services go a step further. Through our partnership with Spectra, a leading cyber warranty provider for Managed Service Providers (MSPs), our services automatically come with the industry-leading Cyber Resilience Warranty.

This innovative warranty acts as an additional safety net for your organisation. In the event of a covered cyber incident, such as a ransomware attack or DDoS disruption, the Cyber Resilience Warranty provides a 100% cash refund on impacted services, with coverage reaching up to $1,000,000. This financial security ensures you can focus on recovery efforts and minimise disruption, knowing you're not left footing the bill for a service impacted by a cyberattack.

Let’s Talk About How We Save You Money and Resources

If your on-premise backup and disaster recovery solutions are a drain on budgets and resources, our experts can help you assess your vulnerabilities and identify the right solution for your business. While for most organisations DRaaS and BaaS are more cost-effective than on-premise solutions, we’ll crunch the figures and if that’s not the case for you, we can explore alternative strategies that fit your unique needs and budget. This ensures you get the optimal level of data protection without unnecessary expenditure.

Contact us today to explore your options.

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