Making decisions about how to keep a business up and running can make for many sleepless nights for CIOs. Today’s businesses produce a staggering amount of data that must keep flowing in the face of business-killing disasters, as any interruption to a business’s operations can cost the company millions in revenue—and the CIO his or her job. Smaller budgets, fewer resources, and a mandate for agility to remain competitive can make devising a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) plan a monumental task. Conventional disaster recovery solutions are on-premises systems that require costly hardware, software, and skilled engineering staff to run it. As a result, many many organizations are looking for more cost-effective and efficient BCDR solutions to keep their business running without breaking the bank. Increasingly, they’re finding Disaster-Recover-as-a-Service (DRaaS) the ideal solution for balancing continuity and costs. Introducing DRaaS Many companies opt to maintain a physical DR presence–deploying and managing their own infrastructure and policies–to satisfy expectations of their stakeholders and customers. But physical DR can get expensive and complex as a business grows, requiring more locations, stocking them with hardware, and staffing it with qualified personnel. Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) offers a cloud-based, hosted solution as a cost-effective and efficient alternative to conventional on-premises deployments. DRaaS leverages third-party infrastructure (including security protocols) to simplify scaling BDCR activities by replicating data to multiple locations for maximum protection against profit-killing interruptions. DRaaS offloads the time-consuming tasks of searching for new data center locations, configuring infrastructure, and hiring qualified staff as a business grows. More importantly, it provides exponentially more flexibility around what, where, and how much data can be stored to maximize redundancy and minimize IT infrastructure investment. Why your business needs DRaaS Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service allows businesses to rapidly configure and construct architecture to suit their unique needs, eliminating many of the most resource-intensive BCDR operations and freeing time and budget for IT staff to focus on higher-value business activities. Whether a business is attracted by the security and control of a private cloud deployment, the cost-effectiveness, and ease of use of a public cloud, or the best of both worlds with a hybrid solution, DRaaS can help transform and protect a business more efficiently, while providing greater agility. No matter the BCDR demands, DRaaS platforms deliver continuous system availability, a lower total cost of ownership, and the flexibility to optimize business continuity by assuring that a business keeps functioning during and after any type of disaster by virtualizing each location where the data resides.