Disaster recoveryDisaster recovery is more than a luxury, it’s imperative to an overall business continuity plan. But it can be overwhelming and expensive to implement. However, disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) is becoming the answer to the many woes of traditional IT disaster recovery.

Disaster recovery spending has been on the rise since 2014, with 46 percent of TechTarget’s annual IT Priorities survey respondents saying it was a top priority for their budgets in 2014. In a separate study by CIO Magazine, 52 percent of IT-level executives said they would allocate more resources to DR in 2015.

Even if you already have a budget approved, it can be difficult to navigate the maze of data protection and continuity options. The total cost of ownership (TCO) of adding DIY disaster recovery to your production site is as follows:

TCO = P(production) + R(replication) + S(staff)

That kind of cost can add up very quickly. For most SMBs, IT infrastructure just isn’t their forte. That’s where DRaaS comes in.  A DRaaS provider has experience in disaster recovery, as well as access to the technology, resources, staff, and knowledge. It’s their specialty. A great provider will offer you a true partnership and the ability to view, manage and maintain as much or as little of your environment as you like.

DR can be expensive and complex, but it doesn’t have to be such a struggle. Placing your recovery structure with a provider can help ease the burden of costs in technology, space and staff. A true partner should be willing to work with you to provide the best solution for your business while giving you transparency into your environment and the ability to test any time.

If you’ve already made the decision to go with a DRaaS solution, check out our top three evaluation criteria for Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) providers.