Delivering You the Best-In-Class DR Strategy

Written By: Joseph Bridges, Pre-Sales Engineer

One of the common challenges organizations face today is how do they ensure that their systems are available during a catastrophic failure. A catastrophic failure could be a server dying, a fire, a power outage, weather related, or any number of things that would make the systems inaccessible. This is something that all organizations should be concerned with. In most cases if a company does not have access to the systems that run their business, they are losing money.

Companies have been addressing the need for Disaster Recovery (DR) several different ways. Below is a list of some of the more common solutions.

  • Geographically redundant data centers
    • Could be company owned or a third-party colocation
  • Offsite backups
  • Cloud backups

Contour sees the need for redundancy and having a solid DR plan in place as being critical for all businesses. Contour strives to offer the best of breed DR as a Service (DRaaS) to meet their customer’s varying needs.

Contour’s DRaaS offering provides true replication of the customer’s server environment to the Contour Cloud. This provides customers with a piece of mind that if there is a failure they will be up and running within minutes not hours or days. Depending upon the customer’s specific requirements this service is provided using either Veeam or Zerto. Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO) is what drives the decision about which solution will be fit the client’s needs.

Below you will find a list that outlines the value Contour brings to the table as it relates to DR.

  1. Contour is providing DR as a Service (DRaaS). This takes the day-to-day tasks of monitoring and managing the DR solutions off the customer’s plate.
  2. Replicating the customer’s environment to the Contour cloud is significantly less expensive than it would be to replicate it to another location.
  3. Contour’s DRaaS provides full remote replication with a couple of mouse clicks ensuring rapid failover to the new environment.
  4. This is an operational expense as compared to a capital expenditure making it a little easier for customer to acquire.
  5. Contour’s DRaaS also using a “consumption” based model which means they only pay for what they use when they use it.

In closing, DR should be top of mind for all companies who have mission critical solutions that drives their organization’s business. Also while there are other more expensive and slower options for DR out there, Contour’s DRaaS offing provides a fast, economical, and secure approach to solving our customer’s DR needs. Make it a great day and thanks for reading this.