Webinar: The Difference Between BaaS and DRaaS

Global Data Vault is kicking off a new webinar series that takes us Back to the Basics. For our inaugural episode, we are breaking down the difference between Backup as a Service (BaaS) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), with a little bit of Veeam and Global Data Vault thrown in.

Note: We’ve already queued up the next in the series, Do You Speak Veeam, Demystifying Veeam Vocabulary. If that sounds like something your team would benefit from, register now or come back here for the replay.

What is BaaS

What is Backup as a Service?

Backup as a service, or BaaS, is an offering by which organizations utilize third-party offsite or cloud resources to store backup files. BaaS may refer to a service provider managing your on-premises backups for you but generally refers to offsite storage. BaaS allows you to recover data from any location and reduces the risk of data loss through a site failure, thereby meeting the requirements of the 3-2-1 backup rule.

What is DRaaS

What is Disaster Recovery as a Service?

Disaster recovery as a service, or DRaaS, takes the same principle of sending copies of data offsite but enables applications and workloads to be powered on in the event of a disaster or site failure. This works for individual workloads or entire data centers and uses cloud-based resources. DRaaS offers a lower RPO and RTO over BaaS.

How BaaS works

How does BaaS work?

At a basic level, BaaS copies backups of data offsite. We use Veeam® Backup & Replication™ (VBR) for all BaaS-related activities. VBR takes local backups first, either at the hypervisor level (agentless, block-level, and image-based) or using agents in guest operating systems. We then use a backup copy job to transfer the data to our cloud-based infrastructure. From there, we can restore any item, virtual machine, or server for you.

what resources are needed for backup

What resources do you need for BaaS?

We always recommend a business impact analysis (BIA) as part of your business continuity/disaster recovery (BCDR) planning. A business impact analysis identifies the criticality of applications and systems to business operations and provides recovery guidance.

You will also need a system to run your backup software and store backup files and data on-premises. At a minimum, you need storage that is entirely separate from your production workload storage. Sufficient Internet/WAN bandwidth is necessary to transfer your data and local resources for any hands-on needs. Operating system and other software licensing responsibilities remain with you, but we can help with Veeam licensing if needed.

How DRaaS works

How does disaster recovery work?

With Veeam, DRaaS functions in one of two ways, or both. Using similar methods as BaaS, backup copy jobs send backup files to the cloud provider. DRaaS allows recovery of those systems by connecting the backup files to a hypervisor, such as VMware or Hyper-V, and powering them on without restoring them first. VBR also has built-in replication to create fully hydrated virtual machines (powered off) awaiting a power-on command. Both methods follow recovery time- (RTO) and recovery point objectives (RPO), while replication sees lower RTOs and RPOs.

At Global Data Vault, we recreate your network in our cloud environment and recover machines in the order specified. As a DRaaS provider, we handle the heavy lifting of recovery for you.

Resources needed for DR

Resources you need for disaster recovery

BIAs and BCDR plans are crucial for successful disaster recovery. DR failovers involve networks and much more complicated configurations than BaaS due to the nature of running systems, workloads, and applications from cloud resources.

DR resources at the end-user/on-premises level are no different than resources required for BaaS. For cloud providers, we must have resources available to run applications, workloads, and systems, which may include hypervisors and storage. We also need the ability to handle additional network traffic, provide sufficient security, and back up systems running in our infrastructure. When you are ready for a failback, we send the data back to you and bring the workloads up in your data center.

The GDV difference

How is GDV different than the competition?

Some DRaaS providers only give you a “user guide” of sorts, leaving you in the dark during disaster recovery events. The Veeam experts at Global Data Vault handle most, if not all, of the disaster recovery process, allowing end-users to focus on more localized tasks. During disasters, employees may have crises of their own, have no power or access to systems, and cannot assist in a typical manner.

GDV includes an annual, hands-on DR test at no additional cost to ensure systems work appropriately during a disaster. Testing allows GDV and end-users to validate all systems, check documentation and process accuracy, and satisfy DR test and audit requirements businesses may have.

summary of the difference between BaaS and DRaaS

What is the Difference between BaaS and DRaaS?

The main difference between BaaS and DRaaS is the ability to resume operations quickly. While both utilize budget-friendly OpEx models, only DRaaS gives you the ability to run workloads in a cloud environment without restoring entire systems first. Disaster recovery as a service encapsulates networks to allow communication between applications and services and deliver functionality to end-users and customers when a primary data center or facility is down.

DRaaS offers lower RTOs and RPOs and, considering the minimal cost difference at GDV, DRaaS is a better solution. As our friend Jason Buffington (@jbuff) says, “Why BaaS when you can DRaaS?”

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