The proliferation of cloud-based disaster recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) solutions offers healthcare organizations a flexible, scalable, cost-efficient alternative to traditional physical backup when it comes to safeguarding protected health information (PHI). More than 100 vendors — both startups and large legacy providers — now offer DRaaS solutions, and the market is expected to reach $21.55 billion by 2024.

DRaaS solutions offer several advantages over traditional disaster recovery solutions. For example:

  • They eliminate the need to set up secondary servers and configure them to match the host site.
  • Organizations no longer must invest in purchasing both the main and recovery servers at the same time to avoid configuration incompatibility.
  • After initial deployment, the process becomes automated and does not need to be consistently monitored.

Before implementing DRaaS, however, healthcare organizations should develop a disaster recovery plan (DRP) and protocol to determine their recovery service requirements, taking into account factors such as how employees interact on a daily basis with the cloud data and the rate at which new data enters the cloud.

Learn more about how DRaaS solutions can better protect patient data by simplifying and automating the disaster recovery process so critical to health IT infrastructure.

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