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DR in general has been gaining attention and demand since COVID-19, according to Krista Macomber, senior analyst at Evaluator Group. Citing data from a survey conducted in April 2020, Macomber said with more employees working remotely, the tolerance for application downtime and data loss dropped. That same study also found some customers were partially activating their DR plans to enable remote work, taking advantage of some of the DR capabilities they had in place.
Macomber’s research also pointed at increased interest in cloud DR and DRaaS. Customers recognizing at the beginning of the pandemic that they need to set up or improve their DR, would likely turn to the cloud because of its lower entry cost than traditional DR. Any setup where the failover site is in the cloud would be cheaper than buying and maintaining infrastructure for a second physical site. However, her research didn’t indicate that customers preferred DRaaS over running their own DR, whether on-premises or cloud-based.
“We are seeing more interest in using the cloud for DR functions, especially since the pandemic hit. More apps and workloads require the level of uptime and availability that DR can provide,” Macomber said.