Gartner Research

Assessing the Top Use Cases and Provider Types for Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery

Published: 31 March 2014

ID: G00257889

Analyst(s): Werner Zurcher, Matthew Brisse


Cloud-based disaster recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS or RaaS) solutions are gaining customer adoption, predominantly from small and midsize organizations. This document divides the RaaS vendors into five groups and weighs their respective strengths and weaknesses for several DR use cases.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings



  • Cloud DR and WAN Bandwidth
  • Cloud DR Security
  • Cloud-Based IT Services Management Challenges
  • Cloud DR Use Cases
    • IT Application or Application Group DR
    • Data Center DR With Fewer Than 25 VMs and Servers
    • Data Center DR With 25 to 250 VMs and Servers
    • Data Center DR With 250 or More VMs and Servers
    • Cloud IaaS Applications DR
  • Carefully Define and Evaluate Cloud DR Service Selection Criteria
  • Plan From a Recovery Assurance Perspective
  • Try Before You Buy
  • Be Aware of Cloud DR Scalability Challenges
  • Recommendations for Application DR in the Cloud
  • Recommendations for Cloud DR for Data Centers With Fewer Than 25 VMs
  • Recommendations for Cloud DR for Data Centers With 25 to 250 VMs and Servers
  • Recommendations for Cloud DR for Data Centers With 250 or More VMs and Servers
  • Recommendations for Public Cloud/IaaS Applications DR in the Cloud
  • Plan Your RaaS/Cloud Provider Exit Strategy and Procedures in Advance


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