Cloud Disaster Recovery (Cloud DR)

What Does Cloud Disaster Recovery (Cloud DR) Mean?

Cloud disaster recovery (cloud DR) is a subscription service that enables the backup and recovery of remote machines on a third-party platform.


Cloud disaster recovery is primarily viewed as an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) service that backs up designated system data on remote, offsite servers in order to improve recovery point objectives (RPOs) and recovery time objectives (RTOs) when there is an unexpected interruption of IT services.

Disaster recovery (DR) orchestration is typically provided through a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application and customers are billed on a monthly basis.

Techopedia Explains Cloud Disaster Recovery (Cloud DR)

Cloud disaster recovery providers typically offer similar services as on-premises disaster recovery. The difference is that cloud DR customers have the ability to add, edit and delete systems and storage capacity without having to consider how changes will affect the back-end infrastructure.

Cloud disaster recovery may also be referred to as disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS).


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