Data Protection as a Service: Different from DRaaS?

OCTOBER 28TH, 2019
You may have seen buzzwords like DPaaS (data protection as a service) and DRaaS (disaster recovery as a service) thrown around. We’ve discussed the importance of data protection and disaster recovery in previous posts, but now we’ll delve into what these services are and why they’re essential to the long-term success of your business.

Data Protection as a Service (DPaaS)

To grasp the importance of data protection, look no further than the latest data breach news headlines. Given the worldwide data explosion—businesses will create 175 zettabytes per year in 2025, a 10-fold increase in less than a decade, according to IDC—and the existence of increasingly more sophisticated hackers, it’s more critical than ever to invest in data protection as a service. So what exactly is data protection as a service? DPaaS is defined as any cloud-based or online-delivered service designed to protect the specific data of any organization. DPaaS works by creating a copy of your data and storing it in a separate location—whether online, in the cloud, or on an external device. Typically, DPaaS providers also offer data analysis software, firewalls, and VPNs or “tunnels” designed to enhance security for remote workers. DPaaS is most often used by companies to secure network vulnerabilities and prevent data loss from human error. The DPaaS market is broken into backup as a service (BaaS), storage as a service (STaaS), and DRaaS. Bottom line: DPaaS allows businesses to protect their data assets. It provides granular protection, network security, and recovery options, all via a subscription-style model.

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

DRaaS, though it's a DPaaS service type, protects the data and the infrastructure. DRaaS allows a business to restore its entire data framework in the event of a natural disaster, ransomware attack, or technological failure from a backup at an offsite location located far enough away to remain unaffected by the same crisis. Bottom line: DRaaS is your final line of defense after your systems crash entirely. Should you experience any sitewide shutdown, DRaaS is a failsafe that restores your original data and systems from a backup and enables business continuity by diverting operations to a second site.


Decreased costs of cloud computing services, increased cybercrime threats, and exponential data growth are just a few of the trends driving the DPaaS market. By encompassing backup, storage, and disaster recovery, DPaaS enables a unified approach to protecting data. Is your organization prepared for the unexpected? Don’t wait for a disaster to prove your need for data protection and business continuity. Visit our website to see how we can help prepare your business for anything with the industry’s best DRaaS, data protection, and storage services—all in one simple solution.

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