As ransomware attacks spread across the globe, disaster recovery is a booming business.

But how do you ensure a DRaaS (disaster recovery as a service provider) can actually deliver the service required?

The worst time to discover it can’t is over a long holiday weekend when Petya has already struck.

There are plenty of questions to ask a recovery service before it can be signed up with confidence.

George Crump, at Storage Switzerland, lists some of them, such as:

“What are the rules for declaring a disaster? And is it first-come first-served until the resources are maxed out?”

An annual report out this week from Gartner Inc, “Magic Quadrant for Disaster Recovery as a Service”, sorts 23 DRaaS providers into four categories and rates them on key criteria.

‘Challengers’, Leaders’, Niche Players’ and ‘Visionaries’ are placed in the quadrant according to their ‘ability to execute’ and ‘completeness of vision’.

The ratings, says Gartner, take into account value for money, minimum viable product, vendor focus, product strategy, compliance and global reach, security, portal functionality and ‘end users versus managed providers’.

Leading the pack this year are Recovery Point, IBM, Sungard Availability Services, Iland and Infrascale.

“We’re honoured to be recognised for the second year in a row as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for DRaaS,” said Iland’s president Brian Ussher. “We believe this further substantiates our commitment to innovating within the DRaaS market and bringing our customers peace of mind when managing the risk of emerging IT threats.”

iland Secure DRaaS℠, built on top of iland’s Secure Cloud IaaS platform, ensures customers’ workloads are protected beyond simple backup with a disaster recovery process tuned to business priorities and compliance requirements, the company says.

“IT workloads can be replicated from virtual or physical environments to iland’s global secure cloud platform where customers can achieve recovery time goals in minutes.”

Iland says the recognition from Gartner comes after the recent launch of a new iland data centre location in Amsterdam, and the announcement it will open a new data centre location in Sydney later in the summer.

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