As-a-Service products are changing how companies procure and manage their IT infrastructure. They aim to keep your company data safe and available to you, no matter what. Backup as a Service (BaaS) and Recovery as a Service (RaaS) are two options that serve these functions, but BaaS and RaaS are very different indeed.

Let’s look into the two major differences between BaaS and RaaS:

Recovery Time

RaaS has a faster recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO) than BaaS. BaaS has no infrastructure on which to recover, while RaaS has the data and the infrastructure from which to recover.


Since BaaS has no infrastructure, it isn’t considered a continuity plan. While RaaS recovers entire applications, BaaS can only recover data.

Most companies want the assurance that their running applications will be safe, even in the event of a disaster or other service interruption. If you are looking for that kind of peace of mind, BaaS won’t cut it. We recommend that you acquire a RaaS plan.

Consider that backups do not provide protection for your mission-critical applications. RaaS can recover server images and data, which allow it to recover your applications and help you get them up and running again.

For example, you can use BaaS to back up the data files from your SalesForce account so that you can recover customer data if needed. RaaS can also recover this information. If your application isn’t online, there’s only so much you can do with recovered files.

RaaS typically supports a combination of server image and production data backup to the service provider’s data center. If you require access to these things for plan exercising or to support live recovery operations, the backed-up images are activated inside the cloud. RaaS can also be referred to as Disaster Recovery as a Services (DRaaS) – yet another as-a-Service offering to consider!

Your options for keeping your data safe and accessible can get confusing, especially when so many new solutions are being added on a regular basis. We can help you match an as-a-Service solution with your company’s needs. 

If you have questions about BaaS, RaaS, or DRaaS, contact us today. Our team is here to help you find the best and most secure solution for your business.