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Microsoft Cloud-Enabled Azure Site Recovery DR Becomes Generally Available

by Sanjay Mittal on November 7th 2014

Disaster Recovery using the Azure cloud and Azure Site Recovery has been delivering on the Microsoft’s “No Workload Left Behind” promise since it first previewed in June, says Cloud and Enterprise Programme Manager Abhishek A Hemrajani on the company’s blog.

Disaster Recovery to the cloud

Confirming the go ahead of the newly cloud-empowered version of Site Recovery (ASR for short), he said: “Our customers are experiencing first-hand, ASR’s ability to consistently replicate, protect, and seamlessly failover virtual machines directly to Microsoft Azure.”

Save the money spent on emergency storage capacity

This new feature removes the need to source extra, on-site storage purely to ensure business continuity in disaster scenarios which Information Managers understandably hope will never actually arise. Microsoft is eager to promote itself as “the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world” and the blog stresses the financial benefits of a hybrid solutions.

The original ASR, released in January 2014, replaced Hyper-V Recovery Manager and allowed replication and recovery of virtual machines to a customer’s own storage facility. The June preview added the option to use the Azure cloud for this vital yet, hopefully, rarely deployed procedure. New features for this month’s GA release include simplified DR orchestration via the integration of Recovery Plans and Automation functions, streamlined set-up and registration protocols and replication progress tracking to your own, customer controlled Azure cloud account.

Perfect for testing

ASR can also be useful when migrating virtual machines from Windows Server 2012 R2 to the Cloud, or for creating extra testing and development environments. It also allows system administrators to test new recovery plans without disrupting service to the applications in general use. It offers automated protection with continuous system health monitoring and orchestrated, application sensitive recovery of files. Microsoft Azure guarantees 99.95% availability, making it a realistic solution for disaster recovery in situations where time is money.

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