Azure Site Recovery - Overview
Following my previous blog, Operations Management Suite, I felt there was a strong opportunity to explore Azure Site Recovery component and why it shyould be considered for your environment.
In the past few months, Azure Site Recovery has received a lot of traction with most businesses, and even more so since it has become part of the OMS Suite.
08 Mar 2016
What is Azure Site Recovery?
So, to start off with the basics, What is Azure Site Recovery? Azure Site Recovery, Abbreviated to ASR is a Disaster Recovery as a Service hosted by Microsoft . It can provide the orchestration and replication to another data centre, effectively acting as a cloud witness or it allows live replication of your on premise workloads to a Microsoft Azure Data Centre and in the Event of a disaster your services will failover and be restored in Azure.
Traditionally, you would need a separate data centre site of your own to have a DR Solution and this would require maintenance and would be costly as you would effectively have to duplicate the resources that you currently own. However with ASR this can be all managed for you by Microsoft in Azure.
Why use Azure Site Recovery?
The below points are what I believe to be the key features of Azure Site Recovery.
The first point, as most obvious would be that you eliminate the need for a secondary data center. Your data is replicated to Azure and in the event of a failover your data will be used to provision and engage your Virtual Machines, effectively making Azure your secondary data center. this reduces the burden on IT and lessens the costs of your on-premises infrastructure
The second point, it’s simple to use! Azure Site Recovery makes your Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) story very easy to Manage, Maintain and Configure. Azure Site Recovery makes it easy to handle replication, failover and failback for your Applications and Services Hosted on premise.
How often can you test or have you tested your DR Strategy? with ASR you can test recovery and failover without impacting your applications or services, further minimising errors in the event of a real disaster.
The Last Point, It’s scenario driven. Azure Site Recovery offers different scenarios when setting up and being configured, it offers scenarios such as On-Premise Virtual Machines to Azure, VMware VMs to Azure and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) to Azure.
How can I Use Azure Site Recovery?
Azure Site Recovery is part of the Operations Management Suite (OMS) and also part of an Azure Subscription, both of these have free trials which you can sign up to and begin using today!
The Setup of Azure Site Recovery is straight forward and very intuitive, Once you have setup a Azure Subscription (If you do not already have one) you will need to provision a Recovery Vault, identify your servers to protect, configure them and then create a recovery plan. The below illustration shows the process on how to setup Azure Site Recovery
To conclude this blog about ASR, ASR is a different approach when using a DRaaS giving you more visibility and options when dealing with the need to protect heterogeneous environments, with Support for Hyper-V, VMM and VMware, ASR is going to be a adequate fit for almost all environments.
ASR and OMS are free to try and use, and would recommend to anyone to get hands on with this product to get a better feel for it. Click here for the Free OMS Trial or Click Here for the Azure Free Trial.
Please share with me your experience with the trial,
Gennaro Migliaccio | Cloud Management Consultant
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