Microsoft's Azure Site Recovery (ASR) provides a business continuity and disaster recovery (BDCR) for organizations that strive to keep their data safe, and workloads running smoothly when natural disasters and power outages occur.
Why is Azure Site Recovery so important in today’s world? Because in the event of a disaster, an organization must have a detailed contingency plan to stay connected to its applications and data. By utilizing Azure’s site recovery and backup services, you are able to protect valuable business assets and your IT infrastructure from service disruptions and data loss.
Here is how Azure Site Recovery contributes to your contingency plan:
The Site Recovery service keeps business apps running on physical and virtual machines (VMs) during outages by replicating workloads from a primary site to a secondary location. If an outage occurs at your primary site, your applications and services will fail over to a secondary location from which you can access your data. You will be able to move your data back to your primary location once it’s back up and running.
Azure Backup is a service that keeps your data safe and recoverable from any cloud instance. It replaces your existing on-premises or offsite backup solution with a cloud-based service that’s reliable and secure. Azure Backup reduces data restoration time by providing robust support to VMs running in the cloud and on-premises.
Now that we’ve covered the importance of Azure Site Recovery, let’s discover the top five benefits it offers to safeguard your IT operations:
#1 Cost Effectiveness
ASR reduces infrastructure costs by not charging you for the VMs on the failover site. Instead, your plan is billed in units for the average daily number of instances you are protecting each month. For example, if you are protecting 20 instances for the first half of the month, and none for the second half of the month, you will be billed for the average of 10 protected instances. This per-instance budgeting not only lowers operational cost but also reduces administrative complexity and effort.
#2 Ease of Deployment and Management
Microsoft provides a library of easy-to-access documentation for planning and deploying your recovery efforts. Azure Site Recovery Capacity Planner and Azure Site Recovery Deployment Planner help you analyze and compute requirements for your target environment. They also help determine whether you should be using a stretched subnet across sites or a subnet failover along with the failover IP ranges.
Additionally, the Support Matrix for VMWare and physical server replication to Azure is a great resource that covers every detail of the replication process. It also helps verify which types of workloads can be migrated using ASR.
#3 Data Resilience
ASR is designed for data resilience. It is engineered for failover to a secondary Azure datacenter without intercepting application data. So when a failover occurs, Azure VMs are created based on the replication data and not on the data stored in the original application. By maintaining protected business data in multiple places, ASR helps businesses keep their data ready and available, despite outages and emergencies.
#4 Workload Protection
Moving peak loads back and forth in a saturated VMware environment can be challenging. ASR protects your workloads by offering data availability across a wide range of hardware and virtual configurations. It enables automated discovery of your virtual machines, no matter which management platform you use. It ensures that all parts of an application consistently replicate and failover with zero downtime. And when your on-premise datacenter comes back online, ASR offers automatic failback to the original VMware infrastructure.
#5 A Truly Hybrid Experience
Azure Site Recovery offers a truly hybrid experience by providing a scalable and reliable platform for your workloads while controlling where you run apps and store data. Applications can be moved with near-zero downtime and minimal impact on users. ASR offers an ability to test and retest your business continuity by simulating an entire system failover without impacting your operations or jeopardizing regulatory backup compliance.
Cost-effectiveness, workload protection and data resilience make Azure Site Recovery a logical choice for your entire organization. Furthermore, implementing ASR can be made easy with the right technology partner.
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