Datacenter Disaster Recovery & Microsoft Azure

Azure Site Recovery

Microsoft Azure, one of the largest cloud computing platforms and infrastructures, was created for building, deploying and managing services and applications through a Microsoft-managed and partner hosted global network of data centers. With Azure Site Recovery storing VM snapshots in the cloud and allowing failover to them, it’s no surprise that Azure Backup is being offered as a service to Windows 10 users. And recently adding scalability to VMs, companies that require more speed and storage from their VMs will soon have innovative options using the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. Of great consequence is the ability to exploit the power of Azure for disaster recovery of data centers.

The Effects of Disasters on Businesses

In his paper, Leveraging the power of Microsoft Azure to build your (Hyper-V) datacenter Disaster Recovery Plan, Peter de Tender, Microsoft Infrastructure Expert, Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), and MVP on Windows Expert IT Pro, discusses the impact of disasters on businesses, leveraging statistics from formal sources:

  • More than 70% of businesses affected by a major disaster are either unable to reopen their business, or close within 18 months of the disaster.
  • 80% of businesses without a disaster recovery plan that suffer a data center disaster go out of business.
  • Gartner Inc. found that within two years of experiencing data loss, 90% of companies go out of business.

These dire figures make the necessity of a disaster recovery plan for every business certain.

Data Recovery Solutions

Disaster recovery plans are put in place for natural disasters, as well as disasters caused by human and technical error. The solutions are a set of processes, policies and procedures that handle the preparation for recovery or continuation of critical technological infrastructure during and after the occurrence of disasters. Traditionally, solutions such as tape storage and redundant components have been the basis of disaster recovery plans, but today businesses don’t only want the data available after a disaster, they want full system availability, and with the advent of the cloud, VMs also have to be considered. This is where Azure Site Recovery excels.

According to de Tender, “there is always a business scenario available that can benefit from the features of Azure Site Recovery”, and using the public cloud for disaster recovery from the pure cloud perspective has the following advantages:

  • Commodity cloud solutions are available in the market
  • Uses cloud payment mechanism OPEX instead of CAPEX
  • Cloud storage is (in most cases) well affordable
  • It’s cloud technology but based on proven technology

Using Azure Site Recovery

Azure replicates from Hyper-V Site, VMM Server, Physical Server, and VMware virtual machine, and is able to replicate to VMM Server (cloud), VMM Server with SAN, and Single VMM Server. Essentially, virtual machine system and data information is replicated from on-premises datacenters to Azure over encrypted HTTPS port 443 traffic, and the subsequent configuration is mainly wizard-based. Virtual machines won’t run until the recovery process is initiated, and so users consume Azure storage, but only incur costs in the event of recovery operations being started. Once in failover mode, users can either initiate a fail-back scenario or leave the VMs running in Azure as the primary data center.

Savision

The market leader in business service and cloud management solutions for Microsoft System Center, Savision’s monitoring and visualizing capabilities transmute IT data into relevant, predictive, and actionable information. Though Azure Site Recovery provides extensive Azure Recovery detail, as with all specialized products, expert consultants often supply elite manipulation. Savision’s business service management solution, Live Maps Unity, provides unlimited HTML5 dashboards, and is easy to configure and use. Additionally, it integrates with other System Center components such as Operations Manager.

With headquarters in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Savision has offices in Dallas and Ottawa and provides scalable solutions for more than 700 small, medium, government and Fortune 500 companies worldwide. For an overview of their products or an evaluation in their live demo environment, head over to their products page, or download now to test out in your own environment.

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