What Is Azure Site Recovery?
Business outages are caused by natural events and operational failures. Organizations need a business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) strategy that keeps apps and data safe and available during both planned and unplanned downtime. It also needs to be able to recover those apps and data to normal working conditions as soon as possible. Azure Site Recovery meets these needs through the following avenues:
- Simple, automated protection and disaster recovery in the cloud
- Orchestrated disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS)
- Replication and disaster recovery to Azure
- Continuous health monitoring with Site Recovery
Why Site Recovery?
There are a host of reasons why Azure Site Recovery is an excellent option for BCDR, including recovery in the cloud, resiliency, testing, flexible failover, and continuous monitoring.
Disaster Recovery in the Cloud
Replicate workloads running on VMs and physical servers to Azure, rather than to a secondary site. This eliminates the cost and complexity of maintaining a secondary data center. With Site Recovery, you have the ability to replicate any workload running on-premises, Hyper-V VMs, and Windows/Linux physical servers.
Site Recovery orchestrates replication and failover, without intercepting application data. Replicated data is stored in Azure storage, with the resilience that provides. When failover occurs, Azure VMs are created based on the replicated data.
Testing Without Disruption
Azure Site Recovery allows you to easily run test failovers to support disaster recovery drills without affecting production environments.
Rich Recovery Plans with Flexible Failover and Recovery
Recovery plans allow modeling to customize failover and recovery of multi-tier applications spread over multiple VMs. Order groups within plans, and add scripts and manual actions. Recovery plans can be integrated with Azure automation runbooks. You can run planned failovers for expected outages with zero data loss, or be prepared for unplanned failovers with minimal data loss. Easily fail back to the primary site when it’s available again.
Continuous Health Monitoring
Site Recovery monitors the state of your protected instances continuously and remotely from Azure.
Interested in learning more about how Azure Site Recovery can improve (or even become) your “plan for a rainy day”? Please contact us today to learn more about this exciting solution!