Microsoft Azure Site Recovery
VirtuWorks utilizes the power of Microsoft Azure Services to provide businesses with the most advanced fail over system available. Whether on-premise VMs or physical servers, Azure Site Recovery facilitates seamless replication of your business-critical data and ensures maximum availability and up time.
What is Microsoft Azure Site Recovery?
Site Recovery helps ensure business continuity by keeping business apps and workloads running during outages. Site Recovery replicates workloads running on physical and virtual machines (VMs) from a primary site to a secondary location. When an outage occurs at your primary site, you fail over to secondary location, and access apps from there. After the primary location is running again, you can fail back to it.
What does Site Recovery provide?
Simple BCDR solution
Using Site Recovery, you can set up and manage replication, failover, and failback from a single location in the Azure portal.
Azure VM replication
You can set up disaster recovery of Azure VMs from a primary region to a secondary region.
On-premises VM replication
You can replicate on-premises VMs and physical servers to Azure, or to a secondary on-premises datacenter. Replication to Azure eliminates the cost and complexity of maintaining a secondary datacenter.
Replicate any workload running on supported Azure VMs, on-premises Hyper-V and VMware VMs, and Windows/Linux physical servers.
Site recovery orchestrates replication without intercepting application data. When you replicate to Azure, data is stored in Azure storage, with the resilience that provides. When failover occurs, Azure VMs are created, based on the replicated data.
RTO and RPO targets
Keep recovery time objectives (RTO) and recovery point objectives (RPO) within organizational limits. Site Recovery provides continuous replication for Azure VMs and VMware VMs, and replication frequency as low as 30 seconds for Hyper-V. You can reduce RTO further by integrating with Azure Traffic Manager.
Keep apps consistent over failover
You can replicate using recovery points with application-consistent snapshots. These snapshots capture disk data, all data in memory, and all transactions in process.
Testing without disruption
You can easily run disaster recovery drills, without affecting ongoing replication.
You can run planned failovers for expected outages with zero-data loss, or unplanned failovers with minimal data loss (depending on replication frequency) for unexpected disasters. You can easily fail back to your primary site when it’s available again.
Customized recovery plans
Using recovery plans, can customize and sequence the failover and recovery of multi-tier applications running on multiple VMs. You group machines together in a recovery plan, and optionally add scripts and manual actions. Recovery plans can be integrated with Azure automation runbooks.
Site Recovery integrates with other BCDR technologies. For example, you can use Site Recovery to protect the SQL Server backend of corporate workloads, with native support for SQL Server AlwaysOn, to manage the failover of availability groups.
Azure automation integration
A rich Azure Automation library provides production-ready, application-specific scripts that can be downloaded and integrated with Site Recovery.
Site Recovery integrates with Azure for simple application network management, including reserving IP addresses, configuring load-balancers, and integrating Azure Traffic Manager for efficient network switchovers.