Microsoft Azure Site Recovery

By August 23, 2017Uncategorized

WHAT IF YOUR VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT SWELTERS?

Automated replication to help protect your services

  • No upfront cost
  • No termination fees
  • Pay only for what you use

All businesses need a business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) strategy to mitigate financial and reputational risk. But how do you keep your workloads and data safe and available during planned and unplanned downtime, and recover to regular working conditions as soon as possible.

What is your insurance policy?

When it comes to developing a disaster recovery strategy, many businesses believe that data backup is enough to keep them protected in the time of a crisis. However, it’s important to understand that while data backup is an important facet of any disaster recovery (DR) strategy, the two are not interchangeable.

While many people often use the terms ‘data backup’ and ‘disaster recovery’ interchangeably, this is incorrect. The key differentiator when it comes to DR vs. backup is that DR replicates data and technology functions in real time to an offsite location, and will enable a firm to restore operations to an offsite location immediately, preventing interruptions to the workday if an event renders the primary work site unusable. In contrast, data backup is a copy of a company’s data files that are made by taking routine snapshots either once daily, or overnight, to a physical tape located onsite or to a virtual tape library offsite.

Our recommendation:

Azure Site Recovery is a service that contributes to your BCDR strategy. Using Site Recovery, you can deploy application-aware replication to the Cloud, or to a secondary site. Whether your apps are Windows or Linux-based, running on physical servers, VMware or Hyper-V, you can use Site Recovery to orchestrate replication, perform disaster recovery testing, and run failovers and failback.

Site Recovery integrates with Microsoft applications, including SharePoint, Exchange, Dynamics, SQL Server and Active Directory. Microsoft also works closely with leading vendors including Oracle, SAP, IBM and Red Hat. You can customise replication solutions on an app-by-app basis.

But what does this cost?

There is no reason why you need to replicate your current infrastructure environment to enable site recovery. Public cloud, now more than ever, plays a significant role in reducing the relevant expenses associated to enabling DR.

  • Azure Site Recovery to Azure for as little as R318.50 (per instance protected)
  • Block Blob (GRS), (HOT) Storage at R0.67 per GB

* While using Site Recovery to Azure, you will incur charges for storage, storage transactions  and outbound data transfer.
* Makes multiple synchronous copies of your data within a single datacentre, plus multiple asynchronous copies to a second datacentre hundreds of miles away.
* When you create a Blob Storage Account, you can set the access tier as Cool or Hot. Cool tier has a lower cost of storing data but a higher cost of accessing data, and it should be used for data that is not frequently accessed, and has lower availability SLA requirements.

Author: Natasha Bezuidenhout

For more information about Microsoft Azure, and the benefits it has to offer your business, please contact us on Microsoft.csp@firstdistribution.co.za

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