Backup and redundancy continue to be two of the most common usage scenarios for public cloud — and the reason is simple economics. Renting or building space in a secondary facility for backup is expensive, particularly when there’s a thriving, competitive industry devoted to providing rentable IT infrastructure.
Due to its integration with Windows Server, and flexible licensing models for Windows workloads, Azure is a common cloud service for Microsoft-centric organizations. As I outline in this article, built-in services like Azure Site Recovery can simplify cloud backup, disaster recovery and business continuity processes for organizations already using Azure and familiar with its portfolio.
Microsoft rolled out Azure Site Recovery two years ago and the service automates the process of data and virtual application replication to back up private Windows infrastructure. But, most importantly, it provides that same application orchestration to the Azure public cloud. As I detail here, Azure Site Recovery provides six primary features for backup as a service and disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS).
See the article for specific cloud DR planning recommendations including areas where ASR can provide redundancy and DR protection for non-Microsoft applications like Oracle and VMware. Services like Azure Site Recovery simplify the cloud DR process and are great for larger organizations with cloud expertise. Smaller organizations, however, should also consider software as a service DR products, such as HotLink, Infrascale and Zerto.