Building on its Hyper-V Recovery Manager, Microsoft has unveiled a service that brings Azure’s cloud based capabilities to bear on disaster recovery for both on-premise Windows Server and Azure-based workloads.
Disaster Recovery for Azure is part of the recently renamed Microsoft Azure Site Recovery (ASR), which is currently in preview. It is based on the current version of Hyper-V Recovery Manager (HRM) which has been available since January this year and enables automated protection, asynchronous ongoing replication, and orchestrated recovery of virtualized workloads between private clouds across enterprise sites.
Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of the cloud and enterprise group at Microsoft said the news is “more than just a name change.” The disaster recovery service will allow enterprises to encrypt, replicate, and failover virtual machines (residing both onsite and in the cloud) directly to Microsoft Azure.
Anderson said the service touts a number of built-in features that will make it immediately appealing to enterprise customers. For instance, VMs can be encrypted at rest, and all of the service’s traffic passing through Azure is also encrypted; it also gains near-synchronous data replication, taking system snapshots up to every 30 seconds.