Business Continuity with Azure – Disaster Recovery

As someone who has worked in IT departments and an IT consultant for a Managed Service Provider (MSP), Business Continuity plans are something I've been involved in quite a lot.  Either recovering from a threat or designing a solution that could recover from a threat.

Business Continuity is the process of creating systems of prevention and to deal with any potential threats to your company.  Those threats could be a natural threat, such as fire or flood or something such as an accidental misconfiguration of a system or a malicious attack from an outside source.

Whatever the threat, Business Continuity can be implemented in the form of backup and or disaster .  When looking at Disaster and planning for that horror scenario within your environment you need to understand what you are planning on protecting, what would actually trigger your disaster recovery plan into action.  

In this series I want to walk you through some of the options available to you when thinking about Business Continuity within your on prem environment using solutions within Azure.

Disaster Recovery

Azure Site Recovery (ASR) is the tool you can use to help keep your workloads online when the worst happens.  Azure Site Recovery can replicate your workloads from the primary site (on prem or in Azure) to a secondary location.  And if an outage happens you can invoke your disaster recovery plan and ASR will fail over to the secondary location meaning you can keep working and when the primary location comes up and running again you can fail back.

ASR allows you to protect Windows or -based computers, physical servers, VMware, or . It also integrates well with applications such as SharePoint, Exchange, Dynamics, and , as well as Oracle SAP and Red Hat.

In this video I take you through how Tailwind Traders are looking to implement Azure Site Recovery to help protect their on prem workloads should that disaster hit them.


This article was originally published by Microsoft's Premier Field Engineering Blog. You can find the original article here.