Disaster Recovery at Your Fingertips with Azure
Disaster Recovery is one key aspect that every industry, especially IT, is worried about towards safeguarding assets and ensure continuous productivity.
While there are a good number of cloud disaster recovery methods available in the market, the real challenge that many IT firms report is choosing a right one that fit in firms’ budget limits.
One such solution that is known for its client-friendly DR support is Microsoft’s Azure.
Azure holds a special advantage over its competitors AWS, GCP because of various reasons such as being budget-friendly and offering a minimized application downtime during infrastructure failures, among others.
Features that make Microsoft Azure the Right DR strategy:
- Cost Savings: Using Azure as a secondary site for business operations during outages minimizes the on-premise infrastructure costs. One can easily overcome data center costs by adopting Azure and running DR between Azure regions. Pay only for Azure-specific compute and storage facilities, rest all such as environment replication and continuous protection come along with Azure.
- Easy Recovery Set Up: Setting up the Azure DRAAS system is as simpler as replicating applications between Azure regions. Don’t have to worry about updates! The recovery system stays updated with new Azure releases, automatically.
- Minimize Issues: Orderly sequencing of multi-tier applications operating on various virtual machines from the Azure portal minimizes the occurrence of recovery issues.
- Compliance: With Azure, you can perform testing on DR environment without disturbing the production workloads or end users. Doing this keeps away compliance issues.
- Application Availability: With automatic recovery to Azure options, you can keep your on-premise applications available all the time at times of outages.
- Dependable Recovery: Azure Site Recovery sticks to Service Level Agreement (SLA) to the level of 99.9 percent, which keeps it dependable. With round-the-clock support, it ensures smooth functioning of your enterprise.
- Best-in-Class Solutions: Azure has best-in-class Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO) options that keep you confident about compliance and availability of both Azure and on-premise applications.
- Flexible Testing: With Azure, you can test business continuity plans or dev-test copies of production workloads as and when required. It provides the flexibility to test new application versions keeping along the duplicates of live data and then push new versions to production in parallel.
Must Know About Azure!
- Azure boasts of providing a centrally-managed DR that can ensure 44 percent cost savings for firms.
- Unlike traditional data centers that consume days together to recover from tapes, Azure gives the flexibility to fail over your apps and entire datacenter in hours period through effective automated recovery plans.
- Azure maintains multiple data center regions, globally, supporting multiple disaster recovery scenarios, thus holding a cost-savings advantage over having own data centers across multiple regions.
- With Azure Virtual Machines (VMs), you don’t have to deploy additional resources in the secondary region. Enabling Azure replication automatically facilitates all the required resources at the target region using the source VM settings.
- Automated continuous replication in Azure allows application failover with just a single click replicating the resources all across.
- Azure Traffic Manager keeps away your worries about the failure of a primary site by automating the failover of user traffic to another region in case the primary region fails.
- You can prioritize list of deployments that users can be routed to in case of a primary region failure. Traffic Manager gets it done!
- Azure has a smart way to deal with application failure. By adding a new role instance to the available pool, Azure manages it through process-shift by opting alternate running role instances if more than one role instance is already running, alongside replacing failed nodes.
- Overall, Azure assures 99.99 percent SLA and 24/7 support to smoothen and enhance business continuity.
Implementing Azure as part of your DR plan means making your existing environment compatible to it, which could be:
- Making up your production systems compatibility
- Audit production infrastructure and identify actions and modifications to fit in Azure
Having read these benefits, you might have gauged the potential of how Azure can power your business continuity at times of disaster acting as an effective DR strategy.
Try out Azure as Disaster Recovery (DR) strategy!